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My guide is to help you get a good over view of Boston and not break the bank. Wear comfortable shoes and you are ready to go!

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  • History Buff
  • Like a Local

24 Places

12 City Tips

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24 Places

Day 1

USS Constitution Museum

History Museums

Charlestown Navy Yard

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Marinas, Ships

North End

Neighbourhoods

Old State House

Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums

The Paul Revere House

Historic Sites, History Museums

Boston Massacre Site

Historic Sites

Bunker Hill Monument

Monuments & Statues

Old South Meeting House

Historic Sites

Bunker Hill

Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues

King's Chapel

Churches & Cathedrals

Old Town Trolley Tours

Sightseeing Tours, City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

USS Constitution

Ships

Day 2

Back Bay

Neighbourhoods

Trinity Church

Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals

Boston Public Garden

Gardens, Parks

Fenway Park

Arenas & Stadiums

The Mapparium

Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues

Boylston Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Swan Boats

Boat Tours

Day 3

National Park Service Visitor Center

Visitor Centres

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Greenway Carousel

Other Fun & Games

New England Aquarium Whale Watch

Dolphin & Whale Watching

James Hook & Company

Restaurants

cathyhutch2016's City Tips

  • While at the USS Constitution, take a walk to the Navy Yard and get a sandwich at Tedeski's. It is the best sandwich shop in the city that nobody knows about.
  • Trinity Church has a free tour after the last service on Sunday only. Otherwise it is $7.00 but certainly worth the money.
  • The Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles long and covers 18 historical points of interest.
  • The Bunker Hill Monument is free and has a nice museum.
  • The USS Constitution and its 2 museums are free, however, she goes into drydock around 5/18/15 for two years. You will be able to get a close up look at her, just not go on.
  • Stay at a hotel outside of the city. Woburn is 15 minutes away, on the commuter rail line, and will cost a lot less than in Boston proper.
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art is free on Thursday's after 5:00.
  • The Museum of Fine Art is free on Wednesday's after 5:00.
  • Get a lobster roll from James Hook. Their clam chowder is pretty good too.
  • Buy a multi-day T (subway pass). The T is safe and easy to figure out.
  • Don't drive. The streets aren't easy to navigate and parking is so expensive.
  • You can easily get around most of Boston by walking.
    Day 1
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    USS Constitution Museum
    History Museums
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    Nice museum and it is free. Exhibits change frequently.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Nice gift shop
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You Have To See This If You See The Ship 17/08/2018
    • Great education for young and old 17/08/2018
    • USS Constitution Museum
    Address:
    Bldg 22 Charlestown Navy Yard
    Charlestown
    Boston, MA 02129
    Phone:
    +1 617-426-1812
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Charlestown Navy Yard
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Marinas, Ships
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    The Navy Yard was used quite a lot in WWII. Check out the buildings from the era.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Take a lunch break at Tedeski's.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Forth visit. Worth the trip. Great History 05/08/2018
    • See the difference 02/08/2018
    • Charlestown Navy Yard
    Address:
    First Ave.
    Boston, MA
    Phone:
    +1 617-242-5601
    Hours:
    Sun - Tue
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Wed
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Thu - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    North End
    Neighbourhoods
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    The Italian section of Boston. Lot's of great restaurant, shops, and many historical points of interest.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Lot's of history. Try Galleria Umbra for lunch. It is easy to miss on Hanover St. so look carefully,
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun place to wander around 17/08/2018
    • Loved the North End - best location 16/08/2018
    • North End
    Other:
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    Old State House
    Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    It was Boston's original State House and has a nice museum.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Check out John Hancock's vest.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great interactive museum 16/08/2018
    • Powerful History Here 12/08/2018
    • Old State House
    Address:
    206 Washington St
    Boston, MA 02109-1702
    Phone:
    +1 617-720-1713
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    The Paul Revere House
    Historic Sites, History Museums
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    It is the oldest wooden structure in Boston dating back to the 1600's.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting Perspective 15/08/2018
    • The Oldest House in Boston, Built c.1680 15/08/2018
    • The Paul Revere House
    Address:
    19 North Sq
    Boston, MA 02113-2405
    Phone:
    +1 617-523-2338
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    9:30 AM - 4:15 PM
    Sat - Mon
    9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
    Other:
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    Boston Massacre Site
    Historic Sites
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    It is right in front of the Old State House so you can see both in a very short amount of time.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It is right in the middle of a busy street so watch the traffic.
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 420 things to do in Boston
    • moved 16/08/2018
    • Make sure to look down 09/08/2018
    • Boston Massacre Site
    Address:
    206 Washington St
    Boston, MA 02109-1702
    Phone:
    +1 617-635-3911
    Other:
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    Bunker Hill Monument
    Monuments & Statues
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    You have great view of the city from the top of the Monument.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive Monument 19/08/2018
    • Fun climb up 18/08/2018
    • Bunker Hill Monument
    Phone:
    +1 617-242-7275
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Old South Meeting House
    Historic Sites
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    It is where the Boston Tea Party started on 12/19/1774.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • largest building in revolutionary Boston 16/08/2018
    • Nice Historic Church to Visit in Boston 03/08/2018
    • Old South Meeting House
    Address:
    310 Washington St
    Boston, MA 02108-4616
    Phone:
    +1 617-482-6439
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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    Bunker Hill
    Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    This is where the Revolutionary War all began, worth the trip

