Our first day in Boston was so epic that it needs to be split into two posts!
Read Day 1 – the morning in Beacon Hill and the Charles River Esplanade.
Following a lovely morning strolling around Beacon Hill, we walked to the middle of Boston Common for lunch at Earl of Sandwich. We enjoyed a delicious meal (Holiday Turkey Sandwich – mmm!) outside in the park on a beautiful, cool, fall day. Mom’s trip itinerary indicated we should drive an hour south to Plymouth for the afternoon but after several days of rain in Maine and expecting more cloudy days ahead, we easily came to the consensus that would should enjoy this rare, perfect weather day roaming around Boston.
After lunch, we walked through the Boston Public Garden, past the George Washington and Make Way for Ducklings statues. It was just such a lovely day to just walk around and this park is simply gorgeous.
Have I mentioned the weather was perfect on this Saturday yet?
Oh, well it needs to be mentioned again!
We continued across Boston Common to the Visitor Center where we loosely followed the beginning of the Freedom Trail to Faneuil Hall to pick our our Junior Ranger booklets. The National Parks Service runs many of the historic sites in downtown Boston as the combined Boston National Historic Park. In addition to visiting the required number of historic sites, this Junior Ranger program requires attendance at one of five ranger programs. We expected to take the USS Cassin Young tour to fulfill this requirement but the ranger talk in the Great Hall was just beginning so we listened in there. It was a great way to begin our visit to historic downtown Boston with a history of Faneuil Hall, how it is called the Cradle of Liberty and has since been the setting for many pre-Revolutionary debates as well as suffrage and abolitionist movements.
We had plans to walk more of the Freedom Trail another day so we hopped over to the nearby Haymarket T station (that’s Boston’s subway) to take a train to Cambridge. Well, that was an ordeal! A closed bridge required unexpected bus transfers that let us off at MIT’s university store. Daddy can’t resist a university store so I poked around and left with a few unique composition books for the boys. Exciting, right? From there, we were able to finish our journey to Harvard Square by train.
Finally we reached our destination – merely to look at the offices of Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe in Harvard Square, home to our favorite road trip podcast, Car Talk! We quickly browsed the Curious George shop on the first floor and ate at a nearby B. Good for dinner. We enjoy the Raleigh location and were happy to see these restaurants everywhere in Boston where they began.
We braved the lengthy train/shuttle T ride back to the Park Street station in Boston, walked to the garage to get the car, and drove out to Quincy for the night (remember we were going to spend the afternoon in Plymouth?). More Boston days to come…