We had the opportunity to take a day trip to Boston last week courtesy of Amtrak Downeaster, and it was a trip we will be talking about until the next time we go! We had an absolute blast and it was the most beautiful day to be walking around Boston! I had many reservations about it, because let’s be real, doing anything with an almost two year old is such a gamble! Especially if it’s going to interfere with nap time, but she did such a great job.
We caught the first train out of Freeport Station, where there was ample parking, only a handful of people boarding, and the train arrived right on time. We brought our Baby Jogger City Select Lux Stroller, which fit right in the overhead compartment, Myles brought a small bag, and I had my Lily Jade Diaper Bag to carry on. My bag was of course packed FULL of snacks because our girl has a BIG appetite, her potty training essentials, an extra set of clothes for her, her kindle, and room to spare for my things. Once aboard, we made a visit to the Downeaster Cafe for our morning coffee, and then got comfortable for the ride. As you can see, Mila had NO problem making herself right at home, and she was on her best behavior the whole three hours to Boston! She even used the potty like a big girl a few times, and had no accidents! We were so proud! The family/handicapped bathroom was an added bonus to give us wiggle room in there.
Once in Boston, we grabbed some food at the Boston Public Market, which had so many choices, including an allergy free booth with gluten-free donuts, so that was a bonus! It was 70 and sunny, so we were more than happy to walk everywhere we went! We did put some miles in, but it was such a beautiful day that we had no complaints. We walked across the bridge, checking out the view at the Boston Tea Party Museum, and once we saw the big Hood Milk building, we knew we had arrived at the Boston Children’s Museum!
Mila had an absolute blast! She was on sensory overload! She was just running around from thing to thing and taking it all in! We especially loved how each floor and section was divided into suggested age groups, which was helpful. This is definitely a place that will only get more exciting for her, the older she gets! We decided to venture across town, and ended up going in a big circle somehow, but it ended up working out because Mila was able to sneak in a quick nap during our walk! Thank. God.
Next stop, the New England Aquarium! There was a bit of a line to get in, but I would say it was less than 15 minutes to wait outside, which wasn’t bad. Mila was just waking up as we were going in, and she was so excited to see the Penguins right off! I think they were our favorite part. They are just so stinking cute! We also saw tons of cool fish, went to a seal show, and saw some pretty amazing sea turtles. We of course had to grab a few souvenirs for Mila, including a stuffed penguin, which has quickly become one of her favorite stuffed animals. She has taken it everywhere.
On our walk back to North Station, we made a quick stop at Quincy Market…because you just can’t visit Boston without going there, it wouldn’t be right. We grabbed some delicious food to bring on the train for dinner. On the way home, we grabbed the seats for “parties of three or more” and it was so perfect for us to be able to spread out and get comfortable. We grabbed a few more snacks from the Cafe, put our feet up, read books, watched Trolls (again) on Mila’s kindle and just relaxed.
We were all so exhausted, so it was nice to be able to unwind for the trip home. This is the time that we were feeling extra thankful that we had taken the train, and hadn’t driven ourselves or taken the bus. We just wouldn’t have been able to relax and spread out, which was so needed after such a long, fun-filled day! So with summer vacations fast approaching, if you are thinking about taking a trip to Boston, especially with kids, do yourselves a favor and take the train! You won’t regret it! Don’t forget: kids under age 2 are free, and kids ages 2-12 are eligible for a 50% off discount with each full fare-paying adult! We already cannot wait for our next adventure on the Amtrak Downeaster! #exploremoredriveless.
This post was sponsored by the Amtrak Downeaster. We received complimentary tickets for our honest review, however as always the opinions in this post are my own.