My son and I will fly to Boston next Friday for 5 nights in Boston and 3 nights on the Cape. My son turns 11 two days we leave. This trip is built around baseball and seeing the historic places he learned about in school in May.
Our flight into Logan is scheduled to land around 2:30. I am trying to pack in such a way that we will be able to take public transportation to the Lenox. How easy is it to get to the T at Logan if we are each pulling a wheeled suitcase and carrying a backpack or briefcast? I am not adverse to a cab - not sure how long the trip is taking with the Big Dig problems. Also - how far of a walk would we have from the T station to the Lenox?
I hope we are settled into our room by 5:00 p.m. or so. I like to take it easy the first night we are in town - grab something to eat and wander around. I would like to go to the Prudentail Center observation deck on Friday night. It seems most of the places we want to go close at 5 or 6. Any other thoughts on things to do in and around the Lenox? What time does it get dark in Boston this time of the year? How much walking do I want to do after dark?
Saturday - I would like to start Saturday by taking a 9:00 a.m. Duck Tour. I think my son would really enjoy it and it would give us a general idea of the city. I probably will reserve the early tour online next week and not use the GoBoston card for it. I want to spend the rest of Saturday on the Freedom Trail - and would prefer not to have to wander back to do a Duck Tour during the day.
Sunday - I have a reservation to pick up a rental car at the Enterprise location on Boylston at 9:00 a.m. I plan to drive out to Lexington and Concord, with a stop in Cambridge on our way back. I would like to attend Catholic Mass before we get the car or on our way out to Lexington. Any suggestions? I need to do my research on Lexington and Concord - we may do the Liberty Ride with the Go Boston card. I think if we stay with their route we will see most of the sites. Any thoughts on where to have lunch? We can return the rental car anytime that evening.
Monday/Tuesday - we have Indians - Sox tickets for Monday and Tuesday nights (woe are my beloved Indians - glad I got these tickets at face value the day they went on sale). I would like to start Monday morning with a Fenway Park Tour. The rest of Monday and all day Tuesday I would like to see the following: JFK Museum, Aquarium, NE Sports Museum. I work for the company that operates the mall at Copley Place - need to stop in and see them - they were able to get me hooked up with the hotel. The GoBoston card has a few other tours that we may try. Am I missing any other museum or features that I should see with an 11 year old sports and history freak? I have the AAA book to go through this weekend and several printouts from TripAdvisor.
Any input on places to eat lunch and dinner on any of these days is appreciated. Nothing fancy - I do want to get some pizza in the North End when we are on the Freedom Trail. My son likes seafood - although mostly fried and battered fish and shrimp. No crab, lobster, etc. And I really don't want to spend big bucks on a dinner.
Wednesday - we plan to check out of the Lenox Wednesday morning and pick up a car at Enterprise and head out to Plymouth. We will do Plimoth Plantation and see the other sites before heading out to Hyannis for our room at the SeaCoast Inn. We want to get to the Cape League baseball game that night. The only night game is a 7 at Harwich. Questions are - how long should I plan from Plymouth to Hyannis? And how long from Hyannis to Harwich? I hope we are not cutting this too close.
Thursday - I would like to do a whale watch cruise Thursday. Then head off to the beach (maybe Coast Guard Beach)? No Cape League baseball game Thursday night as the league has their All Star game at Fenway.
Friday - Mostly a beach day. Perhaps head out to Provincetown as well. I intend for this to be a relaxation day. We have not been to the beach in two years - I know this will not be like St. Pete Beach or Gulf Shores, but it is still the beach (and not Indiana). There is a 7 p.m. game in Orleans Friday night.
We don't fly back until Sunday afternoon, but as of now I have no hotel for Saturday night and no definitive plan. We have talked about possibly driving out to Springfield for the basketball hall of fame, getting in the car and driving to Maine, or just hanging out on the Cape until late afternoon then heading back towards the SouthShore area and getting a room.
I apologize for the long post. We are really looking forward to this trip. Any input you give is much appreciated.