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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.