Boston, Ma - Day 2
Our last day in Boston and the final day of our long weekend approached and we decided to take it easy. After two days of walking at least 15 miles we tried to pack in a few low key activities (however all of them involved walking long distances)
We took the blue line into the city and connected to the red line to take us out to South Boston. Typically a business center it was pretty deserted on a Saturday. Unknowingly we ended up walking past the Boston Harbor and the site of the Boston Tea Party.
While I didn't have much interest in going into the museum, viewing the ships from afar and imaging colonists pouring tea into the harbor was an important site in history I was happy I could see.
As we continued to walk towards the edge of the city, we started to see our destination, Harpoon Brewery. Even at noon it was already packed and our tour ticket wasn't scheduled until 1:40.
Another tiny eatery, there was limited seating but we were able to find a place outside. This menu is nothing but authentic seafood that is caught right outside of it's walls. I choose the lobster roll, while my husband decided to go for the 1 1/4lb lobster.
Once we were done with lunch we headed back to Harpoon for our tour.
The oldest brewery in Massachusetts they brew a wide variety of beer and rely on word of mouth and social media for advertising. They also use their spent grain from their brewing process to make the pretzels they sell in their tasting room and the rest they donate to local farms for cows to eat.
After all those tasters I was a bit tipsy and needed a quick pick me up before we traveled to JFK Presidential Library and stopped at Barrington Coffee.
From there we took the Red Line to the bus - and headed towards JFK Presidential Library and UMass. I highly recommend taking the free bus instead of walking like we did - especially when the wind is coming off the harbor.
To celebrate JFK's birthday - they were planning a special celebration and closing early so we only had a few moments to really explore the exhibits that displayed JFK's campaign and presidency.
I've always been fascinated with Kennedy - especially since my mother was born on 11.22.63 - I've seen the Stephen King special that just aired on Hulu - I watched a documentary on Netflix, and have been reading about his presidency and the assassination for years. So to really take a look inside the artifacts that made up the election was truly magical.
Outside of the center is also full of historical artifacts including JFK's sailboat. Inside the exhibit you can watch home videos of him at sea with his son.
Although this photo doesn't do it justice, standing outside the library is a breathtaking view of Boston.
Another exciting element of the vacation was the fact that the special exhibit on hand was the Ernest Hemingway exhibit "Between Two Wars" - We were able to take a look into Hemingway's life, his love, and his works of art.
By the time we were done traveling South Boston and the edge of Boston - it was time to head back into the city and make it back to the Air BnB since we had an early flight - but that wasn't before grabbing a slice of pizza in the Italian district and a few pastries for the road.
I hope that this guide can help you through your trip to Boston. And if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us or comment! We'd love to hear from you and let us know some of your favorite places. We can't wait to take you through our next trip and thank you for coming along for the journey.