Are all your family vacations dominated by life-size versions of animated characters, dizzying roller coasters and unappetizing eateries? It’s time to treat the kids, and especially parents, to something different, something historical, something appetizing to the mind, spirit and palette. It’s time for Boston.
Just minutes after arriving at Logan Airport (or by train/bus at South or North Station), you can find yourself at the footsteps of a top quality hotel in the heart of the city. Just drop off your bags, head out the front door and follow the red line on the sidewalk that takes you along Boston’s Freedom Trail.
Of course, after walking only 20 historical feet, the kids are hungry. Well that red line will take you right to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. This marketplace, which once was a meeting ground for traders from all over New England, is now the spot to go for a clam chowder or whatever your heart desires since there are 49 eateries in the main building and surrounding courtyards.
Work off those calories as you continue along the red line right past the well preserved Old State House, an influential location leading up to the American Revolution. Continue through downtown crossing (a little shopping never hurts anyone) and on to Boston Common, America’s oldest park. The Common, along with the Public Garden, is a glorious urban park with greenery galore, where the kids can take a dip in the frog pond and hop onto a traditional swan boat ride.
From the Common, stroll over to upscale Newbury Street in Boston's chic Back Bay and find a joint for dinner. You’ll find many kid-friendly restaurants amongst the high fashion boutiques.
After dinner, grab a quick cab ride back to the hotel and take the kids for a dip in the pool. Remember, any negative impact on kids of all-day sightseeing is immediately wiped out when they get to go to the pool.
And this was just day one. Stay tuned for day two.