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Intergenerational Boston: “One if by Land, Two if by Sea”

Program Number: 20551RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/11/2013 - 7/16/2013; 6/28/2015 - 7/3/2015; 7/24/2015 - 7/29/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; History & Culture; History & Culture
Intergenerational
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 7 - 10 years of age.

Calling all generations to come together and spearhead the revolution that gave America its independence as you recreate the steps of Paul Revere’s midnight ride! Experience history that resonates with all as the turning point in uniting our country. Let Boston’s Revolutionary spirit move you as you fling tea into the harbor in resistance at the Boston Tea Party Museum. Then follow the Freedom Trail to the USS Constitution Museum in historic Charlestown Navy Yard. Wind through Boston’s streets and waterways on a “Duck Boat,” witnessing the sites where people sparked a nation. Learn more about this “city upon a hill” and celebrate your Revolutionary journey by making a local favorite and a Boston first: Boston Cream Pie.




Highlights

• Go behind the scenes at the Old North Church, climbing the stairs to the steeple that was crucial to American victory and walking below the floorboards in the church’s crypt, a resting place for fallen soldiers.
• Discover the world of water at the New England Aquarium and become an aquatics aficionado by taking an explorer class that offers hands-on learning and fun!
• Gaze upon the pride of Boston from atop the “Green Monster” at Fenway Park, and enjoy a private-access walk through the beloved park as you soak up the infectious Red Sox spirit.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles, uneven surfaces. Must be able to climb two flights of stairs. Extensive use of public transportation.




Date Specific Information

7-11-2013

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6-28-2015

Modest hotel in historic Charlestown Navy Yard with ferry to downtown Boston.
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7-24-2015

Historic, full service downtown hotel located steps from Boston Common.
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Boston

Home to many of America’s “firsts” — subway, park, public library — Boston is the oldest American metropolis with a dazzling array of historical lessons at every turn. From harbor to hillside, street to storefront, Boston offers history at its finest.



Accommodations
Accommodations vary by date and include a modest hotel in the Charlestown Navy Yard with ferry access to Boston, or a historic,full-service hotel downtown located steps from Boston Common. See date-specific information.
Meals and Lodgings
   Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
  Boston 5 nights
 Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.
  Contact info: 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/
  Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened
  Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies based on availability For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies based on availability For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM You will be staying at Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 PM You will be staying at Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Child health and Safety Form Parental Consent Form Intergenerational Rules Form *Children please fill out child questionnaire instead of participant background information form
  Parking availability:
Valet Parking: $26.00 for up to 8 hours and $44.00 per night. Valet is located at the Columbus Avenue Entrance of the Hotel. Self Parking - Motor Mart Garage: (201 Stuart Street) located directly across the street .$31 per 24-hours.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Boston
  Nearest city or town:  Cambridge, South Boston
  Nearest highway: I-90, 93
  Nearest airport:  Logan International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Boston
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Boston Logan Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

   

Logan International Airport (BOS) is located approximately 3 miles from the Park Plaza. You can reach the hotel via 3 options •Airport Cab Service (meter rate) •Boston 's Subway: The "T"- The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is located on Arlington Stop (Green Line) and Back Bay Stop (Orange Line) •Ultimate Shuttle (www.ultimateshuttle.com / 888-437-4379)

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

   

Boston’s Back Bay Station is located 3 blocks from the hotel, The station is serviced by Amtrak, featuring Acela Express and Northeast Corridor regional trains, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) with access to Attleboro/Providence, Framingham/Worcester, Needham, and Franklin commuter rail lines, and Orange Line rapid transit. There is also a daily Amtrak train (Lake Shore Limited) to Chicago, and access to local bus service. .

