This post is sponsored by Delta Air Lines
Boston is a city with such a rich history. We recently took the girls there for a quick trip and had an amazing time reconnecting as a family. From touring the city to sampling some of its best seafood offerings, here’s a look at everything we did!
We flew out of JFK and as always, stopped by the Delta Sky Club for some breakfast before the flight. This lounge really feels like a second home to us, since we start just about every family vacation here! The staff is always so friendly and welcoming, and reaffirms how connected we feel to the Delta brand. Our flight was a little over an hour, getting us into Boston at around 10:30 am that morning.
Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace
After dropping our bags at the hotel, we decided to take a walk around the area. We went to check out Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love exploring all the little stalls and shops. We enjoyed some fantastic clam chowder at Walrus & Carpenter Oyster Bar. So fun that it’s served in a bread bowl! The girls also loved exploring Quincy’s Place, an old-fashioned candy store and ice cream parlor that’s sure to bring back some nostalgic childhood memories.
Boston Duck Tours
Sometimes the most touristy thing you can do is also the most fun, and by far one of the top touristy activities in Boston is taking a Boston Duck Tour! The “Duck” in “Duck tour” refers to a World War II-style amphibious landing vehicle. These ducks played a crucial role in the allied invasions in Sicily, the Pacific, and during D-Day. The tour starts on the streets of Boston, but about halfway through, the duck actually rolls into the Charles River and the rest of the tour is by water! This transition was so much fun, and the girls squealed with delight as the vehicle started “swimming.” As if that wasn’t fun enough, each of the kids on the tour got a turn coming up to the front and driving the duck!
Boston Sail Loft
We’d heard great things about the seafood at Boston Sail Loft, so that’s where we headed for dinner. This casual restaurant literally sits on a dock over the harbor. It’s famous for its overflowing cups of clam chowder, and its lobster rolls that burst at the seams! The clam chowder was as good as advertised. It took all my willpower not to order a second mug! The fish and chips were excellent as well – fresh, flaky and delicious. Steps away from the restaurant is a big playground. The girls loved letting off some energy here and getting dirty in the sand pit!
Museum of Science
The next morning we headed to the Museum of Science. The girls love museums with hands-on exhibits, and they really enjoyed this once. Sean got to learn how to write code to make robots “kick” a soccer ball into the goal, and Ella loved playing astronaut in the full-size model of the Apollo capsule!
GaGa Seafood Restaurant
We spent most of the day in Lynn, MA helping to build a playground with KaBoom! and Delta Air Lines (read more about that here) so we definitely built up a good appetite. If you follow our Instagram stories, you know that we love a good Chinatown, so we went off to explore what Boston’s Chinatown had to offer!
We’d tried lots of European-American takes on seafood, but now it was time for some Chinese seafood. GaGa Seafood Restaurant is a great choice if you love authentic Chinese food (with the authentic, no-frills decor service it always comes with)! The lobster sticky rice is fantastic, and I was happy that dou miao, or pea shoots, were in season so we got a plate of that, stir-fried with fresh garlic.
Breakfast at Popover King
There used to be a really cute eatery in Manhattan called The Popover Cafe, but alas it closed its doors a few years back. So I was excited to see that there was a place just a few blocks from our hotel that specialized in popovers! If you’re not familiar, a popover is a puffed-up, eggy type of roll that is hollow, crispy on the outside and deliciously moist and airy on the inside. Popover King serves both sweet and savory popovers. The girls shared one of the chocolate popovers, while Serge and I had a shepherd’s pie-inspired savory popover.
After breakfast it was time to explore the iconic Fenway Park baseball stadium, home to the Boston Red Sox. (I convinced Serge to leave his Yankees hat at home, thankfully!) We didn’t have time on this trip to catch a game, but we explored the area and snapped some fun family photos!
Boston Children’s Museum
I’d heard great things about the Boston Children’s Museum, so that’s where we spent our afternoon. Whether your kids enjoy being active and burning off some energy, or whether they prefer more quiet activities, you’re bound to find something for your family to love. Sean and Ella were immediately drawn to the massive climbing structure that starts in the lobby of the museum and extends several floors up. As fans of the Arthur books, they absolutely adored the Arthur and Friends exhibit, which allows you to walk through the world of the books.
One of the coolest things about this museum is the 40-foot tall Hood milk bottle that’s in the plaza outside! The bottle was originally located in Taunton, Massachusetts. It was created by an entrepreneur as a roadside attraction in which he could sell his homemade ice cream. After changing owners many times, it was finally purchased by the Hood company and donated to the museum in 1977.
Dinner at State Street Provisions
State Street Provisions is an upscale restaurant with a touch of rustic charm, located next to the Long Wharf and the Aquarium. If you sit outside, it’s a nice place to enjoy some people-watching and soak in some sunshine. The restaurant serves a good variety of fish and seafood dishes.
Breakfast at The Paramount
It just so happened that our friend Danielle Cooper, also a Delta Air Lines social media ambassador and fellow New Yorker, was in Boston the same weekend as us! We made plans to meet for breakfast before our flight back home. We headed to The Paramount, which has been a fixture in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood since 1937. As one of the city’s top brunch spots, it’s known for its pancakes, affordability, and charm. Though we talk often, I hadn’t seen Danielle in person since March, when we were in Atlanta together kicking off this partnership with Delta. It was great to reconnect and hear about her engagement to her gorgeous fiancee, and about their upcoming travel plans. It’s moments like these that make travel so special.
While we waited for our flight home, we relaxed in the stunning Delta Sky Club at Logan International Airport. I’m a big fan of the new Sky Bowls they offer. These are bowls that you can customize with grains, greens, proteins and vegetables. It’s great to see Delta offering such fresh and healthy options, in addition to the more traditional snacks they still carry.
This trip was a great reminder of the many fantastic destinations that are just a 1-hour flight from our home base in New York! We loved getting to explore Boston, and spending some quality time together as a family.
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Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel and lifestyle digital influencer at Top Flight Family. Her insights on travel have been featured in Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, Seatrade Cruise News and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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