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There is not only the Freedom Trail to visit in Boston, I will also do an article on it but I chose to start with the other activities to do in Boston to give you full other ideas for activities and things to see in Boston.
As a reminder, the Freedom Trail is the “path” that traces Boston’s journey in its quest for freedom against the English in 1776. It is 4.5 km long and allows you to visit or admire 16 historic buildings from the outside. I will talk more about it in a future article!
Museums to visit:
Boston Tea Party – Ships and Museum
I absolutely LOVE this little museum! Even if you don’t like museums at the base, I recommend it because it is interactive and the people who work there know how to make it very friendly ! Be careful, plan your time well because the museum closes at 4 p.m., cost of admission is $28.45.
As I said, this museum is very friendly and animated by actors in period costume really invested in their roles do not hesitate to discuss with them it is very funny!
I love these kind of experiences, they bring visitors into history and ttake us to that now famous night in December 1773 during the Boston Tea Party. (I tell you more about this event in detail in this article: Boston: Introducing the City! ) .
So you feel like you too are a Angry Bostonian wanting revenge on the English, all while being informed about what happened that night. It is a visit that can please for all However, I recommend a good level of English because everything is done in English with the added bonus of the Boston accent which can be a little disturbing!
If you too want to throw your bundle of tea into the sea as a sign of rebellion against the crown of England, go here: 306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
More info on: www.bostonteapartyship.com
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to visit this superb museum yet because it was closed during my visit to Boston, but I intend to visit it!
The museum resembling a Venetian palace (or some palaces of Andalusian art) was the house of Mrs. Jack Gardner until his death in 1924 and who donated it to the city of Boston. Isabella Gardner has collected during his travels around the world, an impressive private collection.
More 2500 Priceless Coins, mainly European dating from the Italian Renaissance. The “house” also includes a superb inner courtyard / botanical garden which alone is apparently worth the cost of visiting the museum!
Fun fact: entry is free for people called Isabelle or Isabella!
Address : 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
Admission price : $20/adult
More info on: www.gardnermuseum.org
Museum of Fine Arts
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is also a must-do if you love art!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t visit it either because it was closed during my stay, but it’s only gone! However, I think we need plan a lot of time to visit because the museum is really very big and has various sections ranging from ancient arts with Egypt to Murals.
In addition, many temporary exhibitions often take place, for example at the time of writing my article, temporary exhibitions honor the French painters Monet and Basquiat.
Address: 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Admission: $25 /adult (general admission)
More info on: www.mfa.org
Activities around the sea:
I told you about it on Instagram about my whale watching trip around Boston! I just loved this magical moment and highly recommend taking a whale watching tour!
The boats organizing its excursions are located at Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary. This place is a favorite of whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures in the region to feed onself. This allows them to be observed more easily and to benefit from the explanations on their way of life by the organizing teams of the cruise.
Excursions take place between April and October, which corresponds to the period when the whales have their young.
plan a early afternoon preferably when the weather is nice and remember to bring a jacket because it can be very cold at sea ! The visit lasts approx. 3 to 4 hours round tripI recommend the afternoon because on the return normally you will have a great view of the sunset over the Boston skyline !
Several companies organize these excursions, for my part I went with Hornblower.
More info here : www.cityexperiences.com/boston
Price: $57/adult – apparently refunded if you don’t see any whales (info to be checked, however it could also have been a joke from the captain!
New England Aquarium
I advise you to make a combo excursion to see the whales + visit to the aquarium in the morning ! The two activities are located right next to each other.
I loved my visit to the Aquarium, I found it very nice and original in its architecture: it is organized on several floors, around a huge central basin ! I thought it was a good idea to do this in the morning already because there are fewer people but also because it was a good introduction to the whale excursion that I did in the afternoon. The aquarium allows you to have knowledge of the marine fauna and flora of the New England region of which Boston is a part.
Address : 1 Central Wharf Boston MA 02110
Admission price: 37 dollars/adult
More info on: www.neaq.org
Walking on the waterfront – the “Waterfront”
Here is a free activity (unless you want to consume at the bars and restaurants around)!
Personally, I really like walking along the banks of all kinds of water and in the ports. Obviously the best time to visit this area is in summer ! As I said there are quite a few bars and restaurants in the surrounding area which is a nice place to go out in the evening.
Address : Waterfront, Boston, MA
Boston Public Library
Please note this is not a bookstore but a library! And not just any library, this is the first major public library in the United States.
Open in 1848, under the impetus of the French artist Alexandre Vattemareit gathers more than 23 million books and documents, making it the second largest library in the United States after that of the American Congress!
I advise you above all to visit it from a architectural point of view: it’s just a marvel ! For my part, I visited it 10 years ago during my first trip to the United States and hope to be able to revisit it soon!
Address : 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Price : Free
©Boston Public Library
Here is one of the most photographed and “instagrammable” streets in Boston! Located in the Beacon Hill district, it is part of old Boston and allows you to imagine what the city looked like in the 19th century.
Being a lover of history I can only advise you to go there!
Address: Acorn Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts State House
It’s the capitol of Massachusetts, the high place of state power! This building dating from 1787 cannot be visited at least not during a global pandemic, but it is a marvel to observe. I’m a fan of the golden dome which makes it easy to spot from afar and built on a hill.
Address : 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
Price : not visitable but you can see the outside so free!
A short tour of the Harvard and MIT campuses:
Who has never dreamed of studying at Harvard or MIT, two very (very very) prestigious schools? Either way, I would have loved it!
Located a little outside Boston, in Cambridge precisely, these two universities date respectively from 1636 for Harvard and 1970 for MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). It is possible to take a tour of the campus and mingle with the students, and I can tell you that the locals make you want to study! Especially the Harvard Library!
I had the chance to visit Harvard a few years ago and I highly recommend visiting the campus if possible! Couldn’t go back this time due to Covid the campuses were closed!
Addresses: Cambridge, MA
Price : Free !
And here are plenty of ideas for visiting Boston apart from the Freedom Trail but I promise I will take you along the Freedom Trail in a future article!
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