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Old 03-21-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Smile Salem and Boston, MA area ideas?

We're so excited! We'll be staying at Normandy Farms in MA from 7-3-12 to 7-9-12. Husband and I have NEVER been to the Boston/Salem area and wondered what are MUSTS to see and do, without making the schedule too rigorous? I imagine it'll be quite crowded since we'll be there over the 4th of July. We love to tour and walk on our own, packing our lunches and bringing them in a backpack. Ideas?

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Old 03-21-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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Patriots Place, Hall of Fame, Rt 1 in Foxboro. Ask em at the Farm on how to get there. If you golf, TPC in Norton MAss. Head down to the Cape if you feel like setting in traffic. Providence for a light house tour and view the mansions. Way too many restaraunts to mention. Duck tour in Boston. Most of all if you can, get to the shell on the Charles river for the 4th concert. Second to none.

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Old 03-27-2012, 01:47 PM   #3
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Boston is about an hour away - the Freedom Trail (Paul Revere's house, Old North church) are in the North end along with very nice Italian Restaurants. If you like pubs check out the original Cheers near Boston Commons or the Black Rose Irish pub in Faneuil Hall (market place with inside shopping and different types of food).

Providence is 1/2 hour south - Water fires in the summer (check the Providence web site or search Water Fires)
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Also Plymouth is close. Kennedy Museum is on your way to Boston, check web site for special events. Fenway Park, Harvard Square in Cambridge, Boston Aquarium, Hay Market. Bass Pro Shop is located at Patriots Place Mall Complex.
Wrentham Outlets are located a couple of exits north on 495. We stayed at Normandy Farms last Memorial Day weekend and had a good time.
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Salem has some great places to see. Peabody Essex Museum,The Willows, Witch Museum, House of 7 gables, the Witch House.

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Old 03-29-2012, 06:32 PM   #6
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In reality anyplace will be busy on the 4th but if you expect some delays and plan extra time you will have a great time. The 4th is midweek so it may not be so bad. Everyone has made excellent suggestions so do some investigating and decide which one you like best.

I've been to Normandy Farms many times. It is an awesome campground
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If you're into history then Whaling Museum in New Bedford is a must. Walking on the largest model of a whaling ship the 1/2 scale size . It is the located inside a hall the size of a gym. Also Battleship Cove in Fall River Ma. Those are both about 45 minutes away from Normandy Farms. Futher south the mansions of Newport are great to see. About 1 1/2 hours from Normandy Farms. We go to Normandy Farms 3-4 times a year.

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Work in the tour industry in Newport and there is so much to see here. It's about 1 1/2 from Normandy on I495 to I24 onto Aquidneck Island down either Rt 114 or Rt 138. My advise would be to go to the Visitor's Center to start and you will get great help there. It's definately a day trip you have mansions to tour and Ocean Drive to Bellevue Avenue which is a great drive.
You might enjoy walking Cliff Walk which is between the mansions and the ocean.
Stay out of malls and stores you can always do that but checking out Boston, Plymouth, Ma (got to see Plymouth rock before it disappears). Providence, RI, if you time it right I would recommend check out "Water Fire" at night and eating on Federal Hill at one of the great resturants.
Lot's to see - wish you great weather and a great time.
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The OPs trip was in July.

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