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Optional Tours

EASA has scheduled the following optional tours especially for you. Tours are available to all attendees. Monday and Tuesday’s offerings especially complement the Spouse/Guest Social Package and the Youth/Teen Package. Most are “family friendly,” so parents/grandparents can enjoy them with children/grand kids.

Saturday, June 28

12:00 - 4:00 pm

Optional Tour: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Relive Kennedy’s presidential campaign, the Kennedy/Nixon debates, Kennedy’s presidency, and the Cuban missile crisis, while drawing inspiration from Kennedy’s wit, optimism and ideals. Highlights include:

  • Unique films and self-guided exhibits about Kennedy “the candidate” and Kennedy “the president” 
  • 25 multimedia displays and period settings that dramatically recreate events of the 1960s as seen through Kennedy’s eyes and narrated in his voice 
  • Kennedy’s personal mementos and historical artifacts

Go to www.jfklibrary.org for more information. 

(Travel takes about 15 minutes each way; wear comfortable shoes; not suitable for children under 5.)

Price: $50 per person

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Optional Tour: Explore Boston

Discover why Boston's such a great place to live and visit on this riding tour. Highlights include:

  • Beautiful Victorian Back Bay area
  • Copley Square’s architectural masterpieces
  • Trinity Church and Boston Public Library
  • Beacon Hill’s beautiful homes, famous residents, and historic role in the African slave underground 
  • A stop to view the Massachusetts State House and Shaw Civil War Memorial
  • Boston Commons and Public Gardens, home to Boston’s famous swan boats 
  • Boston Massacre site
  • A short, guided walk to historic Old North Church and Paul Revere’s birthplace
  • A stop to experience the North End’s unique Italian culture and buy an Italian snack “to go”

Price: $30 per person

Monday, June 30

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Optional Tour—New England Aquarium

A global leader in ocean exploration and conservation, the New England Aquarium combines education, entertainment and action to address challenging problems facing the ocean. Immerse yourself in a watery world of cavorting sea lions, playful otters, and poisonous fish–if you dare! Attractions include:

  • A gigantic four-story, 200,000-gallon ocean tank
  • A coral reef environment filled with curious sea critters 
  • A wide array of ocean dwellers, including a 500-pound sea turtle, tropical fishes, sharks, stingrays, moray eels, and jellyfish
  • African and Rockhopper penguins, seals and sea lions
  • A touch tank for sharks and rays
  • For more information, go to www.neaq.org

(Travel takes about 10 minutes each way.)

Price: $50 per person

The WMCT Magazine - New England Aquarium from WMCT-TV on Vimeo.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Optional Tour—Boston Fine Arts Experience

View two preeminent art collections today.

  • The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) museum-guided tour includes:
    • Nearly 450,000 exquisite works (ancient to contemporary), including early American masterpieces, Asian scrolls and Egyptian mummies
    • The new wing for American art and renovated galleries of European art
    • Lunch “on your own” at one of four MFA restaurants
    • Get more information at www.mfa.org.
  • The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a uniquely evocative setting that resembles a 15th-century Venetian palace. 
    • Collections include more than 2,500–paintings, sculptures, furniture, textiles, drawings, silver, ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, photographs and letters–from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic world, and 19th-century France and America.
    • Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information.

(Travel takes about 5 minutes each way; lunch is “on your own”; wear comfortable walking shoes; not suitable for children under 5.)

Price: $70 per person

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Optional Tour—Treasures of Beacon Hill: Antiquing & Photography

This walking tour explores the Beacon Hill National Historic District, a quaint 18th-century neighborhood of gaslit brick sidewalks, stately homes and elegant architecture. 

  • Learn how it got its name, and why its street names have a common theme.
  • Discover the gems that make it sparkle.
  • Hear fascinating facts and stories about its former residents.
  • Admire the architecture of Charles Bulfinch, whose work includes the Massachusetts State House.
  • Browse Charles Street’s unique clothing, gift, art, antique and home furnishing shops.  
  • Visit the original “Cheers” bar for a beverage!

