Of course I’m dreaming of Boston, having just passed such a lovely weekend there. I had a wonderful time and feel like the bad juju from that horrible month we spent there with Tommy in 2003 (see here and here for specifics) is finally gone and that I’m ready to go back with the kids. And as I contemplate a list of all the things I’d do, it just continues to get longer and longer. Boston truly is one of the best cities to visit with children of any age, and I don’t think that there’s a bad time of year to go unless you hate snow. Our visit would be sure to include:
- A stroll around the Public Gardens where we would feed the ducks and, at the right time of year, ride the swan boats. I bought Teddy a Make Way for Ducklings snow globe today and we had to read that book twice when I came home. I’d be sure to bring a copy with us.
- A morning at the Children’s Museum where kids can build with real tools, climb the walls, find their way through a giant maze, make art, pretend to be a little chick onstage….
- Gaping at lots of marine life at the New England Aquarium and then sampling the less live variety at the Daily Catch on Hanover Street in the North End (stopping at Mike’s Pastries for cannolis on our way back downtown).
- As much of the Freedom Trail as the kids wanted to cover, especially Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, and the USS Constitution.
And then there would be watching the street musicians and students in Harvard Square (which has free public wi-fi), enjoying dim sum in Chinatown, getting up close and personal with the Green Monster at Fenway (even if Tommy has decided, much to my father’s chagrin, that he is a Phillies fan), and maybe even going underwater on one of those Duck Tours in an amphibious landing vehicle that drives around the city and into the Charles River. And I haven’t even gotten to the Museum of Science or a cruise around the harbor. Oh, and since ice cream is requisite on our family trips, we’d also have to visit Herrell’s for a Smoosh In.
OK, I think I need to start planning this trip right now. It’s a very good sign when you’ve been someplace and all you want to do upon arriving at home is turn right back around and go back with your children in tow.
Please feel free to share your thoughts about Boston or anywhere else for that matter. And for more Monday dreaming, please visit WanderMom who talks about losing her camera in Venice, truly the saddest of travel stories ever. Makes me want to raise money so that her family can go back there and take new photos!