Vacations

A fun weekend getaway to Boston

For Memorial Day weekend, we traveled to Boston for a quick getaway. Early Friday morning we boarded the Acela (Amtrak’s fastest train) at DC’s Union Station. Noah has been on many Amtrak trains, but this was his first ride on the Acela, and so he was really excited!

The ride to Boston took about seven hours. Noah enjoyed watching the speedometer on Ryan’s phone along the way. Our train got up to 150 mph as we went through Rhode Island and Massachusetts—yeah, that’s fast. Here’s a picture of our Acela train at Boston’s Amtrak station.

We dropped off our suitcases at the hotel, and then we met up with friends and explored the Long Wharf area. We started at an amazing pastry shop…

And then we walked along a portion of the Freedom Trail. We saw the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church.

We found a fun neighborhood playground too…

That night we went to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace area. Faneuil Hall has been a market and meeting hall since it was built in 1742. We bought a few souvenirs and had our first bowl of clam chowder for the weekend—it was so good! Ryan visited Faneuil Hall several times on previous trips to Boston. He always enjoyed it, and so he was excited to share the experience with Noah.

Saturday morning we went on a boat cruise of Boston’s inner and outer harbors. Highlights of the cruise included stories from the Revolutionary War, the oldest continuously manned lighthouse in the United States, Harbor Islands National Park, the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”), and the history of how the harbor was transformed from one of the dirtiest harbors to one of the cleanest in the country. And yes, as you can tell by the pictures below, it was a great day to be outside!

After the boat cruise, we had a quick lunch and then headed to Bunker Hill Monument. The Battle of Bunker Hill, fought in 1775, was one of the first major battles of the Revolutionary War. The granite monument was built between 1825 and 1843, and we climbed the 294 steps to the top—phew!

Then we headed to a nearby subway station for our first ride on the T. Noah was looking forward to this!

We rode the T back to the hotel, and then we walked to the Faneuil Hall area for supper. Here is a picture of Noah and Ryan outside of Quincy Market, which was built in 1824.

Sunday morning we walked around the harbor and explored more of the Long Wharf area.

Then we headed to Boston Common, which is a 50-acre park in downtown Boston. The weather was great for lounging outside.

After lunch we rode around Boston on the T just for fun—yes, Noah’s pick. We rode on the red, blue, green and orange lines. Fun fact: Boston’s green line dates back to 1897, which makes it the oldest subway tunnel in the United States—very cool.

And here is a short video of a few of our green and blue line trains too. As a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

Late that afternoon we picked up our suitcases from the hotel and then headed to the airport for our short flight home. It was a quick trip to Boston, but we had a lot of fun! We look forward to visiting again and exploring more of the city.

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