Saturday, April 08, 2006

Beyond the Lecture Halls

Another installment in the series from former FGS board member, Kay Freilich. Kay has been sharing her knowledge about Boston based on almost twenty years of visiting the city.

For the sports fan
Take a tour of Fenway Park, the home of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. . . .
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You’ll have a chance to walk on the field, see the wall that was moved to accommodate Ted Williams’ hitting style, visit the .406 Club, and sit in the dugout. For those interested in seeing a Red Sox game, check their schedule -- the team will be playing home games from August 31-September 6. Fenway is just a mile from the conference hotel and the Red Sox website lets you purchase ticket online.

Visit the Sports Museum at the TD Bank North Garden. Home to both the basketball Celtics and the hockey Bruins, the Garden (previously known as the Fleet Center) replaced the historic Boston Garden. Notables from all sports are honored at the museum.

Other Boston "must-do" breaks
Have a meal or just some liquid refreshment at the Bull and Finch Tavern. Inspiration for the long-running TV series Cheers, the original location in on Beacon Street. There’s now a replica at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace as well.

For history and nourishment at the same time, visit Union Oyster House. Billed as the nation’s oldest restaurant, dating from 1826, Union Oyster House is on the Freedom Trail near Faneuil Hall.

Take an elevator to the Skywalk Observatory in the Prudential Tower for a spectacular view of Boston and the surrounding area. At 740 feet, the observatory is said to be the highest viewpoint in New England. There are also some exhibits and a movie for you to view. [The entry is just steps away from the convention center, in the same enclosed complex.]

For those planning to visit several attractions, Boston’s CityPass offers discount admission via a single ticket to six of the city’s top attractions.

Back on the March 11th blog, Kay shared an extensive list of Boston websites.

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