Souvenir Shopping List
Don’t miss these mementos of your Canada/New England cruise.
By Felicity Long
Admit it. Those of us who love to cruise also often love to shop. But passengers who go ashore for only a few hours can often get sidetracked by touristy stores selling T-shirts and shot glasses, only to find out they missed the most interesting items that region is known for.
To help with your shopping list, we’ve compiled some of our favorite must-haves when visiting these popular ports on Canada/New England itineraries.
Most authentic: Unless you’re a Yankees fan, you can’t leave Boston without Red Sox memorabilia. Hats and clothing are available everywhere, but the closer you get to Fenway Park, the better the selection. Not a sports fan? Nab a souvenir mug from the Cheers bar on Beacon Hill or a memento from Harvard or MIT. Or contribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing by purchasing a Boston Strong T-shirt or hat. The minute you put one on, you become an honorary local.
Local flavor: They don’t call Boston “Beantown” for nothing. And while serious cooks can find replicas of old-fashioned bean pots with original recipes to re-create the city’s famous baked bean dish, smaller versions of the pots packed with candy-covered peanuts that look like the real thing are easy to find in souvenir shops. Salt-water taffy is another popular treat in this area, and it comes either prepackaged or in barrels of assorted flavors that shoppers can scoop into bags for the trip home.
Best for kids: Pick up a copy of the children’s classic Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Not only will your little ones fall in love with the story of the plucky mallard family, but you can follow story time with a visit to the bronze statues of the ducks in the Boston Public Garden.
Quirkiest: Boston is known for its beautiful swan boats that have been plying the lagoon in the Boston Public Garden for more than a century. Don’t miss a ride on….
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