I’m not a Red Sox fan, and I found myself compromising right off the bat by agreeing to a look at Fenway Park, but I must admit that the one hour walking tour we took was great – it was moving, even for me, to be at the iconic home of the Red Sox.
Next, a half hour trolley ride found us at Quincy Market – an beautiful old building in the heart of downtown Boston, where locals mingle with tourists amidst a large variety of interesting shops, artisan kiosks and restaurants. There was no shortage of buskers outside the market, so we grabbed a sandwich and enjoyed the entertainment. We complete the day with a visit to the Public Gardens – a beautiful downtown oasis straight out of the Victorian Era – greenery is formal and groomed. In keeping with this theme, we take a swan boat ride – at a cost of 15 minutes and less than $5, it would be dumb to pass this up.
Next adventure: We opted for the Freedom Trail – a 2.5 km walk past many historic sites associated with Boston’s earliest settlers. We decide on a self-guided tour, with the help of a map, allowing us to linger as we pleased. The trail goes into the historic North End of the City, which gave us the opportunity to get a closer look at the architecture and to experience the bustle of Boston’s “Little Italy”. This is Boston’s oldest neighborhood – complete with cobblestone streets, and we make short order of a delicious pasta meal for lunch, before we head back downtown via the Harborwalk.
With limited time on our final day, we decide to experience the Skywalk Observatory in the Prudential Tower. Located 50 floors up, it was our chance to get a panoramic view of the city, as well as surrounding neighborhoods – with an audio tour. It was informative and left us feeling like we should perhaps have started our trip with this overview. From here we head to Newbury Street – a beautiful neighborhood full of upscale boutiques and cafes, as well as theaters and museums set amidst gorgeous brownstones. We spent a couple of hours browsing and people-watching and grab a light lunch before it’s time to head to the airport.
Tip — Don’t make our mistake — Stay downtown – ditch your car and walk or make use of an efficient trolley system – most famous attractions are close at hand in this pedestrian-friendly city.