So, I ate in boston. Fantastic! Good for me! But, maybe you're interested in doing some other things besides eating if you ever visit.
Take a Duck Tour.
I didn't know what to expect when we signed up for a Boston Duck Tour because I hadn't heard a thing about the tours before, but it was a really great way to see the entire city and learn a ton of (really interesting) history. I think it's pretty standard to get an awesome, fun guide, and ours didn't disappoint.
I will say that if the weather is rainy or too cold, they drop plastic "windows" down around your .... duckmobile? This isn't really ideal for visibility or pictures, so try to plan your tour accordingly.
But, I'd still say this a must. I saw (and learned) so much in an hour's time, plenty of things I wouldn't have seen or heard of otherwise.
OH MY GOD GO TO THE PUBLIC GARDEN
This park is right in the middle of the city (or, it felt that way, but I could have my geography off) and it's just stunning. I don't know if this is the kind of thing people do in the Public Garden, but I wish we'd brought food in to picnic. Especially the last day, when the weather was just beautiful.
Walk the Freedom Trail
Jonna wisely suggested we take the train to Quincy Market (Government Center stop) and walk the Freedom Trail from there one day, which I'd also recommend. We didn't walk the entire thing but we did a big chunk of it, and it's as easy as following a red line that runs along the sidewalk. I kept thinking, "it can't be that easy!" But it really was.
Go to Dunkin Donuts
Fine, this isn't really that cool or that exclusive to Boston, but I wasn't in the city a half hour before I started craving them.
Things I wish I had done or will do next time:
- Go to/tour Fenway
- Walk around (more of) the Back Bay
- Hang out in Charlestown
- Tour the capital building
- Go to the Aquarium
- Take an official brewery tour (we stopped in Portsmouth Brewery, but didn't have the chance to take a tour) somewhere
I think this about wraps up my vacation recaps. There's so much else to share, that's true, but it's a new month and I have a dozen other things I want to start writing about.
Again, it was an incredible vacation and it wouldn't have been possible without Jonna and her husband Adam hosting us, and for the team of people at home who pitched in and cared for Kyle while we were gone -- Mike's mom, my mom, and Kristie. Also, to Heather, our friend whose wedding was the motivation behind the trip. Thanks to everyone!