[racket] [racket-dev] [ANN] RacketCon 2013: 29 September

From: Neil Van Dyke (neil at neilvandyke.org)
Date: Sun Sep 22 12:15:21 EDT 2013

Most of the things that come to my mind are better if you have kids with 

* For standard Boston tour: you can do a self-directed walking tour 
along "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Trail", or with a tour 
group  I think that the most fun tour company is 
"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Duck_Tours".  The only thing I know 
to avoid is the tour company that uses Segways; it's very disreputable 
among locals.

* If your tourist book says to get pastries at Mike's in the North End, 
but there's a huge line out the door, be aware that you can also get 
good Italian pastries (and even tables!) at other restaurants along the 

* Museum of Science ("http://www.mos.org/"), New England Aquarium 
("http://www.neaq.org/"), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
("http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardner_Museum"), MIT Museum 
("http://web.mit.edu/museum/"), Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of 
Natural History 
Museum of Fine Arts ("http://www.mfa.org/"),ICA dorks 

* There's the "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_Necklace" chain of 
parks, good for walking and getting a little distance from the auto traffic.

* There is actually a beach, with sand, on the subway line.  Blue Line 
to Revere Beach Station.  Airliners fly relatively low overhead, so fun 
for kids who like airplanes, especially now that you can't really see 
airplanes from the airport unless you're flying.

* University campuses like Harvard, MIT, and Northeastern can be a tiny 
bit of fun to walk around, if one hasn't seen them before.  MIT has an 
intentionally open campus; they ask that people not interrupt classes, 
nor go into lab areas, nor take photos indoors without permission -- 
Google for "infinite corridor", "killian court", "stata center".  In 
Harvard Square, you might find a tour guide right in front of the main 
entrance to the Harvard Station subway stop.

Neil V.

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