welcome to Boston
welcome to Boston
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Visit the monument honoring one of America's most iconic battles
"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" was the famous order given during the Battle of Bunker Hill. This famous monument is a stop on the Boston Freedom Trail, and has a fascinating past. Built to commemorate one of the bloodiest battles during the Siege of Boston, it replaced an 18-foot wood monument that was erected on the same site in 1794. The current monument was built in 1843 and stands at 221 feet. The pillar is made entirely of granite that had to be transported on a special railway, built specifically for that purpose. Across the street is the Bunker Hill Museum, featuring a 360 degree painting of the battle. For more history nearby, visit the Phipps Street Burying Ground, the first cemetery in Boston created in 1630.
Grab a beer at Paul Revere's stomping grounds
Enjoy a pint at one of America's oldest watering holes. The Warren Tavern was founded in 1780, and in its earlier days was frequented by Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington. The iconic tavern was one of the first buildings erected after the British sacked Charlestown, and remains a favorite among locals. Thirst quenched, head down the road to the Charlestown Navy Yard, which closed in 1974 after nearly 175 years of serving the the U.S. Navy's fleet. The USS Constitution Museum is also located here.
Walk the decks of a ship that fought in the War of 1812
Take a walk on the oldest warship afloat, which is a beautiful wooden-hulled, three-masted frigate. The USS Constitution was named by George Washington after the nation's newly written constitution, and is most famous for defeating five British war ships and fighting in the War of 1812. She was nicknamed "Old Ironsides" after the poet Oliver Wendell Holmes published a poem by that same name in the Boston Advertiser. The poem was so popular that the ship was saved from being scrapped. Over the bridge from Charlestown and Old Ironsides lies the North End, the city's oldest residential neighborhood dating back to the 1630s, and the colonial home to patriot Paul Revere during the American Revolution.
Visit the birthplace of American independence
Referred to as the "Cradle of Liberty," Faneuil Hall was the birthplace of the American struggle for independence, and is a popular stop on the Boston Freedom Trail. It was at Faneuil Hall that Americans protested the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act in 1764. Later, Samuel Adams and other patriots made the hall a place to discuss the issue of independence. The hall also boasts the iconic gilded grasshopper weathervane, which was used to weed out British spies, who were asked the question "What is on top of Faneuil Hall?" Further along the Freedom Trail from here stands the Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre and the oldest standing public building in Boston built in 1713.
Pay respects to some of America's first settlers
The oldest burial ground in Boston was founded in 1630, and was the only cemetery in the city for 30 years. Walk through the resting place of the first settlers, including the first woman to step off the MayFlower, Mary Chilton. Other notable burials include John Winthrop, the first Puritan governor of Massachusetts.The burial ground also has what is considered Boston's most beautiful headstone; belonging to Joseph Tapping, the stone depicts a skeleton and Father Time battling over the inevitability of death. Around the corner from the cemetery, the statue of Benjamin Franklin overlooks the former site of Boston Latin School, the oldest school in America.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery at Boston's oldest botanical garden
Boston's first botanical garden was established in 1837, and sits on what was once a salt marsh. The 24 acre park was designed by George Meacham, and is one among a string of parks that form the "Emerald Necklace." Stroll along the beautiful 4 acre lake and you'll likely spot a few swans. If the weather is nice you can take one of the famous Swan Boats on a guided tour around the lake. From Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts State House looks out at the garden and the adjacent Boston Common, the country's oldest city park dating back to 1634.
Find architectural inspiration in one of Boston's oldest churches
One of Boston's first buildings, this church was built in 1733. Unfortunately, the church burned down in the Great Boston Fire of 1872. The current building was completed in 1877, and is considered one of Boston's greatest architectural sites. The wall murals were completed in less than 5 months by John La Farge, and cover 21,500 square feet. Nearby attractions include Newbury Street and Old South Church at the corner of Copley Square.
Take a look at the country's oldest books and manuscripts
Proclaimed as a "palace for the people," the Central Library in Copley Square, which faces Dartmouth Street, opened in 1895. An addition facing Boylston Street opened in 1972. The Boston Public Library was established in 1848 and was the first large free municipal library in the US, and the first in the nation to have a children's reading room. Now the second largest library in America, it is also considered one of the most important because of its collection of rare and important documents, including John Adams' personal library.
Browse one of the best art collections in the world
The MFA proudly opened its doors on July 4, 1876--the nation's 100th birthday. When it first opened, the museum contained 5,600 works of art. Now the MFA is one of the largest museums in the country and has a collection of over 450,000 works. Check out some of the world's most famous artwork while you're there, including Egyptian artifacts, Monet, Van Gogh, and a large collection of American artists. Nearby attractions include the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, a three-story glass globe depiction of the world in 1935, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Visit America's oldest and most iconic baseball stadium
Named after the marshlands or "fens" that used to dominate the area, the famous stadium is home to the Boston Red Sox. During the opening game in 1912, the Red Sox easily beat the New York Highlanders (now Yankees), and since then the stadium has hosted 10 World Series. Because the stadium is the oldest in the MLB, it has undergone several renovations and expansions, which has resulted in a few peculiar features, including "The Triangle," "Pesky's Pole," and the "Green Monster."