Boston with Boys – Day Three (Boston Tea Party and Recommendations)

On day three of our Boston trip, we woke up to another beautiful, sunny day.  Luckily, the wind died down and it ended up being a perfect day to walk around with the boys!

Since I couldn’t leave Boston without one more stroll through the Beacon Hill area, I chose a place for breakfast a few blocks down on Charles Street.

Breakfast in Beacon Hill:

The Paramount - Great place for breakfast in Boston!

Ever since I read up on The Paramount before our trip, I was eager to stop in for breakfast.  Thankfully, the tiny diner style restaurant lived up to the rave reviews!  With the quick service (the line was fast moving) and delicious fresh food, The Paramount ended up being a perfect place to fill our bellies for a day of sightseeing!

Boston with Boys – The Boston Tea Party:

After breakfast, we took a taxi up to the inner harbor to tour the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.

Boston Tea Party Ships

This was definitely one of my favorite sights and a great attraction to see in Boston with boys.

Boston Tea Party Museum - A Must See while in Boston!

Boston Tea Party

First we headed to the Old South Meeting House to begin the tour.  Although, we didn’t know what to expect as we were seated and handed out cards with our ‘new names’ .

The Tea Party Tour - Such a fun and interactive experience!

From there, we were taken on a journey back in time as live actors reenacted the meeting to fight against unfair taxation.  As part of the interactive experience, we were all encouraged to yell out, clap and make discouraging sounds as Samuel Adams addressed the crowd.

Boston Tea Party Tour with live actors - so much fun!

After the “meeting”, we headed down to tour the authentically restored tea party ships.  On one of the ships, the kids were able to throw the tea boxes into the harbor just like the Sons of Liberty did on December 16, 1773.

Boston Tea Party Ship - the kids loved throwing the tea overboard!

Barrels on the Tea Party Ship tour

Boston Tea Party Ship

Afterward, we headed into the museum where we were able to view one of only two surviving tea chests from the Boston Tea Party and hear the story behind it..  While in the museum, we viewed a short film showing the events that lead up to the American Revolution and wrapped up the tour with some fun exhibits.

All of us agreed, the hour long visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum was well worth it.  Not only were we entertained but we got to feel what it was like to witness the events that led up to the American Revolution.  What a wonderful learning experience for the kids…and all of us!

Faneuil Hall for Lunch:

Because it was such a beautiful day, we walked around by the harbor for awhile and then headed back to Faneuil Hall for some lunch.

Boston Street

Although, I hate to do anything too “cliche” when I travel we ended up eating in the Faneuil Hall location of Cheers.  The Beacon Hill location (previously known as the Bull and Finch Pub) was where they filmed the exterior shots for the show.  Apparently, this Faneuil Hall location was added later…

Cheers - Faneuil hall location

Of course, my kids had no clue about the show.  Obviously, they were not amused by any of the show-inspired names on the menu…or the cardboard figures outside the restaurant.  What a way to make me feel old…

Cardboard Cutouts at the Cheers Restaurant

And that concludes our spring break trip to Boston!  We had such a fabulous time making memories with our kids!

In case you missed my first two days, you can click on the links below:

Here is a quick recap of where we stayed, played and dined…

Stayed:

  • Westin Liberty Hotel

Played:

  • Museum of Science
  • Freedom Trail
  • Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market
  • New England Aquarium
  • Walk through Beacon Hill, Boston Garden, Newbury Street
  • Boston Tea Party Museum

Dined:

  • Clink (breakfast)
  • Paramount (breakfast)
  • Clarke’s (lunch)
  • Cheers (lunch)
  • 75 Chestnut Street (dinner)
  • Atlantic Fish (dinner)
  • JP Licks – (ice cream, tea)

Here are a few things we would have done given more time:

  • Taken the kids to the top of the Prudential building for a view of the city
  • Duck Tour of the city – We probably could have squeezed this in on our last morning but we decided to sleep in.  I am sure the kids would have loved this!
  • Boston Sporting Event – It was a bit too early for baseball season and the Boston Bruins (hockey) were not in town the week we went.
  • Museum of Fine Art
  • Whale Watching Tour
  • The rest of the Freedom Trail ending with a climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument  (Like I said, we only finished 12 of the 17 stops)

Do you have any Boston recommendations?

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6 Comments

  1. Simply LKJ
    April 8, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Sounds like you had a fabulous trip! Hubby used to travel there quite often on business, but I never went. Have been through however. Laughing over the boys not getting Cheers!

  2. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    April 8, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    Oh I havn't been but would love to go and see history. Thanks for taking us on the tour with you. I love it all.

  3. Katie Clooney
    April 10, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Happy Sunday Shelley! This is another great post on Beantown! Occasionally, readers will write to me asking for suggestions on what to do in Boston. I will definitely send them over to your posts. Have a gret day!

  4. Sarah
    April 18, 2016 / 11:47 pm

    Shelley, this must have been a fantastic trip. Love seeing all your photos. We've spent time in Boston on several occasions. I'm ready to return! It's a beautiful city! Thanks for taking us along.

  5. Garima
    April 26, 2016 / 11:41 am

    nice

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