 

SUBWAY- BLUE LINE

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

   

From the airport take the complimentary Massport shuttles bus # 66 (this bus picks up at all terminals) to the blue line airport stations. Take the blue line inbound to government center. At government center transfer to any outbound green line train. Exit at Arlington St. stop. At street level walk 1 block on Arlington St (make sure you are walking away from the park and walking with the follow of traffic on Arlington St.) and you will arrive at the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  From Logan Airport to Park Plaza: Follow signs to Sumner Tunnel/Boston. Take the ramp onto RT-1A S/William F McClellan Hwy. Merge north onto Interstate 93 and take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the North to Park Plaza Take Route I-93 South into Boston. Take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26 off of I-93. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at the Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the South to Park Plaza Follow I-93 North towards Boston. Take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26 off of I-93. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at the Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St., and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the West to Park Plaza Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rte. 90 East) into the city. Exit at Copley Square (22) and follow straight onto Stuart St. Follow to the 5th set of lights and turn left for the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in between, then stop by the Road Scholar registration desk on the hotels 4th floor between 3:00-5:00 PM for your welcome material
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Today my Road Scholars you shall see what life was like for Paul Revere on your journey by land and sea discover the true history
(Friday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Board your "DUCK", a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. First, you'll be greeted by your legendary ConDUCKtor, who'll be narrating your ride. Then you're off on a journey like you've never had before. You'll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. And, as the best of Boston unfolds before your eyes, your ConDUCKtor will be giving you lots of little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city.
 Lunch: Lunch at Mariners House
 Afternoon: Step back in time as you stroll the streets of the North End. This neighborhood is where Paul Revere spent much of his life and includes much of the Freedom Trail. See the Old North Church, learn the history of the phrase "One if by land, two if by Sea", hear the stories of what life was like in the Paul Revere home and much more.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in the North End.
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: New England Aquarium / Free Time to explore all that Boston has to offer
(Saturday, July 13)

Note: Due to Boston Harbor Island Activities the free time on this day may be moved to another day.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Spend the afternoon at the New England Aquarium. Take a trip to exotic waters and experience more than 70 exhibits featuring aquatic animals from around the world. Don't miss the fearsome lionfish, the delicate leafy seadragons and the mysterious giant Pacific octopus. Go out back to see the Northern fur seals in action in their open-air exhibit, and be sure to visit the Atlantic harbor seals out front.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Free time. Countine your land and sea adventure! Ask your group leader for suggestions.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Boston Tea Party Museum / Boston Harbor Islands
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night of December 16, 1773 at the Boston Tea Party Museum. This floating Museum is unlike unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Live actors, high-tech, interactive exhibits, authentically restored tea ships and the stirring, multi-sensory documentary “Let it Begin Here,” are just a taste of what you’ll see, hear and feel.
All aboard!! Take a ferry to George's Island part of the Boston Harbors Islands. As you approach the island your eyes will spot the Civil-War era Fort Warren. The fort is named after Dr. Joseph Warren, the man who enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes on the famous "Midnight Ride." Once on land take a ranger guided walk of the island.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the Boston Harbor Islands.
 Dinner: Dinner
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: USS Constitution / Museum of Science
(Monday, July 15)

Note: Grandparents: please remember your government issued photo ID to gain entrance to USS Constitution



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Start your day as Paul Revere started his fateful night on April 18, 1775 by quietly crossing the waters to Charlestown (via ferry not a row boat). As you approach shore you will see a large ship, is it one of the British battleship that Paul Revere was hiding from? Lucky for you it is not! You have spotted the oldest commissioned navy vessel afloat, the USS Constitution. Once on land explore the USS Constitution Museum and discover what life was like as a sailor in 1812. Enter the House of Rendezvous where sailors were recruited and stand next to the description of an 1812 sailor. Find out if you have what it took to be a member of the crew? Then meet a present day member of the crew as you head over to "Old Ironside" where you will be welcomed aboard by a US Navy personal.
 Lunch: lunch
 Afternoon: Visit Boston's Museum of Science to enjoy a presentation a. Get an up-close view of Cliff, a 65-million-year-old fossil in his new home. Named for the grandfather of its donor, Cliff is one of only four nearly complete Triceratops on public display anywhere in the world.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner
 Evening: return to the hotel
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fenway Park/Program departures
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast before you check out of your room.
 Morning: Explore America's oldest baseball park still in use with an offical Fenway Park Guide. Celebrating its 100th year anniversary, participants will have an opportunity to stand on the "Green Monster", see the Ted Williams Seat, and trace the history of Americas most beloved ball park!
 Lunch: lunch
 Afternoon: Check out and program departuers
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Boston Greater Boston Visitor's Bureau
For all information on Boston activities and places to visit please check the web site below. For additional information, visit www.bostonusa.com/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Boston Firsts: 40 Feats of Innovation and Invention that Happened First in Boston and Helped Make America Great


