Sara said something to that effect at some point in our trip and I couldn’t agree more. It really felt like Disneyland. There are well preserved historic buildings everywhere so you feel like you’re in a 1700′s theme park, people were running around dressed in costume doing reenactments and having photos taken with tourists, there are places where the streets aren’t open to traffic so you just walk in the middle of the street…. it all just felt like Disneyland at times. And I loved it.
After chasing the Redcoats on their march to Boston Common, we went on an audio tour through downtown Boston. Klane and I loved the audissey tours the last time we visited, and it was just as fun to do it a second time. The tour took us from the Common to the North End and back to Long Wharf, winding through secret alleys and hidden pathways, old hotels and city parks, and teaching us tons of history and facts about Boston along the way. We felt like we had our own personal tour guide leading us through the real Boston. It was so fun.
We also became Slurpee addicts on this trip. It was pretty hot outside and we walked several miles each day, so Slurpees from 7 Eleven were the perfect cold (and cheap) treat. We found some good eats and ice cream along the way as well to keep us going. I love Boston’s public green spaces, they have so many great parks and places to hang out. And I love that the city is small enough to walk everywhere. Boston has such a great feel to it, I just love it there.
After a little ice-cream break while watching the kids play in the fountains at the park (and wishing we could jump in the water too), we went back to the Common to watch a reenactment of the battle of Lexington and Conchord and the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was so awesome, they were dressed to the nines and they fired their guns at each other and people played dead when they got “shot”. It was really fun to watch. I loved seeing so many people get excited about our nation’s history.
Later we went to the Public Garden for a little afternoon nap and people watching. The Boston Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in the United States, and it is such a beautiful place. There is a beautiful pond with a bridge, a wide variety of different trees, as well as monuments and statues throughout the garden. A nice relaxing place to while away an afternoon.