A vacation to New England would not be complete without a day trip into Boston. My husband is a history buff and to him the city is like a candy shop in front of a child. The old churches, historic buildings and graveyards dating back two to three centuries are sure to intrigue all those who enter. On our recent trip to New England in October https://tamistravelandadventures.com/index.php/2018/10/17/fall-in-new-england/ we decided to drive all the way in to the north side of Boston. In the past, we drove to the outskirts and then hailed a subway to venture into the heart of town. This avoids all the chaos of maneuvering their crazy roads and I would recommend this method versus driving into the heart.
There are so many parks throughout Boston and each offers something unique. One of our favorites is the Boston Common. This huge park is home to Tadpole Playground, and is adjacent to Frog Pond which doubles for an ice rink during the winter and a splash pool in summer months. This park is also where the Freedom Trail begins, a 2.5 mile path that takes you past 16 landmarks significant in American history. If you are taking a trip to Boston, this is a must do!
Carousel Fun with Grandpa Greg
Our grandson Shane was having a great time exploring the park and chasing squirrels. Greg saw a merry-go-round and headed off with his “little prince” towards the musical contraption. Our daughter Amber bought them tickets and off Grandpa and Shane went for their new adventure. They were enjoying the ride until they came around to where we were all standing and cheering. Shane let out a scream that could have been heard throughout the park.We think it was our own yelling and cheers that were actually scaring him! Poor little man!
Boston Public Gardens
The Boston Public Gardens are beautiful. The lake and swan boats, tulips and trees provide a tranquility that calms the soul. There are vendors throughout the park offering beverages and snacks for all that pass by. I love to go by the tulips, their colors are so vibrant and line the path you walk through. Reds and purples and there are also whites mixed with oranges and yellows. It is amazing how intense the colors are in nature. Camera buffs, bring your lenses to this extraordinary city as the amount of photo opportunities will excite you.
Regardless of if you enjoy your subject to be people or nature, you have a vast array to choose from. If you only go to a few parks in Boston, the Public Gardens and Boston Common are two you must stop by!
Green Dragon Tavern
My husband has this strange admiration of the Green Dragon Tavern https://www.greendragonboston.com/. He gets excited with the history of the tavern and the fact that he has also been to an enhanced replica of the building in Carlsbad, CA https://greendragontavernca.com/ may have something to do with it. I will say however, the two buildings do not look anything alike.
The original in Boston is off the beaten path and down a small alley. The Boston tavern is much smaller and carries the charm you see throughout New England. Don’t get me wrong, the one in Carlsbad has a museum and restaurant that has displays of some of the countries heritage and the food is also amazing!
Monuments to the Forgotten
There are monuments of all shapes and sizes throughout this historical city to honor those who fought to keep our country safe. This one in the middle of Boston Common is a favorite rest stop for many visiting the park.
Amber wanted to get a few pictures of Shane going up the steps but he wanted nothing to do with it. He preferred to run along the pathways intertwining throughout the park chasing leaves and squirrels.
Just before we left this area to go to the carousal we managed to grab Shane for a quick family pic. It was such a beautiful day out and surprising to us to be able to wear shorts in the middle of October at 83 degrees. We spent the next hour wandering through the park, people watching and cracking up over Greg and those damn squirrels!
Pointers Before You Go
Heading into Boston for the day is a trip that should be thought out. First, dress in layers and it is best if your bag or purse is capable of becoming a stash bag if needed. Don’t rely on your phone’s map apps to guide you through the city. Instead grab one of the free guides available throughout the city or download one at https://freetoursbyfoot.com/boston-tours/walking-tours/. Decide what historical sites you would like to see and then plan accordingly.
Subway or Trolley
If you decide to take the subway throughout the day, purchase a subway ticket at any of the self manned ticket dispensers. Trips are about $2.70 per single trip so if you plan on taking this mode of transportation all day, get one for about $11 a person. It is a preloaded ticket that you just scan each time you go through. Your other option is to take advantage of the tour trolleys and hop on and off throughout the day. This is my preferred method as you get to see more of the sites and you are out in the open air. Don’t forget to take your camera and bring an appetite for all the incredible food the city has to offer!