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Amtrak Downeaster: 5 things to do near Boston North Station

  1. During this time of year, New Hampshire is a magnet for leaf-peepers coming to look at the beautiful fall foliage. However, an often-overlooked place for New England foliage is the Boston Public Gardens. Soak in the last bits of summer warmth, people watch and enjoy the swan boats and peaceful nature within the bustling city of Boston. The best part about this activity is that it’s free. Pack a picnic, a book or even some homework and spend the day at this garden oasis in the city.

2. Hop across the water for a spooky ghost walking tour in Harvard Square. The tour is 1.5 hours long and is led by tour guides in costume. For those looking for a creepy Halloween activity, this is for you. Listen to scary stories of the history in Harvard Square involving murders and even Harvard students. The walking tour is being offered at a discounted rate right now at $12 per person. The tours are given through this weekend at 7:30 p.m. each night. No promises you won’t get spooked! But ghosts aren’t real, right? 

 3. For those looking for something a bit less spooky, but still festive, consider Howl-O-Ween: Doggie Costume Party Cruise. The details of this event are still in the works, but it is being put on by Massachusetts Bay Lines Vessels. Take in unique views of the city, enjoy entertainment and snacks,= and gush over the adorable dogs in costume. It should be noted for all of the Dog Moms out there that only one dog is permitted per each paying adult. Tickets cost $10 to $16 on the Boston events website GoldStar. There will be prizes awarded for those best dressed, both canine and human!

4. For those not as keen on Halloween, there are plenty of other things to do in the North Station area. For history buffs, take a tour of the USS Constitution, the oldest ship in the world that still floats. It was used in the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and is now permanently docked in the Boston Harbor. Tours are offered all day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every 30 minutes. Both the ship tour and the museum are free, although there is a suggested donation at the museum. More information is available at 

5. Check out some cheap eats. Big cities are becoming more and more aware of the need for quality, delicious, affordable food. From classics like Boston cream pie to Tibetan dumplings, Boston has it all. The best part is that cheap eateries are spread throughout the city and its surrounding area. For a large sub sandwich for around $7, head to P & K Delicatessen on Beacon Street. If you are a bit more adventurous, try Singh’s Roti Shop, a restaurant offering roti, a traditional Trinidadian dish, as well as many sides and their famous hot sauce.

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