» Durgin Park, inexpensive, (617) 227-2038. What’s a trip to Boston without a heap of those famous baked beans? Well, people have been getting ’em here since 1827, as well as other all-American standards like cornbread, roast turkey, and strawberry shortcake.
The raucous vibe, quick-moving queue, and famously surly waitresses round out the experience.
» Sound Bites, inexpensive, (617) 623-8338. There’s a Middle Eastern menu at lunch, but it’s at breakfast where this Somerville spot really shines. Folks pile in for the fluffy omelets, stuffed French toast, chocolate-chip coconut pancakes, and other morning delights. Of course, since it’s got the best breakfast in Boston, mornings here are crowded and they press to turn over the tables rather swiftly.
» Black Ink, (617) 723-3883. The collection of goods and gifts here is wide ranging — from retro toys to travel books — and attracts adults and kids alike.
» Eye of the Needle, (617) 859-7999. Ladies, even if you wouldn’t really wear the clothes here — from designers like Mint, Tibi, and Shoshana — it’s kind of fun to browse the racks and see what’s hot these days.
» The Freedom Trail Foundation, (617) 357-8300. There are already self-guided audio walking tours and guided hikes with costumed characters on this 2.5-mile historical route, but by the time you read this, there should be new 90-minute air-conditioned bus tours as well.
» The USS Constitution, (617) 242-5670. Old Ironsides, which was launched in 1797, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship. Tour the mighty vessel, then explore her history at the adjacent museum.