Jul 172018
 

Did you know you can book experiences directly through TripAdvisor. I was able to book my perfect Boston Staycation on their site & you can, too!

I almost hate to jinx things, but I am just going to say it. We’ve been having some killer weather here in Boston this summer.  It’s been so hot here (the way I like it) and knock on wood, we’ve had very little rain. Last year I feel like it rained for 80% of the month of July, so this nice sunny weather we’ve been having is so nice. With all the gorgeous weather, I decided that I wanted to plan a Boston staycation for my family. Sometimes it’s so fun to play tourist in your own city!  I headed over to TripAdvisor because I needed help narrowing down what we should do. There is a lot to do in Boston, but since my boys aren’t always enthusiastic about doing things as they used to be (darn tweens/teens), I had to be sure to choose adventures that would keep everyone happy and entertained.

Did you know you can book experiences directly through TripAdvisor. I was able to book my perfect Boston Staycation on their site & you can, too!

Did you know that you can book activities and experiences directly through TripAdvisor? It’s super convenient to be able to look through all the things they offer to do in the city you’re traveling to, read reviews while you’re there AND book whatever catches your eye – all in one spot.  You are going to TripAdvisor to look at the reviews anyways, so why not just book your experiences while you are there on their site. Trust me, it makes life so much easier!

Did you know you can book experiences directly through TripAdvisor. I was able to book my perfect Boston Staycation on their site & you can, too!

After looking around the site, two things really stuck out to me.  The first was the Boston Duck Tour. This tour is an 80 minute land & sea tour on a vintage World War II amphibious vehicle.  I did a Boston Duck Tour with the boys three or four years ago and they have been asking to do another one ever since, so I ended up booking it on the TripAdvisor site.  Both of the boys were excited about it when I told them we were going again.

Did you know you can book experiences directly through TripAdvisor. I was able to book my perfect Boston Staycation on their site & you can, too!

Oddly enough, we had the same tour guide this time as we did years ago when we did the Duck Tour.  His name is Captain SuperSize and he was so funny!  I was glad we ended up on his tour again.

One of the fun things about the Boston Duck Tours is that each of the kids on the tour gets a chance to drive the vehicle once it enters the Charles River (remember it’s a land and sea vehicle).  My oldest was too cool to drive it this time around, but Nathan gladly too his turn at the helm!

Did you know you can book experiences directly through TripAdvisor. I was able to book my perfect Boston Staycation on their site & you can, too!

The Boston Duck Tours depart from several different spots around the city, but I chose to leave from the New England Aquarium. We did a morning duck tour and then I got admission to the aquarium through TripAdvisor for after the tour. Again, both kids were excited to go back to the New England Aquarium because we hadn’t been in a few years.

Did you know you can book experiences directly through TripAdvisor. I was able to book my perfect Boston Staycation on their site & you can, too!

Once you complete your booking through TripAdvisor, they will email you a voucher which you will present once you get to your scheduled activity. Most will accept the voucher on your phone, but a few experiences need an actual printed voucher.  Don’t worry because it will say in the confirmation email (the one that contains your vouchers) if something needs to be printed. It just so happened that one of the experiences I booked for our staycation needed to be a printed voucher, so that’s something to be mindful of when you book.

Did you know you can book experiences directly through TripAdvisor. I was able to book my perfect Boston Staycation on their site & you can, too!

All of these experiences that I booked were really easy to book online. I knew what date I was looking for, so I was able to search by date and ended up finding exactly what I wanted on the TripAdvisor site. They offer more than 56,000 bookable experiences in 2,500 destinations worldwide so it’s safe to say that there is something for everyone.  Plus, all the reviews you want to read are all right there, so you can make an informed decision before booking.

Book your experience online or using TripAdvisor’s free mobile app or online, like I did. TripAdvisor also has a low price guarantee: If you find a lower price for the same tour or activity within 72 hours of booking, or if you arrive in your destination and find your activity offered at a lower price by our operator, let them know and they will refund the price difference.

Did you know you can book experiences directly through TripAdvisor. I was able to book my perfect Boston Staycation on their site & you can, too!

