When fall gives you a summer like weekend in late September, you surely take advantage and enjoy it! So we decided to head to Boston for a family staycation in the Seaport. After spending just an hour in the car, our one and three year old children were very ready to explore Boston and everything it has to offer little ones! Our first stop was the New England Aquarium. The center spiral ocean tank was surely the highlight of our aquatic visit. Every few steps you are greeted by a massive window filled with fish swimming by and divers in the tank. To our surprise as we continued walking upward a giant sea turtle and shark swam by, exciting our three year old son. Although the New England Aquarium is most well known for its educational and exciting penguin exhibit at the bottom of the large tank, make sure you you catch the seal and sea lion area out back on the Boston Harbor! Rory and Riley we’re engaged the entire visit! But they were far happier with a quick carousel ride on the Rose Kennedy Greenway along with a warm cookie from a local food truck located about one block away.
Later that afternoon, we unpacked at our hotel and headed to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market for some dinner and entertainment. Trying to decide what to eat was a bit tricky. The choices really do seem endless as you walk through Quincy Market. With summer back in the air we decided to hang outside of Faneuil Hall and enjoy some of the superior talented street performers. We lucked out and we recognized Snap Boogie a season six finalist from America’s Got Talent and Boston native warming up. He worked the crowd and drew in a few hundred people. He was a family friendly act, even including Rory our three year old in his performance. It was sooooo cool!
After a night of rest we headed over to the Franklin Park Zoo. Every exhibit we visited was not only extremely clean, the animals were very healthy and the staff was so helpful and knowledgable teaching our little guys amazing fun facts! One of our first stops was to see the lions. This exhibit looks like it’s straight out of a safari, with an actual Land Rover Defender that you could step inside to view the lions. It was so amazing to hear a lion roar! One of the park staffers actually told us that a lion's roar can be heard up to 5 miles away!!!! Next up were the silverback gorillas, who are located in a temperature controlled dome, with running waterfalls and rainforest birds flying freely.
We spent two hours visiting the zoo and soon we were headed back toward Boston's Seaport District to grab a bite to eat at The Barking Crab and to check out Martin’s Park at Smith’s Family Waterfront. Martin's Park is Boston's newest kid play area. Located right on the waterfront and just down the boardwalk from the Children's Museum, this is a MUST STOP WITH ANY KIDDO!! There’s something so special about this park and it truly stretches a child's imagination. After a day full of fun in the sun, stopping in Mr. Dooleys Irish Pub for a quick dance to the live Irish music and bite to eat was a must. Rory enjoyed showing off his Irish roots and dancing to Galway Girl sung by an Irishman.
On our last morning in Boston we drove through the north end. Paul Revere's house a must see on the freedom trail tour. Since we had our little ones with us, the walking tour wasn’t in the plans for this trip. We did tour the Engine Eight firehouse right down the road which was very exciting for a three year old fire truck enthusiast. Our tour was very spur of the moment and the fire fighters were extremely genuine and even let Rory sit in the fire truck and put the lights on.
After a weekend of fun we headed back up the coast to settle back into our routine before a busy week of school and work ahead. Our Boston adventure was a quick trip, but it sure was packed with a ton of family fun in early autumn! The greatest part of all, we barely scratched the surface of family fun adventures in the city! See you again soon Beantown!!!
One of our favorite parts of this particular vacation was the day on the water we spent with Captain Rich and his crew aboard the Schooner Eleanor. Our boys had sailed before, but never in Maine. They were up bright and early that morning eager to see what the ride would be like.