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It looks like I will be going to Cape Cod this Summer for the first time in around 10 years. I'm going up for family reasons; I don't want to go into too many details, but my uncle is going through a divorce with a woman that isn't the nicest person in the world (to put it lightly), and he currently has custody over my cousin, a young 12- or 13-year-old adopted from Russia as an infant. I'll be taking care of my cousin while my uncle is out at sea with his lobstering business.

I plan on taking pictures of several places along the drive. The larger New England cities are obviously on my list: New Haven, Bridgeport, Providence, Fall River, etc. Smaller places are on the list: Mystic and Newport for example. Keeping in mind that the real purpose of my trip is to help out my uncle at home, not travel around New England, what are some good cities and towns somewhat along I-95 that I should stop in to take some quick pictures of? Are there any places that I should not even bother with and pass by en route to a more worthy city?

Also, I would like to take my cousin on some day trips or afternoon trips. Since my uncle works long hours harvesting lobsters on his boat, and works maybe 6 days a week from sunrise until the afternoon, I don't think my cousin has seen too many places. I'll have to check with my uncle and find otu what he's seen, but as of now, even the must-see places in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are game (USS Constitution, Old North Church, places like that). What are some good day trips and afternoon trips that a 13-year-old would like or be glad that he can say that he saw?

Lastly, does anyone have knowledge of random stuff? What's trafic like in Boston, if I decide to go up there for a day? How much is the toll for the bridge over Narragansett Bay, and is it a one-way toll or do you have to pay going in both directions? How much are the ferries to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard? How long does it take to drive from the Eastern Cape to certain place like Boston or Providence?

Any additional information that I might need is also appreciated.
 

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There are a great number of places you might want to visit. besides the obvious ones you listed I would say it would not hurt for you to stop in New london CT before you head to Mystic. The city has for a long time been known and dangerous and run down, but thanks in large part to Pfizer it has a new life and Bank street is very nice and still getting better. Some pretty buildings as well.

you can head south to Waterford as well from new london (just drive south from downtown along the water. and check out Harkness state park. Its a Newport style estate open to the public, but with more land.

Another place to stop is Ond Stonington Bourough. Its like a more historic less touristy Mystic. more residential as well, but a great place to bring a camera and walk around.

The bridge to Newport was something silly like $0.50 or $1.50 back when I went to URI, but Im sure its more now. can't be too expensive though.

Newport is great on the old cobblestone downtown, the newer section dockside, or along the cliffwalk. Fall river can be skipped. honestly it really can be. Unless your all into Urban grit.

If you go to providence look up Trinity Brew pub. Go into the basement, ask the bartender for a tour, order a pitcher of their IPA and get some of those Asian wings they make. There usually is someone playing jazz down there, and its just a damn nice place. Its right downtown and only 3? blocks from the river.

Province town (at the end of the cape) might be a little too over the top (gay community) in the middle of summer for a teenage cousin, but the whale watching from there cant be beat! I really enjoyed it even though I was slightly traumatized by the men in assless chaps that I saw later that day (I was 17 and on a school trip)

if the kid is into science look into the woods hole institute in woods hole Mass. They partner with MIT for ocean research and it is the home of Alvin. Very cool place for the science buff or even nature show lover. I was giddy when I saw Alvin after the countless PBS shown and Discovery shows where Alvin goes down to the bottom of the ocean. and im only slightly nerdy.

You can likely get yourself some kind of tour. Its a college campus although its an active working marine research base. I luckily have a friend that got her masters there. she builds robots that swim now :nuts:

The USS Constitution in Boston is always pretty cool, and definately made an impression on me when I was young. If you are doing Mystic in CT as well definately do Mystic seaport first as that big bad boy makes anything in CT seem insignificant. But the seaport is still cool.

ok back to Boston.. Just walk around. The Green rocks as does everything around it. take the history trail to the old north church etc, and end up down at quincy market. maybe grab a pint at the Green Dragon (yes its a bar, but its like where they wrote the early drafts of the constitution)

anyhoo thats all I got for now.
 

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Thanks for the information. I will look into Old Stonington. Sounds like a nice place.

I think I am going to stop in Fall River just because it looked interesting from the bridge when I was a kid. Some pictures to refresh my memories feel necessary. It doesn't sound like I need to spend too much time there though. Isn't there a lighthouse just south of the bridge? I think I remember seeing one. Isn't there also a battleship docked just south of the bridge?

Woods Hole sounds like a good place to try out. I've never been in that area of Cape Cod so it will be my first time out there.

As I can expect, it sounds like Boston has infinite places to walk around and look at. I think I want to see Beacon Hill, the State House, The Green, the Financial District, the North End, the wharves, the USS Constitution, and the historic colonial sites in that area. Boston might take two days to even glimpse the famous stuff.

Newport sounds like it has several nice areas. I'll have to try and check out all of them. Is there any way to get good views of the mansions so that I can take pictures of them, or is that hard to do?

Are there any historic or great-looking historic areas in cities like New Haven, Providence, or New Bedford? I'd like to see the nice areas, rather then pick a random place in these cities and find out that I missed the good spots.

Thanks for the information so far.
 

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As I can expect, it sounds like Boston has infinite places to walk around and look at. I think I want to see Beacon Hill, the State House, The Green, the Financial District, the North End, the wharves, the USS Constitution, and the historic colonial sites in that area. Boston might take two days to even glimpse the famous stuff.
The history trail or whatever its called is a self guided walk thru downtown from the Green past most of the stuff you want to see. good times.

