Historic Boston Harbor Cruise

Hubby and I have been trying to soak in as much of Boston as we can recently. He’s been traveling a LOT – as in he’s gone two out of every three weeks – and it’s going to continue for a few more months. So when he is in town, we’ve been living it up in the city we love.

We spent some time at Rings Fountain before the cruise

A few weeks ago I got an email from an account manager for Boston Harbor Cruises. They were offering me two free tickets to review one of their cruises. I thought this would be a perfect event to do with Hubby on one of the weekends he was in town.

Heading out of Boston Harbor

This past Saturday, we headed in to Boston to check out a Historic Boston Harbor Cruise. The weather was beautiful and it looked like the perfect day to be out on the water.

Castle Island

Getting tickets was simple. We just walked over to the ticket booth, which is located right on Long Wharf, across from the Legal Sea Foods, and got our tickets about an hour before the cruise. Since it’s pretty late in the summer, our cruise wasn’t super packed. I’m sure on a warm day in July, it sells out though. If you’re going then, I’d recommend ordering tickets online so you don’t have to wait in a line or risk it being sold out.

Fog rolling in

We were able to secure a couple seats on the top deck near the railing. There was a gentle breeze blowing while we were still parked at Long Wharf. Once we got out to sea, the breeze picked up, the temperature dropped, and I was glad I had brought a scarf along for the trip!

USS Constitution and Battle of Bunker Hill Monument

As I mentioned, we left out of Long Wharf. The cruise led through the harbor, by the seaport district, and out to the Boston Harbor Islands. Our tour guide had all sorts of interesting information to share about the history of Boston and it’s harbor. Once we got out to the last island, the ship started to turn around to make our way back towards Boston.

My favorite bridge in Boston – The Zakim

That was when the fog rolled in for us. It was really thick and all of a sudden. On our return trip, we went by Logan International Airport. It was so foggy you couldn’t see the airport, but at one time a large plane flew right over our boat on their landing. It was crazy to hear that a plane was so close without being able to see it!

Looking out into the harbor

After we passed the airport, the fog started to clear as we headed towards East Boston and Charlestown. Then we headed back in to Long Wharf to park and deboard. Hubby and I both learned a lot on this 90-minute cruise and had a lot of fun. It’s definitely a great option whether you’re just visiting or live in Boston.

Flag on our boat

Here’s a piece of insider advice for you. If you do the historic sightseeing cruise, sit on the right side of the ship when you’re pulling out of Long Wharf. All the sites are on the right side the whole time. So you’ll get to see more of what the narrator is talking about.

Long Wharf

Boston Harbor Cruises also does ferries to Provincetown, brunch cruises on the weekends, sunset cruises, and a ferry up to Salem, MA. I’m planning to go up to Salem in October for some of the Halloween festivities and taking a ferry sounds like such a fun way to get there!

One Year Ago: Chocolate Biscoff Cupcakes and BLTs with Homemade Mayo
Two Years Ago: Elote and Cuban Black Beans in the Crockpot
Three Years Ago: Banana Split Cupcake and Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Bars
Four Years Ago: Blueberry Buckle
Five Years Ago: Bruschetta

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20 Responses to “Hershey’s Trip Part 1”

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    Chelsea — January 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Wow, that sounds like an incredible trip! I really hope to make my way over there someday. So nice of Hershey to do all that!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, this looks like a fantastic trip! I went to Hershey World once when I was small and all I remember were the rides! πŸ™‚

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    Cupcake Kelly — January 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    That chocolate tour sounds really fun! I went on a Callier facotry tour in Switzerland. It was pretty lame and not as high tech(they did have a tasting room though).

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    Cupcake Activist — January 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    How can I get in on this action next time?! How fun!! I think I would go crazy with that much chocolate.

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    Sarah — January 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Hershey is a fun place to go, even as an adult. I go every 6 months with 2 friends of mine and we spend a day at the Chocolate Spa at Hotel Hershey (hopefully you had a chance to go – it’s AMAZING). The Hotel Hershey is gorgeous and is even better in the spring/summer, when the gardens behind the hotel are in bloom. And I love shopping at Chocolate World for all of the baking items that are so hard to find elsewhere! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Wow! Totally jealous of that trip! And I am so going on a mini pb cup search soon – my kitchen needs them πŸ™‚

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    Kris @ everywhereorange.com — January 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I live about an hour from there and we were just there on New Year’s Eve. Looks like you had an amazing time. Don’t you just love how it smells like chocolate everywhere?!?!?!? I have never stayed at the hotel hershey because we live so close, but maybe hubby and i need to do a night away!!! can’t wait to see the rest of your trip!!!

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    Daisy — January 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Chocolate bubble bath?! nice! What a great experience for you. I went on a family road trip here (and to Reading, PA – Amish Country!) when I was a kid. I had so much fun!!!

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    Shannon — January 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    how neat you got to make your own candy bar!! awesome choices πŸ™‚

    the shaws by me has cinnamon chips now, if you need any more πŸ˜‰

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    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — January 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Wow, what a trip! I’m somewhere between insanely jealous and ravenously hungry now, haha. Thanks for sharing! It looks like you had a lot of fun. I’m so glad I found your blog. Looking forward to exploring your recipes and seeing what’s next! – Georgia

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    Heather Lynne — January 20, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I love Hershey:-) It’s always been one of my favorite places. It sounds like you got the royal treatment, jealous!

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    aimee — January 20, 2011 at 1:52 am

    i have to say, i never thought of visiting hershey…but it sounds like you fun, and i am a sucker for any “food factory” tour. it was so nice of them to show you ladies such a good time!!

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    kitchenmisfit — January 20, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Looks like you had a ton of fun! And now I want to take a chocolate bubble bath too

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    Amy (The Petite Filet) — January 20, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Your chocolate bar looks amazing! And the store looks pretty cool too. I’d love to go to Hershey at some point.

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — January 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    How cool! I love the make your own candy bar part and I agree with you, I would have wanted lots of salty pretzels in there! So fun!

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    Leslie M. — January 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Great Post and we had a fabulous time! It was wonderful meeting you and your Blog is fabulous!
    Leslie Loves Veggies

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    oliepants — January 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Talk about a delicious trip! You have totally made me want to go! I love the make-your-own. I definitely would be a toffee and dark chocolate person!

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    Julie (thelittlekitchen.net) — January 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    What a cool trip! Looks like you had fun. Can’t wait to hear about the rest of it!

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    Megan — January 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    This sounds absolutely fabulous. You might have to go into business with that candy bar. I was ready to buy one after the description… with more pretzels please. rom the accommodations to the shopping to that chocolate bath… wow!

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    Kerstin — January 24, 2011 at 1:05 am

    How fun! I want some mini Reese’s cups to bake with!

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