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful park and a great end to the Freedom Trail! 02/08/2018
    • Freedom Trail! 29/07/2018
    • Bunker Hill
    Address:
    55 Constitution Rd
    Charlestown
    Boston, MA
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    King's Chapel
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    It is a beautiful church, worth a visit to while ion the Freedom Trail.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit while on the Freedom Trail 11/08/2018
    • Kings Chapel 09/08/2018
    • King's Chapel
    Address:
    58 Tremont St
    Boston, MA 02108-3201
    Phone:
    +1 617-523-1749
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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    Old Town Trolley Tours
    Sightseeing Tours, City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    Any time I go someplace new I always take a trolley tour. It is the best way to get a good overview of the city. Old Town Trolley is hop on hop off so you can see all the above sites at your own pace.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Family
    Tips
    • Either start early or after 1:00. It can be crowded.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 153 Tours in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Be warned 18/08/2018
    • False advertising 18/08/2018
    • Old Town Trolley Tours
    Phone:
    +1 855-396-7433
    Price range:
    US$39 - US$39
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    USS Constitution
    Ships
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    My favorite spot in Boston, a must see for history buffs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • It is free. She goes to dry dock around 5/18/15 for two years.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 'Old Ironsides' Dates Back To 1797- !' 17/08/2018
    • Tour this on a day that isnt scorching hot 16/08/2018
    • USS Constitution
    Address:
    Bldg. 5, Charlestown Navy Yard
    Boston, MA 02129
    Phone:
    +1 617-242-5671
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Back Bay
    Neighbourhoods
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    A nice sections of the city, lot's to see and do for everyone.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes and walk.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved Back Bay. 14/08/2018
    • Beautiful neighborhood charm 12/08/2018
    • Back Bay
    Other:
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    Trinity Church
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    Considered to be one of the top ten most beautiful churches in the world.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Spend $7.00 and take the tour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Magnificent 14/08/2018
    • Beautiful historic church 10/08/2018
    • Trinity Church
    Address:
    206 Boylston St
    Copley Square
    Boston, MA 02116-3916
    Phone:
    +1 617-536-0944
    Hours:
    Sun
    7:45 AM - 8:00 PM
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Boston Public Garden
    Gardens, Parks
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    America's first public garden, check out the Make Way for Ducklings statues.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Ride the Swan Boats.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A nice park next to Boston Common 19/08/2018
    • A beautiful park well worth the visit 18/08/2018
    • Boston Public Garden
    Address:
    69 Beacon St
    Boston, MA 02108-3422
    Phone:
    +1 617-723-8144
    Other:
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    Fenway Park
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    America's best ball park, take the tour and enjoy!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    Tips
    • Tour tickets are available at the Team Store on Yawkee Way.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fenway Tour and Ballgame 18/08/2018
    • Baseball Sanctuary 18/08/2018
    • Fenway Park
    Address:
    4 Yawkey Way
    Boston, MA 02215-3409
    Phone:
    +1 617-267-1700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    The Mapparium
    Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    This is a stained glass globe that depicts the world before the Great War.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Great accoustics.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surprise Experience 17/08/2018
    • Highly recommended 13/08/2018
    • The Mapparium
    Address:
    200 Massachusetts Ave
    The Mary Baker Eddy Library
    Boston, MA 02115-3012
    Phone:
    +1 617-450-7000
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Boylston Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    Lot's of shopping, great for foodies, and where the Boston Marathon ends.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Have you picture taken on the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great part of town! 17/07/2018
    • What a variety! 07/07/2018
    • Boylston Street
    Address:
    Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02116
    Phone:
    +1 978-770-8561
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    Swan Boats
    Boat Tours
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    The Swan Boats have been in the Public Garden since the 1880's.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go early or later in the afternoon as the lines may be long.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 43 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must Do 31/07/2018
    • Fun 22/07/2018
    • Swan Boats
    Address:
    Boston Public Garden
    Boston, MA 02116
    Phone:
    +1 617-522-1966
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    National Park Service Visitor Center
    Visitor Centres
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    This is a good place to pick up literature about the city and talk to the guides if you need ideas about what to do.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take one of their walking tours. It is a great way to see the historic side of the city
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 420 things to do in Boston
    • Lively Lesson! 07/08/2018
    • A must do -- earn a junior ranger badge for children! 29/07/2018
    • National Park Service Visitor Center
    Phone:
    +1 617-242-5642
    Other:
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    Faneuil Hall Marketplace
    Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    It is Boston's #1 tourist destination, everyone eventually ends up here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • It can get crowded.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You can’t miss it !! 18/08/2018
    • A nice clean area leading to the full Market 18/08/2018
    • Faneuil Hall Marketplace
    Address:
    1 Faneuil Hall Sq
    Quincy Market
    Boston, MA 02109-1604
    Phone:
    +1 617-523-1300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Greenway Carousel
    Other Fun & Games
    See more photos
    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    Every animal is hand carved and represents an animal found in New England, Where else can you ride a skunk?

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 47 Fun & Games in Boston
    • Sooo Cool! 01/04/2018
    • Toddler loved it! 14/12/2017
    • Greenway Carousel
    Phone:
    +1 617-292-0020
    Other:
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    New England Aquarium Whale Watch
    Dolphin & Whale Watching
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    This is a four hour tour and well worth the price.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You are guaranteed to see whales. It isn't cheap but well worth the price.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 43 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience-better than expected-would recommend 18/08/2018
    • Whale watch 16/08/2018
    • New England Aquarium Whale Watch
    Address:
    New England Aquarium
    Central Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
    Phone:
    +1 617-973-5281
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    James Hook & Company
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Soups)
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    cathyhutch2016 Says:

    Best lobster roll in Boston. It isn't fancy but worth the trip.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    Tips
    • Grab your lobster and eat at the outside picnic tables.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 2,360 restaurants in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Must Do in Boston 18/08/2018
    • 4 yr review: Still outstanding 12/08/2018
    • James Hook & Company
    Address:
    440 Atlantic Ave
    Boston, MA 02110
    Phone:
    +1 617-423-5501
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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