Boston Trip – Travel Thursday
Last summer my daughter went on a weekend trip to Boston with her Grandparents. After her Boston Trip, I e-mailed her a few questions to answer about her trip. Her answers are in the shaded blue text and I added some extra information based on research and what she and my parents told me about the trip.
Thank you to my parents for taking her on the trip and providing the pictures in the post below.
What was your favorite place you visited on your Boston Trip? Why?
I don’t know. Maybe the Boston Tea Party Ship.
At the Boston Tea Party Ship you can practice throwing tea over the side of the boat.
Admission to the Boston Tea Party Ship is $26/adults, $23/seniors, students, and military, and $16/children. You can save 10% by buying your tickets online in advance.
What other fun things did you do on your Boston Trip?
I drove a water taxi and walked the Freedom Trail. (The trail the patriots walked to get to Breed’s Hill).
Water taxis run from Boston Logan Airport to the city area. And yes, the driver of the water taxi they rode into the city let my daughter drive the taxi. They were the only passengers, so I wouldn’t expect this as standard practice. Taxi rates are $12/adult, $2/child ages 3-11, and Free/Child 3 & under.
Information on the Freedom Trail can be found on their website. Guided walking tours, audio tours, and a smart phone app are available, or you can explore the trail on your own.
What would you skip next time?
The USS Constitution Museum.
The USS Constitution is currently in dry dock so they were only able to see the top deck of the boat. I enjoyed touring the boat when I went to Boston in high school, so I recommend skipping the USS Constitution until the boat’s renovations are completed (expected to last though late 2017). The USS Constitution is operated by the US Navy with active duty personnel on board.The USS Constitution Museum is operated independently. Admission to the ship is free (adults will need to show a valid state or federal ID). Admission to the Museum is by a suggested donation of $5-10/adult and $3-5/child.
How did you get around the city?
We either walked or took the Old Town Trolley.
The Old Town Trolley Tour is a hop-on/off trolley trop around Boston. It’s 19 stops not only include historic locations, but also Fenway Park, Cheers, Cambridge (MIT & Harvard), and more. Tickets are available for single days or as a two day ticket. You also save $10 on a Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Ticket. The savings for online ticket purchases are significant especially for a 2 day ticket, so I recommend buying your tickets online in advance.
Where did you eat? Which were your favorites? What did you eat that you really liked?
Twice at our hotel, Quincy Market, the Union Oyster House, the airport, an Italian restaurant that I forgot the name of, and some other places I don’t remember.
Quincy Market is part of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It features a food colonnade that is sure to have an option for everyone.
The Union Oyster House is America’s oldest restaurant. It is a national historic landmark.
Is there anything that you wanted to do but didn’t?
The Duck Tours. (at least that’s what I think they were called).
Duck Tours offer a land/sea tour in a vehicle that can navigate both streets like a bus and the water like a boat. The Boston tour is an 80 minute loop that does not offer on/off privileges.
Where did you stay? Did you like your hotel?
The Marriott Long Wharf, and I liked it.
They stayed at the Marriott Long Wharf. The hotel is conveniently located near Quincy Market, the Freedom Trail, and the New England Aquarium. This location made it easy for them to walk around the city and catch the trolley tour bus.
Did you get to do anything special on your Boston Trip?
I got to drive a water taxi and stayed an extra day!
It’s funny that she lists staying an extra day as something special. Their original trip itinerary was a 7a flight to Boston on Saturday morning and a 9p flight home on Sunday night. They were flying on Spirit Airlines and over the course of an hour it went from being an hour late, to two hours late to cancelled. They were able to book a flight for the next night. She refuses to fly on Spirit again. They didn’t do a lot on their extra day – swimming in the hotel pool and they went to a movie.