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Visiting Boston

Founded by Puritan colonists in 1630, Boston boasts a fascinating history, great sightseeing and world-class museums, making it a popular tourist destination for history buffs and families alike. At the heart of Boston's history is the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile brick pathway winding from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument. Highlights of the 16 historical sites along the way include the Old North Church, Paul Revere's House and the famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace. More modern history remains alive at Fenway Park. The oldest major league baseball stadium in current use, Fenway has sold out every Red Sox home game since May, 2003. The museum offerings in Boston are top-notch, from the massive collection at the Museum of Fine Arts to the interactive exhibits at the popular Museum of Science. The ... Read More Founded by Puritan colonists in 1630, Boston boasts a fascinating history, great sightseeing and world-class museums, making it a popular tourist destination for history buffs and families alike. At the heart of Boston's history is the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile brick pathway winding from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument. Highlights of the 16 historical sites along the way include the Old North Church, Paul Revere's House and the famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace. More modern history remains alive at Fenway Park. The oldest major league baseball stadium in current use, Fenway has sold out every Red Sox home game since May, 2003. The museum offerings in Boston are top-notch, from the massive collection at the Museum of Fine Arts to the interactive exhibits at the popular Museum of Science. The New England Aquarium is a family-friendly Boston highlight, boasting a 200,000 gallon tank simulating a full Caribbean coral reef among its other exhibits of sea lions and penguins. And retail mavens need not despair, as the historic Newbury Street provides some of the best high-end shopping in New England. So once you've booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to the "Capital of New England."    Close

Stories and Tips Boston

Faneuil Hall

Written by Mary Dickinson on 22 Apr, 2003

Many years ago while I was in Boston I visited Faneuil Hall. Fish vendors occupied the street level. It was in the spirit of things as Peter Faneuil intended in 1742, but inappropriate for such a touristy area in modern times. Now crafts, souvenirs, T-shirts,…Read More


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King's Chapel Burying Ground

Written by Mary Dickinson on 22 Apr, 2003

This is the oldest burying ground in Boston and the one that was disturbed by the building of King's Chapel. Like other Mayflower pilgrims, Mary Chilton and her husband John Winslow settled in Boston after 1630. Mary Chilton's will is a good source of the extent…Read More


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Old South Meeting House

Written by Mary Dickinson on 22 Apr, 2003

Within sight of the Old State House is the Old South Meeting House. Skyscrapers dwarf its appearance as does its design (colonial church with steeple), but it is massive. It has the capacity to seat five thousand people. Prosperity in Boston is indicated by the…Read More


There's just something about this place...

Written by jennandwes on 24 Apr, 2003

There's just something about Boston. I wasn't born here, but have lived here long enough to feel it in my core, even if I may never fully understand it. There's a reason people get so fired up about Boston - you just can't be…Read More


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Walk Boston (less than 2 miles and scenic)

Written by lifeinmaine on 01 Aug, 2003

This could take you all day or half a day, depending on what you stop to see and how fast you go. A great place to start and easy to get to is the New England Aquarium on Old Atlanic Ave, next to Long Wharf.…Read More


My first trip to Boston

Written by NH Traveler on 31 Dec, 2002

This was my first time to the city of Boston. I've planned on this day trip venture since we moved to New Hampshire 13 months ago. Work schedules and getting settled was some of the reasons I hadn't made the trip yet, but mostly the…Read More


Participatory Events at First Night

Written by Alyssa on 28 Dec, 2000

There is such an abundance of arts and performance events at First Night that it's difficult to know where to start. But here area few events that invite participation. ImprovBoston. Your ideas become skits and songs at the DuBlois Auditorium, Tufts School of Medicine,…Read More


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Fenway Park

Written by grimmts on 17 Aug, 2005

My husband was really excited to see historic Fenway, home of the World Champion Red Sox. We ordered tickets ahead of time from a broker and paid through the teeth for them. It was worth it though. (If you’d like, you can…Read More


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Boston Common/Public Gardens

Written by grimmts on 17 Aug, 2005

These are two large parks in the middle of downtown. The BOSTON COMMON was a bit of a letdown. There was not much there, as it was a place where people hang out (including street people). Just above there is the beautiful…Read More


Disney or History? - The Freedom trail - Part 2

Written by actonsteve on 16 Jan, 2001

After a break whalewatching in Provincetown and Hyannis, I returned to Boston and picked up the Freedom trail where I left off, outside the Paul Revere house. Armed with my map I wanted to 'do' the 'Freedom trail' before catching my night bus to Washington…Read More


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