Sunday, February 12, 2017

10 Things to Do in Boston


Boston, Massachusetts is a city filled with history and excitement. Although we only had two days to explore, we were able to see a big chunk of the city doing these 10 things. For us they were the perfect combination of activities to get the most Boston has to offer.

1. Boston Red Sox Game
Any sports fan will appreciate a Red Sox game. The atmosphere is amazing and the stadium is filled with baseball history. We went to an evening Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles game. Even though we are not Red Sox fans we really enjoyed going to the game and the entire experience.

Laura and Grant at the Orioles and Red Sox game




Grant had fun getting action shots of the game

2. Samuel Adams Brewery Tour
Calling all beer lovers! Samuel Adams does an amazing, free (they do ask for/accept donations) brewery tour. The best part of the tour was the free beer at the end! We were able to sample 4 different beers and got to keep our sample glasses. We even got a free pint glass with our coupons from the duck tour we went on.

Outside of the brewery

Brewery tour


3. Take in the History
As a 5th grade teacher, who teaches the American Revolution, I was extremely excited to take in all of the history that Boston has to offer. From the site of the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, there is so much to see. It is amazing to see the sites where our founding fathers were planning our country's independence. One of the best ways to do this is to walk the freedom trail. Although we did not have the time to walk the trail, I plan to do so when I get the opportunity to go back.

Site of the Boston Massacre

Boston Massacre

Site of the Boston Tea Party

4. Aquarium
As I have said before and will surely say again, I love aquariums! As soon as I found out Boston had an aquarium I was hooked. I was impressed with the main features of the aquarium but honestly thought it might be a little larger. We really did enjoy getting to see all of the aquatic life though.

Penguins at the aquarium

5. Duck Tour
Now non-touristy people bare with me here. A duck tour is a very touristy activity but when time is limited, it is a great way to see a HUGE part of the city in little time. The tour guide also is able to point things out and give information that might have otherwise been overlooked. It's not for everyone but don't count it out just because it is too touristy.

Duck tour

6. Enjoy Local Eats and Seafood
Seafood
Seafood is a must while in Boston.We ate at a cafe that was set up outside of the aquarium in June.  All of the seafood was caught safely. The food and service were both great!

Loretta's Last Call
Loretta's was the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before the Red Sox game. It was typical bar food but very tasty.

Ole Scollay's RED HAT
Another bar, that offered a great burger and cold beer after our brewery tour at Samuel Adams.


7. Ride Like a Local
I would not dare try to drive around Boston, what a headache! Instead, opt for the subway. We were able to get a 7 day unlimited pass. Although we were not in Boston 7 days, it ended up working out great because it was unlimited.

8. Whale Tour
Seeing the whales was my absolute favorite part of our trip to the Boston area. Although we did not do our tour out of Boston, there are tours that leave from there. It is a must do! The next chance I get, I will be on another tour to see whales. It was the most humbling and exhilarating experience I have ever had. I fell in love with whales that day. For more information go here.

Laura and Grant on the boat to see whales

Humpback Whale



One whale swam right under the boat, it was amazing!

9. Appreciate the Beautiful Architecture
I came to Boston expecting the history and seafood but was rewarded with an extra surprise. I was amazed at all of the beautiful architecture throughout the city. Every where I turned I found another building that I wanted to photograph.







10. Get Out of the City
While the city is beautiful, I would highly recommend taking a detour up the coast to one of the many small coastal towns. These towns offer so much and are just as amazing as the city itself.
Check out:
Sunrise on Cape Ann
Halibut Point State Park
Plum Island

Sunrise on Cape Ann


Amazing little restaurant at Bearskin Neck that has the best seafood!


Boston was great and I cannot wait to head back to the northeast! What activities did we miss? Comment below!

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