(Travel takes about 10 minutes each way; have lunch beforehand; wear comfortable shoes.)

Price: $45 per person

Tuesday, July 1

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Optional Tour—Trinity Church & Boston Public Library—Back Bay Architecture

Explore two famous landmarks in Copley Square.

  • Trinity Church has been among the “top ten” architecturally significant buildings in America for more than 100 years! Dedicated in 1877, this celebrated example of Richardsonian Romanesque presented a bold, new face for ecclesiastical architecture. (Learn more at http://trinitychurchboston.org/art-history.)
  • Boston Public Library was proclaimed a “palace for the people” when it opened in 1895 with such novel features as a children’s room–the nation’s first–and a sculpture garden reminiscent of a Renaissance cloister. Tour highlights include the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, and works of famed sculptors and painters.

Enjoy free time browsing Newbury Street’s shops and boutiques before returning to your hotel (see www.newburystreetleague.org).

(Travel takes about 5 minutes each way.)

Price: $30 per person

9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Optional Tour—Boston's North End Culinary Tour

Boston’s historic North End offers the colorful sights, tantalizing aromas and authentic tastes of America’s most vibrant Italian neighborhood! 

  • Discover pasticcerias that serve the best biscotti, amaretti, sfogliatelle, cassata, taralli, cannoli and other confections. 
  • Visit an authentic salumeria in search of the best olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cheese, prosciutto and pasta; a 70-year-old coffee and spice shop; and an Old World candy store.
  • Learn how to select aperitivi to begin, wine to complement, and digestivi to conclude your meal. 
  • Enjoy an espresso or glass of prosecco at a trattoria, and free time exploring the area. Ciao! 
  • Learn more at www.northendboston.com.

(Travel takes about 15 minutes each way; lunch is “on your own”; wear comfortable shoes; not suitable for children.)

Price: $85 per person

11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Optional Tour—The Sons of Liberty Throw a Tea Party!

Discover how some discontented colonists sparked the American Revolution! 

  • The Old South Meeting House tells the inspiring story of how the colonists’ protest of British rule and demand for free speech began with the Townshend Act of 1767, was enflamed by the Boston Massacre in 1770, and culminated with the Boston Tea Party in 1773. (Learn more at www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org.)
  • The Old State House also played a prominent role in the American Revolution. Explore two floors of exhibits and interactive displays geared to families with children. (Learn more at www.bostonhistory.org/?s=osh or www.revolutionaryboston.org.)
  • Aboard the floating Tea Party Ships Museum you’ll meet colonists, explore authentically restored ships, and even dump some tea–as the Sons of Liberty did one fateful night in December of 1773. View the stirring documentary, “Let It Begin Here,” enjoy a spot of tea, and browse in the gift shop! (Learn more at www.bostonteapartyship.com.)

(Travel takes 10 minutes each way; have lunch beforehand; wear comfortable shoes; not suitable for children under 5.)

The Old State House isn’t accessible by wheelchair or scooter.

Price: $76 per person

Wednesday, July 2

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Optional Tour: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Relive Kennedy’s presidential campaign, the Kennedy/Nixon debates, Kennedy’s presidency, and the Cuban missile crisis, while drawing inspiration from Kennedy’s wit, optimism and ideals. Highlights include:

  • Unique films and self-guided exhibits about Kennedy “the candidate” and Kennedy “the president” 
  • 25 multimedia displays and period settings that dramatically recreate events of the 1960s as seen through Kennedy’s eyes and narrated in his voice 
  • Kennedy’s personal mementos and historical artifacts

Go to www.jfklibrary.org for more information. 

(Travel takes about 15 minutes each way; wear comfortable shoes; not suitable for children under 5.)

This tour is also offered on Saturday, June 28.

Price: $50 per person

Note: EASA reserves the right to cancel a tour if a minimum is not met. In event of cancellation, EASA will notify participants on or before May 28.