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Boston Best Local Secrets 2011

Boston Best Local Secrets 2011
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by in May 2011

BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE FREEDOM TRAIL
Harborwalk,
Boston
A nearly 40-mile network of waterside paths from East Boston to Dorchester: Start with the Charlestown branch and head down through the North End to Fort Point Channel, stopping at historical sights (U.S.S. Constitution), bay-view restaurants (Sensing and Sam’s), and museums (the ICA and the Children’s Museum). Audio tours available for your iPod or smartphone. 617-482-1722; tbha.org, bostonharborwalk.com

BEST DINNER & A MOVIE
Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston
Every Friday from June to September, the hotel sets up a large movie screen with the glittering harbor as a backdrop. Snag a patio table at the Sea Grille and watch Hollywood classics such as Some Like It Hot and Moonstruck while digging into a plate of cod-filled corn empanadas. 70 Rowes Wharf. 617-439-7000; bhh.com

BEST INSTANT GETAWAY
Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Cambridge
Rent a canoe or kayak for the afternoon from this outfitter located in the heart of Kendall Square and cool off while taking in spectacular views of the Boston skyline, the Esplanade, and the Zakim Bridge. 500 Broad Canal St. 617-492-0941; paddleboston.com

BEST URBAN FARMERS’ MARKET
Copley Square, Boston
Largest in the city, this outdoor venue features 30 food vendors selling produce, meat, fish, cheese, breads, pastries, gelatos, and local honeys. Tuesdays and Fridays, mid-May to mid-November. St. James Ave. & Dartmouth St. 781-893-8222; massfarmersmarkets.org

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