Day Trip: Cape Cod to Boston

Day Trip: Cape Cod to Boston

On your trip to Cape Cod, make sure to fit in a visit to the exciting city of Boston. Located only an hour and a half away from the resorts in Dennis Port, there is so much to see and do, including the following ten options. Whether you visit Boston for one day or longer, you can fit in plenty of the local attractions, learn more about the history, eat tasty foods, and see all the sites by doing some of the following:

1. Walk the Freedom Trail

Featuring 16 official sites, a walk on the red brick path through downtown Boston on the Freedom Trail gives you a chance to learn more about how Boston’s history relates to the American Revolution, while also enjoying some of Boston’s best attractions. You will get a chance to see different parts of the city including the parks, museums, churches, cemeteries, and neighborhoods. Check out the Boston Common, the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the North End, Charlestown, and much more, on this 2 and a half mile walk.

2. Eat and Shop in Quincy Market

Though the Freedom Trail does bring you through Faneuil Hall, make sure to spend some time in the historic building, Quincy Market as well. After checking out the street performers, stores, and restaurants of Faneuil Hall, head into Quincy Market Colonnade, one of the largest food halls in New England, for food from over 36 international food vendors. It is the place to go to get Boston area favorites like oysters, clam chowder, and lobster rolls, plus the infamous Regina’s pizza, Mexican, Japanese, Thai, and so much more. Then browse the carts filled with Boston artwork, t-shirts, jewelry, and other items to take home as a memento.

3. Go to a game or tour Fenway Park

On your trip to Boston, you have to hit up the oldest ball park (established in 1912) in MLB history, for a Fenway Frank and some Red Sox fun at a game at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.” For $18, you can also take a tour of Fenway Park on non-game days, daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, hourly. They even do Game Day Tours, where you can see the players batting practice a few hours before the game starts. The restaurants, bars, and stores that surround Fenway Park also offer plenty to see and do, so definitely stroll down Yawkey Way, Landsdowne Street, and check out Kenmore Square.

4. Take a Duck Tour

Boston Duck TourYour vacation will be a memorable one if you take a trip with Boston Duck Tours, which leaves from the Museum of Science or Prudential Center. You will get to see all Boston has to offer and hear more about its history, from land and sea, on W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicles.’It is the perfect way to squeeze in all the Boston sites when you are short on time. Bunker Hill, the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Public Gardens, Boston Public Library, Newbury Street, Hancock Tower, and plenty of other notable areas of Boston can be seen from the Duck vehicles. Then you head into the Charles River to take in the views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines on this 80 minute long tour.

5. Go to the Harpoon Brewery

Visit the Harpoon Brewery on your trip to do a tasting or take a free tour. During the week they offer visitors information on the history of the brewery and the beer making process in the Tasting Room, as you enjoy samples of their beers. They also offer Weekend Tours. For the price of admission, you get a guided walk through the brewery, souvenir tasting glass, a beer tasting, and provide a donation to Harpoon Helps. On your visit, you can also buy Harpoon beer and merchandise to take home with you. Be sure to find out if a festival is going on to attend while you are visiting so you don’t miss out on any of the fun at Harpoon.

6. Stroll through Beacon Hill

This National Historic District is a great place to walk and take in all the architecture that makes up this cozy part of town.’It is known for the gas lamps that line the streets, the brick sidewalks, and the 19th century row houses that fill the area.’It is a mostly residential neighborhood, but you will find plenty of cafes, bakeries, restaurants, clothing boutiques, antique shops, and much more, especially on Charles and Cambridge Streets. Beacon Hill is also where the bar that inspired the television show Cheers still stands.

Institute of Contemporary Art7. Head to the Institute of Contemporary Art

Located in the Seaport District area of Boston, you will find the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). Since 1936, they have showcased creative and innovative art pieces to share with locals and visitors. Their new space on the Waterfront boasts amazing views, from a building that is an architectural masterpiece and is art work in and of itself. The ICA hosts performers and speakers, displays exhibitions from various artists, features an exciting gift shop and cafe, plus much more. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students and their hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and weekends they are open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

8. Enjoy the New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium is located right in downtown Boston’s Waterfront area and features over 70 exhibits. Right when you get up to the entrance, make sure to check out the harbor seals as they swim about. Then enter the aquarium and watch the penguins as they play. Wind your way up the four story aquarium and explore each tank featuring aquatic creatures from near and far. You won’t miss the Giant Ocean Tank, which boasts a Caribbean coral reef, 200,000 gallons of salt water, and is 23 feet deep, filled with more than 600 animals, including turtles, sharks, stingrays, and a variety of fish. Tickets are $26.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors and $17.95 for children. Ticket packages are also available where you can also go to the IMAX theater or on a whale watch for one fee as well.

9. DCR’s Charles River Reservation

Make like the locals and come and admire the water and city views from the Charles River Reservation. It is a 17-mile state park, along the Charles River, that stretches down Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, and Newton. Enjoy kayaking and canoeing, bike riding, have a picnic, play some tennis, or walk along the paths along the Charles River on your trip. There are also concerts here at the DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade, including performances by the well known Boston Pop’s.’You’ll find so much to do outdoors with your family since there are playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming pools, and other recreational areas spread throughout.

10. See the Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group is a phenomenon that has spread across the country and back, with shows in hot spots like New York City and Las Vegas, as well as right in Boston. With shows almost every day of the week at the Charles Playhouse, get tickets to see the three blue stars in action on your trip. It is unique experience that should not be missed with live musical performances and plenty of paint splattering, light effects, and food flying fun. For those who really want to get involved, it is also an interactive show, where volunteers may be chosen to go on stage.’Tickets are available through Ticketmaster but also check the Blue Man Group website for specials or visit the BosTix booth for half price tickets.