Sights in Boston

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Morgan Alleman

When it comes down to sights and unforgettable Boston activities, this city is probably everyone's cup of tea. It is the cradle of the Boston Tea Party which resulted in the formation of the first continental congress. During your Boston trip, one of the first things you'll notice is the city is packed with museums dedicated to historical events that took place in Boston or its vicinity. Take for instance the African Meeting House, which is the oldest black church in America.

The oldest commissioned warship in the world, the U.S.S Constitution, resides in Charleston Naval Yard. Herman Melville wrote his classic "Moby Dick" in these surroundings and Charles Dickens wrote a majority of "A Christmas Carol" in a Boston hotel. Memorial sites, parks, the harbour..... Boston is a marvelous place to explore.

There are several organizations that offer trails through Boston. The Boston Freedom Trail is a nearly five kilometres' walk that links about fifteen historically interesting sites. The Boston National Historical Park Service provides a free 90-minute tour. These tours start at either the Visitors Center, at State Street 15, or the Boston Common Information Center. Boston Prudential Center Sky Walk (Boylston Street 800) offers a sightseeing-tour by bus.

The Black Heritage trail, which deals with the history of the African-American community in the 19th century, leaves from the African Meeting House on 46 Joy Street.

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Plymouth Rock

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The Pilgrims are believed to have stepped from the Mayflower onto this boulder, covered by a stone portico on the Plymouth waterfront. Plymouth is an hour south of Boston via Route 3, or can also be reached on the MBTA Commuter Rail.

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address:North Square 19
openingHours:PHENTERMINE

New England Aquarium

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The New England Aquarium attracts more than 1.3 million visitors per year. For nearly 40 years, the New England Aquarium has been “ a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation.” The aquarium features several dozen exhibits – home to animals such as the green anaconda, the sand tiger shark, the African Penguin, the moon jelly, and more. Other major attractions include whale watching and the IMAX Theatre. Winter Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Friday-Sunday more..

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address:1 Central Wharf, Boston MA
tel:617-973-5200
url:www.neaq.org.

Esplanade

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In summer, the Hatch Shell is the place to be on evenings. Located along the Charles River by the Charles River bridge, free outdoor concerts are played right alongside the water.

The Esplanade is great for walking, running, rollerblading and lazying about in the summer sun. It's also the best pick-up spot in town, but SHHHH! It's a secret.

type:Parks
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address:along the Charles river
openingHours:PHENTERMINE

Boston Public Garden

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Adjacent to the Boston Common is the Public Garden, which is a slightly more formal greenspace for the city, with lush plantings, and a wide variety of majestic trees, ornate fountains, and impressive statues. Founded in 1837, the Public Garden is a quiet oasis in the middle of the city.

The main attraction of the Public Garden is the lagoon with the famous Swan Boats. The Swan Boats are a 120 year old tradition of a leisurely cruise on swan-shaped paddleboats, and are enjoyed by young and old more..

type:Parks, Gardens and Zoos
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address:Arlington St.
tel:617-522-1966
url:www.swanboats.com

Fenway Park

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Fenway
Fenway
photo by: Robert Roby

Home of the 2004 World Champion, Boston Red Sox. Built in 1912, Fenway Park is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium there is. Despite the tortured history of the Boston Red Sox, millions of fans call it 'home' throughout every summer, and keep coming back no matter what. Regardless of one's baseball allegiances, and whether or not the team is in town (it is hard to get tickets for a game unless you do so well ahead of time), a tour of the ancient, historic ballpark, with its notorious 37-foot tall left-field wall, the 'Green Monster', is a worthwhile diversion. Now during more..

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email:tours@redsox.com
address:4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA, 02215
tel:1 617 226 6666 (tours)
url:boston.redsox.mlb.com

Castle Island/Fort Independence

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Castle Island is one of many of the Boston Harbor Islands that isn't exactly an island anymore. It sticks out into the harbor, but is conveniently connected to a residential part of South Boston. Castle Island is home to Fort Independence, built in the early eighteenth century (on the site of several earlier fortresses) and used in the War of 1812. The fort is open on some weekends, weather permitting, in the summer for tours. Aside from the fort, there are wide paths with numerous benches and grassy knolls for walking, jogging, or relaxing by the shore. When the wind is more..

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address:Day Boulevard, South Boston
url:www.mass.gov
tel:617-268-5744
openingHours:PHENTERMINE

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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The Museum of Fine Arts offers two excellent attraction in one. First, the Museum of Fine Arts features more than 450,000 objects in its collection and a packed schedule special exhibitions, films, concerts, lectures, gallery talks, and more.

