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Old 10-08-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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Parents weekend coming up - and the closest reasonable I can get to Boston is a hotel in Natick.

I was thinking I could park at Riverside and T it into the city.

BUT The ? Is this a safe area for me? And is there any great shopping in the area? For teenage son- I am guessing it'll be cheaper out there vs. in Boston. But where to go?
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Natick is about 30 - 40 minute drive in to Boston. It is a safe area and there is the Natick Mall. It is close to Framingham which also has shopping malls. The MBTA is as safe as any major city.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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Natick is a fine town, I have many friends living there. In fact Natick Mall is where I go when I need to do mall shopping. If you want to PM me the hotel, I can probably tell you more about it. Given Natick is close to Route 9, I would suggest that you drive all the way into Brookline/Boston, If I remember correctly, you son is at a school near Fenway? If you are visiting on a weekend, you can easily park at Beaconsfield, Brookline Hills, Brookline VIllage, or Longwood..hop on the T and be at Fenway in 10 mins.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:26 AM   #4
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So which lots have the best chance of spots? I don't remember Brookline having a lot? Or is it just street parking and I have to get lucky? EXCITED! Love Boston!
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It is a very safe town. Where do you have to go in Boston? There is a train station in Natick so you might want to check out the MBTA map and schedule.

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Old 10-09-2012, 08:27 AM   #6
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My son goes to school near Fenway- He'll probably stay with me for the night. So I am thinking shopping out in Natick Saturday and then fun in Boston on Sunday. (BRUNCH is a must do! nobody does brunch like Boston imho!)

Any restaurant suggestions near Natick - I saw all the chains at the Mall and we like PF Changs, but if there is something must do nearby I'd rather try a local place!
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Im in Natick! I was shocked to see my town as a thread title on the DIS haha. Depending on what type of food/what area you'd like to eat in, I can give you some suggestions Rt 9 is the main drag that cuts Natick in half and it has all the shopping. Kelly's Roast Beef is one of the better food places along Rt 9, there's The Dolphin in downtown Natick if you like seafood, Agostino's for Italian any other questions, please feel free to ask
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So which lots have the best chance of spots? I don't remember Brookline having a lot? Or is it just street parking and I have to get lucky? EXCITED! Love Boston!
If you park at the Woodland T station (next to Newton/Wellesley Hospital) it;s $6 for a whole day of parking in a covered garage, and it's on the Green Line so it's a few stops to Fenway
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My son is a burger and fries kind of kid- also Japanese food!(typical college student I guess)

Rte 9 seems to hit right at the T stop if I switch over to 16? according to the map I looked at- is that right? Going straight along 9 seems to take me to Boylston- but parking would be an issue there I am guessing?
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My son is a burger and fries kind of kid- also Japanese food!(typical college student I guess)

Rte 9 seems to hit right at the T stop if I switch over to 16? according to the map I looked at- is that right? Going straight along 9 seems to take me to Boylston- but parking would be an issue there I am guessing?
Yup, right up Rt 9, then onto 16 for about a mile or so. Parking in the city is always an issue, its much easier to park at Woodland and take the T.

Casey's in downtown Natick is a trolley car turned into a diner and they have hamburgers and hotdogs. SO SO SO YUMMY. It's super small and I think they only take cash, but it's such a cool place to eat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXT76G7NYzk

Theres also Shanghai Tokyo in downtown Natick, and Minado on Rt 9. Minado is a Japanese seafood buffet, and Shanghai Tokyo is a regular chinese food place. If you head a few minuites down Rt 9 West, theres a sushi place called Samba thats popular with the Framingham State students because its right down the hill from the campus.
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So which lots have the best chance of spots? I don't remember Brookline having a lot? Or is it just street parking and I have to get lucky? EXCITED! Love Boston!
Beaconsfield, Brookline Hills, Brookline Village, Longwood all have parking lot, not big lot, but about 15-20 spaces. If you are coming on a Saturday and don't have to fight with commuters, you should be able to get a space. The reason I recommend these stops is because if you go further out, the T fare is a bit higher, not high enough to break the bank, but you are driving already.
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