Spring Break: Boston 2022

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

This trip was a big deal. This was our first vacation since before Covid-19 put our entire lives on hold. 

We decided at the beginning of the year that we would try to plan a trip away for the kids' spring break this month. Of course, we paid close attention to trends in covid transmissions, we made sure we were up to date with available vaccinations, and we remained very careful with our social interactions -- just to be on the safe side. Justin and I both didn't want a single thing risking potential time away with our family of six. Speaking of, this was our first big getaway as a family of six (and my kids ROCKED IT) and it was everything we hoped for and more. Dare I say that we all fell in love with Boston? From seeing every inch of historic marking the city had to offer, Chinatown, shipyards, museums, famous Italian bakeries, watching my kids run the bases at Fenway Park, throwing tea into the harbor, Legoland, and so much more. Boston felt like home. I legitimately felt like we were in Seattle for most of this trip and I think the kids did too? The weather was absolutely perfect and walking everywhere is our kind of trip (urban hiking to say the least) while being outdoors with our kids, exploring. 

So many people have asked us what we enjoyed most, and what we would recommend for those who might want to venture into Boston, so I thought I'd compile a small list of some of the must-do activities that are equally fantastic and family-friendly. 

1st - The Boston Tea Party Museum was absolutely a must-do. It was interactive, afforded some laughter, and also gave the kids insight into the history of this nation that they didn't have before. Throwing tea off the harbor was likely the most patriotic thing we have ever done and I know my "Merica" loving husband felt some sort of patriotic duty to the cause. In addition to the interactive show, there is also an entire tea room where you can sample various teas and the gift shop is loaded with fun souvenirs to take back home. The only downside to this activity was parking (though we opted to park close -- a $40 plus parking garage fee came along with that convenience) and we could have chosen to park further away if we wanted. The nice part about parking close is that the children's museum is right next door to the museum. A perfect place for kiddos to run free and enjoy their time, too. 

2nd - Trolly tour. Hear me out. The trolly tour is always my go-to activity in a city I know nothing about. I did the on and off tour through the same company when we were in Savannah, Georgia and it made me love things about the city that I didn't even know existed. The same stands for our trip to Boston. Being able to learn so many wonderful facts about the city and enjoy the convenience of getting on and off at various stops made for such a fun day. It's nice to be able to explore your most anticipated areas of a city more than the next and not have to worry about parking. I also really love that the tours are narrated and you are constantly being fed information that even Google might have not disclosed. All the drivers seemed to be Boston natives and hearing those accents were so fun and native to the entire experience. 

3rd - Fenway Park. We are not huge baseball fans but after seeing the Red Sox play.... my kids cannot wait until their next game experience. The singing, the seventh-inning stretch, the history, and really just being in the oldest baseball stadium in the United States. It was magical. The kids running the bases were just icing on the cake and it is an iconic memory they will have forever. Take in a game with your family if you can. We chose to go on a weekday in the middle of the afternoon (thinking it wouldn't be as busy) but the stadium was still sold out completely. Over 35,000 people were in attendance and it was the largest event we've been to in a really long time. 

We loved our trip so much that we have planned a few more throughout the rest of the year and I can't wait to watch our babies light up with excitement. 

This is truly what it's all about. Experiences over things. I'm so glad we get to do this.

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