We went on a quick trip to Boston to visit family last week. Even though we spent a lot of time at our Aunt’s house just outside of the city, we still made time to visit some fun places around one of the oldest cities in the country.
Museums were mostly on our agenda because it was terribly hot and muggy. But we did end up walking to a lot of places so we could see the beautiful architecture of Boston.
1. First up, we spent the morning/early afternoon at the Aquarium. The New England Aquarium is right along the bay and has many animals for such a condensed space. My favorite were the penguins (heads up, the baby penguins are sadly just very small adult penguins), but I always spend a good amount of time staring at the jellyfish. This aquarium has many live animal shows, including seal training, so make sure you arrive early to get a seat where you can see over the glass.
2. After the aquarium we had lunch in Faneuil Hall (also known as Quincy Market). It’s about a five minute walk down the street from the aquarium. Quincy Market was jam-packed with people and street performers. All I wanted while in Boston was a lobster roll but I had to seize my opportunity wisely because Sarah does not like fish. Quincy Market is full of every food option you can think of so this is where I cozied up to the oyster bar (they were shucking oysters fresh off the ice) and got my famous New England lobster roll at The Walrus & The Carpenter.
3. We decided to visit the Fine Arts Museum after lunch. I mapped it on my phone and it was only 2.7 miles away. I thought this would be no big deal since I walk 3 miles every night. I was wrong, just take the T (Boston’s subway service). The cobblestone and uneven pavement will lead to a pedicure the next day. Although, the benefit of this long rocky walk is seeing all the beautiful architecture and exploring different neighborhoods.
4. We finally made it to the Museum after an hour of walking! We sat in the cafeteria to hydrate and rest our legs, then we explored. This museum is literally one of the most beautiful museums I have ever been to. How I would love to be a curator there. The interiors vary throughout each exhibit and match the artwork so well (I really enjoyed the scarlet silk draped ceiling with the crystal chandelier shown above). My favorite artists are Monet and Degas and they had a room filled with both of them! I could have stayed in that room all day.
5. We went to the Museum of Science the next day. Sarah was really excited for this one. This is definitely the place to bring kids. To escape the busy museum we bought a ticket to a planetarium show. This show was absolutely amazing! The picture above is right before the show started and the “sun” was setting. I could have stayed in that dark room all day just staring up at the projection of the stars. For all you city dwellers, unless you drive out to the middle of nowhere, you’ll never get a view like it.
6. Before we caught our flight back home, we drove over to Harvard. The drive was filled with beautiful green trees we just don’t see on the west coast. We decided to visit Harvard’s Museum of Natural History. Afterwards, we got some lunch on campus thanks to a bunch of food trucks. I got grilled cheese, truffle fries, and strawberry lemonade from Roxy’s. It was on the Food Network and it was so good! After lunch we walked around Harvard Square to enjoy the architecture (see the first picture – this was an old Church built in the early 1800’s). We stumbled upon a bookstore with an underground secondhand book shop. This was probably one of our favorite places we visited. Can you tell we just adore books?
Well Boston, we had a fun quick trip. We’ll see you again because there are many more places we need to explore! Let us know if you have any must see spots in The Bay State!♥