5 Can't Miss Boston Activities

If you're time constrained on your next visit to Boston, the the Freedom Trail is THE way to see what makes Boston special and a staple for any Boston bound travelers. It's the best way to start off your Boston experience. From the Park Street T station head to the Visitor Center to pick up your map and follow the red brick road back in time. Explore Ben Franklin's shop to Faneuil Hall (think Lincoln Douglas Debates), wander through the North End to Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church. This is the Italian section so revive your self with a treat from Mikes Pastry or Café Vittoria on Hanover Street. The Freedom Trail ends at the USS Constitution (aka Old Ironside) just under the shadow of Breeds Hill and the Bunker Hill Monument. Head back to Park Street and wander west through the Boston Common where it is still legal to graze your cow. Cross Charles Street into Boston Public Garden for a ride on a Swan Boat. If you are a children’s literature fan, drop by the statue of the duck family from Robert McCloskey’s timeless classic Make Way for Ducklings. On the far side of the Boston Garden is the beginning of Newbury Street, a high end shopper’s paradise. Head up Newbury and take a left on Dartmouth Street to Copley Square where HH Richardson’s Trinity Church (1872) can be seen reflected in the glass of I.M. Pei’s Hancock Tower (1972). Just across the street is the US’s first public library – which houses US President’s John Adam’s complete library of books and is on public display.

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