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Sure, there's lots of history here. The Freedom Trail, the historic battles, the Old North Church, Paul Revere's ride... but what else can you find in Boston? Blue men, enormous swans, and a green monster. How about whales, seals, and robots? It's all here.
Here are a few tips for the whole family, for those with kids under 12 and for the difficult tweeners and teens.
Boston lies near the Stellwagen bank, feeding ground for several species of whales. Summer is a great time to view them. The New England Aquarium has a high-speed boat with full concessions and on-board naturalists and educators. The older ones might gripe a bit, but as soon as the first whale swims up to the boat, that will stop... Read more
The sky was a shade lighter than sapphire with hardly a cloud in sight. It was the perfect day for a scenic flight. The heat created just a touch of turbulence that left me with a hint of nausea. But other than that, a great flight lesson.
My nerves were stimulated as soon as I stepped into the cockpit and sat down in the pilot's seat. The instructor sat beside me with his own set of controls.
I was overwhelmed by the different gauges, switches and buttons. Foster went through the checklist thoroughly. He touched on what every button and switch and gauge did, but my excitement left me mystified.
“Ready for take off?” he asked. I looked at him with wide eyes and nodded... Read more
As I turn onto Old Main Street in Deerfield, Massachusetts, the mile-long strip of road on which the Historic Deerfield Museum is located, it feels as if I've stepped back in time. Centuries-old restored houses share yards with private family homes, the architecture so traditionally beautiful that it would be hard to tell the difference, save for the minivans in some of the driveways.
It is as if the place has been in a bubble for hundreds of years, waiting patiently to be rediscovered and explored. And in a way, this is not far from the truth.
Historic Deerfield is a museum consisting of eleven house museums, and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, where visitors can get a firsthand look at what life was like in colonial America by viewing the clothing and textiles, the tools, the weaponry, the furniture, and, of course, the buildings... Read more
Henry Thoreau is perhaps this country’s best known pedestrian. He walked everywhere, preferring a hike to a ride in a rail car or horse-drawn carriage any day. He is famously quoted as saying, “I have traveled greatly in Concord.”
Though Thoreau died at 44, he did see a bit more of the world. He took the train to Quebec, Minnesota, Niagra Falls, and Maine, and hiked around from there. He also became enamored of Cape Cod, first visiting in 1849.
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