Over the last couple of years, we’ve been fortunate to introduce the kids to the east coast cities…Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York. Boston has always been on the list but it wasn’t until this summer that we finally made it happen. I was cleaning out the kids’ bookshelf as we were prepping for our trip and found a book that Sean’s parents gave us in 2009! “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey is well-known in Boston and we read it often when the kids were little but I had forgotten about it. And what a surprise to see this sweet note that Sean’s mom wrote…
Ten years (TO. THE. YEAR!) we were taking our “little ducklings” to Boston for a historic tour!
Crazy, right!? Such a fun story that I hope the kids remember. We had so much fun in Bean Town and I took some photos that I thought would be worth sharing if you ever plan a trip. These aren’t perfect but they are what make up our family memories. I’ll also make a movie in the coming weeks!
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BOSTON RECOMMENDATIONS:
1. Duck Boat Tour. Try to do this early in the trip. It covers the major tourist destinations by traveling on land AND water! Modeled off the WWII vessels they are fun and unique. They are super popular in Boston so you’ll see them everywhere and be sure to grab one of their Duck books because they have discounts to other tourist spots.
2. Boston Tea Party Museum. My kids are hard to impress and they loved this place. It was incredibly well done, interactive and fun! They involve you from the start by giving you an identity of one of the participants and you even get to throw tea off the ship! It ends with a tea tasting in Abigail’s Tea Room.
3. Freedom Trail! What’s a trip to Boston without the 2.5 miles red brick line? We started in Boston Commons with a guided tour that covered 11 of the 16 stops ending at Faneuil Hall. It was a little slower pace than we wanted but informational and we all learned a couple things. Our family was set out to do the entire thing so we continued on the trail through the North End, up Bunker Hill (yes, we climbed the 294 steps to the top of the monument) and then down to the Navy Yard with the USS Constitution.
We really challenged ourselves by walking back to the Little Italy in the North End, waiting an hour in line to eat at the famed, Giacomo’s Restaurante. It had literally 11 tables in the whole place, an authentic Italian server (with the attitude to prove it) but was DELICIOUS! The chicken parmigiana was insane!
This photo makes me laugh a lot. Real life when you wait in line for an hour after 10 miles of Freedom Trail!
4. Fenway Park Tour & Red Sox Game. Red Sox fan or not, this was fun and super interesting. We made sure our trip was planned around a game but even if there’s not a Game you can take a tour that covers the history of the oldest ballpark in the country and cool fun facts. Sitting in the Green Monster was one of Sean’s bucket list items so we got standing room only tickets (because seats were over our budget) and it was worth it! Amazing view of the park, exclusive access to the Green Monster area with your own concessions and honestly, the people around us were awesome! It was wicked fun!
Did you know Fenway has their own garden? So awesome. It supports a restaurant at the park and they donate it too!
5. Swan Boat ride. We brought our baseball gloves and a ball and hung around the park for a while. It was so gorgeous to be able to soak in the different kinds of trees, flowers and people that we found around the Boston Commons and Public Gardens. We found the ducks to be friendly (don’t miss Momma duck statue) and the swans…not so much. The boat rides were pretty simple at $4/adult but worth it to have a boat ride around the Duck Pond and a close up view of Duck Island. We were serenaded by an accordion player on the bridge that made it even more special.
SOME OTHER FUN RECOMMENDATIONS/PHOTOS
- Sean and I have done Mike’s pastries (little Italy) before and it was good but rumor is, it’s the touristy stop. We tried Bova’s (open 24 hours) and it was delicious! We also heard Modern Pastries was pretty delicious.
- We also stopped at Regina’s Pizzeria in Little Italy for lunch and the pizza was worth every penny. There’s other locations but rumor is…the North End location was worth the effort.
- We stayed at the Sheraton in Back Bay (thank you points). It was within walking distance to Fenway, Boston Public Garden, MIT/Harvard Bridge and thought it worked out great! They even had a pool with a retractable roof that the kids enjoyed!
Boston Marathon Memorial
There was an awesome art display in the Boston Commons called “Uncornered”. They were portraits by talented photographer John Huet that shared incredible success stories of former gang members. I think the display has moved on but the details are linked HERE! CHECK. IT. OUT.
We made incredible memories as a family and we’ll definitely be back, Bean Town! We love you!