The Ultimate Guide To Boston
Boston is the capital and most populous city in Massachusetts. Boston is full of charm. The city has a rich history, diverse neighborhoods, legacy of arts, culture, famous college town, beautiful waterfront views, lush parks, and Italian restaurants. There is a lot to see and explore in Boston; without further due, let’s dive into it.
Best Way To Explore Boston
I highly recommend these tours in Boston (1) The Old Town Trolley Tour – Narrated hon-on hop-off tour, stopping at all main attractions in downtown Boston and (2) Boston Harbor Cruises – Historic Sightseeing Cruise, a fully narrated cruise of Boston’s inner and outer harbor. Or purchasing a multi-attraction discounted pass from CityPASS.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile-long path through downtown Boston, passing by 16 historically significant locations, including churches, graveyards, and historical houses and buildings. Some popular sites: Boston Common, the oldest public park in the US; Massachusetts State House, the state capitol building; Old South Meeting House, it was here that people protested the tax on tea; Old State House, site of many debates that lead up to the Revolutionary War; Faneuil Hall, another venue where people protested against British oppression and much more. In the following section, I would highlight and detail out a few other points of interest in the Freedom Trail.
Faneuil Hall, another historical site on the Freedom Trail, is a marketplace and meeting hall located near the waterfront, it was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others encouraging independence from Great Britain and protested against British oppression. It’s part of Boston National Historical Park and a popular stop on the Freedom Trail, it’s sometimes referred to as “the Cradle of Liberty.”
Boston Common, a popular stop on the Freedom Trail, is a central public park in downtown Boston and the oldest city park in the US. Since the Colonial times to the present day, the Common has been at the center stage of American history, it has witnessed executions, sermons, protests, and celebrations.
Old State House
The Old State House is a historic building in Boston, built-in 1713, it was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court until 1798, and is one of the oldest public buildings in the United States. One of the landmarks on Boston’s Freedom Trail, it is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, and now serves as a history museum.
Bunker Hill Monument
The Bunker Hill Monument, another popular stop on the Freedom Trail, was erected to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was among the first major battles between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War, fought there June 17, 1775. The 221-foot granite obelisk was erected between 1825 and 1843 in Charlestown.
USS Constitution Museum
The USS Constitution Museum is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, is part of the Boston National Historical Park. The museum is situated near the ship USS Constitution at the end of Boston’s Freedom Trail. The museum is housed in a restored shipyard building at Pier 2. The museum features interactive exhibits, telling the story of the Constitution and about the people who built and sailed it. USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is a wooden-hulled, is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat.
Quincy Market is a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, constructed in 1824–26 and named in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy, who organized its construction without any tax or debt. Quincy Market is home to more than 50 shops, 14 restaurants, 40 food court stops, and Boston’s most popular comedy club.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Boston, featuring the main aquarium building, IMAX Theatre, animal encounters, and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch attraction.
Boston Harbor is a natural harbor and estuary, a partially enclosed coastal body of brackish water, of Massachusetts Bay. It’s home to the Port of Boston, a major shipping facility in the northeastern US. There are harbor cruises offered by Boston Harbor Cruises, I recommend the Historic Sightseeing Cruise, a fully narrated cruise of Boston’s inner and outer harbor, offering some great views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline.
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