Last Minute Summer Bucket List In/Near Boston with Upparent

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It’s our family adventure to make a Last Minute Summer Bucket List. That’s why we rely on Upparent to be the online destination for parents seeking inspiration from other parents. I’m proud to be partnered with Upparent for this blog post.

Upparent Partner Upparent is the online destination for parents seeking inspiration from other parents and it's helped us build our last minute bucket list!

In the Boston area, school doesn’t start until September – after Labor Day! That’s why it’s always a priority of mine to write a Last Minute, Late Summer Bucket List. I find that August is when I do the most adventurous things, like go to comic conventions (thanks, Boston!) and that’s when I went to Alaska. Our favorite summer camp gets out in early August, leaving over three weeks of unchartered, pure fun, family adventures. I’ve always loved that this is the GREATEST time to explore the Boston area. I have so many happy memories of summers past in the Boston area. And we have many adventures ahead.

Recently, we discovered Upparent, and that was a big summer changer for us. It’s an exciting new startup that is helping to gather the many conversations parents are having with one another into one place. That way we can all share family-friendly recommendations about things to do, places to go, products to try, and of course, adventures to have! We are all about local family fun, and Upparent is the online destination for parents seeking inspiration from other parents.

I love to share things like local events and activities.

We love that Upparent is easy to use and has family-friendly content that can be searched and saved to make it more personalized and relevant. The personal recommendations on the site are gathered into convenient lists and polls, so that the content is reader-friendly and easy to browse. This is a dynamic resource for parents, by parents, and with content that is ever evolving as community members (like me) add their own recommendations, vote, and comment on favorites.

My kids have the “Boston Bug” or the “Big City Bug” lately, so we built a last minute summer bucket list based on events and activities in and near Boston. In fact, I proudly contributed to the Boston Summer Bucket List for Family Fun with my own must-do activity for families this summer, and beyond. When you think beyond the bucket list, Upparent has you covered on a number of topics! If you’re unsure what to give for a birthday present, they have lists of great gift ideas by age and theme. And since back to school is inevitable, Upparent’s “Heads Up” lists help sneak some fun into your back-to-school routine.

I’ll also be checking the site for great lunch box ideas and the best lunch packing supplies. And don’t even get me started on the holidays! This is a resource to turn to for almost anything you can think of – and you can share your own wisdom.

Suffice it to say, what a wonderful resource to have all year long. Here’s our late summer bucket list:

1 – Amusement park. There are a ton of wonderful ones in the New England area. And they all have their perks. We can’t wait for our trip in late August to ride some roller coasters and ferris wheels together. What fun that will be!

2 – Children’s museum. In fact, I wrote about that in the Boston Summer Bucket List for Family Fun.

3 – Get on a boat. Boston is full of some fun rides and tours. One of my kids really wants to go whale watching, and the other is afraid of sea sickness. Fear not, little one, for Upparent has boat ride ideas for all speeds and ages.

4 – Comic Convention. We went to a big one last year and this year it will have SO MANY actors we love. Can’t wait!

5 – See music outside. I think this is a summer staple. We did it last year and we’ll do it this year!

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We Had the Time of Our Lives at Mystic Aquarium Through TripAdvisor

I received a complimentary TripAdvisor Attraction to facilitate this post. All thoughts and photos are my own.

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And I mean it – we had the time of our lives!

When Scarlet was one, we took her for a special day to Mystic Aquarium and then to a dear friend’s beach house in a town nearby. It was pretty much a perfect day and I had fun taking all the pictures in the world! The day gave me a special feeling because it’s such a magical place. When I was dating Cassidy, we met at Mystic for a romantic weekend. The movie Mystic Pizza was one of my favorites when I was younger. So when I sent my sister a text saying I was booking 7 tickets to Mystic Aquarium through TripAdvisor, and would she come with me, I screamed when I get her instant response to me.

“I’m in.

I hadn’t seen my sister in three months! Almost four! And her little ones are growing so fast. She has the same thing with me – a real love for all things Mystic. We decided to make a day of it. We met at the aquarium in the morning and then had lunch together at Mystic Pizza, and then explored the town a bit with our little ones. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to pull it all together. I already knew and loved TripAdvisor for its millions of traveler reviews, but I had no idea how easy it would be to book attractions, tours, and experiences. And I was specifically looking for things to do in Connecticut because that’s a good halfway meeting place for our families. When I inputted my search terms, it was actually the first hit.

Why is the experience so easy? You can find shoppable tours and attractions at the click of your mouse and also read reviews. This is the world’s largest provider of tours, activities, and attractions, with more than 56,000 bookable experiences in 2,500 destinations worldwide. And, TripAdvisor Attractions offers something for every kind of traveler. I’m talking everything from walking tours, skip-the-line access, theatre tickets, hot air balloon safaris (#2 on our list!), and even Everest base camp treks. We booked our attraction in advance on my mobile app and had the tickets within minutes.

Booking attractions in person, after arrival, can be risky. It’s better to book in advance where you can read reviews and see a “big picture” overview of what’s available where you’re going. TripAdvisor removes the friction of the unknown and provides knowledge, reviews, ease, and a wherever/whenever capability. There’s also their low price guarantee!

Here are their benefits:

Knowledge: We consolidate the options in one place, so you can easily search for what best suits your needs.
Reviews: We show you thousands of reviews on attractions so you can make informed choices
Ease: We make booking online or on our free mobile app quick and easy – no hotel concierge, no guidebook, no ancient brochures.
Whenever, wherever: You can book a month in advance, a week in advance, a day in advance, or a ‘skip the line’ ticket form the very line you’re standing in.
VIP access: We offer skip-the-line opportunities, behind-the-scenes access, private viewings and more
24/7 customer service: Book with TripAdvisor Attractions and you’ll have 24/7 access to our customer support team
Low price guarantee: If you find a lower price for the same tour or activity within 72 hours of booking, or if you arrive in your destination and find your activity offered at a lower price by our operator, let us know. We’ll refund the price difference

Not to mention, DINOSAURS!

Also not to mention, you can find the lowest price hotel with TripAdvisor. You can find the best prices from 200+ booking sites. With just one click, they compare prices from 200+ hotel booking sites – including the hotel’s own website – to help you fid the lowest price on your ideal hotel near your tour or attraction!

Where in the world would you go for your next big adventure?