A couple of weeks ago during fall break, the Circus proved to us once more just how much of a rockstar little traveler she is.
We went to visit Uncle Brandon and Aunt Caitlin in New York for a few days and then headed over to Boston for a few more days. I wasn’t worried about the New York trip. We took the Circus there last summer and she absolutely loved it. So much so, that for the past year, she regularly asked when we were going back. We visited in the fall this year and next year, we’re thinking we’ll visit around November / December to see all the Christmas decorations in the city. She’s already excited about that.
We stayed in Rye, just outside the city. Our first full day there, we visited the Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard for their fall festivities. There was apple picking, inflatables, pumpkins, great food and just about everything else under the sun. However, I think everyone’s favorite was the apple cannon.
It was most definitely Uncle Brandon’s. 🙂 Just as the name depicts, you are essentially shooting apples like cannons. They have different targets you can shoot at including an old truck which was the goal of just about everyone in our party. I was so good though that my apple went through the front window of the truck and out the driver’s side window. #talent
We left with sugar highs and a dog balloon that actually follows behind you and looks like its walking. I don’t know who thought of those things, but they are making a damn killing.
The following day, myself, Grunt and the Circus went into the city for a Broadway show.
I always love watching her looking at everything go by as we’re on the train.
Before the show, we ate at The Meatball Shop and we definitely give it two thumbs up.
The Circus loves meatballs – like loves them so much that I could make them every single day and she would eat them every single day. The Meatball Shop has every kind of meatball you can think of, served in a variety of fashions.
After that, we had a little time before the show still so we went to Central Park and played around there.
A few weeks before our trip, we let the Circus decide what show to see. We pulled up YouTube clips from all the different ones that were on Broadway, let her watch them and then decide. I was certain we would end up seeing The Lion King or Aladdin, but to my surprise (and a happy surprise it was), she wanted to see Waitress.
We did splurge on tickets for the show. I absolutely love Broadway and musicals and all that good stuff, so I was very adamant that for her first Broadway show, the Circus would have good seats – we were in the front row. I actually became a little worried when I saw just how close to the stage we were – I thought we might have a neck ache by the end but that wasn’t the case at all.
We had pie at intermission – because how can you not have pie at Waitress?! – and at the end of the show, the Circus said she loved it. In fact, she found out they were doing the show again that evening and wanted to know why we couldn’t go to it too. Kid, I am with you. 🙂 Needless to say, the next time we visit NYC, we’ll be doing at least a couple of shows.
On the last day of our time in New York, we visited the Bronx Zoo.
It was Boo in the Zoo so she dressed up like a panda. Good thing, because otherwise there wouldn’t have been a panda in that zoo for anyone to see. 😉
We had a great time doing the ropes course and feeding the animals.
To wrap up the day, we had ice cream at Longford’s back in Rye.
I’m still dreaming about their Coconut Mounds ice cream, which tastes just like a Mounds bar – it’s so good.
The next day it was on to Boston –
With a Daschund balloon in tow, as well as one Aristocats plush, one Panda plush, one Fennec Fox and her baby plush – all of which had been added to the family via the Circus’ spending money from her aunt and uncle back in Tennessee. And she still had money left to spend. Girl can stretch a dollar.
We took the train from New York to Boston and with the exception of having a stressful start lugging everything on board and then trying to find open seating for all of us, it was a good train ride. We were hoping to see more fall colors along the way, but like in the South, fall just wasn’t making too much of an appearance there yet.
In Boston, we met up with my in-laws. They had been there before, so it was nice to have them with us to help navigate the city.
The first thing we did was take a Duck Tour. While I was not too thrilled at all about being in the water in that thing, it was a really good start to the trip because the guides show you all the major places around the city and you can figure out where you want to go and explore more. They also tell you where to get the best lobster roll – Atlantic Fish Company – so good!
If you didn’t already know it, I am kind of a history nerd. In fact, a long time ago, I went to school to be a history teacher – and I was for a little while. While I’m not teaching anymore, I do still love history. So obviously, Boston for a history nerd is kind of like a version of heaven. That being said, I didn’t want to drag everyone else around to all the historical sites just on my account and I certainly didn’t want the kid to be in a mood all day because she was having to walk all around Boston learning about things that happened nearly three hundred years ago. However, my father-in-law said, “This is your trip too, so let’s go.”
And so we did.
And much to my amazement, the kid loved it all.
She asked questions, she got excited, and she actually enjoyed it all.
We went to the cemeteries and talked all about some of the great people who helped our country gain independence.
We went to the Old State House and she learned about the Declaration of Independence, quill pens and all sorts of things.
They had one sort of “interactive” room where a question was posed and you wrote your answer on post-its. The Circus was all about that. This was one of the best answers she had…
That was with zero prompting on my part. While I am very proud of her for such a thoughtful answer, it is really sad to see that even kids see how little respect people often have for one another in our country right now.
She left the Old State House with her own quill pen (which she created a play ink well for that night at the hotel) and a reproduction of one of the old fans women would fan themselves with back in the day. She said that was for when we went to Paris. I told her she’d better be careful with that if she wanted it to last until we went to Paris cause I’m not sure how long its going to take us to make it there.
We followed the Freedom Trail for much of the trip to see all the historic sites. She thought that was super cool and even started singing “We’re following the Freedom Trail!” as we went along it.
We stopped at Faneuil Hall and if you look closely you can see the Circus in the right corner skipping around, with fan in hand.
We had already been telling her about Paul’s famous ride and “One if by Land, Two if by Sea,” so she knew a little bit about both places going in and enjoyed both.
And finally, we did a bit of the Museum of Science in Boston before heading home.
I have to say, I am not a science person at all, but this was a really neat museum. It’s huge too, I don’t even know if we saw half of everything that’s there.
The entire trip was great and I think it’s safe to say, we all had a good time and even learned a few things along the way.
I’m already planning our next trip to Boston, but next time, we’ll be taking a little trip to Salem as well. Ya’ll know how much I love Halloween and witches – I think Salem is a must for me!