So, you’re headed to Boston aka Beantown. Boston is an amazing city filled with history, culture and gastronomy. And no argument here that there is more than enough to see and do while you are in the heart of the city. But…there are also opportunities for some pretty amazing side trips to add on to your Boston getaway. And – as long as you are that close to these other popular destinations in Massachusetts – you may as well add them on.
Below we have chosen three such options for a day trip from Boston. Why not take a peek at them and decide for yourself which to experience while in town?
Lexington And Concord
At the risk of aging myself, perhaps you remember the Schoolhouse Rock! musical short-film series on Saturday mornings that was popular in the 1970s. There was one episode that centered on the American Revolution and the refrain started with the lyrics “And the shot heard ‘round the world, was the start of the revolution…” I mention this because – you guessed it – this is where that shot was taken – during the Battles of Lexington and Concord which were the very first battles of the war. Located about 11 miles northwest of Boston, Lexington and Concord offer a journey back to those very battles – and if you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing – the team at Beyond Times Square offers a private four-hour tour to make sure you get the full experience.
The tour starts on the route taken by Paul Revere out of Boston to Lexington and Concord, where those famous words were first uttered – “The British are coming! The British are coming!” Arriving in town, you’ll stop at the very site of the first battle fought in the American Revolution – Lexington Battle Green. From there you will head to Concord (home of the infamous “shot heard around the world”) following the trail the minutemen took. FYI – the minutemen were the civilians who made up the militias formed to protect the colonies and were so named because – yes – they were ready to defend in minutes. Once in Concord, there is a stop at the Minuteman National Park – home to both battles – as well as the Old North Bridge where what was considered the first true fighting encounter of the war took place. And since Concord is not only known for its part in the American Revolution – it’s also known as a great literary center – you will catch sight of the homes of former residents Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau along the tour as well.
Plimoth Patuxet (Formerly Known As Plimoth Plantation)
As a little girl growing up in the Northeast, my parents took me more than once to visit the town of Plymouth in Massachusetts. I remember the excitement at seeing the Mayflower sitting in the harbor, peering down at Plimoth Rock, walking through the wax museum that came alive with history (and sadly has since been torn down) and going in and out of the buildings of Plimoth Plantation. Now decades later – many decades later – Plimoth Plantation is still an amazing way to learn about America’s first settlers and it even has a new name – Plimoth Patuxet. The reason behind the name change? To better represent the Wampanoag tribe, Patuxet is actually the Wampanoag name for the land where the pilgrims arrived in 1620, and along with them, the Wampanoag tribe is also featured throughout the village. The village itself is a living, breathing community inhabited by actors who bring that time period to life brilliantly.
And as I once did as a little girl, you too can partake in this slice of American history that happened just 40 miles south of Boston thanks to a seven-hour private sightseeing tour courtesy of Beyond Times Square. This experience includes a visit to the living museum of Plimoth Patuxet with time to wander around and become one with the history of not only the English settlers but its original inhabitants – its indigenous people – the Wampanoag tribe. From there you’ll get the chance to check out the Plimoth Grist Mill – a fully functioning replica of the original Jenney Grist (corn grinding) Mill. (Fun Fact: when this blogger visited as a child she thought – to this day – that she was visiting the Jenny Grist Mill – a mill owned by a lady named Jenny Grist. She just learned the truth while researching this blog. Insert hand slapping forehead emoji here.) Also included is a chance to see the infamous Plimoth Rock that is said to be the rock the pilgrims – including future governor William Bradford – first set foot on, on the land that would become their home and eventually our nation – way back in 1620.
I will never forget the terror I felt after reading the book version of Author Miller’s play The Crucible, a somewhat fictionalized account of actual events – the Salem witch trials. But I also remember developing a fascination for what occurred in the 17th century – so much so that I did a book report on it. Who would imagine that 40 some odd years later I would have the opportunity to blog about it? Actually, who knew there would be such a thing as a blog back then. But I digress.
Once again, the terrific Beyond Times Square team has created an experience that gives you the opportunity to deeper explore the hysteria that occurred in this small town – just 18.1 square miles – in 1692. On this five-hour private tour you will be escorted 15 miles north of Boston to Salem via broomstick – just kidding, wanted to see if you were paying attention. Once there you’ll begin your day at the Salem Witch Museum where you will learn the dark history of exactly what transpired centuries ago, as well as the history of witches themselves and the present-day practice of witchcraft. And since Salem is not only known for its witches, you will also get to explore its maritime past via the Salem Heritage Trail which is akin to the Freedom Trail in Boston. Along the way, you’ll see the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the Witch House, the East India Museum Hall – which is one of the oldest parts of the Peabody Essex Museum and much, much more.
We promise that no matter which day trip from Boston you choose – one, two or all three – you won’t be disappointed. And should you choose Beyond Times Square to escort you, you can expect a private, luxury experience that can’t be beat. From the time we pick you up in a luxury vehicle complete with your expert tour guide until we drop you back off at your hotel, you’ll feel like the VIP you are. And remember you get 24/7 access to our support team, plus – all of our tours can be customized to your personal preferences! So, give us a call and let’s get your Boston and your day trip – or trips – booked!