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User currently offlineEdelag From Mexico, joined Dec 2005, 331 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

Before anyone starts to blame me that I should have looked over the site to find this information I do have to say, all I found was clearly outdated and most of it incoherent.

Tomorrow I'm of to Boston, I'll be in BOS for about a week, and I was wondering what good places there are to spot.

I heard of constitution beach, are there any other good places (near a T station...) to spot??

Saludos from MTY!
Edelag


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User currently offlineRob2507 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

Sorry to hear that previous discussions weren't helpful. I think one of these days I'll put together a Google map that shows the best spotting locations depending on which runway configuration is in use, along with how to get there, where to park, etc.
Winds tomorrow are forecast out of the south/southwest, which I think results in most departures from 27 and arrivals on 22L/R. Someone please correct me if that's wrong.
You can also check this site ahead of time to see what's going on: http://www4.passur.com/bos.html


User currently offlineB752OS From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

[quote=Edelag,reply=0]Before anyone starts to blame me that I should have looked over the site to find this information I do have to say, all I found was clearly outdated and most of it incoherent.

Tomorrow I'm of to Boston, I'll be in BOS for about a week, and I was wondering what good places there are to spot.

I heard of constitution beach, are there any other good places (near a T station...) to spot??

Saludos from MTY!
Edelag[/quot

You are in luck my friend. BOS is one of the best airports to spot at. I would recommend taking a trip to Castle Island/City Point. There is a nice big park there and you have great views of planes taking off and landing on 4 L/R and 22 L/R. You can get there by taking the red line to either Ashmont of Braintree and getting off at the Broadway stop. From there take the #9 bus out to City point.

Or you could sit in East Boston at Constitution Beach which you can get to by taking the blue line towards Wonderland and get off at Orient Heights station and cross the street.

There are others, but those are the best 2 in my mind.


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2872 times:

For accessibility, Castle Island and Constitution Beach are the best. There's also the Town of Winthrop boat launch but that's a bit far from the subway stop and the bus through Winthrop isn't terribly frequent.

Castle Island can be reached by taking the the number 9 bus to City Point from either Copley Station on the Green Line or Broadway Station on the Red Line (depending on which is more convenient to your starting point) and you take that to P Street and East 2nd Street and from there it's about a 10-15 to Castle Island. If planes are arriving on runways 4R and L, then the actual landing pattern will have them cross directly over your walk and you can better choose the vantage point that you want to see. From the boardwalk they'll pass right over your head but you'll lose sight of them as they get closer to the airport. If you climb the hill at Fort Independence, you'll be a slight bit farther from them but you'll be able to watch them touchdown and you'll have a view of what's taking off as well. If they're taking off from runways 22R and L, then you'll probably want to keep closer to the fort since, for noise abatement purposes, all aircraft execute a relatively quick turn to the left to stay out over the water and therefore will fly closer to the fort. Also, if you're not a vegetarian, don't forget to get some hot dogs and fries at Sullivan's, it's a Castle Island tradition.

Constitution Beach can be reached by taking the Blue Line to Orient Heights Station. When you get there exit out and cross the first street you get to (Saratoga St). Almost directly across from the station is Barnes St. Take that heading down toward the water and the park and beach are straight ahead. If you get hungry there's plenty to eat in the area from Burger King to Latin cuisine to Italian, mostly centred around the intersection of Bennington and Saratoga Sts. Constitution beach is best if planes are taking off on Runways 22R and L since that'll also include some landings on 22L as well. If you don't mind the walk, you can also backtrack up Barnes to Bayswater St and walk down. It's a residential neighbourhood but it gets you a bit closer to the aircraft landing and some pretty good photo ops for those planes waiting to take off.

LH423



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User currently offlineTharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1861 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2852 times:

If you go to the constitution beach side, if you don't mind maybe a five minute walk, i very strongly recommend belle isle seafood on saratoga st, by the bridge. looks like just a little shack, but the best lobster rolls in town, in my opinion. and on your walk there, activity to 4R/22L may go directly overhead.

happy spotting.

it's nothing you can really count on, but if you take a ferry to the harbor islands, you might get lucky and get a good angle on the way. don't make that trip for the intention of spotting, but if you go, keep an eye open.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.ph...n_International_Airport_(BOS/KBOS)

A great resource. Spot on info. I live like an hr from Boston, but wont be around tomorrow. However, my personal recommendation is Castle Island, perfect views of arrivals on the 33's, awesome food at Sullivans, and pretty girls sunbathing  Wink Its acessable by taking the MBTA bus, and its about a 5-10 min walk from the bus stop. Good luck, and have fun.



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User currently offlineRob2507 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2669 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 5):
http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.ph...n_International_Airport_(BOS/KBOS)

A great resource. Spot on info.

That's what I've been looking for! I'll add in some South Boston waterfront info.


User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1988 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

If you get off at JFK/UMASS on the red line you can take a shuttle bus for free to UMASS Boston and the JFK Library where you can walk along the water. You can also walk across the park to Carson Beach. You can also walk to Castle Island on the Harborwalk, 1.5 miles from Carson Beach and 2.5 from UMASS.


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User currently offlineTharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1861 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

How is Castle island compared to fish pier by the world trade center? i've never gone down to castle island.

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