Friday, October 9, 2015

NCB's Boston Ideas

About once a year we head up to Boston to see family. Each time we go we struggle to find something new that is free or cheap. New Cousin Barbara (NCB) and her husband "Mahk" gave us their thoughts. 

Walk around Jamaica Pond
Visit the Arnold (pronounced "AHH-nold" if you want to blend in ;) Arboretum 

The Museum of Fine Arts (largest art museum in Massachusetts)
and the Isabella Stewart Garden Museums (scene of the famous "Biggest Art Heist in the US") are just a few miles away from JP

When I mentioned you would be willing to go "in town" via the T, then the texts started flying and my phone almost blew up...!

Take a State House tour
Go up to the Top of the Hub (observation floor) at the Prudential Tower
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
New England Aquarium
The Boston Museum of Science
Duck Tour from the Museum of Science (ignore any bad duck boat news you might have heard from Seattle...or Philly)
Christian Science Center "MAPOREUM" (very cool take!)
Bunker Hill Monument (which wouldn't have been on the Freedom trail)
Tea Party Boats down near South Station
Boston Common and Public Gardens (nice walk, scenic, plus swan shaped like swans...the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture/bronzes...Oh, and the Garden of Remembrance -the 9/11 Memorial is there by the Swan boats)
Harbor Cruise from Rowe's Wharf
Take Redline to Harvard and walk around oldest campus in America and Harvard Square (eclectic "Northampton-y" type place)
Museum of Natural History is a very good take (if you go the Harvard route ^)
Thinking of you, Jacquie, he suggested Boston Public Library which is stunning inside!

If you are down by the Harbor at all and see the Boston Harbor Hotel's "Arch" (can't miss it) that is where Mark and I met to go on our first date. Can we get an "Awwwww....."

Michelle added:

While in Boston proper, we did all the "touristy" things -- did the Boston Tea Party Museum & Ships which is a newer museum. We LOVED it. Our admission happened to be included in the tickets we bought on the Old Town Trolley of Boston (we used the same company down in Washington DC to get to the different attractions and it's a great way to see the sites). Even if it hadn't been included in our tickets, I would've happily paid to go there -- it was a wonderful time! In character guides, interactive, kids got to throw the "tea" into the harbor, etc. Just an excellent attraction all around. We went on theBoston Ducks, explored Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, watched the street performers there, checked out the waterfront, toured the USS Constitution and a WWII Destroyer (the USS Cassin Young), walked around Little Italy (the North End), did a 1-hour walking tour via Boston by Foot (the one we did was called Boston by Little Feet and is specifically geared toward kids ages 6-12), rode the carousel on the Greenway, walked around Boston Common and the Public Garden, and rode on the Swan Boats in the Public Garden. We'd still like to go back and do the NE Aquarium, ride one of the other Duck tours (the one we did takes the Duck into the Charles River; there's another one that takes the Duck into Boston Harbor), do a longer walking tour, etc.

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