Question to the Boston experts
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Best way to get there is if your ship has an excursion to those towns (many ships do). Otherwise, either rent a car, or find a private bus tour to Lexington and Concord, they should be fairly easy to findWould public transportation be a viable option? I really want to just get to Lexington and then do the hop-on-off trolley they have. I try and stay away from ship tours whenever possible.
I personally think that you would maximize your sightseeing time if you took the ship's tour or another tour company bus directly to Lexington and Concord.
There is some good information at http://www.nps.gov/mima
P.S. To me, the best part of the area is walking along the Battle Road (no cars). There are interpretive signs along the way that explain where certain events took place. There is also a good multi-media presentation at the NPS visitors' center.
Would public transportation be a viable option? I really want to just get to Lexington and then do the hop-on-off trolley they have. I try and stay away from ship tours whenever possible.
Nope, not a viable option at all. rent a car - if you are brave, or do a ship tour.
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They run a 3 1/2 hour trip that includes Cambridge, Concord, Lexington. They have a pick-up listed at 8:25 am at the Seaport Hotel, which is a 5 minute walk from the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. It looks like the actual tour then starts around 9:30 which would get you back around 1 ish.
$75 for two people would be cheaper than renting a car for the day.
These are the folks that run the red Beantown trolleys, which also do tours of Boston, and usually are parked right at the dock waiting for the cruise ships to come in. Believe me, I know, because I work in that area and we have to guard our parking spaces with vigor!!! So check and see -- maybe they even pick up at the dock. Good luck!
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One thing that I did not like, was the thick black smoke that came into the train cars! But, the tour was interesting.
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I love Boston, I have been to a lot of different cities in my life, but Boston is still the best!