Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Freedom Trail - Boston, Ma

After the Jamestown Half Marathon, I hitched a ride with Jessie back up to Boston.  Despite living in the greater Boston area last summer, I didn't do a whole lot of sight-seeing and now that J lives there, I force her to do touristy things with me.  Last time we went to the Sam Adam's Brewery, this time we decided to do the majority of the Boston Freedom Trail.

We started with a stop at Starbucks for me and Dunkin Donuts for J - luckily they were on the same corner so it made it easy.  Despite the interesting historical things I learned throughout the day, the first thing I learned was that Starbucks doesn't charge for iced coffee flavoring.  Yet when I order the EXACT same thing but hot, it's 50 cents more.  So there's that.

After fueling up on caffeine we decided to take a detour to the Boston Marathon Finish line. The church on the corner has ribbons tied along its fence.  Some have quotes, others the date, and some are just there.  It's simple and beautiful.  I wish I knew of it's existence before hand, because I would have liked to have brought one to tie on.

After walking around the finish area, we headed back up to Boston Commons and cut through the park. It is a beautiful park, filled with people enjoying the day.  We found some ducklings that were very friendly and came up very close to us.  I was worried that Mama Duck would freak out, but she also seemed to trust all of the park goers.

clearly not a duckling, but also very trusting.

We stumbled across a music festival Outside the Box.  It was just setting up for the day, we made a mental note to come lay in the shade later and check it out.

Once we made it through the park, we began the Freedom Trail.  I was armed with a guide book and read out facts to Jessie as we walked through Boston.  While a guided tour would probably be more interesting we enjoyed wandering around at our own pace.

memorial for fallen soldiers from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars

The official Freedom Trail continues over the bridge and to the Navy Yard, but at that point it was very hot out and we had lost our patriotic spirit.  We turned back toward the commons with the intention of hanging out on the grass before it was time for me to get to Greyhound and travel back to Albany.  Instead, we opted for the wonderful air conditioning of Jessie's apartment which was very welcomed after miles of walking through Boston.

The trail is definitely interesting, if not to just see some of the different neighborhoods within the city.  My guess is that an organized tour would be more informational, and also possibly shelling out the few bucks to go inside several of these historical places.  ( we opted for the completely free version which included me reading a guide book to Jessie at each building. ) The tour groups looked massive, so the fall might be a better choice in terms of both crowds and temperature.

What are some of your MUST see/do in Boston ?

1 comment:

  1. I love the Freedom Trail! That was my favorite thing that I did in Boston last summer. Maybe I just love history but it was fun for me.