If you are looking to soak up some history on your next vacation, Boston is the place for you. There is, perhaps, no other American city that holds as much history of the colonial and Revolutionary War era. The best part about visiting here however, is that you can explore all of this history on foot, since most of the city’s major sights are close together. It’s also a great place to travel with kids. Not only can you teach them about history, they will get to explore some of the best children’s museums and aquariums in the country. So if Boston is on your list of travel destinations this year, make sure you check out the list below for the best spots to visit.
1. Freedom Trail
If you are a history buff, this is a must for you. This three-mile trail will take you to 16 of the city’s historic monuments and sites. You will get to see the Old Granary Burying Ground, which is where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock are buried. You will also get a chance to visit King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House and the Old State House, Boston’s oldest public building and the site of the Boston Massacre. In the North End, you will see Boston’s exciting Italian neighbourhood and get to visit the Paul Revere House and Old North Church, where lanterns were hung in 1775 to alert Paul Revere that British troops were coming to Lexington to arrest the patriot leaders. The trail will end across the bridge in Charlestown.
2. Boston Common and Public Garden
Boston Common is America’s oldest park and is the start of the Freedom Trail. It’s a beautiful area to visit for some peace and quiet or you can rent a pair of skates to use on the Frog Pond during the winter months. In summer you can take a dip in the wading pool. Adjoining it is the 24-acre Public Garden, America’s oldest botanical garden, as well as Victorian-style monuments and statues. When you visit here you must take part in one of Boston’s iconic experiences – riding around the lake on their famous Swan Boats, which were launched in the 1870s.