Boston is a great city to explore with the family!
Boston is a fantastic all-around trip destination. It is a city that is rich in American History, nature and additional attractions. Boston has kosher food and minyan. We visited for a two-day trip one fall and managed to do a lot in Boston. It is a great overnight Chol Hamoed destination and not extremely far from many of the Jewish communities in the Tri-state area. If you prefer not to drive over there is always the option of taking an Amtrak Train.
Approximate Distance from Brooklyn Bridge: 3 hours, 20 minutes
Approximate Distance from Lakewood: 4 hours, 20 minutes
Approximate Distance from Monsey: 3 hours, 10 minutes
Boston Duck Tour
Riding a bus into the water (you heard me correctly. The bus is driven into the water) is an experience hard to forget. The idea of Duck boats was actually conceived during WWII. They were used by the military as a convenient mode of transport with no need to dock. Now the Ducks are used as a fun way to explore and get to know the city of Boston.
The tours leave from three popular tourist sites; the Science Museum, The Prudential Center and the New England Aquarium. There are also discounts available for those attractions bought in conjunction with the Duck Tour tickets. Parking is also at a reduced rate for Duck Tour Visitors.
The conDucktors narrate the 80 minute tour, 60 minutes on land and 20 minutes of riding the beautiful Charles River. During the ride the conDucktor explains about the three f’s you will encounter. The city represents Freedom, it is the city of Firsts, and of course a Fun place to be. Some of the famous landmarks seen on the tour are the golden-domed State House, Bunker Hill Monument, Boston Common, Copley Square, the Big Dig, Boston Public Library, The Prudential Tower and of course the magnificent Boston and Cambridge Skyline seen from the Charles River.
When we were on the tour our funny and engaging tour guide taught us about the Boston history, the wicked way of talking in Boston, and even allowed us to take turns steering the Duck on the River. The Duck Tour is the absolute best way to see Boston and get a real feeling for the history while having fun at the same time.
Address: Either outside the: Prudential Center, Science Museum or New England Aquarium
Phone Number: (617) 267-3825
Tour Length: 80 minutes
Price: Check online for the current pricing and hours
Prudential Center-Skywalk Observatory
The Skywalk Observatory in Boston is located on the 50th floor of the Prudential Shopping Center in Boston.
I hadn’t expected the Observatory to be all that interesting, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Since Boston is a beautiful city with the Charles River running alongside it and mountains completing the pretty picture from afar, the Skywalk Observatory, with its 360 degree views of Boston, was actually very enjoyable.
In addition to Audio guides available for visitors to listen to in a variety of languages with explanations of the view, history and culture of Boston, there are interactive displays and informative displays with information relating to the fascinating history and culture in Boston.
Address: 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
Phone Number: (617) 859-0648
Hours: Mon – Sat 11am – 7pm and Sun 12pm – 6pm
Adult Admission: $21.00
Student (with ID) $17.00
Children (Ages 3 thru 12): $15.00
Children (Ages 3 and under): Free
Senior Admission (62 and above): $17.00
The Boston Common
The 50-acre Boston Common is the oldest park in America, dating back to 1634. The pentagon-shaped park borders on Tremont, Park, Beacon, Charles, and Boylston Streets. The Common has witnessed many events of history and protests throughout the years. The historic 2.5-mile Freedom Trail with many historic sites along the way starts from the Common.
In addition to the large grassy fields found on the Common there are tennis courts, an exciting Tadpole Playground, a carousel, and the Frog Pond in which children can splash in the spray pool. In the winter the Frog Pond becomes a skating rink. Originally, there were three ponds in the common. The Frog Pond is the only one left.
The Common is located just across the street from the more formal Boston Public Gardens and can be enjoyed at the same time.
Address: 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
Hours: 6:30am – 11:00pm
Boston Public Garden
The Boston Public Garden is a formal garden located across the street from the Boston Common. The garden is beautifully kept by caring citizens through the Friends of the Public Garden Association. The garden is the first public botanical garden in America dating back to 1838. The garden is masterfully designed with trees planted from countries all around the world. The trees have name tags and relevant information hanging from them.
There is a majestic statue of George Washington on a horse at the Arlington Street entrance. The Duckling Sculpture at the corner of Beacon and Charles is extremely popular.
The statue is based on Robert McCloskey’s 1941 bestseller Make Way for Ducklings, the bronze figures represent Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings.
From early April to late September the original Swan boats are open for visitors to enjoy. The Swan boats were first designed in 1877 and have been gliding along the lagoon ever since.
The boat moves along at two miles an hour, circles the island and goes under the bridge. A trip on the Swan Boat adds excitement to a visit to the beautiful garden.
Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
Before we entered the Tea Party Ship and Museum I told my husband, “I really don’t want to spend much time here. Max a half hour. Let’s look around quickly and then continue on. Don’t read everything…”
I was really taken by surprise when we began the tour. The guides were all dressed in clothing from the period prior to the Revolution and reenacted the meetings and the actual throwing of the tea into the sea.
Everything was presented so interestingly; you wouldn’t know you were learning history. Each visitor on the tour was given an identity of one of the men who took part in the Boston Tea Party with some personal details about him.
After meeting to discuss the major tax issues, we headed out to the ship
to dump the tea from the authentically restored ship into the sea.
The tour then continued on to the museum (no photos allowed in the museum) where you can view the only surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party, a 3D holographic exhibit and an award winning multi-sensory film that takes you through time until we became our own independent country.
Address: 306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Phone Number: (866) 955-0667
Hours: Thursday – Monday Tours start 10am – 5pm (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Price at the Door:
Children (Ages 5 thru 12): $23.95
The Harbor Walk starts at the Atlantic Wharf across the street from the Tea Party Ship and Museum and continues alongside the beautiful harbor. The walkway passes through the Rowe’s Wharf, the New England Aquarium, Christopher Columbus Park, Sergeant’s Wharf and ends all the way by Battery Wharf.
When we visited Boston, we stayed right by the Harbor. We walked along the Harbor Walk at night enjoying the fresh air and the sights of the docked boats and the twinkling lights of the building. During the day there are a lot of activities in the area. There is the Tea Party Ship and Museum, there are inexpensive Hubway bike rentals, where bikes can be picked up and dropped off in various stations all over the city. There are also ferries and water taxis, parks as well as the New England Aquarium along the Harbor walk. It is definitely a busy and beautiful area to visit.
Address: 280 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
After strolling along the Harborwalk at night, we crossed over the Christopher Columbus Park to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, a series of parks which led back down to our destination on Atlantic Avenue. We entered the Greenway right near the Greenway Carousel.
We continued to the beautiful Ring Fountain and then through Mother’s Walk.
Harbor Fog Fountain area with its foggy fountain caught us by surprise as we were sprayed with mist as we passed. We exited the Greenway by the Fort Point Channel Park although the Greenway continues to the Dewey Square Park and then to the China Town Park.
I was amazed at how each section of the park has its own original character and is extremely well maintained. I kept thinking that the parks would end, but it continued to lead to more and more areas.
Address: Mostly on Atlantic Avenue parallel with the Harborwalk
Hours: The park is open from 7am – 11pm every day
Compiled and Photographed by: Sarah Einhorn