We welcome guest blogger Dan Patterson, Director of Internet Marketing for CityPASS.
Though Philadelphians may argue, there is no more historic city in the US than Boston. The hub of all things Revolutionary War, Boston played host to countless historical events during America’s Colonial period and remains a focal point for visitors to this otherwise modest port city.
Like other metropolitan stopping points on the East Coast, Boston can be pricey. However, with some research and advanced planning, Bean Town can be enjoyed on a minimal budget while still scoping out a multitude of beautiful offerings. Here are some “must-see” Boston attractions, especially for those looking for a bit of history without modern day price tags.
If you like to walk and take in the sights at a leisurely pace, The Freedom Trail is a 2-1/2 mile brick-lined route that brings curious travelers to a variety of stop-overs … 16 in all. Points of interest focus on Colonial-era landmarks that shaped Boston’s early history. The Freedom Trail includes everything from churches to meetinghouses to burying grounds, and offers visitors a full day of exploration.
Taking it to Boston’s streets doesn’t relegate visitors to just the Freedom Trail. Boston’s Beacon Hill is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, and is filled with all sorts of places to visit, including pubs, restaurants, shopping, and historical reference points. Boston Harbor and the Charles River are close by, as is Boston Common (the country’s first public park). Get a walking map, and be on your way! Discover more about African American history along the Black Heritage Trail and the role Beacon Hill played in the abolitionist movement prior to the Civil War.
Boston Public Garden
No visit to Boston would be complete without stopping by the magnificent Boston Public Garden. Expertly maintained by the Parks Department, the Garden is steeped in Victorian tradition, showcasing a design aesthetic from a different age. The Garden’s natural beauty is complemented by the Lagoon and Swan Boats, both of which give visitors ample opportunities to revel in the Garden’s tranquility and historical grandeur.
Boston Public Library
Should you choose to walk less and sit more, a sedentary visit to Boston should include the Boston Public Library. Established in 1848, the Central Library in Copley Square is actually comprised of two buildings … Johnson and McKim. A wealth of access services are offered, and visitors have countless books, journals, newspapers, and periodicals at their fingertips. Additionally, the BPL has a regular schedule of events and exhibits, so those stopping by will never be at a loss for something to indulge in.
Old North Church – A Stop on Paul Revere’s Ride
Though opinions may differ as to Boston’s most important historical landmark, the Old North Church rates near the top of the list. The site of the “One of by land, two if by sea” lantern placement on the eve of April 18, 1775, the Old North Church shared Paul Revere’s warning that the Redcoats were coming, alerting the Colonials of the impending British advance. Nearly three centuries old, the Old North Church is visited by half a million visitors each year, a testament to its draw as a tourist attraction, but also as an integral part of America’s fight for liberty.