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Springtime in Boston: Top Things to See and Do

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By , April 22, 2015 8:44 am

Spring is a wonderful time to plan a trip to Boston. The flowers are in bloom, baseball games are picking up at Fenway Park, and restaurants and bars are opening up their patios for outdoor seating.

Boston offers locals and visitors a unique blend of old and new, with historical sites, trendy restaurants, and lots of green space to run and play. So if you’re planning a springtime trip to Boston, or just live in the city and are looking for fun things to do, check out these exciting offerings from FunSherpa!

USS Constitution Cruise 

The city of Boston is full of historic landmarks, but one of the most unique is the USS Constitution. We’ll set you up with a 45-minute narrated tour to learn about this famous ship and even check out the Naval Museum. You’ll see other top sites like the Bunker Hill Monument, the Old North Church, and the Boston Tea Party Boat along the tour, which runs between April and November.

Photo credit: Nathan Lanier via Flickr

Photo credit: Nathan Lanier via Flickr

Boston Jet Boat Ride 

But if you’re looking to get on the water with a little more action and excitement, consider booking a Boston Jet Boat Ride to explore the natural beauty of Boston Harbor. Jet boats reach speeds of 40 miles per hour, providing 40-minutes of fun for the whole family. Enjoy a crisp spring day in Boston with the wind in your hair and upbeat music in your ears. This adventure runs (weather dependent) between May and September.

Boston Freedom Trail Photographic Safari

Boston is an ideal city to begin perfecting your photography skills, and our Boston Freedom Trail Photographic Safari provides a unique combination of a city tour with a professional photography lesson. Your guide will take you to popular tourist attractions and low-key sites that only the locals know about to capture the essence of the city and create memories to last a lifetime. This experience takes you to the Boston Freedom Trail, Boston Common, New State House, Park Church, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House (just to name a few sites) and runs Wednesday through Friday from 1-5 pm.

Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

As with many historic destinations, Boston’s history is steeped in ghost stories and sinister tales from days past. Book a spot on the Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour to experience the scarier side of the city…from the safety of a trolley! Picture this: your host is a 17th century grave digger who’s been cursed with eternal damnation and has plenty of stories to tell. You’ll be walking about half of the tour, which runs year-around and lasts about two hours.

Photo credit: Navaneeth KN via Flickr

Photo credit: Navaneeth KN via Flickr

Rock Climbing Introduction in Charlemont

You’ll need to venture just a little outside the Boston city limits to partake in this adventure, but the Rock Climbing Intro in Charlemont experience is definitely worth the short journey. Starting in June, professional rock climbing guides take adventure-seekers out on one and two-day novice rock climbing trips to this beautiful outdoor region. You’ll learn everything from knot tying to belaying, bouldering, climbing techniques, and safety precautions with friendly guidance every step of the way.


Discover What Rock Climbing Is All About With a Beginner Course!

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By , February 26, 2014 12:42 pm

Rock climbing is one of the most extreme sports on the planet, yet it’s surprisingly beginner-friendly. It’s a fun sport and exciting hobby that challenges both your physical and mental abilities each time you try it. Climbing on a regular basis is also known to sculpt lean muscle, improve coordination, support cardiovascular functioning, and boost mental health.

Getting started can be intimidating for beginners, so the best way to learn is by taking an introductory class to learn the basics and build your confidence. At FunSherpa, we offer both indoor and outdoor classes to introduce you to the sport and teach you everything you need to be safe while climbing. Most beginner classes cost between $50 and $90 and include all the gear and guidance you need to get started. Whether you prefer to learn on an outdoor excursion or in an indoor climbing gym, rock climbing is a year-around sport that’s more accessible than you may think.

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Indoor Climbing Gym Classes

The most common place to try climbing for the first time is your local climbing gym. Indoor rock climbing classes are great for first time beginners who feel safer in a controlled environment, intermediate climbers wanting to take their skills to the next level, and advanced climbers preparing for an extreme excursion or competition. You’ll learn the difference between top-rope climbing, lead climbing, and auto-belay climbing, and have the opportunity to try routes that match your current and desired skill level. Many climbing gyms also feature bouldering walls, which help you master hand and foot techniques low to the ground without a rope or harness.

Outdoor Climbing Clinics

Although many climbers get their start in the gym, there’s no reason why beginners can’t head to the great outdoors to experience real rock for themselves. Many outdoor climbing clinics involve comprehensive half or full-day instruction and are designed with true newbies in mind. A clinic typically begins with a short gear and safety lesson to get climbers comfortable with the equipment. Then you’ll learn how to tie rock climbing knots, climbing commands, the climbing rating system, and top-roping techniques. Experience the beauty of nature while challenging yourself and enjoying a whole new perspective.

Private Climbing Instruction

If you’re nervous about trying to climb for the first time, perhaps private climbing instruction is a good option to consider. Private lessons are catered to your specific skill, experience, and comfort level to set you on a track for success. They typically last one or two hours and can focus on top-rope routes, lead climbing skills, bouldering techniques, and climbing moves that work best for your body type and strength level.

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Since rock climbing is potentially dangerous, the safest and most effective build your skill is by enlisting an experienced professional until you understand the basics. Aside from the obvious physical benefits, climbing can help you overcome your fears, take one step at a time, and bond with like-minded adventurers along the way.

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