In my Lincoln, NH post, I mentioned that I stopped in Boston on my way home. The last time I was in Boston, I was in 8th grade. I vaguely remember visiting Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, Boston Tea Party Ships, and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Since that was awhile ago, I figured why not make a stop in Boston.
While I was in Lincoln, NH, I learned that kids in Massachusetts have winter break the week of President Day so many families leave the state and go on vacations. So the cost of hotels tend to be a little less expensive this specific week. I stayed overnight at the Boston Park Plaza because it is located near Boston Common, the oldest city park, and the start of the Freedom Trail.
I love history so one thing on my bucket list is to walk the Freedom Trail. I started at Boston Common and made my way to Fanueil Hall. Because it was getting dark, I stopped there and went to explore Quincy Market. If you are fascinated by American notables, then visit Granary Burying Ground. There you’ll find John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams’ tombs. So on my next visit, I’ll have to check off the last couple of stops on the Freedom Trail.
Quincy Market is a lot bigger than I remember. It actually is comprised of three buildings–South Market and North market with Quincy Market sandwiched in between the two buildings. You’ll find a ton of eateries and shops. Outside you’ll see street performers. These acts were creative and full of talented. Several of my friends were here in the summer and they concur.
I also stopped at the New England Aquarium, which if you are bringing kids, is a great place to go for a few hours. I went mid-day so it was pretty crowded. Luckily, I bought my tickets online because I got to skip the line. All I had to do was show my phone when I got to the main lobby. A tip would be to go early or later in the afternoon. There are many different aquatic creatures, but the main attractions are the penguins and Myrtle the green sea turtle. She is approximately 80 years old. In addition, there’s an IMAX, with different movies playing, for an additional cost.
Before leaving I made two last stops–Fenway Park and Mike’s Pastry. Who goes to Boston and not stop at Fenway? Ok, so it’s not baseball season yet. But Fenway offers an hour, guided walking tour of the ballpark. That was pretty impressive! Afterwards, I went to eat at Wahlburgers which is within walking distance of the ballpark. I loved the burger and the sweet bun it came in, along with tater tots.
My friends had told me about Mike’s Pastry and I must tell you this was probably the highlight of my stay in Boston. So I am a big cannoli fan. Everywhere I go, I always find the best cannoli places. The cannolis at Mike’s Pastry are hands down, the best ever. The original cream filling is like a thickened ice cream…vanilla and a little sweet, but not too much. I could eat the filling on its own. Boston is not really that far from Connecticut, and like New York, I should take advantage of visiting it more. The cannolis is the carrot that dangles before me to get me back up here.
Happy and safe travels!