Guest Author - Christine Wilcox
Boston - or Bahstahn, if you are a local, is a city so deeply entrenched in the history of our nation, you can't talk about US history without the conversation turning toward Boston at some point early on. It's a fantastic city whether you love history or not. My new favorite thing to do in Boston? Of course, it's a Boston Duck Tour!
If you're not familiar with a Duck Tour, it is truly an opportunity to see a city in a completely unique way - by land AND by sea. A "Duck" is an amphibious vehicle built during World War II, and (as our ConDUCKtor, Major Tom Foolery, reminded us) they're mostly all still working and on the road because they were built by women. There are more modern versions of Ducks that Duck Tours have employed since, but many of the originals are still working today.
When we left the Museum of Science, one of the locations where you can pick up a Duck Tour, it was a balmy 39 degrees, and our bright pink duck was comfy warm. We had the opportunity to unzip the windows for clearer photos. I opted for the hazy glare that the plastic window provided over freezing in the Atlantic breeze, but nonetheless, it was a fantastic way to spend just over an hour.
We took off and immediately dove into the city, and we saw everything that I wanted to go back and see again. Some of the most beautiful architecture exists in Boston - as well as one building that was voted the ugliest in the world - Boston City Hall. Our ConDUCKtor gave us a great tour of the City, was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining, and we got a little inside scoop on some of the best eateries in the city, too.
Copley Place was one of our first sites, and as we wound through the city, past the Boston Common and Public Gardens, we also got to see Beacon Hill and the State House, as well as TD Garden (the former Boston Garden, whose name has changed over and over to accommodate it's various corporate owners). We also got a view of the U.S.S. Constitution, which is the oldest ship in our naval fleet, and the new Rose Kennedy Greenway. And if you haven't seen the Holocaust Memorial in Boston, I do recommend you stop. Cheers, Make Way for Ducklings, and Trinity Church are also on the list of sites, as well as a dip in the Charles River, which was abbreviated because of construction on a nearby bridge.
All in all, Boston Duck Tours gets five stars. It was totally worth the price of admission, $31.00, and gave me some great ideas for what I want to do when I go back to Boston. By all means, schedule this tour on your first day in the city, and take notes of where you want to return to. You won't be disappointed.