As an important place in the heritage of the United States, Boston has preserved important, historical sites for all to visit. But with numerous museums, churches, and homes of influential people, where do you start when visiting Boston?
1. Freedom Trail – The best place to start is the Freedom Trail. Visit sixteen official sites including Paul Revere’s house, built in 1680. Just follow the red line and start your exploration.
2. Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market – Watch street performances, dine with friends, shop unique stores, and experience the marketplace near Faneuil Hall, a vital location of revolutionary politics.
3. Bunker Hill Monument and Museum– If you want to see where the Revolutionary War battle occurred, here’s the spot. This 221-foot monument marks the site of the famous order “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.”
4. USS Constitution – Walk the decks of this warship guided by current Navy sailors. Also known as Old Ironsides, this warship was involved in the War of 1812 and throughout America’s early history.
5. The Old North Church – The location of the signal to the start of the American Revolution, built in 1723, The Old North Church is the oldest church in Boston. Make sure you enjoy the authentic Italian cuisine of Boston’s North End while you’re there.
6. Fenway Park – If sports is your thing, a trip to Fenway Park should be top of your list. Home of the Red Sox, this classic baseball stadium was built in 1912. If you can’t get a ticket, gather with friends at The Bleacher Bar – it’s beneath the bleachers in center field.
7. Union Oyster House – End your day at the oldest operating restaurant in the US. Opened in 1826, the Union Oyster House is listed as a National Historic Landmark and offers fresh seafood specialties.
8. Copley Square – Home to Trinity Church (built in the 1870s) and the Boston Public Library (built in 1895) decorated with murals and courtyards, Copley Square features a picturesque fountain as well as shops and cafes.
9. Boston Common – The nation’s oldest public park (1634) is home to botanical gardens, Boston Public Garden, and features a perfect picture opportunity with the bronze statue of George Washington. While you’re there, take a swan boat ride and shop the unique stores on Newbury Street.
10. Charles River – Take a duck boat tour of the Charles River and see the best of Boston attractions. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.
Whether you are visiting Boston or a current Bostonian, these historic attractions are a must to experience Boston living.
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