Newport sounds like it has several nice areas. I'll have to try and check out all of them. Is there any way to get good views of the mansions so that I can take pictures of them, or is that hard to do?
Its called the cliff walk. Its a mile or so walk along the cliff past all the fanciest houses. You will need to pay for admitance into all but I think one of the mansions if you want to see inside.
Are there any historic or great-looking historic areas in cities like New Haven, Providence, or New Bedford? I'd like to see the nice areas, rather then pick a random place in these cities and find out that I missed the good spots.

Thanks for the information so far.
For New haven almost all of downtown is Historyc thanks to yale Univ.

Seriously you need to walk around those Gothic buildings.
can I write NEED one or two more times.

Even though its summer and the campus will be kind of quiet it will lookd spectacular.
 

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I live in New Bedford. Downtown is great and only 1 mile off of I-195. Cobblestone streets, historic bldgs and the Whaling National Historic Park. From new New Bedford you can take a ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Cuttyhunk Islands, or, there is regional airline service to MV or Nantucket from New Bedford airport. (I can get you a deal!)
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Thanks for the information on New Bedford. I think I remember seeing pictures of historic New England buildings in New Bedford. I definitely want to see that historic district.

Going to Nantucket or Cuttyhunk or Martha's Vinyard might be tough. How much does a ferry ride cost? How long does it take?
 

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The MV ferry is a highspeed ferry just under an hour. Cuttyhunk is a tradional ferry, which takes approx 45 mins I think. MV ferry is roughly $50 rt perhaps.
 

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there are several locations where you can catch a ferry from the mainland to any of several islands.

you can get on the car ferries for around 10 bucks as a passanger only. parking is free I think so just park at the ferry terminal and bring bicycles across the boat.

do a web search for block island ferry or marthas vineyard ferry and you will be all good. I take www.longislandferry.com all the time. it costs 14 bucks for a passanger ~40 each way as a car
 

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I don't know if visiting an island will be a good idea if I have my cousin with me. It seems too time-consuming for a day trip or afternoon trip. I think I might stay on the mainland, and visit various islands on my own some time.

Regarding Stonington, I think I will stop by there if I'm going to stop in Mystic on my way up. Stonington isn't that far from Mystic, and I'll get to see some scenery along Long Island Sound it appears.
 

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Nantucket is worth a day trip. You can take the Hy-Line from Hyannis (don't bother with the high-speed, its not really worth the extra cost). The boat lets you off right in the center of town. It's a stunning town, amazing architecture historically preserved. You could bring a bike, but you can easily keep yourself busy for the afternoon in town taking photos and going into shops and eating.

The Vineyard is great, but it is a much larger island consisting of 5 towns with attractions all over the island. If you do want to go to the Vineyard, take the Island Queen from Falmouth. It is a short and cheap trip to Oak Bluffs which is probably the most interesting town on the island, with shops and food, and the amazing gingerbread cottages, which are worth the trip alone. If you do want to visit the other towns, there is a bus system. I'd recommend going to Edgartown if you want to visit another town. The cliffs at Gay Head (Aquinnah) are worth visiting, but they are about an hour from Oak Bluffs and once you're there, you look at the cliffs and spend an hour going back.

As for getting around the Cape, the weekend of course is busiest, think about when people would be coming from Boston for the weekend (i.e. Friday afternoon and Saturday morning) and when they will be leaving (i.e. Sunday afternoon) and try not to be traveling in that direction at that time. Even during the week, the Mid-Cape has a definite rush hour and traffic is very heavy in Barnstable, Yarmouth, and Dennis (especially) afterwork, so wait until 6:30pm before heading out during the week if you aren't out already. If you're on the Outer Cape (eastern end) traffic isn't as bad during the week, but Routes 28, 6, and 6A fill up with traffic during the weekends.

If you're heading into Boston, you can park at one of the T Stations on Route 3 south of the city (Braintree or Quincy Adams) and save yourself a lot of headaches driving and parking in Boston. There's also Commuter Rail service from Plymouth and Kingston, but that may not suit your schedule as well.

I wouldn't make a special trip to Fall River, New Bedford is much more photogenic. But if you are thinking of taking your cousin to Battleship Cove, you could drive around a bit and take some photos. Battleship Cove isn't really an all day adventure, so that'd be a good time to head to Providence, it's only about 15 minutes from Fall River. Your cousin might enjoy the Zoo in Providence.
 

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Rye, NY is a really nice place and right off the I-95 past the Bronx.

Greenwich and Westport, CT have nice classy downtowns with great restaurants, mainline stores, and trinket and tchotchke stores for the ladies. You probably wont have time to explore the towns, but if you want to see some gigantic houses, these towns will surpass your expectations.

I dont know how old you are but Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods (preferred) are pretty nice casinos that will rival Vegas casinos. They are in East CT.

I havent been to New Haven since 2000, but personally I would skip it, unless it has changed dramatically?

If you can make it to Hartford, hit it up, its not too bad of a town, and it has a Buffalo, NY feel to it.

Plymouth Rock is something a kid would like to see, I enjoyed it when I was like 10 years old.

Hyannis is the major hub on the Cape, you can find stuff to do there. If you are making trips out to the islands during the summer, I would call to make a reservation for the ferry. This time of year is very busy and walk ons are very hard to do on the ferrys. Marthas Vineyard is fun, VERY laid back.

Boston is a fun laid back town, tons of tourist stuff. Newton, Chestnut Ridge have great restaurants.

Providence is another fun city. Newport has great beaches.
 
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