Do you ever "play tourist" in your own home town?

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by topolino, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. topolino

    topolino DIS Veteran

    Jan 6, 2006
    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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  3. castoff

    castoff <font color=green>Something <i>Wonder</i>ful is ab

    Oct 1, 2004

    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.
  4. cluvsdisney

    cluvsdisney DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2010
    I totally take it for granted. Although, DH & I are talking about doing a city tour bus one of this hop on-hop off buses that goes ll over Manhattan.
  5. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

    Oct 29, 2006
    Yes. I started being intentional about it the year all my time off and all my money went to having cancer.
  6. Gumbo4x4

    Gumbo4x4 Note to the ladies who forgot to

    Jan 19, 2012
    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.
  7. PollyannaMom

    PollyannaMom I was a click-clack champ!!

    May 16, 2006
    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.
  8. Poohforyou

    Poohforyou DIS Veteran

    Mar 16, 2011
    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.
  9. clh2

    clh2 <font color=green>I am the Pixie Stick NARC at my

    Jul 15, 2003
    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!
  10. carrie1626

    carrie1626 DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2001
    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.:thumbsup2
  11. Candleinthewind

    Candleinthewind Mouseketeer

    Jan 22, 2013
    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!
  12. Soldier's*Sweeties

    Soldier's*Sweeties DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    Um.....I live in Schenectady so no.;):rotfl:

    I do enjoy the museums and stuff in Albany though.
  13. RadioNate

    RadioNate DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2002
    All the time but it is a pretty easy city to do that in.
  14. BlueStarryHat

    BlueStarryHat <img src=

    Apr 23, 2013
    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. :faint:
  15. *JoGo*

    *JoGo* DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2006
    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!
  16. JVL1018

    JVL1018 Guest

    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.
  17. topolino

    topolino DIS Veteran

    Jan 6, 2006
    Schenectady does boast some interesting architecture and historical sites, if I'm not mistaken. In addition, it's the city in New York state with the most fun name to say, though Poughkeepsie might not agree with that. :rotfl:

    I agree with you that the Capitol District has a lot to offer.
  18. Lorelei Lee

    Lorelei Lee DIS Veteran

    Feb 6, 2011
    Funny how that works. I'm from Long Island, and when I was growing up my parents frequently took us into the city to play tourist. And I did the same with my kids. My younger daughter fell in love with the city and chose to go to college there.

    Also play tourist here on the island sometimes.

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  19. Soldier's*Sweeties

    Soldier's*Sweeties DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    You're right it does. The Stockade is really neat area. I actually really like it here! But it does Schenectady does get a bad rap.

    It took me a while to be able spell it that's for sure!
  20. Handbag Lady

    Handbag Lady Disneyland Bride 2000

    Jun 15, 2005
    I go to Universal Studios about once a year. I LOVE the tram ride that takes you backstage. ;) My husband, on the other hand, tries to hide in case he sees someone we know. (We both work at another studio.)

    I keep meaning to take the Warner Brothers tour but just can't get time off during the week. I set up my sister for the Paramount VIP tour once, I should have gone with her. I didn't know my friend set her up as a VIP VIP, meaning, she got all of the bells and whistles and some extra locations.

    I am STILL trying to get tickets for the Ellen show.

    I do The Price is Right at least once or twice a year; never yet have been picked. Drew Carey is very entertaining regardless.

    My husband LOVES going to Venice Beach as he used to live there. I can't stand that place with all of the posers and losers trying tragically to be weird. You can't BECOME weird, you either are or you are not. I just hate when people get in my face and that happens a lot there. But again, the husband loves it there so I make the best of it and try to have some fun. The food is good at the Sidewalk Cafe, at least. I just avoid the balloon clown at all costs. :crazy2:

    We are beach people so we do that as often as we can. I haven't been to the Santa Monica pier in a while, though. As I get older, I find that I am migrating North. In my youth, Torrance and Redondo were the ONLY place to go. Then in my 20's, I preferred the Men of Manhattan. I lived in Marina del Rey for 10 years, and did the whole MDR-Santa Monica bike path. Now that I am in my 40's, I prefer the calm of Malibu.

    We also try to get to Balboa Island once a year and stay for a few days in a hotel on that side of Los Angeles.

    So, yes, I am a tourist in my own town. Oh, I forgot all about Disneyland. :lmao:
  21. h518may

    h518may Mouseketeer

    Jan 14, 2008
    Well I've been to the Derby museum and the Louisville sluger museum those are the big ones here.

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