Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Boston Fly Drive: Mums on the Run! The Best Bits of Boston!

If you’re following along our series of posts about our Mums on the Run Fly Drive to Boston you’ll have seen, how we flew WOW Air with ease picked the right car hire and Airbnb for us and told you about SIX different awesome day trips from Boston, 3 HERE and 3 MORE HERE. This week it’s all about the best bits of Boston.

Boston Tours:

Boston Tours have various tours starting at $28.45/€24.50pp that ensure you get to see and experience the best bits of Boston. We had a complimentary combo pass that included the Trolley Tour, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and a Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour. 

I’d highly recommend taking the trolley tour first so you can get your bearings. There are 18 stops that connect you to over 100 points of interest along the way. Everywhere we wanted to see was covered in the tour which starts and finishes quite near to Faneuil Hall Market Place.
Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour:

One of the highlights for me was the Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour; we were guided through two graveyards by a 17th Century gravedigger who had us enthralled with ghostly tales and true crime stories about the Boston Strangler. He was incredibly knowledgeable and feckin' hilarious. Almost as good as our own Gravedigger's Tour! In one of the graveyards we met a real character, plenty of frights and a lot of laughter made the hour and a half tour fly by.
Among the famous buried here is Sam Adams himself - our Guide told us because it's across from the pub 'It's the only place in the world you can have a cold Sam Adams WITH a cold Sam Adams'

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum:

I love visiting museums where the guides are in period costume as it adds to the experience. The guides at The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum were exceptional and had our full attention from the moment we received cards with details of the characters roles we had to play. 

No better woman!

Who knew learning history and politics could be so much fun? I certainly didn’t! If you visit it is well worth the few dollars to sample all of the teas in the cafe at the end of the tour, their fresh baked cookies are the perfect accompaniment.  

City Lights Cruise on board Classic Harbour 


The first night we arrived in Boston we went on the City Lights Cruise, I bagged a fantastic deal on Groupon just $19/€16.36 each for a one hour cruise out into Boston Harbour where you can see uninterrupted views of Boston’s lit skyline while getting lit on your favourite tipple from the fully stocked bar. 

Of course I was pregnant and driving but Sue assures me sitting out on deck under the fairy lights with blankets around us was one of the best places she’s enjoyed a glass of wine (Sue here, can confirm *Homer Drool*).

Fall Foliage Luncheon Cruise:

We weren’t leaving until we saw as much of the vibrant autumnal colours of Boston as we could, sadly due to a wet summer the colours weren’t in full bloom but that really didn’t take from our enjoyment of our lunch cruise. A full gourmet brunch was laid on by Chef Nick, each dish more mouth watering than the last. 

The Bostonians don't mess about when it comes to MEAT!

We spent a wonderful 2 hours cruising Boston Harbour learning about the islands we also got to see a few movie locations. Sue calling it Boston Hahhhhbahhhh every 3 minutes on average didn't once get tiresome. This trip on board the Northern Lights boat costs $55/€47.37pp, we received our cruise complimentary.


As corny and utter tourist trap as it seems Cheers bar was actually great craic, we enjoyed a lunch of typical bar food washed down with beers (non alcoholic for me). There was a great buzz about the place. I made sure to buy a Christmas decoration for my travel tree in the gift shop. Lunch, beers and tip cost us about $23/€20 each.

We also ate and drank at Faneuil Hall Market and Granary Tavern during our time in Boston, the watermelon salad in Granary Tavern on Milk Street is sublime. No trip to Boston is complete without spending some time shopping and eating your way through some of the delights on offer at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

After spending a night half awake in sheer terror that we wouldn’t make the baggage weight restrictions with WOW Air, I made sure we weighed our bags at an unmanned check in desk just to see exactly how much we were overweight so I could calculate the amount extra we’d have to pay. I was relieved to find out when they weighed our cases they were UNDER weight!

Our flight home was the most memorable flight I’ve ever been on, not only were the staff really friendly they went above and beyond when we flew through the Northern Lights by telling everyone who couldn’t see the lights they could take turns going to the front of the plane to look out the window in the door, it was AMAZING. 

We had received our flights complimentary with WOW Air but given the choice I won’t fly direct to the USA again, I’ll opt for a stop in Iceland every time because it was great to break the journey and it negated jet lag for us. 

Roll on October, instead of returning to the USA we’re heading for the bright lights of Toronto and Niagara! Have you been? Have you any advice or recommendations for us?

*** Disclaimer:

As advised above we received 
complimentary return flights to Boston with WOW Air, Boston Tour combo passes and a Luncheon Cruise. 

As usual all thoughts are my own, 
I was not asked to write this review. 

As ever neither free services nor 
payment would ever sway my opinion.*** 


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