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8 things to do in Boston along the Freedom Trail

8 things to do in Boston along the Freedom Trail

A leap into the heart of the Freedom Trail

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Its remarkable history and glorious heroes make it a renowned and famous place across the world. A town with flavors of patriotism, you can discover the most significant events in the United States, following the course of the eminent Chemin de la Liberté, commonly known as The Freedom Trail. On a pleasant 5 kilometer route, you will walk on a red line, which directs you to all the most important places within the revolutionary history of the city. Here are some suggestions for visits to do during your stay.

1- The Boston Common
Established in 1634, Boston Common is a beautiful green space in the center of the big city. Located between Tremont, Beacon, and Charles streets, it is the oldest public park and garden in the United States. Some describe it as Boston’s Central Park, a place where you can go and enjoy a truly stunning natural environment. Rich in history, the park was the scene of several events. Originally a grazing ground, it also served as a camp for the British in 1775, before the American Revolutionary War. In addition, it was the scene of several public hangings targeting murderers, pirates and witches. Several types of gatherings have taken place there, including protests against slavery and the Vietnam War. Nowadays, the atmosphere there is peaceful and people like to go there to relax or just enjoy a good picnic in the open air. For magical memories, go for a walk on the lake aboard one of the famous sign boats. You can also admire the Frog Pond and the legendary monuments that dot the area.
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2- ASU Constitution
Built in Boston and ready to sail on October 10, 1797, the USS Constitution is equipped with 30 long guns, 20 carronades and 2 hunting guns. This impressive ship is the oldest warship still in service. Having participated in several skirmishes, you will hear his stories and his greatest exploits as well as tales of the lives of young sailors of the time. You will also find old artefacts, models as well as games and entertainment for the whole family.

3- Site of the Boston Massacre
It was on March 5, 1770 that British troops, without having received orders, opened fire on a crowd of angry settlers. Eight people were injured and three others were killed. The Boston Massacre is one of the first signs of the establishment of the American Revolution. During your visit to the site, you can see a nice memorial in honor of the people who lost their lives there.

4- Faneuil Hall
In the past, the Faneuil Hall served as a covered market, where people came to sell their products, and as a meeting room. At its top, you can see a magnificent 4-foot-long grasshopper-shaped golden weather vane. Formerly, during the famous American Revolution, it served as Shibboleth. When a stranger aroused people’s suspicion, they would ask him what was at the top of Faneuil Hall. If the individual made a mistake, he was then considered an English spy, otherwise he was released. During your visit, take the opportunity to stop at the Quincy Market, which is located next door, for a delicious meal.

5- Old Granary Burial Ground
The Old Granary Burial Ground is an old cemetery whose grounds cover, to this day, several well-known personalities of the American Revolutionary period, including Samuel Adams, Mary Goose, Peter Faneuil, John Hancock, the famous Peter Revere and several others whose names you can discover on site. Built in 1660, the cemetery would contain approximately 2345 graves while the number of bodies resting there would be 5000. In the past, buying a tombstone was very expensive, so it was common for several people from the same family to be buried together. others. In general, about twenty bodies rest under each tombstone. The Infant Tomb, meanwhile, covers about 400 bodies of babies. If you go for a walk there, you can see a 21-foot obelisk, under which the parents of the famous Benjamin Franklin rest in peace. In addition, for video game lovers, the cemetery is among the multiple settings of Fallout 4.

6- The Massachusetts State House
The Massachusetts State House is easy to recognize thanks to the enormous golden cupola that crowns its red brick walls and its magnificent Greek columns. Originally made of wood and copper, it was painted gray during World War II to avoid attracting the attention of enemy bombers. Nowadays, the dome is covered with a layer of 23 carat gold and shines brightly in the sun. It houses the Boston legislative chamber within its walls as well as murals, works and superb historical statues. If you look closely at the top, you will see the famous golden pine cone, which symbolizes the importance of the logging industry to the state. However, the pine cone is not the only symbolic object in the building. If you go to pay a visit, you will be able to notice an enigmatic wooden cod in the assembly, pointing towards the party which is in power. This was offered by a fisherman to demonstrate the need for fishing for the city. Several very funny little anecdotes are linked to this relic. In short, it’s a magnificent place containing all sorts of little unmissable discoveries.

7- Park Street Church
Park Street Church is a beautiful church located at the intersection of Tremont Street and Park Street. In 1809 it was considered one of the most beautiful buildings and immediately attracted the attention of passers-by. In the past, its majestic white bell tower served as a landmark for travellers. However, the architectural beauty of the church is not its only attraction, its history is also very interesting. It was the seat of several large-scale social missions for human rights and social justice as well as the anti-slavery movement. Today the church is open to visitors and involved in many community activities. In addition, she still offers regular religious services to her fellow citizens.

8- Old South Meeting House
It was in this famous chapel that several revolutionary meetings aimed at freeing themselves from the power of the British were organized. It was in 1773, after a fiery encounter, that a group of American activists attacked three ships containing multiple cargoes of tea, hence the name of the legendary Boston Tea Party. In revenge, the British later filled the building with dirt in order to use it for horse riding inside. Subsequently, the church was nearly destroyed in 1872 in the infamous Great Boston Fire. Fortunately, a fire engine arrived just in time to save her from the flames.

In short, there are countless places to visit on the Path to Freedom.
You will find there, in addition to those mentioned above, the house of Paul Revere, a famous patriot of the time, the Old Corner Book Store, one of the oldest buildings in Boston, the statue of Benjamin Franklin, the Boston Latin School, the Bunker Hill Monument, and so on. The discovery of the famous Freedom Trail will make you learn all the secrets of the American Revolution and the history of the people through time, while living pleasant moments thanks to the knowledge and talent of our expert guides who will accompany you throughout during your journey.

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