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address:465 Huntington Avenue
tel:617-267-9300
accessibility:Totally Wheelchair Accessible. Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
openingHours:Monday and Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-9:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
url:www.mfa.org

Boston Massacre Site

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This is the spot where five colonists were killed by British soldiers in 1770. The cruelty of the incident roused the anti-British rage which led on its turn to the American Revolution.

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Children's Museum

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A great place for the family, with exhibits ranging from a cut-away city street to an interactive explanation of the orchestra.  It can get busy and noisy, but contains a lot of great learning.

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address:Congress St 300
tel:617-266-5152
openingHours:PHENTERMINE
url:www.bostonkids.com

Paul Revere House

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Boston Commons
Boston Commons
photo by: Robert Roby

Located at 19 North Square, this is the home that Paul Revere left on the night of April 18, 1775 to set out on the journey that made him into a legend. A self-guided tour of this national historic landmark will include walks through the kitchen, the courtyard and Colonial Garden, upstairs chambers, and more. You can also take a tour of The Pierce/Hichborn House by guided tour only. Call the Paul Revere House for schedules. Ph: 617-523-2338.

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address:19 North Square
tel:617-523-2338
zipcode:02113
url:www.paulreverehouse.org
openingHours:April 15-October 31, 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and November 1-April 14, 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Fens/Victory Gardens

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The Fens and the Victory Gardens are were locals spend the day lazying in the summer sun, play ball, walk their dogs or admire the flowers at the Rose gardens

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address:off Park Dr. in the Fenway

African Meeting House

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This is the oldest black church in America which was founded at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It is also used as a center for African activities and exhibits cultural heritage.

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openingHours:Asia travel

Old Corner Bookstore

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In the former days, this used to be the literary centre of Boston. All great namens gathered at this spot or at least legends such as Emerson, Hawthorne and Thoreau.

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openingHours:PHENTERMINE

Sam Adams Brewery

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Sam Adams is a fairly young beer, but since 1984, the company has grown to more than 350 employees and 20 different styles of Samuel Adams beer. A visit to Sam Adams brewery includes a stop in the tasting room, a full tour of the facility, and a visit to the Sam Adams store. Here, you can buy Sam Adams clothes and accessories as well as mugs, pitchers, koozies, and of course, Sam Adams beer. Tour schedule: Thursdays at 2 p.m., Fridays at 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays at noon, 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. May-August, also Wednesdays at 2 p.m. $2 Donation.

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address:30 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain MA
tel:617-368-5080
url:www.samueladams.com

New England Holocaust Memorial

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The New England Holocaust Memorial
The New England Holocaust Memorial
photo by: Robert Roby

The New England Holocaust Memorial is located in Carmen Park, Congress Street near Faneuil Hall, on Boston's historic Freedom Trail. The Memorial is walking distance (about 5-10 minutes) from the following MBTA Subway Stations: Haymarket on the Green & Orange line, Government Center on the Blue and Green Line, and State Street on the Blue and Orange Lines.

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url:www.nehm.org

The Boston Fire Museum

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The Boston Fire Museum
The Boston Fire Museum
photo by: Robert Roby

The Boston Fire Museum is comprised of Antique fire apparatus, Fire alarm displays,artifacts, Photo displays and Firefighting equipment. It is close to South Station and takes about five to ten minutes to walk to it.

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tel:(617) 482-1344
openingHours:Fridays, 10:00am until 4pm April thru October
url:www.bostonfiremuseum.com
address:344 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts
email:info@bostonfiremuseum.com

Boston Common

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Boston Common is one of the oldest parks in the country and it is the starting point for the Freedom Trail, www.thefreedomtrail.org. Bound by Tremont, Beacon, Charles, and Boylston streets, Boston Common is roughly 50 acres in size and amenities include an ice-skating rink during the winter months and concerts in the summer as well as skating, jogging, and walking paths.

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url:www.cityofboston.gov
address:Bound by Tremont, Beacon, Charles, and Boylston Streets.

Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

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Two of the oldest public centers in Boston and possibly the United States, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market were more or less a convention center for early Boston.  It is now a large market where you can find clothes, food, and souvenirs.  Faneuil Hall is located directly across from City Hall and houses some small souvenir shops, however the main attraction here should be the historic aspect of the building which acted as a meeting place for many important figures in American History.  Directly behind Fanueil Hall is Quincy Market which was a place for the more..

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The Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library

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One of Boston’s most stunning architectural settings, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, opened in 2002, features interactive exhibits that explore how powerful ideas can change the world. Step across a glass bridge spanning the world-famous Mapparium, a three-story stained-glass globe that gives visitors a dazzling view from the center of the earth. 

Included admission with the Go Boston Card, a multi-attraction pass purchased in 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 day increments providing general admission to over 60 Boston attractions.

type:Public Buildings
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accessibility:Wheelchair access
tel:617-450-7000
openingHours:Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
url:www.marybakereddylibrary.org
address:200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

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