No politics at the dinner table is one rule made to be broken in Boston. Fanueil Hall has been a shopping and dining destination since 1742, while the upstairs meeting hall made American history. This is where Sons of Liberty complained about British "taxation without representation," 19th century abolitionists made their case against slavery, and young Bostonian John Fitzgerald Kennedy made a powerful pitch for the presidency. Bostonians have talked politics over drinks at neighboring Bell in Hand Tavern since 1795, and argued constitutional amendments over Durgin Park's pot roasts and baked beans since 1827. Differences are always forgivable, as long as you root for the NHL Bruins and NBA Celtics at nearby TD Gardens. Power politicking moved inside the brutalist concrete fortress of Boston's Government Center in the 1960s, but friendly debates still add spice to chowder lunches at colonial Quincy Market. Work up an appetite for more along Charles River Esplanade's three-mile trails, and unwind in the rehabbed warehouse splendor of Harborside Inn.
Getting Around Boston
The easist way to get around Boston is the subway. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency (MBTA; http://www.mbta.com/) operates the Silver Line SL1 to and from Logan Airport for the best direct connection to and from the Red Line at South Station. This is the best option for transportation to Cambridge, Downtown Boston, MIT and Harvard. Service from Logan on the Silver Line SL1 runs from 5:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. every day. MBTA operates 5 subway lines which operate Monday-Saturday 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Sundays 6 a.m. to midnight. Fare on all lines is $2.50 regardless of distance. Passes are available: $11/Day or $18/Week; Children under 12 are free. Boston features a bicycle sharing program, The Hubway (http://www.thehubway.com/), which offers a 24-hour pass for $5 and a 3-day pass for $12.
- Boston Logan International Airport-BOS
Things to Do and See Near West End
- John F. Kennedy Library
- Fenway Park
- New England Aquarium
- Museum of Science
- Faneuil Hall
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- USS Constitution
- Boston Common
- Cathedral of the Holy Cross
- Harvard Museum of Natural History