SteveB wrote in
How far do you want to drive? If you get a chance the New England Air
Museum at Bradley Internation Airport (Windsor Locks/Hartford, CT) is well
walk the freedom trail, go to the top of the pru, visit the
fog museum, fine arts, walk harvard square, walk newbury
street, go to fenway, pops, see if there's a hatch shell
show, walk the diamond necklace, rowboat jamaica pons, take
the orange line, visit a kenmore sq sushi house and walk the
new downtown parks. oh yeah, visit the commons.
ask about stuff for the second day.
good hobby shop in medford square, hopt the t.
Take the duck tour. A big-assed DUKW (some are WWII vintage) picks you up in
front of the Museum of Science and takes you on an hour long tour of the
city by street. Historical sites are pointed out as you go and eventually
you end up driving into the Charles River where the prop is engaged and you
head up-river. All the kids in our group got a turn at the wheel (helm?).
One kid was 70+ years old. If you can, try to get on the bright purple
"North End Norma". She's the real deal...not one of the newer ones. Captain
Sven the Viking is resplendent in his horned helmet and fleece miniskirt.
His sense of humor alone is worth the price of admission. I learned more
Boston history in that hour and a half than in the rest of my 50 years.
The museum ain't too shabby either! A monster Van de Graaff generator and an
Imax. The nearby aquarium has a couple of Imax screens. Oh yeah, they have
some fish too.
As far as modeling interests...
Visit the USS Constitution. There is also a Fletcher-class destroyer
anchored next to her. And if you're going to the Constitution, you
might as well walk up Bunker Hill (actually Breeds Hill) a few blocks
I stayed in a downtown hotel and took the T (subway) to Malden to
visit The Hobby Bunker. Not a super hobby shop but more than adequate
if you need a "hobby shop fix". Getting to the The Hobby Bunker was
real easy on the T. It's about three blocks from the station. Call
the shop (781-321-8855) for the T stop (I can't remember which one it
Spare Time is an awsome hobby shop !
And about 27 miles north of Boston there is Modeler's Junction Hobby Shop.
Small but well stocked shop with a very friendly propriator (Wayne).
He always has all kinds of estate collections and other odds and ends you'll
never find anywhere else.
That shop is exact oposite from all those Hobbytown stores. Small, cozy
and packed with bunch of usual and odd stuff. Creaky floors...
It is kind of like "Cheers" of Hobby Shop. Every time I visit I run into
someone I know or into some interesting stranger. And usually there is at
least one regular just "hanging around".
Others have given you many suggestions. If it is your first time in Boston,
then I would walk the Freedom Trail, visit the USS Constitution and Caisson
Young in Charlestown, take a Swan Boat ride in the Public Garden, have a
slice of pizza or a meal in the North End, and visit the Museum of Science
and the New England Aquarium. Almost everything is within walking distance,
or you could by a Visitor's T Pass to use the mass transit system over your
If you are looking to go beyond Boston itself, you can take the Harbor
Express water shuttle (adjacent to the Boston Marriot Long Warf) to Quincy
and see the USS Salem. The Salem and the water shuttle share a pier in the
old Fore River Shipyard, plus the trip gives you a water view of the Boston
waterfront and the Boston Harbor Islands National Park on the way. You
could spend a day in Quincy if you'd like to add the John Adams and John
Quincy Adams birthplaces, mansion, and burial site to your trip. You could
even have a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee in the original store (#1) on
Southern Artery, right near the police station.
Volunteer, USS Salem (CA 139)
United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum
Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
I'm not sure if he has been open that long. That place was a Pharmacy (he still
sometimes uses the old stock of pharmacy bags). I think I recall him telling me
that he started the hobby shop in mid or late 80s. I don't know of any antique
store around - but I don't look for stuff like that, and it might have been there
20 years ago...