As promised, I’m taking you on a trip around Boston and the best way to explore Bean Town is by following the Freedom Trail. It is a 2.5-mile-long path, which passes by 16 locations considered to be symbolic to the history of the United States.
If you want to save yourself some time, then you can take the trolley tour. Hop on and let’s learn interesting facts about Old Town Boston.
There are nine stops for the City View Trolley tour. I’m sharing some of Freedom Trail’s famous spots and other locations that are worth exploring.
1. Faneuil Hall
First on the list is Faneuil Hall, which has served as a marketplace and meeting hall since the 1700s. You won’t get bored walking around the area as this section of Bean Town hosts different activities throughout the year.
2. Paul Revere’s House
Next stop is the location of Paul Revere’s house.
Paul Revere was an American silversmith and most famous for alerting Colonial militia of British invasion, which played a huge part of what made him a legend today.
3. Boston Common
Let’s visit America’s oldest public park known as the Boston Common, which was established in 1634. The last time I was here was when I watched a Shakespeare play. There’s always something fun to do around this part of the city.
4. USS Constitution a.k.a. Old Ironsides
How about we board the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world? Set sail on an adventure at the USS Constitution also known as the Old Ironsides. The ship survived numerous battles. During the war, cannon balls seemed to bounce off the thick oak sides as if it was made of iron hence the nickname Old Ironsides.
There are two ways to tour the ship. One is the self-guided tour, which allows you to go around the top deck. The other is a guided tour that takes you down below the vessel, but there is a 30-minute wait between each guided tour. You can choose any of the tour or both.
And while you’re there, you can make a side trip to the USS Constitution Museum to learn more about Old Ironsides. It will only take less than five minutes to walk to the building.
5. Bunker Hill Monument
Did you notice the obelisk monument on the right, the one with the pyramidal point on its top? That is the Bunker Hill Monument built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill. Pretty much, it was the first major battle of the Revolutionary War.
6. Old State House
The last stop of the tour will take you to the Old State House originally called the Town House.
7. Site of the Boston Massacre
At the side of the building is a circle with a star at its center, which symbolizes the Boston Massacre Site wherein British soldiers killed five colonists. It was such a tragic event that patriots called it a massacre.
I was not able to visit all the Freedom Trail locations but here are other sites that you might want to see:
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge (or Zakim Bridge)
Have you seen the movie Knight and Day? Tom Cruise? Cameron Diaz? Remember the car chase scene? They shot it here at the Zakim Bridge, the widest cable-stayed bridges in the world. I recommend seeing the bridge at night, as the lights will add beauty to this wonder. Oh the building next to the bridge is the TD Garden, home arena for the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics.
New England Holocaust Memorial
You can also check out the location of what is known as the New England Holocaust Memorial. The site is near Faneuil Hall and is open to the public at all times. It was built to commemorate the Jews who were killed during the Holocaust.
The steam coming out as you walk through the path represents the gas chambers. The glass tower signifies the “concentration camps” and some of the names of the victims are engraved into the glass.
Union Oyster House
The best way to end your trip around Boston is by having a fully loaded meal. Check out Union Oyster House, considered to be the oldest restaurant in America that dishes out exquisite seafood meals.
I hope you enjoyed our trip around Bean Town. There are still a lot of places to explore in this beautiful and vibrant city. When in Boston, always remember to follow the “Red Brick Road.”
That’s it for now. See you on my next travel adventure!