This park in Beacon Hill neighbourhood houses a museum and a 1.6 mile site of 15 historical sites. The museum provides you with interesting information on the African-American community before the Civil War broke out. Other landmarks are - the African Meeting House and the oldest African-American church in America. Let the rangers and guides lead your trail through history.
Steeped in history, this is one of Boston's most beautiful neighborhoods. Always the home of statesmen, artists and intellectuals, "The Hill" is also the site of the State House, which is the beginning of the Freedom Trail. Cafes and majestic brownstone buildings line the narrow cobblestone streets next to the Boston Common, America's oldest urban park. At the bottom of the hill, along Charles Street, are several antique shops and boutiques full of unusual merchandise. This charming neighborhood has managed to preserve its history without becoming artificially quaint. Another important and most visited feature of Boston is Acorn Street. The street is surrounded by beautiful colonial style houses, giving it an earthy feel, which will import you to the era gone by.
141 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114 +1 617 994 5920
The iconic building was constructed in 1796 by the city's renowned architect, Charles Bulfinch. It was one of three homes he designed for the family of Harrison Gray Otis, the celebrated lawyer and political luminary of the early 1800s. Today the house is the headquarters of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA) and is open to public-viewing so you can see the 1800s decor. Don't miss a historical glimpse into the high-society life of one of Boston's wealthiest families.
14 Beacon Street Suite 719 Boston, MA 02114 +1 617 725 0022
Museum of Afro-American History is dedicated to chronicling the contributions of African-Americans to New England during the American Colonial era. In addition to displaying artifacts, the museum holds classes, workshops and day camps dedicated to educating people about the African-American experience. Properties maintained by the museum include the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill and the African Meeting House on Nantucket. The museum also runs the Black Heritage Trail.
The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities offers walking tours of Beacon Hill and they are a superb opportunity to learn the history of the area, which dates back to 1810. The tours of this historic neighborhood will give you a feel for how Bostonians lived centuries ago, both the wealthy residents who inhabited the area and working class people of the North Slope. The tour also includes a visit to the magnificent federal-style Harrison Gray Otis House.
Frog Pond Skating Rink is a concrete formation and a water pool in summer, but in winter it turns into a 16,000-feet outdoor skating rink. On crisp Boston nights, there may be nothing better than a twirl on the ice beneath the trees of the Boston Common and the lights of downtown skyscrapers. You may even have an audience-crowds often gathered on the rail around the pond to watch the skaters glide.
147 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02196 +1 617 670 0637
Get physical with a bike tour through key city attractions. The ticket price includes a sturdy bike, a helmet, water and a map, as well as a knowledgeable guide for a two-hour trip through the Boston Common and Back Bay to Harvard University. There are several set routes, but your guide can also accommodate special stop requests. Child seats are available. Call or check website for tour and rental fees.
58 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108 +1 617 523 1749
This historic church, built in 1749 and part of the Freedom Trail, has the distinction of being the first Anglican congregation in the American colonies. Then, in 1787, it became the first Unitarian church in the country. There is still an active congregation that uses the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. The interior is considered a paragon of Georgian architectural design. The church also has an historic cemetery. Admission is free.
A downtown Boston highlight since 1994, accomplished and acclaimed chef and tour guide Michele Topor invites guests to explore the rich history of Boston's North End and Chinatown districts. Involved in food since an early age, Topor started her walking tours as an ambulatory addition to her cooking classes. On the North End tour, guests learn about Mediterranean eating customs before delving into practical food shopping, visiting salumerias, greengrocers, enotecas and a 70-year-old coffee and spice shop that still serves patrons today. The Chinatown tour is a bit different, taking travelers through the Chinatown gate to discover an authentic bakery, barbecue restaurant, herbal pharmacy and boba tea shop before sitting down for a guided dim sum tour with a knowledgeable guide. Several skilled docents and maybe even Ms. Topor herself will guide you through a mobile cooking class, showcasing the sights and smells of Boston's best. Tour sizes are very small (the North End tour has spots for 13 people while the Chinatown tour has spots for ten), so book your reservation today!
School Street at Washington Street Boston, MA 02108 +1 781 849 4444
Built in 1998, Irish Famine Memorial is a poignant reminder of all that Irish families lost and all that came after that. A tribute to the men, women and children who did not make it during the destructive and disastrous Irish Famine, the memorials bronze statues serve as a reminder of loss and sufferings. The famine which struck Ireland in the middle of the 19th century lasted for five years, thereby destroying a country's centuries old rich heritage. A must visit for all, Irish Famine Memorial is one of those places that leave a lasting impression.
Just across Charles Street from the Boston Common, Public Garden
is elegantly landscaped with flower beds, lagoons, walking paths and statues, including a notable monument of George Washington on a horse. You can watch couples posing for their wedding ...
The Custom House Tower was Boston's first skyscraper and dominated
the skyline until developers had the technology to conquer the area's soggy soil. Several years ago, the Marriott chain converted this public landmark into a luxury vacation destination. Faneuil ...
This convenient hotel is connected to the Hynes Convention Center.
One the largest hotels in the area features include a lounge area, a cigar bar, a gym and pool with retractable roof. Guests can enjoy the modern decor, plush ...