After spending the morning in Minute Man Park, we headed to Boston where we started on The Freedom Trail. This was a fabulous end to our history trip.
The Freedom Trail runs through the heart of Boston and there are 16 historic sites to see along the way.
We walked right on board the USS Constitution, which was dry-docked. We even toured the lower deck. There was a security check before boarding. Adults had to show some I.D. such as a driver’s license, and all bags were inspected.
Old North Church is the oldest standing church in Boston and is an Episcopal church today. Visitors are strongly encouraged to give a donation.
There was a small fee to enter Paul Revere’s house and no photography is allowed inside. Definitely worth the tour!
We did not get to finish The Freedom Trail, but what we did see was wonderful and I hope someday to return. ♥ Have you ever walked The Freedom Trail? If so, what was your favorite part? Marcus’ favorite was the USS Constitution. I think my favorite was Paul Revere’s house. ♥
The Franklin Institute is an interactive science museum. This was our first visit and we enjoyed it on a group ticket. There were attractions our ticket did not include, such as the mirror maze. There was also a whole section that was closed off to all visitors that day.
Our favorite exhibit was Amazing Machine. This was a whole area of machine inventions. Some were only to look at, but many were interactive. For example, there was a crane kids could operate by moving and stacking blocks and a domino table to demonstrate a chain reaction.
We ate lunch at the Foodworks café inside the museum, which offered the typical choices of hamburgers, chicken fingers, pizza, hot dogs, salads, soups, and baked goodies. The food was pretty tasty and about the price you’d expect for the convenience of eating there.
From there we visited Independence Square, which is really Independence National Historic Park. My advice to anyone visiting the birthplace of the U.S. is to plan ahead, especially if you only have one day or less to spend here. There is so much to see and a lot is free, but some things require a timed-ticket (such as Independence Hall). Also, many of the buildings close early (around 5pm). Our group missed seeing the Liberty Bell because we planned to see it right after our 4:30pm Independence Hall tour, but by 5pm when we got out, it had just closed.
A couple blocks from Independence Hall, located at 3rd and Chestnut streets, is a wonderful museum we decided to tour for most of our allotted time because we’d heard great things about it. This is the Museum of the American Revolution and I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the neighborhood. This is an interactive museum with exceptional exhibits featuring works of art, manuscripts and collected objects. It’s pretty impressive!
Something that was not allowed to be photographed was George Washington’s headquarter tent. (It’s behind a highly sensitive protective screen.) This was part of one of the theater experiences. Very cool!
This museum was my favorite part of my visit to Philadelphia. I’m so glad I experienced this history with my two sons. It was the perfect fieldtrip experience to add to our early state history unit, which we are finishing up this week. I’ll be writing more about that in an upcoming post. ♥ Have you been to any of these places? ♥
Last week, my two sons and I enjoyed a history trip to NYC, Philadelphia and Boston. Today I’m sharing what we saw and did in New York City. We started our trip there, spending three days altogether. This was a group trip, through the fabulous Liahona Preparatory Academy (the private school which my son takes online classes through, as part of our homeschooling). We each made new friends, saw history come to life, and made memories to last a lifetime.
On our first day in NYC, we were on our own to explore Times Square and anything else we desired. It was a rainy Memorial Day and we were exhausted from our red-eye flight, but had to wait until evening for our room to be available. Times Square is not my favorite because of the throngs of people, the pushy street hustlers (avoid eye contact and keep walking!) and the gross naked women (the naked cowboy isn’t so bad). We visited the Disney, M&M and Hershey stores. Later we bought warm cashew nuts from a vendor. Yum!
From Times Square, we made our way to Bryant Park. This is one of the green spaces in NYC. It’s a place to enjoy free entertainment, grab a bite to eat and people-watch.
And then to Grand Central Station, er Terminal. You can read about its history here. There is a small museum inside which we toured, and we grabbed a drink at one of the little shops. Mostly we people-watched. We watched one guy scrimmage through a garbage can and eat left-over scraps of food.
The next morning we took a bus tour called, The Ride. It was really fun and I highly recommend it. We had a great guide, the bus “talks” and has some cool effects, and we were given a history of NYC as we rode through the streets. We were dropped off (as prearranged) at “our” Manhattan temple.
From the temple we walked to Central Park. I love Central Park!
That night we saw the Broadway show, Anastasia, which we really liked. It is based off the animated film, but the villain is not Rasputin. After the show, we went back to our hotel for some yummy cheesecake from Junior’s. (This was when I discovered that my extremely picky-eater actually likes chocolate cheesecake! I tell you, this is a miracle!)
On our last day in NYC, we visited the 9/11 Memorial.
After that, we walked to Battery Park where we hopped on a ferry to Liberty Island,
and Ellis Island.
The last Broadway show we saw was, On Your Feet. Both Anastasia and On Your Feet (which is the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan) were wonderful performances. My least favorite part of our NYC experience was taking the subway.
Stay tuned for highlights from Philadelphia. Have you visited New York City? Are you a city or a country person? I’m definitely a country gal! But I’ve lived in some major cities with my family, due to my husband’s job. My favorite cities are Seattle, Toronto, and I have to admit, I fell in love with Boston. Do you have a favorite city?
I spent all of last week with my two sons, in NYC, Philadelphia and Boston, at some historic sites, as well as other experiences. I’ll cover each city more in-depth in upcoming posts, but here are some highlights from our whirlwind trip…
New York City-
Have you visited any of these historic sites? Seen any Broadway shows? Have any fun trips coming up? I’d love to hear about it!