Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. We will be getting around Boston mostly via the MBTA public transportation system that involves stepping on/off subway cars, climbing up/down flights of stairs at some stations without elevators, and walking on city streets and sidewalks, some with brick and cobblestones, and occasional hills. Some activities depend on local conditions at the time of the program and could be modified or re-scheduled accordingly. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel in downtown Boston, we’ll have plated dinners including dessert, sodas, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motor coach; Travel via MBTA public transportation system; elevators/escalators not available in most stations; going up/down flights of stairs and walking through pedestrian tunnels; occasional crowded conditions. Walking up to 2 miles, long periods of standing; climbing stairs at the ballpark. Bring your baseball gloves for the clinic and game.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes hot and cold items plus juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: Using the Boston public transportation system — known as the T — we’ll bring our baseball gloves and ride to Boston Common. Explore Baseball's roots through an interactive game of pick-up baseball on America's first public park. Lead by the Group Leader, kids will have an opportunity to play ball on Boston's oldest playground, where children a century earlier developed the game. Grandparents are welcome to participate in the game or cheer on their grandchildren and help keep score in the stands. Then we will ride the T to the North End for our next activities.
Lunch: At a restaurant near Faneuil Hall.
Afternoon: After lunch, walk through the North End, one of Boston's most historic neighborhoods, to the Old North Church. We’ll go top to bottom and learn all about Boston’s oldest surviving church building (1722), and the history that surrounds it. Led by a church docent, the brave and strong can climb all the way to the top of the steeple and learn about the ringing of the bells. We’ll then explore the crypt beneath the church. Board a motor coach and head north to Lowell, MA for a Lowell Spinners game. Before the game, we’ll take part in a hands-on baseball clinic led by seasoned players and coaches.
Dinner: At the ballpark with vouchers provided.
Evening: Play Ball! Enjoy the experience of watching young, collegiate players in a small ball park with a large local following. We’ll return to the hotel after the game.
Activity note: Travel via MBTA public transportation system; elevators/escalators not available in most stations; going up/down flights of stairs and walking through pedestrian tunnels; occasional crowded conditions. Walking up to 2 miles, long periods of standing; climbing stairs at the ballpark. Based on daily events at Fenway Park, the walking route around the park might be altered to accommodate games or other events.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We will ride the T to Fenway Park for an exclusive behind-the-scenes field trip. With a Fenway Park employee, we will have an opportunity to stand on the “Green Monster,” see the Ted Williams Seat, and trace the history of America’s most beloved ball park, known as the “Cathedral of Baseball.”
Lunch: Walk to a local restaurant near Fenway Park.
Afternoon: With a local expert who specializes in 18th century history, we will walk part of the Freedom Trail and visit exciting sites including the Granary Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and Faneuil Hall. Enjoy the expert commentary and interesting, little known facts about Boston. We will return to the hotel afterwards to freshen up before our evening activities.
Dinner: At Fenway Park with vouchers provided.
Evening: Play Ball! We’ll attend the game and watch the Boston Red Sox in action. Please note that due to the release date of the Red Sox schedule, this activity might be on a different day and at a different time. Check back at a later time for the correct schedule.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles; long periods of standing.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll take the T to the waterfront and ride the ferry out to Georges Island, home of historic Fort Warren. We'll explore this historic Civil War-era fort known for its graceful granite archways and reputed ghost, the Lady in Black. The fort is named after Dr. Joseph Warren, the man who enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes on the famous “Midnight Ride.”
Lunch: On the island, we’ll have box lunches with chips and water included.
Afternoon: Take the ferry back to Boston after lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Travel via MBTA public transportation system; elevators/escalators not available in most stations; going up/down flights of stairs and walking through pedestrian tunnels; occasional crowded conditions. Walking up to 2 miles, periods of standing.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: On our final day in Boston, we will take the T to the Boston Sports Museum located in the TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics and Bruins. Learn from an expert about Boston's sports legends, all-stars, and local heroes in a city filled with devoted and intense sports fans.
Lunch: At a café near the hotel, we’ll have vouchers provided.
Afternoon: Check out of the hotel by 12:00 PM. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!