So Many Things To Do In Boston When We Visited For July 4th
We found so many things to do in Boston when we visited for the July 4th long weekend. We started our vacation in Ottawa for Canada Day. And got the most amazing fireworks show over the Parliament Buildings. So we did not really visit Boston to top that experience. But we found so much to do as we wandered around the city on the holiday weekend.
We booked an amazing Air Canada points deal for our visit to Ottawa and exploration in New England. Our reward ticket took us from Toronto to Ottawa to Boston and back home to Toronto. The points were the same value as just a return trip between Toronto and Ottawa. This intra-zone multi-hop strategy was just one of the things we learned on our quest for points and status.
As the plane dipped lower for landing in Boston, we got a great view over the parts of the city we explored on this stay.
We Enjoyed Our Hotel By The Water
Before our travels up the Maine coast, we enjoyed a pampering stay at the Boston Intercontinental by the Boston Harbour. This was a great way to add to our IHG Reward points as we built our points and status.
The Boston Intercontinental was located right on the water close to the Boston Harbour. It was a perfect base as we explored the waterfront area. We booked a Concierge level room for our stay. This gave us a big room with space to spread out. And delivered great customer service in one of the better Concierge lounges we visited.
It was a short walk to the nearest subway station. Perfect when we explored a little further. Overall, it was a good base as we discovered all the things to do in Boston when we visited for the July 4th long weekend.
Tour Options In Boston
We looked at the different ways to do a tour in Boston. We often saw the duck tour boat around the waterfront area. The hop—on-hop-off trolley had several stops close to our hotel. For a tour on the water, we saw several different options.
We were sure we would learn a lot more history if we took a tour. But for this visit, we just wandered and found the things to do in Boston on our own.
Sights Around The Waterfront
As we left the hotel, we checked out the information signs along the waterway. Right by our hotel, we read a bit more about the Boston Tea Party. There was a museum to visit to learn more about this precipitating event in U.S. history.
We continued our walk along the waterway. We found lots of options for restaurants in this area. At the point, we looked across the water at the downtown Boston buildings.
Boats of all shapes and sizes sailed past as we watched. Signs along the waterway talked about the marine history of Boston. Interesting signs showed the change in the boats that filled this harbour over the years.
As we walked along the shore, we saw the USS Constitution motor past. The USS Constitution was also know as “Old Ironsides”. She was the oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. The USS Constitution formed the centrepiece of the flotilla of boats that followed her along the harbour. Yet another fun way to get a tour in Boston.
Wander Along The Rose Fitzgerald Greenway
A long strip of green space ran past our hotel. The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway went for over a mile. It was a great spot for an interesting walk.
As we strolled along the greenway, we found interesting pieces of street art. The large colourful mural of the birds kept us entranced.
As we walked along the path, we got a respite from the sun. We saw the buildings of Boston over the tree tops. And caught a view of the Custom House clock tower. Large U.S. flags were everywhere.
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway was a great find close to our hotel on the waterfront. A walk to enjoy the green space was definitely one of the relaxing things to do in Boston.
Feast At The Quincy Market
We left the greenway and headed towards the Quincey Market. As we approached, we saw a large crowd and heard music. The 39th Army Band was set up and entertained the crowd.
We listened for a bit and then headed into the market. This was our first view of the amazing supply of local fresh seafood. But it was not the last lobster bonanza we found on this visit to New England. ‘Lobsta’ was available is such an amazing variety of dishes.
We finally chose our lunch and found a spot to picnic. Feasting on seafood was one of our favourite things to do in Boston.
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth In North Boston
From the end of the greenway, it was not a long walk to get into North Boston. We meandered our way slowly and took some more pictures.
We knew we reached the Italian part of Boston when we found the narrow streets lined with restaurants and pastry shops. There were a number of options marked on our offline map app to try. But the eat-in spots were busier than we expected.
We were happy we found a table for two at Modern Pastry on Hanover Street. But we then needed to decide from far too many sweet treats! At least we showed restraint and left without a take-out package too.
We wandered further and found Mike’s Pastry. Our local friend Cathy recommended Mike’s for their cannoli. We were amazed at the flavours of cannoli they sold. It was a good thing we already had a snack. After we browsed, we left empty handed!
We definitely found one of the sweet things to do in Boston when we visited for July 4th long weekend.
Wander Along The Charles River Esplanade
We took the subway to the Bay Area and exited at the Longfellow Bridge. There was a great view over the Charles River. Across the water was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And beyond that was Harvard University. On this visit, we never explored that far.
We enjoyed a slow walk along the Esplanade. Paths followed the water and went around small ponds. This was one of the perfect spots to watch the July 4th fireworks show.
We passed by the statue of the musician Arthur Fiedler. And then saw the big bandstand where the Boston Pops played for the July 4th extravaganza. This music was played on loud speakers along the Esplanade during the fireworks show.
The Esplanade in Boston was a quiet spot to explore when the festivities were over.
Explore The Bay Area
We continued our walk in the Bay Area and strolled through the Public Garden. This was another green oasis in the city. And the first botanical garden in America. We watched the swans as they glided past. And were then amused when we saw the swan boat go past.
Our last stop in the Bay Area was at Boston Commons. The large open square was filled with people. Up along the grass we got a view of he Massachusetts State House.
From here we plotted a long meandering path and walked back to our hotel. It was great to see another part of Boston on this trip.
We Found Many Things To Do In Boston When We Visited For July 4th
We liked to visit the U.S. for the July 4th celebrations. The previous year we enjoyed a hotel stay right beside the July 4th festivities in Philadelphia. But in Boston, we miscalculated on our hotel choice. It was not all that easy to get to the show area with many routes closed or jam packed.
We never realized how early some of the best venues booked up. Even our hotel concierge was not able to get us tickets to watch the fireworks show from the Top of the Hub or from the Observatory. And boat cruises were all booked. It was a good thing we started this trip with an amazing Canada Day celebration.
But even without the fireworks show, we found so many things to do in Boston when we visited for the July 4th long weekend. It was a great stop for a few days before we headed north along the Maine coast.
Have you visited Boston? Did you find many things to do in Boston?
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