Day one in Boston was independent, unstructured and inexpensive. On day two you’ll loosen the purse strings for a tour, museum and a dinner to remember.
Some kids enjoy bus tours as much as having a mole lanced, but there is a classic Bostonian escapade that even the cookie grabbers will appreciate. Start your morning with a Boston Duck Tour. Even the youngest tourists can handle the 80-minutes city and river ride in a World War II amphibious vehicle. The ‘ConDUCKtor’ may even give them a chance to captain the boat.
Duck Tours embark at the Prudential Center or Museum of Science, but when you should choose the latter as the museum should not be missed. From dinosaurs, to live electricity and animal presentations, to mind-boggling interactive exhibits, plan on spending several hours there. Ordering tickets online can help you skip the lines, save money and guarantee the tour time you desire.
After the Museum take a walk along the Rose Kennedy Greenway until you reach the Food Trucks. This respite in the middle of the city used to be an elevated highway, but when the ‘Big Dig’ moved the expressway underground, suddenly downtown merged into the beautiful waterfront. The falafel at Clover Food Truck is outstanding, but there is variety for all pallets.
After an on-the-go bite, head over to the harbor front and enjoy all the activity. There you’ll find the New England Aquarium. The penguins are a favorite for little tikes, but there is much more, including a shark and ray touch tank. The aquarium is currently undergoing a major renovation which is scheduled to be completed in June 2013.
If two museums are too much for one day, try hopping a ferry to the Harbor Islands for a complete change of scenery. Head to Georges Island to see the remains of a civil-war era fort, or Spectacle Island for family-friendly hiking.
Finish your day with dinner in the glorious North End. Boston’s Little Italy is home to the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s home, but you go there for the delectable Italian food. You can’t go wrong choosing almost any eatery, but be sure to skip desert in the restaurant and swing by Mike’s Pastry for the perfect end to your day.
Day two was a delight. Stay tuned for day three.