With three locations, and two tour types Boston Duck Tours is a fun way to see a large portion of the city without using a large portion of your time. These WWII amphibious vehicles take you from land to sea (actually river-via the Charles) to show you the happening and historical sights Boston has to offer. Board at the Museum of Science, so you can walk right in (discounted rates are available in conjunction with the Duck Tour, check for coupons) when your tour comes to an end.
Boston Skyline — Photo courtesy of Paul Keleher/Flickr
After your morning of touring has ended make your way to Liberty Wharf. Located along the Harborwalk, Liberty Wharf offers a variety of dining choices (four restaurants live in this new landmark), and is a perfect place to get lunch. Looking for some of Boston’s famous seafood, then lunch at Legal Harborside Floor 1. The combination of Legal classics and the sensational view make this place a winner.
After lunch start your walk. Head out to the Harborwalk and meander along the shore as you cross over the Northern Ave Bridge; be sure to take the stairs so you can continue along the water until you reach the New England Aquarium. Take a few minutes to enjoy the Atlantic Harbor Seals outside, then cross the street onto the Rose Kennedy Greenway, play for a bit or grab a snack from the cupcake cart and enter Faneuil Hall. Watch the street performers or shop as you explore this historic location. When you’ve had enough, return to the Greenway and walk until you find yourself in the North End. Dinner awaits.
Hanover Street is the North End’s most famous place to eat, but it is not the only street offering Italian treats. Enjoy a meal almost anywhere here and you will most likely leave smiling. A few local favorites include Lucca for a special date, La Galleria 33 for classic red sauce (and cheap eats), or Strega for your “mobster” fix. Food here is typically fantastic; style of Italian (northern or southern), price point and reservation availability should dominate in decision making.
In need of an after dinner drink? Go to Drink, located on Congress Street, tucked disrcreetly below Barbara Lynch’s diner style Italian eatery, Sportello, Drink is the most unqiue bar around. Bartenders put on a "show". From taking your order to pouring your cocktail you are sure to enjoy the what you see. Just don't request a drink list. There are none. Simply tell your bartender what you desire either by name (the boring way) or by what you might like to drink (the Drink way). For example, if you are a fruity vodka drink type of guy or gal, ask for it just like that. The bartender will probe with clarifying questions (do you like citrus) to decide what will best suit your style and create a concoction just for you. There is no better place to end a day than at Drink.