JDubbs and I grew up (mostly) in suburbs just outside of Boston (JDubbs was born and raised in Sacramento until he was 10), and it is my inestimable pleasure to expose my kids to the history, art, excitement and glory that is the city of Boston, especially in the summer. When Jax began to show an interest in the American Revolution last winter, specifically Paul Revere, JDubbs and I knew a trip to Boston and the Freedom Trail (that links the many important historical sites throughout the city) would be on our list of things to do this year. A warm summer day, our family of five, a stroller, some bottles of water, and we were off for a historical adventure!
The Old North Church and its surrounding plaques, memorials, and statues to Paul Revere and the other significant Patriots of his day was just the right combination of history and fun. Jax was interested to see things he had only read about in books come to life, and the girls, JDubbs and I learned a thing or two as well.
Then we followed the Freedom Trail out of the North End, and crossed over to the Rose Kennedy Greenway, which was built after JDubbs and I had moved away from Boston. It was something new for everyone and what’s not to love about green spaces, a carousel, splash pads and fountains amidst the buildings and bustle of the city? It was the perfect kind of fun for my country mice!
This fountain was everyone’s favorite, right outside Faneuil Hall, with the water coming up sporadically in various patterns, reaching enormous heights! Jax had absolutely no fear and charged straight in. Little H stayed on the outskirts and loved every second, although she didn’t actually get wet. Em decided to be brave and went in after a bit of hesitation, only to get a jet of water in the eye and run out screaming! She spent the next ten minutes shivering and crying until JDubbs bought her a tapestry from the farmer’s market to dry her off. So, mixed reviews from the kids, but I loved it!
From there we picked up the Freedom Trail again and walked through the Boston Common to the Public Garden, with a stop in Granary Burial Ground to see the graves of Paul Revere and John Hancock. We stopped to say hello to the ducks from Make Way For Ducklings and some of their ancestors, but the line was too long for a tour on the Swan Boats. Instead we got ice cream and watched the people and cars go by from a quiet spot on the lawn.
After that, we took the T back to our car (the kids’ favorite part!) and headed to Auntie Amanda’s and Uncle Chris’s house for a sleepover before Legoland the next day. This was one of my favorite memories from the summer, and we have had many extraordinary adventures! I love exposing my little country mice to all this magnificent city has to offer!