As the sun makes its retreat into the horizon, the whales of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary come out to play. Their elephantine fins slap the waters with such zeal that the pod seems to be putting on a performance for the catamaran of whale watchers in their midst. This end-of-day nature show experienced by passengers aboard Boston's Best Cruises’ New England Aquarium Whale Watch is hardly a rarity, as the ship’s crews guarantee sightings of these gentle giants with each excursion.
Champions of the natural beauty of Boston Harbor and the area’s rich maritime history, Boston's Best Cruises’ expert crew sets sail on cruises to suit all manner of interest. Along with their whale watches, Boston’s Best Cruises whisks passengers away on Harbor Cruises that grant unimpeded views of the Boston skyline and the King Kongs pumping fists within its skyscrapers. The Salem Ferry facilitates leisurely cruises between Boston and the historic city, and aquatic outings to the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area enable activities such as sunset clambakes, hiking, and fishing.
Boston Pedicab has no shortage of silly names for referring to its pedicab rides, starting with "Giggle Wagon" and extending right through the "Ultimate Rolling Party." It's all part of the company's concept of "transportainment," a fusion of transportation and entertainment that produces unforgettable experiences.
Boston Pedicab's stable of witty drivers helps make that synthesis possible, whether on simple rides across town or one of the company's various tours. These informative jaunts delve into Beantown's 350 or so years of history by exploring specific neighborhoods, from Fenway and Downtown to Beacon Hill and Back Bay. They're filled with historical facts and local buzz, and they can even be customized according to certain sites, topics, or interests. No matter what type of ride customers choose, Boston Pedicab doesn't have trouble getting around: the city was designed for horses and bicycles?not today's cars and hovercraft prototypes?meaning traffic is rarely an issue.
With each cleaning, Bubbles Car Wash’s staff strives to leave cars thoroughly polished and shining. Customers choose a Single, Double, or Triple Bubble wash, with options that range from a basic bath and towel dry to a luxurious scrub that involves triple-foam polish and protective coats of Teflon. The auto experts and two-time finalists for CityVoter's Best Car Wash in 2011 and 2012 also venture into interiors during auto detailings, which evict grime and stains from seats and mats, and focus on their motto, "We don't sell car washes, we sell services." As car owners wait, they can surf the web on free WiFi.
RelayRides is a new form of peer-to-peer car rental, one in which car owners around the country lend their rides to trustworthy drivers in need. The process is straightforward for both parties involved. Renters choose a ride from a list of available vehicles, be it a van for carrying the whole family or a sports car for cruising down the coastline. Owners then meet renters at an agreed-upon spot and hand over the keys. When the trip is finished, renters replace the gas and return cars to their owners' loving embrace. An online system encourages participants to rate and review their experiences, ensuring a reliable network of top-notch owners and renters.
When dropping off a typical family car or light truck at the shop, it's comforting to know that its handlers routinely deal with complex vehicles weighing up to 2.5 tons without breaking a sweat. The auto docs at South Boston Auto & Heavy Truck Repair do just that, tending to Dodge, Chevy, and Ford pickup trucks as well as other heavier domestic and foreign vehicles. For every set of wheels, they offer a range of repair or maintenance services to keep them cruising smoothly, from routine oil changes and tune ups to transmission and radiator work. Before so much as loosening a lug nut or putting monster truck tires on a Ford Pinto, the team offers free estimates for the necessary work at hand.
The Motorsport Lab lets drivers tame and test a fleet of classic American muscle cars and exotic, foreign sportsters. Drivers receive instruction before sampling the speed and handling of vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB9, Bentley GT, and Lotus Elise. Instructors either compress racing experiences into 60-minute agility tests or prolong the rush by guiding drivers on three-day excursions to Tampa, the Berkshires, or the nearest no-contact demolition derby. The Motorsport Lab also runs an advanced driving school, teaching students the subtleties of controlling Ferraris and Lamborghinis.