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The foolproof Boston guide to entertaining difficult visitors

Published On 07/25/2013 Published On 07/25/2013
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1. Puppet Showplace Theatre 32 Station St, Brookline, MA 02445 (Brookline)

Pro-level puppet shows are sure to keep the kids entertained.

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2. Boston Common Carousel Boston Common, Boston, MA 02110 (Beacon Hill)

This kid-friendly park features sprinklers, a carousel, and lots of grassy knolls.

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4. New England Aquarium 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02109 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

Octopus, squid, and, of course, adorable seals are all on view at this fantastic aquarium.

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5. Taza Chocolate 561 Windsor St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Somerville)

You don't have to be named Charlie to get a tour of a sweet chocolate factory -- just head over to Taza and get your fill.

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6. Boston Duck Tours 53 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

A good way to see Boston by water and land -- and all in a ridiculous boat-vehicle.

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7. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 280 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 (Fenway Kenmore)

This beautiful estate has been turned into a well-preserved museum and gardens for you to tour.

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9. USS Constitution Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

The "world's oldest commissioned warship" still afloat is open for tours, so you can live out your boyhood Navy dreams in under an hour.

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11. Boston Harbor Mini Speed Boats India Wharf Marina, Boston, MA 02110

Renting a mini-speed boat is probably just about the coolest thing you could do on the waterfront of Boston. Whipping around in F-13's in a no-wake zone really makes you feel like the man you were meant to become.

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12. Boston Rock Gym 78G Olympic Ave, Woburn, MA 01801

This rock gym's got it all: quality equipment, group climb deals, and the ability to be totally startled whenever you look down. Fear not: unlike your childhood, you can brush off this brag-worthy accomplishment with a nice, tall libation afterwards.

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13. MetroRock Indoor Climbing 69 Norman St, Everett, MA 02149 (Everett)

An indoor-climbing center that boasts high ceilings (we think you can, we think you can... ), expert instructors, and the chance to meet some badass people just like yourself.

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14. Boston Chops 1375 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Brian Piccini and Chris Coombs -- the guys behind Deuxave and Dbar -- took over a rumored cursed South End space to make this high-caliber urban steakhouse. Offering a modern takes on overdone streakhouse staples, the steak frites menu is everything you could want from life. It's a simple choice of cut (hanger, strip, skirt) and sauce (bearnaise, bordelaise, chimichurri butter) that comes with a bottomless bowl of fluffy fries. Leather banquettes and dark wood furnishings might indicate a traditional steakhouse, but decadent cocktails point to a much fuller dining experience.

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15. McCoy Stadium 1 Columbus Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860

McCoy Stadium is home to the mighty PawSox, and boasts three outdoor BBQ spots surrounding the ballpark, which really heightens the ambiance for nighttime games.

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16. The Sports Museum 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 (Downtown Crossing)

A fine institution that embodies Boston sports, and all of the historic happenings of said sports (we have refrained from making any jabs at these teams).