Our first visit to Boston was in June 2016. We loved it so much; we are going to Boston again in August! The first time was a business trip with just the grown-ups. This year our Boston travel will include our 14-year-old daughter.
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Nine Reasons Why We Love Boston Travel and You Will Too
1. Take Me Out to The Boston Red Sox Ballgame
Fenway Stadium, home of the Boston Red Sox, was not what I expected. It isn’t the typical large stadium surrounded by a huge parking lot. Instead, over the years a neighborhood grew around the ballpark.
Unlike many franchises that have moved on to bigger and “better” locations, the Sox still use the 1911 field where Babe Ruth once played. Combine that with bleachers filled with loyal fans of all ages, the Green Monster, Sweet Caroline and a Fenway Frank, and a Sox game becomes a unique experience you won’t want to miss.
2. Cheers! Where Everbody Knows Your Name
Norm! So nobody shouted our name when we entered Cheers, but it was still a fun experience. The outside of the former Bull and Finch Pub on Beacon Street served as the exterior shot for the television show. Now it is a restaurant named Cheers that includes a replica bar. We stopped in for a cold drink and to pick up souvenirs for everyone in our family.
3. Make Way For Ducklings
One of my favorite childhood books is Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey. The Boston Public Garden is the backdrop for the adventures Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack as they make their way across the busy streets of Boston. Statues near the corner of Beacon Street and Charles Street immortalize Mrs. Mallard and her eight children.
4. No Ugly Ducklings Here! Only Swan Boats.
The Swan Boats in the Public Garden are a Designated Boston Landmark and have been in operation since 1877. The boat driver uses old-fashioned foot power to pedal the boats that can carry up to 25 passengers around the Public Garden Lagoon. The boats operate from mid-April to mid-September each year.
5. You Never Know What You Might See at the Boston Public Garden
Swan boats and ducklings aren’t the only things you can find at the Public Garden. Beautiful flower beds and over 40 varieties of trees fill the 24-acre grounds. You might even find a group of Victorian picnic goers enjoying a Sunday afternoon next to the lagoon.
6. Boston Common
If I lived in Boston, I might spend every day at Boston Common. The oldest city park in the nation started as the location for public hangings, but now it entertains families with large, shady green spaces, a playscape, and even a carousel. The Frog Pond (it doesn’t actually have frogs) serves as a splash pool in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter. Boston Common is also home to a Boston Visitor Center and is the first stop on the Freedom Trail.
7. Follow our Country’s Path to Independence on the Freedom Trail
Boston is rich in American revolutionary history. The Freedom Trail covers 16 historic spots including Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church where two lanterns were hung to indicate that the British were arriving by sea. Midway through the trail is Faneuil Hall where the Sons of Liberty declared their dissent against the British Royals and set off to the harbor for what is now known as The Boston Tea Party. But seriously Boston – the Old Corner Bookstore is now a Chipolte?
8. Curious George has a Store in Cambridge. Curious to Know Why?
A short ride on “The T” (the subway) across the Charles River and you are at Cambridge There you will find Harvard Square and the world’s only Curious George Store. Curious George products from books and shirts to stuffed animals fill the store. You can even buy your kids a “Future Harvard Grad” t-shirt featuring Curious George.
9. Visiting Boston Makes You Smart – Harvard, MIT, and More!
Make sure to include one of the many institutes of higher learning in your Boston travels. On the top of our list is Harvard University. Students and visitors take advantage of the large trees and green lawns of Harvard Yard, the oldest part of campus, to study and socialize. Some of the buildings date back to 1720! Also located in the Boston area are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston University, Berklee College of Music, and many other schools.
So why is the ONLY Curious George in Harvard Square? Curious George authors H.A. and Margaret Rey lived in Cambridge, and their friends opened the original store.
So, what are you waiting for? Go book your trip to Boston!