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Curveballs, the Curse and Red Sox Legends: An Intergenerational Grand Slam

Program Number: 19622RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/9/2014 - 7/13/2014; 7/25/2014 - 7/29/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,329.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Baseball
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 13 years of age.

Rediscover the magic of baseball in Fenway Park and relive its greatest moments with behind-the-scenes access. Ever wonder what it’s like to work at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark?” Discover the ins and outs of caring for this historic landmark that boasts all original seating, all while witnessing the humungous wall known as the “Green Monster,” a hot spot for right-handed hitters. Cheer with Boston fanatics visiting the sites that define this city as a sports nation. Join the Revolution with a winding walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail, passing milestone sites like the Boston Common, where you’ll be able to perfect your swing during a pick-up game. Take some pointers as you watch players at a local farm league game in a modern ballpark that still carries the nostalgic aroma of a tasty hot dog.




Highlights

• Grab a Fenway Frank and cheer along with Red Sox Nation at a game at the ballpark.
• Ride the ocean waves to Georges Island, the site of Fort Warren, which defended Boston Harbor in the American Civil War and up through World War II and is named for the man who sent Paul Revere on his famed “Midnight Ride.”
• Play ball! Hit a home run in the Boston Common, America’s first public park in the heart of the city.



Activity Particulars

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



Due to the MLB ticket policy, we cannot reimburse participants for a cancelled game due to weather or other act of god. We will do our best to provide an alternate activity and reschedule if possible.




Date Specific Information

7-9-2014

2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox
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7-25-2014

2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
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Coordinated by Road Scholar.




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
Exceptional lodging in the heart of downtown Boston, steps away from the Boston Common, Public Garden and Beacon Hill.
Meals and Lodgings
   Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
  Boston 4 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
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 A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked in advance to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373 For pre and post night reservation: Online: Book online at http://bit.ly/RoadScholarBPP Phone: Call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Mon-Fri 10:30am-6pm EST) Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies based on availability A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked in advance to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373 For pre and post night reservation: Online: Book online at http://bit.ly/RoadScholarBPP Phone: Call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Mon-Fri 10:30am-6pm EST) Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


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.
  Parking availability:
Valet Parking: Prices are subject to change $28for up to 8 hrs & $48per 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

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MBTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary only for travel from airport to Boston
Prices are subject to change.

   

From airport take the S1 Silver Line Bus (bus picks up outside of all airport terminals) to South Station (this is the last stop). At South Station transfer to the Red Line-Alewife subway. Take 2 stops to Park St. Station. At Park St. transfer to the Green Line. Board any green line train outbound. Take 3 stops to Arlington St. Station. At street level walk 1 block on Arlington St ( walk away from the park and with the flow of traffic on Arlington St.) and you will arrive at the hotel.

 

Amtrak

 

 
 

Service:

 


Advanced Reservations Required

   

Boston's Back Bay Station, located 0.5 miles from the hotel serves all routes from the South. North Station located 1.5 miles from the hotel serves all routes coming from the north.. Please visit www.amtrak.com or call1-800-872-7245. The closest subway stop to the Park Plaza is the Arlington "T" Stop on the Green Line. From North Station take the "T" green line outbound to Arlington St. The stop is one block from the hotel. From Back Bay station walk or take a taxi

 

Boston Logan Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5
Prices are subject to change.

   

Massport Logan Back Bay Express Bus Bus stops at all terminals. Scheduled times for departing Logan are from 6am -10pm running every 20 mins. Departure from other terminals is a few minutes later. Bus route time is approximately 20 minutes. Be sure to allow extra time during rush hour periods. Disembark at Copley Sq. St. James Ave. Hotel is located 2 blocks from stop.

 

Boston Logan Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
Prices are subject to change.

   

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--$30-38 per cab) •Boston 's Subway: The "T"- The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is located on Arlington Stop (Green Line) and Back Bay Stop (Orange Line) •Go Boston Shuttle (shared van service)--www.gobostonshuttle.com / 888-437-4379. The Go Boston Shuttle suggest advance reservation ($17 per person) *Prices Subject to Change*

 
Driving Directions
  From Logan Airport to Park Plaza Boston 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 Boston 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 Boston 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 Boston 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/Orientation/Welcome Dinner
(Wednesday, July 9)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in and then stop by the Road Scholar registration desk on the hotels 4th floor between 3:00-5:00 PM to pick up your welcome materials
 Afternoon: Orientation 5:00-6:00 PM
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Fenway Park Behind the Scenes Visit/Boston Common Pick Up Baseball Game/ Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox Game
(Thursday, July 10)

Note: *Red Sox game is scheduled for 4:05pm.The time of the Red Sox game may be subject to change. If game time is changed itinerary will be shifted to accommodate new game time*



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Explore America's oldest baseball park still in use with an offical Fenway Park Guide. 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 at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Explore Baseball's roots through an interactive game of Pick-Up Baseball on America's first public park. Children will have an opportunity to play ball on Boston's oldest playground, where kids a century earlier first developed the game.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at Fenway Park.Try a Fenway Frank. (other options available)
 Evening: Experience America's Most Beloved Ballpark as you watch the 2013 World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox take on the Chicago White Sox from your Pavilion Box Seats!
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Boston Harbor Islands / Free Time
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Take a ferry out to Georges Island, home of historic Fort Warren.A park ranger will lead you through this historic Civil War-era fort known for its graceful granite archways and reputed ghost, the Lady in Black.
 Lunch: Lunch on the island
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Freedom Trail//Brockton Rox or Lowell Spinners Game.
(Saturday, July 12)

Note: *Day & time of game are subject to change*



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Enjoy an escorted walk along part of Boston’s Freedom Trail led by a local historian. See the Granary Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and Faneuil Hall.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own
 Afternoon: Board coach and head to Campanelli Stadium, home of the Brockton Rox or Lowell, MA for a Lowell Spinners game. (Teams schedule will determine what game group attends)
 Dinner: Dinner at the Park
 Evening: Return to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: USS Constitution or Boston Sports Arena Visit/Program Departures
(Sunday, July 13)

Note: Adults must show government issued identification to board the USS Constitution.(Based on scheduling group will visit the USS Constitution or the TD Banknorth arena, home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Start the morning with a scavenger hunt at the Boston sports museum or visit the USS Constitution for a private guided visit you will be welcomed aboard by a US Navy personal.
 Lunch: Lunch Vouchers
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel. Program Departures.
   
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


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


Author: Richard Archer


Field of Our Fathers: An Illustrated History of Fenway Park 1912-2012


Author: Dick Johnson


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


Author: Glenn Stout


Red Sox Century


Author: Glenn Stout and Dick Johnson


The Everything Kids' Baseball Book: From baseball history to player stats - with lots of homerun fun in between!


Author: Greg Jacobs


Ted & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)


Author: Dan Gutman


The American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity


Author: Lawrence Baldassaro and Dick Johnson




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