History is everywhere in Boston. Founded in 1630, this city was at the heart of several defining moments of the American Revolution leading to the creation of the United States, earning it its nickname of “Cradle of Liberty”. Its prestigious universities and its many times champion sports teams add to its aura. These traditions mingle with a busy events scene, making it a prime destination for a few-day getaway.
Make a connection with history
The “Freedom Trail” is actually a red line painted on the ground that leads you to 16 places of high historical significance over a distance of four kilometers. Relive parts of the American Revolution along this walk. To add to the experience, it is possible to take the trail with a guide dressed in 18th century clothing.
Take a break in a park
Boston Common, established in 1634, is the oldest public park in the United States. Activities and events are numerous, including theater and musical performances. Next to it is the Massachusetts State Legislature with its golden dome and the Botanical Garden where you can take a ride on swan-shaped boats and say hello to the ducks, including those immortalized in bronze.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been bustling with activity since 1742. Today it encompasses four buildings with the inclusion of the North and South Markets, as well as the one named Quincy. On a beautiful summer day, it is good to stroll there under the glass roofs, unearth a little treasure at one of its kiosks on wheels or take a break to admire the performances of the street entertainers.
Climbing in the name of the revolution
A 67-meter granite obelisk stands tall on Bunker Hill to commemorate one of the most famous battles of the American Revolution which took place on June 17, 1775. Completed in 1842, the monument can be climbed to the top by a staircase of 294 steps. The views from its pinnacle are worth the effort, at least for those who don’t suffer from heights.
Meet the “Green Monster”
Boston is a sports city with famous teams like the Celtics, Patriots and Bruins. But nothing beats iconic Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox since 1912. The ultimate experience is still getting your hands on tickets to a baseball game. Otherwise, guided tours are offered to get a closer look at the famous left field wall named “Green Monster”.
Be part of the university elite
Across the Charles River, the Cambridge neighborhood is home to two of the most prestigious universities in the United States, if not the world, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest college in the country. You can take a guided tour of the campus and visit its art museums which amaze as much with their rich collections as with their unique architecture.
The old headstones in some Boston cemeteries remain intriguing, both for their age and for the designs inlaid on them. Two of the most fascinating are located on Tremont Street along the Freedom Trail, the King’s Chapel and the 17th century Old Granary. You will be able to see the epitaphs of characters who have marked the history of the city and the country.
After three years in drydock for restoration, the USS Constitution is back at its base, the Charlestown shipyard. This three-masted U.S. Navy ship is the world’s oldest surviving warship, having been originally built in 1797. It now houses a museum full of items related to the ship.