Usually we save our ‘big vacation’ for the last two weeks of August. The last few summers, like this summer, we’ve had travel baseball taking up June and July weekends. When August rolls around, we’re ready to finally get some vacation time in.
The last two years we took our kids on Carribean cruises, which was amazing. With buying a new home this year, however, we decided to stay stateside and explore more of the East Coast.
This year my brother in law and sister in law invited us to stay with them in a vacation rental on Cape Cod.
Boston (two days)
Cape Cod (4 days)
Newport (1 day)
First stop was Boston. We actually chose to stay in Cambridge (right across the Charles River) because when traveling with kids, a hotel with a pool is always a must have. We found a great hotel in Cambridge that offered free breakfast, an awesome pool, and free onsite parking. A similar hotel in Boston would have easily cost us an addtional $100 or more a night, and since we were staying for two nights, we decided we would rather stay a little outside the city and spend the money saved on an awesome night at Fenway.
Friday night we went to Fenway for the Red Sox vs. Indians game. About two weeks before our trip, Rick enrolled our kids in the Red Sox Kids Nation club, which gave them two free tickets to the game! We paid extra for a tour of Fenway as well as the chance to watch batting practice prior to the game. My husband, a lifelong Red Sox fan, was totally in his element. We took a ton of pictures and had an awesome night.
Family tip: If you’ve never been to Fenway, they offer a ‘family section’ of seats, which prohibits alcohol. Having been to quite a few Phillies games in my life, I was a little nervous about exposing my kids to too much ‘excessive fan behavior’ at a Friday night game. Nothing against Red Sox fans…I’m mean, come on, I’m a Philly sports fan, and I witnessed my share of ‘excessive fan’ behavior going to Eagles game at the Vet in the 80’s…it’s just that my kids have been to mostly Minor League baseball games prior to this, and the fans aren’t quite as dedicated. Same reason why I’ve held off with taking them to Eagles games. The Family section ended up being a great choice for us. Not the best seats in Fenway, but still….we were in Fenway. And besides, I didn’t want to pay $9 for a beer anyway.
Saturday – the Freedom Trail
Saturday morning we were exhausted, but we headed into Boston to get our history on before the day got too hot. Jon learned about the Revolutionary War this past school year, so he was excited to see Paul Revere’s house and the site of the Boston Tea Party. I’m also a history geek (B.A. in American History over here, folks) so I was also very excited to finally walk the Freedom Trail.
The Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles of some of the most historically significant sites from our Nation’s birth. While we didn’t visit every site along the trail (because 7 year olds have limited patience) we really enjoyed the Paul Revere House, Old North Church (which my kids referred to as the church from National Treasure), and the USS Constitution.
For lunch, we went to XXXXX.
Saturday afternoon we returned to the hotel for some pool time. Then we headed to Lexington and Concord to see where the site of the ‘shot heard round the world’ i.e. the start of the Revolutionary War. Then we went to dinner at an awesome restaurant in Lexington.
Then we headed back to the hotel, because the next morning we were heading to Cape Cod!
Sunday morning – Boston to Cape Cod
We stopped at Dunkin Donuts (obviously…because ) for caffeine, carbs and fat before heading out on what was supposed to be an 1.5 hour drive to the Cape. Well…it took well over double that time. Fortunately we had distractions for the kids to keep them occupied.
When we finally made it to Cape Cod, we were in awe of how BEAUTIFUL it was.