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Thanksgiving Weekend - Things to do in Boston!

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Location:Boston Common and Beyond, Boston, MA map
Dates:Monday, November 24, 2008 - Thursday, November 27, 2008
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Category:Seasonal Fun


Thanksgiving Day is a very special national holiday for Americans, a time to be with family and friends. Beyond watching a local football game and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, many folks will be looking for things to see & do when they are visiting Boston this week.

Since most museums, shops, historic sites and many restaurants and cafes are closed. Here are some suggestions:

Several Trolley Tour companies offer a narrated sightseeing tour of Boston. Or, you can walk the Freedom Trail to view these sites and take photographs, (the only historic site open is the U.S.S. Constitution from 9:30-3:50). The Freedom Trail begins at the Information Center on Boston Common (The Center is closed on Christmas Day.) Follow the red line on the side walk - connecting the 16 sites. The Freedom Trail is 2 1/2 miles long and takes about 3 hours to walk it. The Trail ends at the U.S.S. Constitution in the Charlestown NavyYard.

Another suggestion is to take a stroll along beautiful Newbury Street and also along historic Commonwealth Ave. starting at the corners of Arlington St. and Newbury St. at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Newbury Street has been called The Rodeo Drive of Boston. Walking Along Newbury St. is great for window shopping along the many unique shops and galleries found along this street. (Note each of the streets are in alphabetical order and each one is named after Dukes of England.) Follow Newbury St. to Massachusetts Ave. and take a right and another right onto Commonwealth Ave. While strolling along take note of the diverse architecture of each of the buildings which were all private residences at the turn of the century, most are now apartments buildings or condominiums. Commonwealth Ave. can be compared to a Parisian Boulevard with an interesting Mall down the middle.

Another suggestion is to go Ice Skating at the Frog Pond on the Boston Common. Closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Skate rentals are available. Check out the beautiful lights display on the Common. Beacon Hill is nearby and it is a wonderful neighborhood to stroll around ( especially Louisburg Sq. and Acorn St.) Look at the beautiful Christmas decorations in these Victorian Townhouses.

To see some wonderful Christmas Trees and Decorations: check out The Boston Common; Faneuil Hall Market Place; Downtown Crossing; Charles Hotel at Harvard Square, Cambridge.

Of course Movies are always a popular holiday activity. Check out this year's holiday flicks and top releases with our complete listing of Boston area movie locations

For those interested in the visiting Plymouth on Thanksgiving Day, you can see the annual Pilgrim Procession (10AM on North St.) and experience the Thanksgiving festivities at Plimoth Plantation.

Note: Thanksgiving dining is by reservation only and are available beginning August. Reservations sell out quickly, so call early. For reservations call 508-746-1622 ext.8365.

Information Sources:
The Boston Globe, Plimouth Plantation, BostonCentral, BostonUSA, City of Boston.

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