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Visiting Boston for the first time - where should we go?

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I will be in Boston next week with my 16 year old daughter, touring colleges before I leave her at Emerson for the remainder f the summer. We are staying right near BU, and will be visiting there and MIT. We will also be spending the 4th there - I would love any recommendations for where we should eat. Not super fancy or really high end - that would be a different trip - just good food/atmosphere. Any not to miss activities/experiences would be appreciated as well.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Lots of great ideas here.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856612

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/901295

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856612

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869097

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900035

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902396

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/887697

    Plus I recently ate at Firebrand Saint near MIT and it was great.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906183

    Not miss visits for me are

    Harvard Musuem of Natural History

    Since you are visiting MIT check out their Museum too. its very small so add it on add the end of tour.

    MOS

    MFA

    ICA

    And of course if you LOVE crowds attempt the half shell on the 4th,

    3 Replies
    1. re: foodieX2

      hatch shell.

      the edward a. hatch memorial shell.

      :)

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        I like "half shell" better, not only are things on a half shell generally pretty tasty, it looks like one.

        1. re: Carty

          That's what I called it as a kid and still do. I love it when people feel the need to correct me.

    2. Three board favorites you can't go wrong with: Eastern Standard Kitchen in Kenmore Sq., Island Creek Oyster Bar, Kenmore Sq and Neptune Oyster, Salem St the North End. If pizza appeals try the original Regina's Pizza in the North End and follow ii up with a Cannoli at Modern Pastry also in the North End.

      1. These are great suggestions, thank you!