Simply said, there are LOADS of attractions and things to do in Boston. If you're short on time you'll want a game plan before you get here. Between the world famous museums, historic sites and world-class performance venues, I promise you won't be bored. And whether you indulge in chocolate or dabble in history, there's more than likely a tour you'll love. In fact, one of the great things about tours is that you can get a good overview of the city. Two excellent ones to consider starting with are the Boston Duck Tours and the Boston Trolley Tours.
One tip before you arrive - choose a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions as Boston's weather can be a bit variable. Fortunately, a lot of the sights are quite close together so you can change your plans fairly easily.
On our last trip I was excited to bring Siena to the New England Aquarium. We took the T to Park Street and were going to walk the rest of the way.
When we got outdoors, we realized it was such a glorious day that we changed our plans on the spot.
We walked the opposite direction through the Boston Common (where Siena had her first carousel ride) and the Public Garden (home of two landmark attractions: the Swan Boats and the "Make Way for Ducklings" statue). Then we crossed the street for a Ma Clavin's Bahston Clam Chowda, a Burger Meister and a beer at Cheers (yes, super touristy, but that's what we were there for)!
If you wanted to make a bigger day of it, you could take a few hours after lunch to walk the Freedom Trail. It starts right at the Boston Common and is a rockin' way to get to know downtown (as well as some of America's most defining history).
Only a few days later we went to the Boston Science Museum. It was another glorious day as we did the 30 minute walk from my sister's house in Somerville. By the time we left the museum two hours later (note: that's not really enough time to do it justice but we had to be somewhere), it was pouring!
Fortunately, in the lobby of the museum there are free phones specifically for calling the taxicab company of your choice. We went with the top one on the list and were impressed with how quickly it arrived.
If you do find yourself with a few rainy days, don't fret. There are plenty of rainy day attractions in Boston. For many it's all about the museums, but you can always go for eating and shopping if you prefer!
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