Boston at It's Best !!

Boston is truly an international city where everything is so close It is definitely a walking ( scooting or wheeling) city. From world class shopping to specialty dining historic attractions to culture museums. Back Bay to Beacon Hill, Newberry Street to the North end. Boston, is a city that has something for everyone below are a few spots I enjoyed on my trip to Boston.

The Boston Commons is the oldest park in the Unites States Located in the heart of Boston at the foot of Beacon Hill Boston Commons provides activities such as picnic lunches, frisbees,concerts, softball games or wading in Frog Pond ( which by the way is frog- less). Across the street form the comes is the Public Gardens which is home to Boston’s famous swan boats and the inspiration for Robert McClokesy book “ Make Way for Ducklings”. A stroll ( wheel) through the gardens is a must This is also the oldest Botanical garden in the country. So take the time to smell the flowers.

With Boston being an older city accessibility sometimes is a problem so the open spaces and wide path of the Gardens and the Commons is a real joy in your wheelchair or on your electric scooter. The Public Gardens is smaller and is sheltered from the hectic world around it by ornate wrought iron fence and a huge assortment of trees and bushes The Boston Commons and the Public Gardens are an oasis from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Public Gardens runs into Newberry Street the height of shopping area in Boston with blocks and blocks of shops and art galleries. From designer clothes to boutiques of all kinds, the treed lined streets are cafe laden Newberry street will charm you. Many of these places are inaccessible but do enjoy the ambience and outdoor cafes.

The Boston Aquarium. “Take the Plunge and see all there is to sea” There are more than 21,000 fishes , birds reptiles, marine mammals. The Aquariums centerpiece is the awesome 200,00 gallon giant ocean tank .Look in any of the tanks 67 windows for a glimpse of sharks, giant sea turtles, moray eels and hundreds of tropical fish . Meet different kinds of penguins and touch sea urchins .Be sure to catch the sea lion presentation were you’ll also learn about ocean conservation from the Aquariums most famous residents Guthrie and Tyler. I found this place fascinating and the accessibility was excellent . Give yourself lots of time to enjoy

617-973-5281 Ticket prices are adult $28.35, seniors are $22.50 youth is 22.58, children 3-11 are $17.85

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Boston is known for it’s Boston accent which is fun to listen too but also there are certain words that don’t make sense anywhere else but Boston for example; bubbler is what we all know as a water fountain, frappe is a milk shake anywhere else in the country , jimmies are sprinkles on your ice cream cone, The “T” is the subway or bus system in Boston., and last but not least a tonic is a soda or pop.

If you are like I am I love city parks and a found one down on the Waterfront just a few hundred feet from the Aquarium where we could relax from the busy Aquarium tour. This is Christopher Columbus park. Columbus park is situated right on the waterfront and you can relax and watch the boats coming and going as well there are several outdoor cafe’s that you can pick up a bite to eat. This is also a great spot to come after shopping at Faneuil Hall Marketplace just a few blocks away.

Another park area where you can get a view of the Charles River and Cambridge is the Esplanade, a site of many of Boston Pops concerts . Don’t miss Quincy Market, the centerpiece of Faneuil Hall marketplace which was an early American marketplace filled with food produce vendors, now it houses many stores and restaurants You can get everything from jewelry to clothing, flowers to art from a quick hamburger to Fine dining....a wonderful place to wander and let the ambience seep in. Though very busy you still can get around well !

If this is Boston it must be the Four Seasons Hotel. Boston’s premier hotel located right across the street from the Boston Public Gardens and Boston Commons. The Four Seasons is where you enjoy all the little indulgences for which Four Seasons is renown .

The location of the Four Seasons puts you just minutes from everything, by Town Car shuttle to the financial district , walking distance to the theater or to the historic places that Boston is so well known for. The Four Seasons Boston is the only hotel in Boston to receive 5 diamond and 5 star award .It has also been rated among the top 40 hotels in the world and the top 5 hotels in the United States Location 200 Boylston Street 617-338-4400 1-800-332-3442 www.fourseasons.com

Boston DUCK tours It is a 1 hour tour and departs every half hour. Experience the city in an amazing vehicle that rides on land and water . You’ll be greeted by one of the legendary conDucktors. Then you are off to see all the places that make Boston the Birthplace of Freedom Just when you’ve seen it all there’s more because you DUCK will splash into the Charles River for a spectacular view of the city. They have a great lift for wheelchairs and the staff are excellent!!

www.bostonducktours.com 617-723-DUCK Located at the Prudential Center Tickets are adults $21.00. seniors and students are $18.00 kids 4 to 12 are $11.00 and children under 3 are .25

There is so much to see and do in Boston form Red Sox Games at Fenway to meals in Chinatown, from Ferry tours to the theater...It is a good idea to get the Boston’s Visitors and Convention Centers travel planner and pace your self. ALWAYS call a venue first to see their accessibility..remember this is an older city and accessibility sometimes is a little more difficult never impossible but just difficult. Three main visitors centers 1.Boston Commons Visitors Information Center 2.Prudential Visitors Information Center 3.Cambridge info booth in Harvard Square

1-888-See-Boston 617-536-4100 www.bsotonusa.com

For information on Accessible transportation The MBTA( Known at the ‘T’) has wheelchair access and some of its stops. The MBTA also offers "Lift Buses", which can we called for in advance. That number is 1-800-543-8278. The MBTA - http://www.mbta.com

A few taxi cab companies that provide service for disabled riders: Brighton Cab - 617-536-0570 Boston Cab Association - 617-262-2227 Checker Taxi - 617-536-7000 Red & White Cab Association - 617-242-0880




Links

The Boston Site: Lots of info
Disabled Traveler's Home Page: More sites

Jane Danielson


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