Renamed in 1630 by the Puritan settlers, Boston has centuries of history under its belt. For tourists who wish to know more about what makes Boston the exciting city, it is today, a walk through memory lane is in order.
Boston history tours include areas and buildings steeped with tradition. From its Ivy League pride to its islands, the capital city of Massachusetts truly does not run short on great places with stories to tell. History buffs (or those who are just curious about the place) can tick off the following places for great places to visit when you want to be immersed in the history and architecture of Boston.
Harvard has long been the home of many Boston elite, and for good reason. This Ivy League school is famed for its great education (and a well-dressed student body!) A trip to Harvard offers a good look at its architecture and youthful energy. The main campus is located at Cambridge, Massachusetts. Spend an afternoon here just people watching to relax or soak up the campus’ vibrant environment.
Bunker Hill Monument
There is a monument in Boston named after the battle fought during the Siege of Boston in 1775. The Bunker Hill Monument is said to be one of the first of its kind to be erected in the United States. Great place to take your Boston photographs.
Old North Church
Sitting at the heart of Salem Street at the North end is the Old North Church from which the famous “One if by land, two if by sea” line was said to have been uttered. Those lines are significant as they preceded the events of the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord. Aside from being the oldest church in Boston, it is also a National Historic Landmark.
This next museum was built to recreate the original Plymouth Settlement which is also known as the Pilgrims. A visit here can stage interaction between the 1624 English Village settler-interpreters who act and dress like the original Pilgrims with a modern-day interpreter who answers questions from the outsiders or guests.
Boston Harbor Islands
For some off-shore fun, be sure to book a ferry trip to the Boston Harbor Islands. Officially called the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, these islands have areas fit for hiking, enjoying the beach, and more. Gallops Island and Georges Island are among the many islands accessible by ferry.