The USA is a place where you need more time to explore. Not all places can be explored on one visit which also requires a lot of planning, a lot of research and also sometimes, the places to visit might also get missed during our visit to the place. Hence it is better to take tour companies so that you might skip the time for planning, research and also cut down some personal expenditure.
#macrotraveller did the same on the recent visit to the United States which I visited primarily to New York. I decided to explore the places of Massachusetts on my visit and hence I booked a short 4-day visit via a travel company which helped me to explore some of tourist destination places in the state of Maine and Massachusetts.
Day 1 of our travel began with my trip to Boston, MA. As a part of the group of other travellers who booked a tour with the company, it began with a road trip to Boston from New York. On the itinerary, we had to visit the New England Aquarium and the famous Boston DUCK tour.
Boston is capital and one of most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is 21st most populous city in the USA which covers around 124 km sq and has around 650,000+ population. Boston, MA is one of the oldest municipalities in the USA which was founded on Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. This city holds key events during the American Revolution such as the Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, the Siege of Boston and many more.
Having so many places to visit in the city of Boston, we visited the New England Aquarium. New England Aquarium is located at 1 Central Wharf which is close to Long Wharf and close to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. It is one of the Public Aquarium located in Boston and is a major tourist attraction place, along with the main aquarium, the aquarium includes IMAX theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch which operates from April to October. The design for the aquarium was planned in the year 1962 and the same was opened to the public in the year 1969.
Since its inception, there have been several changes, renovations and expansion plans until recent times. The aquarium currently holds lots of exhibits were at the Central Open Atrium, there is a giant ocean tank which holds around 760,00 litres of water and the tank is constructed with simulating Caribbean Coral Reef. You can notice bonnethead sharks, sand tiger shark, sea turtles, stingrays, moray eels, barracuda, and much smaller reef-living fish.
Along with these exhibits, there are other levels of exhibits and The New England Aquarium holds 5 such galleries and centres called The Thinking Gallery, The Freshwater Gallery, The Edge of the Sea Gallery, The Northern Waters of the World Gallery, The Tropical Gallery which showcases aquatic animals based on their habitats.
There are several other exhibits which are special exhibits and that include penguin power, marine mammals, turtles, sharks, rays, etc which the aquarium hosts. During the months of April to October, the aquarium hosts a whale watch cruise which is a trip of around 3-4 hours. Here you can notice large whales, such as humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, pilot whales, and the endangered right whales.
After our exhilarating visit to the New England Aquarium, we made our visit to the famous Boston Duck Tour. The Boston Duck Tours are conducted on the Ducks which is a mode of transportation for both Land and Sea, 5 of the ducks here are originally used in World War II. An ideal way to explore the tour of Boston both on land and water, The Boston Duck tour is quite informative. The tour takes you through many points of interest that Boston city holds and the tour guide also explained to us the importance of that points of interest.
Thus ending day 1 of our tour where we visited Boston and its point of interest and was looking forward to the next couple of days of the tour.