Boston was founded in 1633. As one of the oldest cities in the United States, it played a pivotal role in the American Revolution and has many a colorful tale to tell history buffs from all over the world. Dive head first into Boston’s rich history by stopping off at these locations around the city.
A visit to Boston would not be complete without a walk on the Freedom Trail. By following the red painted line that snakes through 16 historic sites, you will be taken to the Massachusetts State House, Granary Burial Ground, King’s Chapel, Park Street Church, as well as the site of the Boston Massacre. There are also a few surprises along the way, including costumed actors who will tell you the significant stories behind of some of the sites. Admission is free.
THE PAUL REVERE HOUSE
Before Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride, he lived in the North End section of Boston. He was a well-known silversmith but gained famed for his contributions during the American Revolution. His house is now a national landmark and is operated by the Paul Revere Memorial Association. Admission is $5 for adults.
If you want to visit the oldest park in the United States, stop by Boston Common. The park was established in 1634 and has seen a variety of public demonstrations, speeches, and events over the years. Today, visitors enjoy the green space and relax in its surroundings. Admission is free.
The USS Constitution is the oldest ship in the United States Navy. It was built in 1797 and is currently docked in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The ship is commonly known by its nickname “Old Ironsides.” It played a critical role in the War of 1821 by capturing five British ships. Today, it’s still an active warship with a crew of 60 officers and sailors. Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10 for adults.
BOSTON TEA PARTY SHIPS AND MUSEUM
The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1733, as colonists were revolted against British taxation. Those events led to the American Revolution. Today, you can throw your own tea overboard on a restored 18th-century ship. The museum includes interactive displays, costumed actors, and an up-close look at one of the remaining tea chests. Admission is $29.95 for adults. There is a discount if you purchase tickets on their website.
There are plenty of sites to keep your interest as you tour the city of Boston, so make sure to add these locations to your itinerary.