Boston Shore Excursions
The Freedom Trail is a 2 mile walk from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument, visiting many historical sites and providing a narrative for over two centuries of the United State’s rich past. Highlights of the walk include Old North Church, whose tall steeple was used to transmit revolutionary messages, Boston Latin School, the first public school in Boston, Old South Meeting House, where the meeting which brought about the Boston Tea Party was held, Faneuil Hall, with its famous 2nd floor meeting room and Old Corner Bookstore, which started as an apothecary. A walking tour map is sold by the Freedom Trail Foundation.
Paul Revere’s House
Constructed around 1680, the Paul Revere House is the oldest building in downtown Boston. It was from this house that Paul Revere courageously rode to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that British soldiers were on their way to detain the two of them. The building was painstakingly restored in the early 20th century to closely matche its late 17th century appearance, with authentic timber beams, flooring and window frames. The house is open to the public every day excluding winter Mondays and public holidays.
A national icon for more than 2 centuries, the warship USS Constitution has had a illustrious and memorable career since her launch from a Boston shipyard in 1797. In 1940 the ship was officially named the ceremonial flagship of the US Navy’s fleet. You can follow seeing the ship by a trip around the fascinating USS Constitution Museum in Building #22, Charlestown Navy Yard.
Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Garden, bordering Beacon Street next to Boston Common, has the distinction of being the nation's first botanical garden. Several statues are located throughout the Public Garden including the Angel of the Waters, a memorial to the Boston philanthropist George Robert White, George Washington, majestic on a horse and Boy and Bird, fabricated by a Russian immigrant who worked as a ticket collector.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts features amongst the most representative art museums in the world with a collection that speaks to the depth and breadth of art from prehistory to today. Favorite paintings include Velázquez's Don Baltasar Carlos with a Dwarf, Cezanne's Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair, Rembrandt's The Artist in his Studio, Claude Monet's Rouen Cathedral in Full Sunlight, Turners The Slave Ship and Thomas Sully's Passage of the Delaware. Opening times are every day apart from certain public holidays.
Boston’s recently created HarborWalk takes on a continuously changing nature as it winds through the city's harborside neighborhoods and central district. Along many sections of the path you’ll find pieces of sculptural artwork which help show the way. Descriptive signage beside the path describes the complicated history of Boston Bay.
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