The boys loved our Boston Staycation doing the Boston Duck Tour and afternoon at the New England Aquarium!  I am so glad that I was able to find activities that made everyone happy. I can’t wait to check out TripAdvisor for my next vacation.

  29 Responses to “Planning My Perfect Boston Staycation with TripAdvisor”

  1. We have never used trip advisor before. I have heard of it of course just never used it. Will have to look into this closer after reading about your trip.

  2. How fun!! I have to disagree with ya though – we need the rain here in Texas and I don’t like that it’s 103 this week. Certainly Boston doesn’t get that hot!!! Glad you all had fun.

  3. Trip Advisor is such an excellent resource for local or out of state travel. I can only imagine all the activities to do round Boston. You made a great choice for your staycation!

  4. Trip Advisor is a great travel resource. I think your pick of the aquarium and the Boston Duck Tour were great picks.

  5. mmmm a staycation! I could totally use one right now, but honestly, I would really just STAY… AT HOME. And not do anything. LOL!

  6. It sounds like you had a great tour and you know the city so well after all these years. I will have to use TripAdvisor for my next vacation or staycation.

  7. My kids would love that duck tour! I’ll have to check out Trip Advisor and see if there’s one like it around us. We do want to go to Boston one day though! We love history and Boston has tons of it.

  8. We have had similar weather here as well and I love it! I’ve been to Boston once but would love visit again, it’s been over a decade! Trip Advisor is a must for me when planning travels.

  9. We have been to up North like quite a few times now. But never had a chance to stop by to Boston. It is one of the places I want to visit someday.

  10. I always consult Trip Advisor when we travel. And if I lived anywhere near Boston, I’d be all over stacations like weeds in a garden. 🙂 Glad yu had such a marvelous time, and hurrah for the nice weather!

  11. The New England Aquarium looks absolutely beautiful! Now that’s somewhere where my teen kids would love to go.

  12. I think that it’s so sweet that each child is given a chance to drive during the Boston Duck Tours! My little one is still too young but that would be fun to consider when he’s a little older.

  13. I didn’t know you could book through Trip Advisor! We are planning a July trip to Boston next year, if Bob’s college pays for his convention again! I’ll have to take in some of the sights you mentioned.

  14. I didn’t realize TripAdvisor could do all of that. It sounds like it’s very convenient, and could be especially useful if you haven’t been to an area before.

  15. I need to plan a Boston staycation. I can’t believe I live so close but have not explored this much!

  16. I’ve never been to Boston but it’s on my list! I would love to take a road trip there someday.

  17. Boston has always been on my bucket list. I love that Duck Tour land and water vehicle! Looks like a lot of fun. Great memories for you and your family for sure!

  18. I’ve always wanted to go to Boston! They have so many unique things to see and do there. We love TripAdvisor too for other locations!

  19. That is so awesome! Sounds like a fun trip!

  20. I love Boston! I need to plan another trip again soon and I will def check out TripAdvisor to see what all activities they have!!

  21. I have been to Boston twice and love it! the freedom walk is nice and I guess next we will try the New England aquarium

  22. Haven’t been to Boston yet but I am sure, my kids would love a duck tour. I’ll keep these in imnd just in case we visit.

  23. I feel you on playing tourist in your own town! It is so much fun. I live in Manhattan and it is only when we have visitors that we go and see all of the “sights.” It reminds me of why I love living here so much!

  24. We are doing the staycation thing in August. I didn’t realize you could book tours through TripAdvisor, so I’ll definitely have to check this out. I’d love to take a drive out to Boston sometime too, we are only about 3.5 hours away.

  25. I have yet to go to Boston. Looks like a wonderful trip with the family!

  26. Boston seems REALLY awesome. Looks like such a fun time you guys are having as usual, I need to visit asap! So many great things to do even for a staycation to keep everyone busy!

  27. Short weekend staycations are great to recharge from a busy week. TripAdvisor is definitely a good app to have, especially when you don’t have a set itinerary.

  28. I like using tripadvisor. Whenever i plan a girls weekend with my friends, tripadvisor always gives us good options.

  29. This must have been the perfect staycation! I’ve never done a duck tour and have that on my list. I also enjoy using tripadvisor to plan my trips.