Weekend Getaway In Boston

Memorial Day Weekend 2013 my family traveled to Boston for my son to receive an All American Top Scholar award through Pop Warner. This was our first trip to Boston and we tried to fit as much as possible into our three day trip. We checked into the Marriott Copley, which is downtown close to great dining, shopping, and entertainment.  After checking in we wasted no time and walk across the street to hop on a Duck tour. We absolutely loved this tour. We were entertained and informed on Boston’s history.  The State House, Bunker Hill, Boston Common, Newbury Street, and many more are some of the sites we saw.  For the water portion of our tour we plunged into The Charles River.  We had amazing views of the Boston skyline.  Our Conducktor picked my son to drive.  He was thrilled!  We ended our tour back at Copley Square. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and called it a night.

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The next morning we attend the award ceremony for my son.  It was a wonderful event and Disney was one of the sponsors.  After the ceremony we jumped on an Old Town Trolley tour.  We pre-purchased the tickets online which gave us the second day free.  The great thing about this tour you are able to hop on and off as much as you like.  There are over twenty stops on this tour.  We spent the whole day hoping on and off touring the different sites.  Some of the highlights are Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Bunker Hill, Boston Public Library, M.I.T, Beacon Hill, and The Boston Tea Party Ships.  We ended our day eating at The Union Oyster House, which is the oldest restaurant in America. The food was amazing!

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Sunday morning we were feeling very adventurous and decided to walk The Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles long and passes through 16 of the cities historic landmarks. It starts in Boston Common. We picked up a free map at the visitors center. Here you can hire a tour guide, but we decided on doing our own self guided tour.  On the trail we saw some of the same sites we already seen on our previous tours, but this was a great way to get up close and really see the sites.  We passed by the Massachusetts State House then we stopped in the Old Granary Burial Ground.  It was really neat to see the tombstones of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere.  From there we traveled to the First Public School, Old Southern Meeting House, The Boston Massacre Site, Faneuil Hall, and Paul Revere’s House. At this point we were in Boston’s North End. The narrow cobblestone streets are lined with Italian restaurants. We stopped in Mike’s Pastries for a cannoli, which was incredible!

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After our snack we were back on the trail. We passed by the USS Constitution then we ended our tour at Bunker Hill.  It took us about eight hours with all our stops to complete The Freedom Trail, but it was well worth it!

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We ended the day eating dinner at Cheers.  Cheers is located in Beacon Hill neighborhood.  The next morning we packed up and headed to the airport.  We were sad our trip was over.  My family and I absolutely love Boston!  The people of Boston are so friendly and did not hesitate one bit to stop and help us out with directions.  The historic streets are so magnificent. The sites to see are endless.  We can not wait to go back!

Tonya Vega – (800) 670-4312×142 or Tonyav@travelwiththemagic.com

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