We knew we needed a bit more time in Boston than 24 hours so we stayed 2 nights here. Our hotel was in Cambridge, right across the street from the mass transit (T) station. We decided that instead of fighting traffic and trying to find parking, we would just get day passes and take the T everywhere we were going to go. The kids and I had a great discussion about how strange it is that some cities are so extremely different when it comes to transportation. In Jacksonville, everyone drives. There is parking everywhere…in fact, I have only ever seen a handful of taxis. I wouldn't even know what to do if I needed a taxi! There is no subway and even the city bus system is never full with people. That's why I think it's important when we go to a city that uses mass transportation as the #1 way to get around, we use it too!
Our first stop for the day was the famous Duck Tours! My sister lived in Boston about 15 years ago and when I came to visit her, this was the first place she took me. Loved it then, loved it now. What's not to love about a tour around the city in a huge amphibious vehicle?? We drove all around Boston learning every historical fact this great city is lucky enough to have then drove right into the river to get a different view.
We had another great tour guide, she was hilarious…we all said we thought she was the perfect guide for our age range. She was full of facts but not boring & funny but not silly. Preston and Bella both agreed this was their favorite thing we did. And our driver gave Bella a chance to drive it once we hit the river.
Next we headed to Legal Seafood for their world famous clam chowder!
Then we walked to the beautiful Boston Commons, where everything was in full bloom!
We took a quick ride on a swan boats then walked along the Freedom Train to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a sweet treat.
We didn't have any problems at all using the T. We always felt safe and the stops were easy to navigate. The only time we were packed like sardines was on our way to the baseball game…and that's because all of Boston as headed the same place we were! Since we were decked out in our Red Sox gear, everyone just treated us like any other Bostonian…it was awesome!
After the game we made our way back to the hotel and pretty much passed out. It was a long amazing day and we were all exhausted. Tomorrow we leave Boston and finally make it to Maine!!!!
Day 2: Virginia to Philadelphia
Day 3: Philly to Boston
Day 4: Boston
Day 5: Boston to Maine
Day 6: Bar Harbor Maine
Days 7 & 8: New York & Veritas Winery
Days 9 & 10: Richmond