Author: Lynda Morgenroth


Description: Boston Firsts is about everything (well, almost!) that happened first in Boston and changed life elsewhere: from the first lighthouse and public library to the first madam and ready-made suit. Boston-based journalist and essayist Lynda Morgenroth has written forty original essays on the city's long history of innovation, from the colonial era to the present. These lively takes on Boston's innovative history range from the first use of ether in publicly performed surgery to the first school desegregation court case to the one-and only-automatic bargain basement.



As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution


Author: Richard Archer


Description: In the dramatic period leading to the American Revolution, no event did more to foment patriotic sentiment among colonists than the armed occupation of Boston by British soldiers. As If an Enemy's Country is Richard Archer's gripping narrative of those critical months between October 1, 1768 and the winter of 1770 when Boston was an occupied town.



Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year


Author: Glenn Stout


Description: A 2012 Top Ten Sports Book as selected by Booklist. Winner of the 2011 Seymour Medal and Larry Ritter Award from the Society for American Baseball Research, for the best book of baseball history or biography, and best book on the Deadball era.



And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?


Author: Jean Fritz


Description: Everyone knows about Paul Revere's midnight ride. But not everyone knows the harrowing details and narrow escapes that occurred along the way. This timeless and witty book highlights little-known facts about patriot Paul Revere. 7 and up *Highly recommended by the Paul Revere House*



Journey Around Boston From A to Z (Journeys)


Author: Martha Zschock


Description: This vivid, enchanting alphabet book for all ages is packed with fascinating information about historic sites in Boston, Cambridge, and environs. Colorful, detailed watercolor paintings from author and illustrator Martha Day Zschock enliven the pages, which include: Brahmins on Beacon Hill, Fans at Fenway, and Tea Taxes! Says the Fitchburg Sentinel, "Her art and poetic, easy-to-follow text will warmly draw readers of all ages into the arms of the City Upon the Hill." 6 and up



Johnny Tremain


Author: Esther Hoskins Forbes


Description: The Year: 1773. The place: Boston. Johnny Tremain is fourteen and apprenticed to a silversmith. He is gifted and lords his skills over the other apprentices, until one day his hand is horribly burned by molten silver. Johnnys dreams of silversmithing are over. A depressed Johnny finds work as a dispatch rider for the Committee of Public Safety, a job that brings him in touch with Boston patriotsand the excitement that will lead to the Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. Includes a new introduction by Newbery Honor Winner Gary D. Schmidt. 10 and up



You Wouldn't Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party!: Wharf Water Tea You'd Rather Not Drink


Author: Peter Cook


Description: The year is 1773. Your name is George Robert Twelves Hewes and you were born in Boston Massachusetts, in 1742. You grew to manhood in a time of turmoil, when American colonists first began to rebel against the unjust rule of the British government. You were to be at the center of some of the most important events in America's history events that led to the American Revolution. Eventually you, and your fellow Americans won your freedom and a new nation was born: the United States of America. But all this lay in the future. On the night of December 16, 1773, you were busy blacking your face with coal dust and disguising yourself as a Mohawk Indian. You are about to be a part of history. You are about to find out why you wouldn't want to be at the Boston Tea Party! 8 and up





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