Boston is overrun with exciting opportunities to explore America’s past. But history did not stop happening when the Revolution ended.
Today, a visit to Boston brings history to life through guided tours, mapped routes and even self-exploration where you can bump into folks dressed in Colonial garb and ready to respond to the questions you may have. It is easy to connect with the past while exploring Boston in the present.
Although a modern city, Boston remains true to its roots. Keeping up with architectural maintenance, carefully preserving artifacts and opening up relevant spots to tourists looking to gain insight into Boston’s role in shaping history.
Harvard University is America’s oldest University, Founded in 1636 it was named for its first patron, Reverend John Harvard. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds on take the free, guided historical tour of the campus and its most famous landmarks. This student led tour offers an overview of the history of the university while stopping at sites like the Widener Library, Memorial Church, University Hall, Fogg Museum and the John Harvard Statue. With a location like Harvard, visitors can easily enjoy all Harvard Square has to offer when done touring the University grounds. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of those who call Cambridge home roaming the streets including talented street performers, and students enjoying area restaurants, bars, music venues and stores.
GRANARY BURIAL GROUND
The Granary Burial Ground is a small cemetery that serves as the final resting place for a number of people whose acts and/or character changed American history. Situated near a pre-Revolutionary grain storehouse, the cemetery houses the graves of such historical figures as Paul Revere, John Hancock, citizens killed in the Boston Massacre, and the woman whose tales provided her the moniker of “Mother Goose.” Other notable graves include those of Benjamin Franklin’s parents and Sam Adams. A stop on the Freedom Trail, you can visit as part of a tour or on your own and learn a little about Boston History.
BUNKER HILL MONUMENT
This 221-foot granite obelisk remembers the Battle of Bunker Hill. Rangers provide details about the history of the crucial battle, and seasonal musket-firings add a note of authenticity. A stop on the Freedom Trail, the Bunker Hill Monument is not for those who prefer to see the sites from a seated position as one of the best parts of a visit to the monument is making the 294-step climb to the top for breathtaking views of Boston. Two little-known facts: the Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breed’s Hill, and the Bunker Hill Monument is actually located atop Breed’s Hill. The true Bunker Hill is a quarter-mile from the monument.
BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
The Boston Harbor Islands are unique part of the National Park system. 12 ready to explore islands offer a variety of activities for an active island adventure like checking out historic sites, spotting wildlife, taking a hike, getting in the water on a kayak or for a swim, sharing a picnic, doing some fishing and even camping. The islands can easily be explored on your own, but to enhance your visit you may want to partake in one the programs or tours offered on each. A short boat ride is all it takes to spend your day off the coast of Boston having your own island adventure.
OLD NORTH CHURCH
This is the spot where the famous signal warned residents of Cambridge that the British were approaching by sea with two of Paul Revere’s lanterns on the night of April 18, 1775. The oldest church building in Boston, Old North Church still remains an active Episcopal church. Allowing visitors not only the chance to tour the site, but even attend mass if they so choose. Designed by William Price from a study of Christopher Wren’s London churches, you’ll find private benches boxed in with family names that help paint a picture of the past. An excellent museum is hidden in the back of the gift shop next door.
These are some of the recommended historical sites in Boston Ma.