Period characters at Tea Party Ships and Museum — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
Boston’s cruise port Black Falcon offers easy access to some of Boston’s must-see attractions. Take in a little history at the Tea Party Ships & Museum, make your way along the Greenway to Union Oyster House for lunch (one of the area’s oldest spots), walk through the stunning Holocaust Memorial and then spend the remainder of your day in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, before heading back to your boat.
Tea Party Ships and Museum — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
Spend a couple of hours at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, where history really does come alive! You’ll be transported to the day America took action and made (tea) waves that resulted in the Revolution.
Begin your journey back in time with a town meeting at a mini replica of Old South Meeting House, where participants are requested to speak on matters pertinent to the unfair taxes and lack of cooperation by their governor. This is the meeting that led Bostonians to take drastic measures to make a stand against British rule. Famous Patriots, such as Samuel Adams, will be by your side shouting a resounding, “Fie!” for the imposed tariffs placed on the good people of Boston, and an impassioned, “Huzzah!” in favor of protest by dumping the tea into the Harbor so it could not touch New England soil.
Follow the period actors aboard a replica of the ships involved in the Tea Party, where you’ll be requested to toss a bundle overboard, tour the vessel and exit to the docks, where you’ll garner more information. Once you’ve lived the night of December 16, 1773, you’ll explore the museum. Here, you’ll be treated to “visits” from those who were there and see a short film about the start of the American Revolution. And when you’ve completed your tour, stop by Abagail’s Tea Room for a tasting of the tea that was tossed.
Tossing the tea at the Boston Harbor — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
Once your time at the Tea Party Ships and Museums has come to a close, stroll over to the Union Oyster House, enjoying the Greenway as you go. This restaurant is more than just a place to eat: this landmark is a Boston attraction in and of itself, decorated to suit its past. You'll find charm in their lower than average ceilings and smaller than average seating. Indulge in their chowder or feast on a platter of their fresh and local raw oysters or clams to start, then move on to the impressive selection of seafood on their menu.
After you’ve filled your belly on local favorites, walk through the Holocaust Memorial on your way to Faneuil Hall. Shop the stores lining the sides, take in the history of this marketplace, visit the statues that don the cobblestone walks, watch the street performers or treat yourself to dessert within the food hall of the marketplace before you hail a cab to take you back to your boat.
Water fun along the Greenway — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti