Planning A Dream Road Trip: Spotlight On Boston

Monday, September 28, 2015

Planning A Dream Road Trip: Spotlight On Boston

If you are just finding out about this trip series, you'll find the beginning and all the cities we will hit up here.

Ok, so after watching the sunset over cape cod we will drive to Boston and just check into the hotel and settle in for the night.  I assume our son will be tired by then, after all we are in NYC this morning, then Cape Cod, and finally Boston all on the same day.  But I did find out that on Friday nights (I think that's when we'll get there), they often have stargazing on top of the Museum of Science roof top with telescopes and museum workers who educate you on what you're seeing.  That might be fun to do the evening we get there.  They do it from 830pm-10pm as long as it's a clear night.  I've never stargazed on top of a roof before and I'm always looking for new experiences that the whole family can enjoy.

By the way, ya'll, you know how I was trying to find ways to cut down on our rental car expenses for the trip?  I think I found a great solution:  The Megabus.  Ever hear of it?  It has routes throughout the US and Canada (and Europe) with fares that are so so cheap!   I'm talking getting from NYC to Boston for $5 cheap.  From Rochester, NY to Toronto Canada $15 cheap.  Talk about a great find!  I think we may cut out a week's worth of rental car fees by using the Megabus at the beginning and end of our trip.   If you find yourselves road tripping and wanting a cheaper way- look into Megabus.  I think Jax would have so much fun riding in it, plus my husband will be glad he won't have to drive and can relax a little, lol.

Ok so the first full day in Boston I think we will maybe start at the Planetarium at the Museum of Science. From there they have a pick up stop for the iconic Boston Duck tours.  You know, a narrated tour of Boston on a bus- but then the bus goes splashing into the water and becomes a boat! Ok, so it's touristy- but my son will love it.  (One perk of having kids is to be able to use them as the excuse you do these things.  Who am I kidding- I totally want to do this! lol)

Riding around in a regular-ish bus and then....

...BAM, you're in the water!

After that, I hear a good place to check out is Quincy Market and all of their food vendors for lunch.  Supposedly it's cheap, tons of different kinds of foods from hot dogs, to clam chowder, lobster rolls, and pizza.  You eat outside at a table and they are known to have magicians, clowns, jugglers, and acrobats to entertain people in the summer months.

After lunch, we may check out the Freedom Trail walk in the afternoon to see some of the famous historical places that Boston has to offer.  It's a 2.5 mile walk with 16 stops on it if you do the entire thing.  Some of the stops include the Paul Revere House, Bunker Hill Monument, and the USS Constitution.

The next day we might start the morning off at Kane's donuts.  Have you heard of this place?  It sounds amazing.  All homemade fresh local ingredients.  You guys, they have a maple bacon donut.  Thick maple frosting with chunks of bacon on top of an airy donut?  I can't leave without trying it.  They also make a Boston Creme donut....when in Rome....

I hear they have an amazing aquarium here, but its rather expensive.  I'm sure we'll hit up an aquarium in other cities on our trip, so I don't know that we'll shell out the money here, but they have a free seal and sea lion exhibit outside of the aquarium everyday that might be cute to check out.

Today might be a good day to go explore Cambridge and the Harvard area.  There's a Curious George bookstore in Cambridge for the kids along with other cute shops and, well...Harvard.

If you're there and looking for tickets and discounts, sign up for Goldstar before you leave.  They have a lot of attractions at half price.

On our way out of Boston, I think we'll make a stop in Salem.  I've always wanted to go, especially at Halloween time.  We won't be there for Halloween this time, but I really can't be so close and not see it.  So we'll stop there and probably see the Salem Witch Museum and check out the different shops in town on our way to Portland, Maine!

Whenever we're going to spend a couple days in a certain city, I always check to see if they have discount attraction cards and if it would work out to be less money on the things that we want to see and do.  The Go Boston is one card that I think we will definitely get, especially if we take the Megabus into Boston and not have a car there.   Many attractions in Boston are expensive and with the card it gives you access to most of them for one price.  You pick the number of days you want to the card for.  We would probably get the 3 day pass, since that's how long we're there and I can see using it everyday.    3 day prices are $109/ adult $79/child ages 3-12.  The duck tours alone are $37 for adults.  The card also includes the aquarium which is normally $27, the science center $23, hop on and off trolley, cruises to Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard, bike rentals in Boston and Cape Cod, Salem Witch Museum, Sam Adams brewery tour, and much more.  Totally worth it in my book.  If this is the route we'd go, we'd probably take the Megabus straight from NYC to Boston, then use the Go Boston card for a ferry to either Martha's Vineyard or Cape Cod on one of the days we're there for a day trip instead.

Have you been to Boston?  Am I missing something really cool to check out?  Let me know in the comments!  Be sure to check back next Monday when we look at Portland, Maine!

Earlier posts in the series:

Planning A Dream Road Trip
Spotlight On New York City
Spotlight on Cape Cod

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