It is no secret if I had to pick a favorite city it would be Boston. The diversity of the city in both landscapes and architecture. The culture of the people mixed with that sweet Massachusetts accent creates a magic that is not to be passed over. Let’s go take a tour and I will show you around.
With the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, Boston is this beautiful city that feels like a quaint town nestled in between. Rich in history and unique architecture there is something for everyone.
A perfect day starts at Boston Harbour. What better way to start your day than with a Tea Party. In 1773 in Boston harbour some merchants decided they would protest the tax the British had put on tea. The result was the merchants throwing the tea into the harbour. Today you can go on a 18th century ship and throw a bundle of tea into the harbour. There is also a comprehensive and hands on museum to explore the 18th century Era on Boston Harbour.
Museums are one of my favorite places to visit. There are multiple museums along the waterfront including the Museum of Science, Battery Wharf Museum as well as a impressive interactive Boston Children’s Museum.
Looking for a nice afternoon stroll, check out the Charles River Espanade. A wonderful three mile walk along the water. Perfect for a nice picnic rest during a busy day of touring.
Parked in Boston Harbour is The USS Constitution. The Navy’s oldest commissioned ship also known as “the old Ironsides” was launched in 1797 in response to the Quasi-war with France. You can take a tour and learn the interesting history of this mighty ship.
Just as a side bar if you are really interested in Battleships take a drive south a little to Fall River and Battleship Cove. I never get tired of looking at these massive ships and I am not even really into the battle part of the ships.
One of my favorite places to walk in Boston is the financial district. This is where you get into some of the more interesting architecture. Everything is rounded. The streets, the buildings. It gives it a very soft feel while in the middle of a large city.
If your a sports fan Boston has it all. Hockey (Boston Bruins), Basketball (Boston Celtics), Football (New England Patriots) and my personal favorite Baseball (Boston Red Socks). I have always loved Baseball and Boston has always been my one of my favorite teams, next to the Blue Jay’s of course. I have always wanted to go to Fenway Park and a World Series Game was always on my bucket list. On October 26, 2013 I got to do both. Game 6 of the world series and the first time they had won a series at home. Fenway Park was everything I expected with looming of the Green Monster to singing sweet Caroline with 30,000 people.
What a great memory. The party afterwards on Lansdown Street is something I will always remember.
Let’s go downtown to Boston Common. A 60 acre green space located right in the middle of the city. Established in 1634, it is the oldest city park in the United States. All through the Common there are memorials and monuments built to celebrate its rich history. Both military and political this park has had its share of celebrities. Including a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King at a Civil rights movement and a visit by Pope John Paul II in 1979 to give the first Papal Mass in North America. When you go make sure to visit the ducks. Not real ducks, although there may be some, but statues of ducks. Why ducks you ask? Haha! I had that same question. Created by Nancy Schon for the celebration of a children’s book by Robert McCloskey. They were so cute.
A tour of Boston is not complete without a ride in a duckboat. A duckboat? I know eh. A strange name but it so fits. It is actually a WWII amphibious vehicle. It rides both on land and water. Boston Duckboat Tours will take you on an exciting trip through the streets of Boston, narrating it’s rich history in of course that cute Massachusetts accent. Learn about how Boston played a role in the underground railroad, view the first state house and drive by Quincy Market. It will then take you into the harbour for a boat ride without switching vehicles. I will tell you it a little unnerving driving into the sea until you realize you are indeed floating. What a fun experience.
Boston’s nightlife is not to be out done. There are so many fun places to go to get out and have a few drinks and relax after a long day of seeing the sights. If you want to go “where everyone knows your name” you can visit Cheers on Beacon Hill. The original bar the Bull & Finch Pub was founded in 1969 and was the inspiration of the TV show Cheers. From Rooftop dining at the Rooftop Lookout at the Envoy Hotel to an evening of Blues music at the House of Blues.
There is something for everyone. There are always festivals and concerts going on. Make Boston a must see on your travel destination itinerary. Make sure to check their Boston Tourism website and see if there is something that is happening that makes you say Right on!!
Thanks for coming along on my Chipmunk tour of Boston. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
See you next week.