Best Ways for Seniors to Get Around Boston while Sightseeing
Getting Around without Getting Exhausted
What is the best way for two active Seniors to travel around Boston city sights for 3 or 4 days? We're 75 years old.
Thanks for asking this excellent question.
Boston's compact size makes it a great walking city, but regardless of one's age, the best way to make the most of your visit is to combine sightseeing tours that include transportation with plenty of time for breaks to relax and explore on your own.
For example, Boston's popular hop-on hop-off trolleys give you a fantastic sightseeing tour of all the city's top historic attractions, Fenway Park, Seaport, Cambridge, and lots more - the perfect way to become familiar with the city! You can get off your trolley at any point to have coffee or lunch, visit a museum, relax in a park, or explore an interesting area, and then get back on and ride some more.
Or choose a day-long guided bus tour where you'll follow the path of Paul Revere's famous ride as see top historic Boston and Revolutionary War sites in the nearby towns of Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord.
Get skip-the-line tickets to popular attractions such as the New England Aquarium (choose a combo ticket for admission plus a 3D movie if you want to build in some time to sit and relax), the Museum of Science, and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - after all, why waste time and energy while standing in long lines? Also, these indoor attractions give you a comfortable place to be if you're here on a sweltering hot summer day, a drenching downpour, or the fridgid wind we sometimes get in February and March.
And finally - consider an adventure outside of the city. Several excursions combine transportation and guided tours with plenty of time to relax, such as the Plimouth Plantation living history museum where you'll experience a recreation of the first Pilgrim settlement in Massachusetts or a day trip to Martha's Vineyard where you can explore on your own or choose an optional island tour.
If you're visiting during the fall, the New England fall foliage tours are spectacular. These luxury bus tours are much, much easier and usually cheaper than renting a car and driving. Although they typically are all-day tours, they include time for lunch and other breaks, and even at the destinations, you can pace yourself.
Combine your sightseeing tours, visits to attractions, and cruises with blocks of time to relax in some of our beautiful parks or perhaps at a sidewalk cafe. Visit an art gallery or two, or get tickets for a show in the Theatre District.
One important tip: wear comfortable walking shoes! We do have some streets and walks made from cobble stones which can trip you up if you're wearing platform heels, flip-flops, or any type of shoe without good support! If you're coming in the summer, bring a water bottle and, of course, sun screen.
Also, depending on where you're going, Boston's subway (we call it the "T") can be a convenient way to get around. Ride services such as Uber and Lyft can also be a good option. In general, though, distances are short here thanks to Boston's compact size, so walking is often the easiest and fastest option.