Discover historical Boston

Jun 21,2016

Home to the Red Sox, Boston cream pie and that accent (you know, “pahk the ka in Ha-vud Yahd…”) Boston is also one of the nation’s oldest cities, filled with more historical landmarks than any one person can handle. Pick a good hotel because with this much exploring to do, you’re going to need a comfortable bed to sleep in at the end of each day.

Fortunately, The Bostonian – formerly Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston – is close to many famous landmarks and a great base for exploring this historical city. The four-star hotel is only a three-minute walk from the lively Faneuil Hall Marketplace, packed with international food vendors, outdoor cafes and pubs.

Let’s start at The Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile red line around the city will lead you to 16 historically significant sites around Boston. The capital of Massachusetts is where the American Revolution began, where the Boston Tea Party was formed, and where the Boston Massacre took place, so there’s plenty to see. You can start anywhere along the trail; however if you opt to do a guided walking tour with a chaperone dressed in Colonial garb (a fun and easy way to learn a bit of history) you’ll most often begin in Boston Common – American’s oldest park, established in 1634.

Colonial garbed guide. Credit: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Convention & Visitors Bureau.

From there the Freedom Trail will take you to sites such as the Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church and the famous Granary Burying Ground. It’s estimated that 5000 Bostonians are buried here, including Massachusetts governors, mayors and clergymen and three signers of the Declaration of Independence: Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine.

Granary Burying Ground. Credit: Hannah Tattersall

You’ll also stroll past the Benjamin Franklin Statue, the Old Corner Book Store, the Old State House and Paul Revere House. Revere was a patriot in the American Revolution and this is where he lived when he made his famous messenger ride to Lexington, alerting the colonial militia to the approach of British forces.

Continuing tracing America’s journey to a free country through the Boston Tea Party Museum. A visit will start with a meeting replicated by actors in period garb at the Old South Meeting House, after which you’ll board a ship, become a Patriot and toss tea into the sea.

Credit: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Convention & Visitors Bureau.

A little outside Boston city lies America's oldest and grandest University, Harvard, named for its first patron, Reverend John Harvard. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds or take the free, guided historical tour of the campus and its most famous landmarks. You can even sit it on lectures for free.

Harvard University. Credit: Hannah Tattersall

With this, your historical Boston tour is at an end.

*Featured Image Credit: Photo by Mark Goebel / CC BY 2.0


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