Outdoors Information

Boston Vacations: Four Ways To Experience Beantown


Boston is a great destination city for a vacation. There's plenty on tap to see and do, and it's an easy city to get around on foot. And you'll find Boston vacations a refreshing mixture of old and new.

You can experience the start of the revolutionary war, take a bus on a river, and see a coral reef - and all before dinner.

The best way of getting around during Boston vacations is walking. That's right the ole soft shoe shuffle. You'll save time and see more by expending some shoe leather.

But for first time visitors I highly recommend an orientation tour first.

A SPLISH-SPLASH DUCK TOUR

One of the best, and most unique tours is the Duck Tour ride.

The tour is done in a renovated World War II amphibious vehicle. You get to not only experience Boston from the streets of the city, but also from the Charles River.

That's right, during the tour, the bus you're on will become a boat, and you'll see the beautiful Boston skyline from the river that separates Boston from Cambridge.

You can pick-up and buy tickets for the tour at two places: The Museum of Science, and The Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay. During the summer the tours are usually sold out by lunchtime. The tour lasts about 80 minutes, and there's no stops.

It's a great tour and you'd have to be "quackers" not to do it! Sorry couldn't resist it.

THE FREEDOM TRAIL

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile easy-to-follow red brick line that links 16 historical sites together around the streets of Boston. It's a one-way route starting from Boston Common and ending up at the Bunker Hill monument in Charlestown.

If you do the whole thing, plan on at least 2-3 hours, or better still take the whole day. You'll pass by many landmarks on your trip, such as: The Boston Common, Boston Massacre Site, Paul Revere's House, and USS Constitution.

The route takes you through Boston's famed North End, where you'll be sure to return during your Boston vacations to sample the superb Italian restaurants.

THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

As San Diego has its world famous zoo, then Boston has the New England Aquarium.

New England and its coastline have a history of fishing and whaling. But today instead of slaughtering whales, New Englanders spend most of their time saving them.

And the aquarium is a vital link in the area's ocean preservation movement.

The centerpiece of the aquarium is the giant tank. The floors of the aquarium run around the tank and up four levels. At the top you get to peer down into a coral reef and listen as the staff explain about the tank and the fish that live in it.

You'll get the answer to questions such as: "Why don't the big shark fish eat the little tasty fish?" or "How old are those huge sea turtles swimming around down there?"

Your ticket will include a visit to the Discovery next to the main building, where you can see and learn about sea lions during an amazing show. A few years ago the Aquarium opened an IMAX theater that shows a mixture of sea-related and general science films.

A word of warning - this is a favorite Boston vacations attraction for families. But you'll always get in, even when the ticket line seems to stretch for miles.

BEACON HILL

Sandwiched in a small area between Boston Common, and the Charles River, are alleys and narrow red brick cobbled streets, where time has stood still for the last century.

This is Beacon Hill, and one of the most popular walks for people on their Boston vacations.

Quiet and bewitching, it's a delight to walk. You'll find walled gardens and an authentic 19th century neighborhood feel. Even the original gas lights remain on streets lined with ancient elms.

A favorite haunt for taking pictures is Louisburg Square. A picturesque block of residences perfectly preserved.

After you ramble up Mount Vernon street, wind your way back across to the Massachusetts State House that sits atop Beacon Hill and get your camera out again.

AND THERE'S MORE?

Three other places to visit on your Boston vacations are Cambridge, just across the Charles River, and home to the universities of Harvard and MIT - THE J.F.K Library and Museum at Columbia Point in South Boston - and the Boston Harbor Islands, tours to the islands leave from Long Wharf and Rowes Wharf, both located near the aquarium.

Boston has tons of things to do and see, and I've really just started to scratch the surface for you. The rest is yours to discover and as close as your favorite search engine and booking on the Internet.

Cliff Calderwood is the owner and contributing writer of the New England vacations guide . You can read more about Boston vacations and get a free travel report at his New England vacation site.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Engadget

SimpliSafe monitors the outdoors with its first video doorbell
Engadget
There is already no shortage of options for smart doorbells, and now you can add SimpliSafe's Video Doorbell Pro to the list. The device marks the security firm...

and more »


WAFF

Academy Sports and Outdoors partners with Huntsville Hospital Foundation to donate shopping sprees to two breast ...
WAFF
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - In preparation for Saturday's Liz Hurley Ribbon Run, Academy Sports + Outdoors is partnering with Huntsville Hospital Foundation to provide two breast cancer survivors with $200 shopping sprees. The event will take place ...



Harrison Daily

AGFC workshop opens the outdoors for women
Harrison Daily
FERNDALE — More than 130 women took up the torch of carrying on our outdoors passions to the next generation at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop, held at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center west of Little Rock ...



SoMdNews.com

Fall is such a great time to get outside
SoMdNews.com
If you want to get in on the fun, start taking your camera with you on your outdoor adventures now. Next year's contest will wrap up at the end of August 2019, so you've got four seasons of exploration and observation to snap just the right photograph ...



Modesto Bee

Wilson on outdoors: Discovery of 1927 fishing, hunting license a true treasure
Modesto Bee
Q: My grandfather was born in 1890 and was a resident of Sacramento. Recently I was going through some documents that were given to me years ago upon his passing, and I found his 1927 fishing and hunting licenses. The cost was $1 each. I thought these ...



LancasterOnline

Outdoors calendar of events in Lancaster County, week beginning Oct. 20
LancasterOnline
SATURDAY. Apples from Cider to Butter and Snitz program in Lancaster County Central Park: drop in anytime between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mill Creek Campground Sites 2 & 3. For all ages. Assist Johnny Appleseed (aka naturalist Brandon Pentz) to make ...



KTVL

Oregon Outdoors: Catching trout during a drought
KTVL
Why would you want to go to Fish Lake when it's almost empty? The Mail Tribune's Mark Freeman shows you why low water fishing is underrated. It's like shootin' fish in a barrel! With just a basic fishing rod and the bare minimum amount of patience, you ...



Indiana Gazette

It's time to get outdoors
Indiana Gazette
Already the month of October is halfway gone, and with hunting season underway, now is the time to find the time to get outdoors. The possibilities of outdoor entertainment are nearly endless at this point in the year. With an ever-changing backdrop of ...



OUTDOORS NOTES
Meridian Star
Draw for hunting opportunities. Throughout Mississippi, ideal habitats for game animals are being prepared on Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks' Wildlife Management Areas for upcoming hunting seasons. While many WMAs offer great ...



Earth.com

Human and cattle decoys trap malaria mosquitoes outdoors
Science Daily
Host decoy traps which mimic humans or cattle by combining odour, heat and a conspicuous visual stimulus could be effective at measuring and controlling outdoor-biting mosquitoes in malaria endemic regions, according to a study published in the open ...
Human and cattle decoys trap malaria mosquitoes outdoors ...EurekAlert (press release)
Trapping mosquitoes with cattle odor - BugBittenBMC Blogs Network (blog)

all 8 news articles »

Google News

home | site map | Ocean Photography
© 2006