185 State Street, Boston
If you are a single, couple with no children, or buisness person – stay here! If you have a family, I recommend the across the street Marriott waterfront hotel – I didn’t stay there, but saw a lot of families come and go.
Transportation, Airport to Hotel
Rowes Wharf Water Transport 617-406-8584
Bus #66, curbside at Logan arrivals, takes to dock. Call when on bus.
Taxi’s from the airport (Logan) I hear take a while – and are expensive. Water transport is easy, safe, cheap, and you get a great view welcoming you to Boston!
Arrive in Boston A.M. Meet Kennedy Walking Tour guide at 1:00 p.m. at 139 Tremont Street, Boston Common, Old Visitor’s Center. Purchase a Charlie Card for tomorrow, visit Brattle Book Shop and other sites, begin the Freedom Trail; pick up dinner at the Black Rose and return to the hotel to rest and eat.
Take Aquarium T-Stop to Downtown Crossing, Red Line to JFK/U-Mass Station; bus marked ‘JFK’
8:30 a.m. Research Room opens (Note: If you’d like to visit, it is only made by prior arrangement and appointment.)
9:00 a.m. Meeting with Museum & Library representative for information on Victura Society in cafe
9 a.m. the Museum will open. Take docents tour and explore on own.
Meet Acorn Tours at 1 pm or a little after in the Café. Light lunch at museum; and then to Boston and Brookline sights; JFK sites, Alexander Graham Bell memorial, Harvard, driving tour of the whole city, plus movie sites, where they have 4th of July celebration that is shown on TV, and historical sites including historic homes and neighborhoods.
9 a.m. Acorn Tours will pick me up at the Harborside Inn for visit to historical sites (Plymouth Rock, Sandwich, etc) and Hyannis – JFK Museum, JFK Memorial overlooking Lewis Bay, etc; arrive back in Boston around 5:30/6pm. Break for dinner. Night tour of Boston, Top of the Hub for a drink and viewing the city from above, Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden, Mass State House.
Friends visit around 7/7:30 a.m. Driving tour up to Portland and back to Boston – lighthouses, sweets, winery, civil war monument, choc moose, historical sites, seafood lunch, etc.
7 p.m. Sunset Harbor Cruise from Boston Harbor Cruises with friends.
Boston Trolley Tour of city (it’s a hop on hop off, but I never hopped off – took the whole tour in from the aquarium) New England Aquarium, Lunch Cruise from Boston Harbor Cruises, walk around Quincy Market Faneuil Hall and waterfront area. Maybe complete some of the walks found in the book from Boston Walks.
Return to Logan airport via Rowes Wharf water transport.
Please note that I have shortened all my itineraries for public eyes; I have deleted personal things and names of people who I toured with/etc.