Boston, Massachusetts. Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John F. Kennedy, Samuel Morse and King Bhumibol the Great are just some of the names that come from this city. Its history includes the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride. Among the Tufts, Harvard and MIT, the birth of Facebook, Spock and our incumbent Captain America, The City on a Hill has a lot to its name. ( And we hadn’t mentioned the Clam Chowder yet! ) With so much to see, it might be hard to figure out where to start. To narrow down the options, read on for our favourite things to do in Boston.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Just a five-minute walk from Boston Harbour, you can try local cuisine, shop for souvenirs and clothes, watch street performers and enjoy live music- all within a historic location. Constructed in 1742, Faneuil Hall is where Americans protested the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act, and has since hosted speeches by Susan B. Anthony, Julius Chapelle and Barack Obama. Local cuisine such as Lobster Rolls, Clam Cakes, Oysters on the half shell, Clam Chowder and the bountiful Clam Bake are all found here. Among plentiful shops are festive handcarts, an exact replica of the bar from Cheers, street performances and a Military Museum. And Faneuil Hall’s central location makes it a walkable addition to any itinerary. Foodies, History Buffs, Families and those looking for photo ops- be sure to stop by Faneuil Hall.
The Freedom Trail is a 4 Kilometre path stopping at sixteen sites of great historic importance. Some of these sites are the Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, King’s Chapel, Boston Latin School, America’s oldest public school, The Old South Meeting House, organising point of the Boston Tea Party, The Home of Paul Revere, The USS Constitution, the world’s oldest floating ship, and Bunker Hill, commemorating the Battle of Bunker Hill. This trail should take up most of a day, but no need to worry about battery levels, navigation or amenities- most of the trail is neatly marked by red brick and quite close to businesses.
Fourth of July in Boston
Experience the Fourth of July Boston style! Stay downtown and attend a parade from City Hall to the Old State House. At the parade’s end, enjoy a reading of the Declaration of Independence just as it was done in 1776! Stay downtown for the live music and festivities on America’s birthday, and then finish the night under the Fireworks.
Puerto Rican Festival
Boston’s strong Puerto Rican community shines during the annual Puerto Rican Festival. Try Puerto Rican dishes, enjoy dance, floats and a Parade in the heart of Boston. Interactive storytelling sessions, seminars, rides and activity booths provide fun for all age groups. Whether as a group of friends, as a couple or as a family, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Puerto Rican Festival.
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