Mini City Guide: Boston, MAAugust 23, 2015
Nothing makes you feel more like a local than visiting the local library. We are SO proud that our Boston Public Library main branch just finished an amazing remodel of our children’s library. I get ecstatic just typing that. Our central branch was already beautiful and centrally located but now it’s family friendly! Plus there’s an amazing teen room, quiet tables scattered around the adult nonfiction section, all of this adjacent to the new Children’s section. Open seven days a week. After playing around there, you can wander into the older sections of the building, sit in the center courtyard and listen to the fountains or a concert, and then head out to Copley Square. My four year old loves to visit the statue of the turtle and the hare in the Square, and sits on both of them for a half second of quiet introspection.
Flour Bakery Back Bay is a short walk for amazing sandwiches, coffee, and pastries, or Sweetgreen is right across the street for healthy and satisfying salads (I always ask for mine to be dressed “heavy.” Indulge!).
It’s fortunate I’m writing this guide now because this girl was very late to the news that the Swan Boats are a pretty cheap thrill. Especially for something so iconic, elegant and simple. I wouldn’t suggest waiting in line and I wouldn’t suggest going on a hot roasting day. But breezy with just a few minutes wait? Do it! I was certain my 18 month old would throw herself into the water, but she was amazingly entranced by the steady churning of the pedal boats across the water.
Across the road is the Boston Common with a lovely carousel, one of our favorite summer activities. We’re there at least once a week.
Again, cheap iconic elegant thrill.
The Boston frosty truck is invariably parked on the far corner of the Boston Garden, at Arlington and Boylston Street.
Soft serve is such a mess but I can’t resist this sugary staple, piled up in soft swirls atop a crunchy cone. Reboot in the shade and maybe just call it a day for the next couple of hours.
I mean you should be eating oysters and your kids should be eating the fries! It’s the perfect combo. Your children will admire you for eating weird slimy things, you’ll get a boost of iron, and (just my opinion) we have the absolute best varieties from up and down the coast in Boston! For non-seafood, I love Saus for their amazing belgian waffles and fries, and easy-breezy kiddo friendly atmosphere. For something fancier, try Island Creek Oyster bar. Delicious seafood of all sorts, sexy branding, and plenty of tables (a rarity in the city these days!).
The Greenway is a rather amazing feat of good intentions and engineering. Through a nightmarish fifteen years of construction, the city managed to bury a highway that had cut through it for years, sadly throwing pedestrians into its shadow. After they buried it, they put a beautiful luxurious meandering park on top. There are fountains, gardens and art all the while it cuts you through a main artery of the city. Start at the beginning and you can stop into the North End for a true Italian espresso or a lemon slush dipped from a bucket, then keep walking all the way down the Aquarium if you wish. Plant yourself on the grass along the way, or pull out swimsuits for a splash in one of the many fountains.