About Karen G
Lives in Boylston, Massachusetts
Since Jan. 2006
Hi I started at TripAdvisor moderating and editing the Traveler Articles - many of you suspected (and some of you know) that I was kaygee1 before TA decided to "let the cat out of the bag" and give us TA_ identifiers. I am now the Support Specialist for the Tripbod Community supporting them and the projects they are creating to help travelers to get more inside information about the places they visit and to feel more like locals. I've done my share of traveling (23 states and a handful of European countries) but I spend more time close to home in central MA now.
History Museums, Ships
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls
Points of Interest & Landmarks
The beautiful Boston Public Garden is part of Boston Common and is lovely any time of year. You can bike or stroll along its paths, past flowers, gardens, and water features. Parents can relax a bit, while children have plenty of room to run around safely.
Say hello to the harbor seals as you enter the New England Aquarium – a great experience for young children, older kids, and adults. There are hands-on exhibits where you can touch urchins, mollusks, starfish and other creatures, and you can wind your way along the glass wall of the enormous saltwater tank to get up close and personal with sea life of all shapes and sizes.
The Boston Children's Museum is a fun, creative experience for kids – with a fabulous waterfront location. Depending on the things your kids like to do, you could happily spend anywhere from 1 hour to half a day here.
History comes to life at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Characters in costume share interesting facts and tell the story of the infamous colonists who dumped tea into Boston harbor. You can go aboard a replica of one of the Tea Party ships and even throw some tea over, just like the rebel colonists did!
Stretching from the North End to Chinatown, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is a pleasant place to walk among lovely green spaces and rose gardens, with top-notch waterfront views. There is a carousel, as well as fountains that the kids can play in when the weather is warm. Plus, most of the traffic now travels beneath this area, making it quiet and safer for little ones to explore.
The Quincy Market building at Faneuil Hall (pronounced 'FAN-yule Hall') is the best place to go when your family can't agree on what kind of cuisine to eat. Resembling a massive food court, the building offers almost every type of food you could dream of: pizza, Chinese, New England clam chowder, pastries, ice cream, sandwiches, salads, smoothies... There is truly something for everyone, and if you're after a more formal meal, there are several sit down restaurants in and around the marketplace as well.
If it's a really hot day, George's Island makes for a cool, breezy getaway spot; or, if your kids are simply done with the city noise and commotion, and need some open space, look no further. Stop at the island's visitor center first for a map of all the interesting things to see, and then plan your perfect day together.
Got chocolate lovers and history buffs to please? Captain Jackson's Historic Chocolate Shop will not only teach you something about the history of chocolate - and what it smelled and tasted like in the 18th century – but you can of course buy as much of its delicious products as you like to try and take home with you.