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Traveling with littles, or children, can often be so overwhelming in thought that it keeps many families from doing it. Or at the very least doing it with their children. For us, we intentionally bring Greyson along for our adventures even if it comes with a certainty that there will be meltdowns or a kick in a rib in the middle of the night due to the three of us sharing a bed.
However, over the years and our most recent trip to Boston, has taught us to be more cognizant of how we travel – especially knowing Grey is on the Autism spectrum. There are certain things we need to pre-arrange, like using Boston’s Go PASS, to keep waiting in lines to a minimum, to give him ample opportunities to run around and be stimulated, and also provide convenient ways to for him to have downtime, too. Here is a recap of our trip and the tips and tricks that made it a success!
I’m so glad we brought it along for this trip. I anticipated the cobblestones and brick sidewalks and overall never regretted taking it. I love our little collapsing stroller, but my gut told me that for this trip the jogger will provide us more convenience like easy handling, a larger canopy (which saved us during the rainy afternoons), and durable wheels for the amount of walking we did. We simply stored it in our rental car so we didn’t have to lug it up the stairs of our hotels each time (because in New England depending on the hotel you may not have elevators).
Mifold Travel Booster Seat
I have loved this seat for simple Uber’s around town and love it even more after this trip. Our car rental place rented out the last car seat right before we picked up our car and no other location had one available. I’m so thankful we took our MiFold because it’s been our go-to seat when driving from one city to the next. Thankfully, driving from Boston to Salem and back again is only about a 30-40 minute drive and felt he was secure and safe.
Things to Do
In Salem there are so many things to do and conveniently enough to do in just a couple of days. Here’s a list of what we did and what to expect when you travel with the family.
- Follow the red line around town. This red line is a path that leads you to a variety of significant places related to the Salem Witch Trials, historic buildings or locations, and other points of interest. Some of the spots we found were:
- The Witch House
- Ropes Mansion (Allison’s house in Hocus Pocus)
- The Burying Point and other cemeteries
- Witch Trials Memorial
- Salem Witch Museum
- House of Seven Gables
- Bewitched Statue
- Town Hall (Hocus Pocus filming location)
- Hocus Pocus House (Max and Dani’s house): You have to drive to this location as it’s not in downtown Salem.
- Book tours or museums in advance. I’m a firm believer that investigating all you can ahead of time will save you time, money, and your sanity. I used Boston’s Go PASS to book things to do while in Boston and found the Salem Witch Museum, too!
Anticipate the weather
Another aspect of our trip that we had to consider was the weather. As I was planning, I took note that the Boston area was going to be chilly with bouts of rain. This had me alter the things I brought with us and be a little more prepared with the activities we wanted to do. Thankfully, we were able to find a number of indoor attractions like the aquarium and museums on the rainy days. Plus, finding a beanie winter hat from Target and taking our JJ Cole stroller blanket kept Greyson nice and warm the whole trip.
We had such a fun trip and spending two days in Salem was the perfect amount of time to see and do everything. I’d never been before and I’m thankful for yet another place I’ve gotten to experience with Grey and my husband. I hope anyone has a chance to make it – especially during October!
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