In just over a month, the Disney Magic will set sail on a transatlantic cruise to kick off her summer season in Europe. This 14-night sailing includes stops in Boston and Sydney, Canada, before the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Today I’ll give you a look at ways you can immerse your family in one of America’s oldest and most historic cities.
Boston’s significance in American History, along with the city’s present-day focus on culture, arts and education, makes it a fascinating destination for families. Arts and culture lovers won’t want to miss prominent landmarks like the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and history buffs will love visiting Beacon Hill and Back Bay’s historical sites and early-American architecture. Our Port Adventures incorporate these interests, and more, with options for the entire family. Here’s a look at a few of my top picks…
Best of Boston, Lexington and Concord – Our “Best of” Port Adventures are the perfect option for families looking to experience as much as possible in one day, and this excursion in particular is filled to the brim with New England charm and culture. In addition to a scenic drive through Boston, with stops at Copley Square and Old North Church for photos, this tour includes visits to sites rich in history such as Lexington, where Paul Revere rode to warn the Minutemen that the British were coming, and Concord, where the shot that started the Revolutionary War was fired. Also part of this all-day adventure is lunch at Union Oyster House, America’s oldest continually operating restaurant.
Fenway Park Tour and Batting Cages Experience – This family-friendly excursion gives Disney Cruise Line guests an opportunity for an exclusive tour of Fenway Park, one of America’s most famous ballparks and home of the Boston Red Sox. Highlights of this behind-the-scenes tour include the chance to take a swing in the batting cage where baseball legends have warmed up and take a photo while wearing the official uniform of your favorite Boston Red Sox player. What’s more, you’ll hear about Fenway’s 104 years of history and all that has made this stadium truly legendary. Baseball fans and history buffs alike are sure to enjoy this Port Adventure from our Signature Collection.
Boston’s North End Markets Culinary Tour – Foodies will love the opportunity to visit North End, home of some of the best Italian markets this side of Rome and one of the premier food neighborhoods in the country. This Old World community is filled with cobblestone streets, colorful sights, tantalizing aromas and fresh cuisine. This half-day Port Adventure gives you an insider view of the most authentic “Little Italy” in America, where you’ll learn cooking secrets, sample authentic flavors and discover Mediterranean traditions. Is anyone else getting hungry just thinking about this tour?
Next up, I’ll give you suggestions for things to do in Sydney, Canada, another incredible destination on next month’s transatlantic journey from America to Europe. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!