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Old 04-28-2013, 07:40 AM   #1
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Do you ever "play tourist" in your own home town?

Do you ever decide to spend some time seeing sites or attractions that your city or town is noted for, but usually visited by tourists from out of town?

We live in Buffalo, NY and recently took a guided tour of our City Hall, which is considered one of the greatest, architecturally, in the country. Also, the other day we spent time in a neighborhood called Elmwood Village (one of the best urban neighborhoods in the country) as we often do, but this time we took the camera with us and took some pics of the architecture and of some streetscapes.

Of course Niagara Falls is only a 20 minute drive away, but we seem to only go there when showing it to out of town visitors.

How about you? Do you ever appreciate what your town has to offer, instead of taking it for granted like so many of us tend to do?
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:49 AM   #2
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Do you ever decide to spend some time seeing sites or attractions that your city or town is noted for, but usually visited by tourists from out of town?

We live in Buffalo, NY and recently took a guided tour of our City Hall, which is considered one of the greatest, architecturally, in the country. Also, the other day we spent time in a neighborhood called Elmwood Village (one of the best urban neighborhoods in the country) as we often do, but this time we took the camera with us and took some pics of the architecture and of some streetscapes.

Of course Niagara Falls is only a 20 minute drive away, but we seem to only go there when showing it to out of town visitors.

How about you? Do you ever appreciate what your town has to offer, instead of taking it for granted like so many of us tend to do?

I am from upstate NY and was about 2 hours from Niagara Falls. I have lived in Myrtle beach now for the last 6 years. I kinda wished I did see more in NY now that I am not there. We have played tourist here, especially since I know someday we will move to Florida.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:52 AM   #3
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I totally take it for granted. Although, DH & I are talking about doing a city tour bus one day....one of this hop on-hop off buses that goes ll over Manhattan.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:38 AM   #4
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:49 AM   #5
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Given the number of folks who on this board who consider St Loius a destination, I do think we maybe tend to take a few things about our area for granted. We have done most of the known attractions, but never really considered them the kinds of things that would draw in visitors from other states - unless they happened to be passing through.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:51 AM   #6
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Yes! I didn't move here (near Boston) until I was 22, so I definitely don't take it for granted. I love being a "tourist-in-residence," and generally try to see a few new things every summer.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:07 AM   #7
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We're about 1/2 way between Philly and NYC. DH and I both know NYC much better. So in about 2 weeks when DD is on a school trip we're headed to Philly for the weekend. We're looking forward to just wandering around and taking in the sites that interest us. It'll be a fun and cheap weekend (thanks to credit card hotel points).

Typically though we'll just go into either city for a single purpose (game, show etc) but not really spend time doing tourity things.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:26 AM   #8
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We've been to most of the museums in Milwaukee - HOWEVER - DH and I just made it to the Harley Museum a few weeks ago. The we went to a famous Milwaukee diner - and realized an Indian gambling spot (Potowatomi Casino) was really close to where we were - so we hopped over there for a little bit.

It was a fun, fun day. While we lost $3.98 at the casino - it was worth the entertainment while we were there.

So - while we do like to do things in the Milwaukee area - we much prefer to do things in Chicago!
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:27 AM   #9
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YES, last summer my DD and I spent a FRIDAY afternoon visiting 2 our of local museums. One was free, another not. It was really enjoyable.

I don't remember exactly how this conservation started, but an older couple was talking about some of the beaches ( my hometown is on Lake Michigan) and I gave them some refernces of which ones their grandkids would like the best. They were from N. IL. and I was so happy to guide them along.

I live between between MILWAUKEE and CHICAGO so there are limitless things to do.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:29 AM   #10
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Even though I live in its shadow, I have not once set foot inside the Mall of America. I would rather stick toothpicks under my fingernails!
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:33 AM   #11
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Um.....I live in Schenectady so no.

I do enjoy the museums and stuff in Albany though.
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All the time but it is a pretty easy city to do that in.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:07 AM   #13
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I'm from Philadelphia, and used to go on tours and stuff all the time, because I love history.

Now I live in a town about twenty minutes outside of the city, where there's nothing to see but my neighbor's plumber's crack as he bends over to water his plants, so no.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:27 AM   #14
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There is nothing to see in this town.

We live about 45min from Pittsburgh and I plan to make some visits this summer. I've been to the Children's museum, zoo, and science center plenty of times. I have yet to ride the incline though!
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I live in a close suburb of NYC.
It is extremely rare for me to play tourist in NYC. I go in for Broadway shows, but it is in, see the show, drive back home. I don't linger too much.


Every so often we'll take the kids in and walk around, but meh-It's okay, I have fun but it's not my favorite place to be.

I do want to go to the Tenement Museum, so some time in the next few months we'll go do that.

I'm glad it's right there, in case i want to visit, but I don't feel the need to go in often.
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