For our last full day in Boston, we decided to walk the Freedom Trail over to the USS Constitution. We didn’t do the entire Freedom Trail in the interest of fitting in the things we wanted to do, but started at The Paul Revere house. It was much larger than I had thought it would be. It tested our knowledge of (a) the historical events and (b) the Paul Revere poem. Neither were especially good haha!
As we walked by, we noticed Mike’s Pastry shop was open. My friend Rhea had told me I had to go there and get a cannoli, but every time we had walked by, there was a HUGE line. This seemed like too good of an opportunity to pass up, so we got a chocolate chip, peanut butter and chocolate covered cannoli, and also a red velvet whoopee pie.
Pretty excited! (And I can’t say enough how much I loved my Brooks Boston shoes.)
After walking across the bridge over the Charles River, we made to the USS Constitution. Also known as Old Ironsides. Spoiler alert – there is no iron on Old Ironsides. The nickname came from the cannonballs bouncing off the sides. The museum was really good – especially if you have kids because it was super interactive.
From there, we called a water taxi to take us to the Boston Tea Party ships. It was such a fun way to get around. We just called the number, and they came right up to the dock we were at near the USS Constitution Museum. Sort of like Lyft for boats. Even better, there was no sitting in traffic.
It was about $12 a person, and totally worth it in my opinion. They told us that for some residents of certain apartment buildings, it only costs $5 per ride. What a fun way to get to work! Maybe the novelty of it would wear off though.
The museum holds a huge collection of the artwork she purchased and curated throughout her lifetime. According to the Wikipedia page, in accordance with the will of Isabella Stewart Gardner, admittance is discounted to those wearing Boston Red Sox memorabilia, and is free to anyone named Isabella. The huge courtyard in the middle was my favorite part.
After dinner, we went to see the Boston: An American Running Story documentary. It was so great! I may have cried for at least 50% of the movie.
After dinner, we enjoyed the cannoli – I can see why people wait in line for them. So good!!
This was such a wonderful trip to Boston, and having my parents and John there for it made it truly special. I would not have changed a single thing. Except maybe the heat on race day haha! But even that is its own memory.