Planning to be in Boston over Labor Day weekend for the 79th annual AYF-YOARF Olympics? We’ve got some suggestions for you on what to do in our wicked awesomecity. Since we last hosted Olympics, our city has grown and has a lot to offer to all age groups. Make your hotel reservations at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel situated in the Seaport District of Boston, located less than three miles from Logan International Airport, Faneuil Hall, and the North End. A short walk, cab, water taxi, or T ride from the Westin will allow you to explore the many attractions Boston is famous for.
No visit to the city is complete without a visit to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market—a comfortable 20-minute walk from the hotel—where one can find an abundance of dining options by exploring the popular food court within Quincy Market, as well as other cafes and restaurants. There are over 75 unique shops and pushcarts with a variety of hand-crafted jewelry and crafts, clothing, and giftware by local artists and entrepreneurs, and street performers entertaining passersby. Be sure to check out the Union Oyster House, the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S., open to diners since 1826.
Boston is also known for its activities by the water, so if you’re looking for a trip by sea, we have some nice options for you! Just one block away from Faneuil Hall, Boston Harbor Cruises sail from Long Wharf, which is located between the Marriott Long Wharf and Christopher Columbus Park. There are ferry and cruise trips such as the USS Constitution Cruise, The Charles River and Locks Cruise, and The Boston Tea Party Cruise that will allow you to explore and embark on historical landmarks. Rides to Georges Island, home to the Civil War fort and Spectacle Island, offers 5 miles of hiking and great views of Boston and other Islands. And finally, we have a narrated Harbor Cruise and a Sunset Cruise, both with amazing views of Boston’s skyline. For more information, and to make reservations, visit www.bostonbestcruises.com.
History buffs should not leave Boston without taking a journey down the famous red-brick Freedom Trail (www.thefreedomtrail.org) and reliving its historical significance through the city, passing by 16 historical sites along the trail that tell the story of America’s independence from Britain. One can take a walk with a costumed guide or an audio guide and explore the indoor/outdoor history of Boston through museums, churches, cemeteries, and ships.
The Boston Public Garden is America’s oldest public park located in the center of Boston. A famous tourist attraction there are the Swan Boat rides (www.swanboats.com), which have been a part of the Boston experience for over 130 years. Tourists can enjoy the picturesque scenery of the park by riding in a boat, which is then pedaled around the lake for 15 minutes by a tour guide.
This article only touches on a few highlights of what Boston has to offer, so stay tuned for other news pieces highlighting Olympics weekend and the city of Boston. All the websites listed in this article will be available on the Olympics website, at www.ayfolympics.org. The Welcoming Committee will also offer site-seeing information and advice; just come down to the ground floor welcoming desk when you arrive in town.
Until then we hope that you will find Boston a wicked awesome place and we look forward to seeing you Labor Day weekend.