Hi. Fun! I will try. One night: I'd get off the Green Line at Arlington and go from there by foot. But there are lots of options. The Public Gardens are classic, of course. There is a Hermes Boutique on the corner of Arlington and Boyleston, so gotta get the pic there . Right there is the Swan Boats...cliche and a must. Newbury Street is there with shopping/eye candy. I love Charles Street with the quaint antique shops (a block up--toward Beacon Hill) off Beacon Street. We walked (15 minutes) from the Public Gardens to Faneuil Hall (or Government Center on the Red Line) and everyone but ds6 was fine. Lots of food at decent prices: ds13 and I had fried cod, very fresh and yummy. Lots by the water. My niece loves China Town, http://www.boston.com/travel/boston/neighborhoods/chinatown/ Canoli on the North End is a must try...I didn't get to but highly recommend the North End, which is an Italian area historically. A lot was out of my league price-wise, but some fun tourist stuff I looked into: Prudential Building-- 20ish/person; trolley tours-- 40/person (ish) for the trolley tours. Doing the trolley tours is a great way to get acclimated and get some history, then I would walk the Freedom Trail, or some of it. What days of the week? I found cheaper rates Th-Sunday. But we did score with our hotel: Sheraton Boston at 231 and 199, depending on the night. Bro was in Boston in October 2011 and paid about 600/night for the Marriott. Check both but I found more deals with the Sheraton, and it has pool. If more than one adult is traveling (or even just one), pay a bit more for the deluxe room (2-3 feet wider really makes a difference). Boston hotel rooms are small. The Copley Plaza Mall is right there with multiple hotels connected to it. There is a food court, and bro highly recommended burgers. Definitely go to Pinkberry. But this group of hotels is not truly in Back Bay, imo. I saw the Boston Park Plaza on the taxi ride, and it is historic and cool, but no pool. Great location, though, very central. A tPFer also suggested the Marriott Long Wharf, and it looked great, but they were booked for my dates. Honestly, if you are there any time, take the Redline into Cambridge and dub around Harvard Square. I used to chill there in grad school---lived in Cambridge. The MFA is amazing. The aquarium rocks, all the museums, really: children's and science, too. A little info. There is a great thread in the travel subforum.