6 Boston Bucket Listers

6 Boston Bucket Listers


The nearly four centuries of history behind the capital of Massachusetts - a must-see destination for everyone - are highlighted by its top attractions. Begin your trip with the Freedom Trail, which will take you to iconic landmarks such as the Paul Revere House and Boston Common among its most popular historical sites. Discover Beantown's arty side by visiting the Museum of Fine Arts and its style on Newbury Street. Get a bite in the Quincy Market. If you're a lover of baseball, you shouldn't skip a chance to catch a game at Fenway Park, home to the famous Red Sox.

Blowing your budget is easy in Boston but there are also many fun activities that don't cost you anything It is possible to enjoy the beautiful Boston Public Garden and the vibrant Faneuil Hall Marketplace without opening your purse. This is also true for walking its historical neighborhoods. Take a look around neighborhoods like the North End, Fenway-Kenmore, or Beacon Hill - don't miss the stained glass in Old North Church. You can also visit Boston Harbor which is where you'll learn more about the famous American Revolution history (Boston Tea Party perhaps? ).

Boston Common

This famed 50-acre swath downtown is the oldest public park in the United States (1634), and in its day it saw various uses, including whippings and even hangings under the Puritans; was turned into a British army camp during the Revolutionary War; and later was a venue for rallies, speeches, and myriad other public events. Today besides strolling and perhaps pedaling one of the "swan boats," you can also catch other activities here, too, such as free fitness class and music/theater performances, ice skating in winter, and a bite or drink at the Frog Pond Café. It´s easy to get here via "T" (subway) or just stroll over from downtown nearby.

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Faneuil Hall/Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Another downtown must, right on Boston Harbor, Faneuil Hall was built in 1742 and was the site of many important historical events: among them, colonists here famously protested the Stamp Act of 1764, declaring "no taxation without representation," and Samuel Adams, later one of the United States´ Founding Fathers and a governor of Massachusetts, once stood to call for a stand against the rule of the British crown. Decades later, many abolitionists and women's suffragists also stepped on soapboxes here. In the years since the market has widened to include over 100 restaurants and shops.
four buildings comprise Faneueil Hall Marketplace: Quincy Market, North Market, South Market,

To get to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which is situated close to that of the North End, travelers can use the "T" Blue Line to the Aquarium, State or Government Center stations, or exit in the Orange line's Haymarket station. Numerous bus routes stop one block away on Congress Street, and several parking garages are located within 2 blocks from the Hall. There are no fees to access the halls.

Freedom Trail

Starting at Boston Common, this 2 1/2 mile route connects 16 of Boston's most historical places such as Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, and Old North Church. In order to see the entire trail's sights is at least one day (and a pair of suitable walking shoes). It´s certainly easy and straightforward to follow, but you might also agree that the trails are easy to follow on your own, some suggest the use of a guide or an app that will inform you about the places. (You'll discover a few apps that are available to Apple as well as Android gadgets.) If you own a Go Boston Card, standard guided tours offered through Freedom Trail Foundation are covered. Freedom Trail Foundation is covered with your card.

 

FANEUIL HALL

Massachusetts State House

This golden dome of Massachusetts State House is an important building with many purposes and is among the stops along the Freedom Trail. The land on which it is situated was initially used as John Hancock's farm for cows. The design was created by Charles Bulfinch and completed in 1798. The foundation stone was laid by Samuel Adams in 1795. A copper dome was put in place during the reign of Paul Revere in 1802 (later covered with gold). Today senators, state representatives, and the governor manage the business of the Commonwealth here.

State House State House is located adjacent to the Boston Common near the center of the city. The easiest method to reach it is via taking the "T" - the Park Street and Government Center stations are the most convenient - or a walk from downtown. There is also the option of parking for a small fee at Boston Common's underground garage or on the streets around.

Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1870, one of the USA's largest - with more than 8,100 artworks and artifacts - and most impressive art musuems is a cornucopia of culture, from old European masters to U.S. artists as well as art and artifacts from across the world, including ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Some of the most prominent artists represented include Paul Cézanne, John Singleton Copley, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste RenoirJohn Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart, Vincent van Gogh, and Andy Warhol.

North End

There's a good chance that you'll be at The North End at least once in your time in Boston. It's a part of the city's rich past since it is the home of the oldest neighborhood in Boston and has three tourist attractions on the Freedom Trail. The thing that makes this neighborhood an important point to visit it's its Italian culture It is said that the North End is considered Boston's Little Italy.

Although Italians were far from the first people to settle in the area (English colonists first arrived, followed by European Jews, African Americans, and Irish immigrants) their influence on culture in North End has been marked. You can still discover a variety of Italian food, from pizza pies that are served at the well-known Regina Pizzeria to seafood prepared in the Sicilian style, like black linguine (made by squid-ink) along with calamari-based meatballs from The Daily Catch. For a meal, go to Mamma Maria for elegant dining. Giacomo's for its inexpensive homemade pasta or Bricco, which sources its bread and meat from its own bread and meat shop just next to it. If you're looking only for pizza, visit Galleria Umberto for delicious solo pizza slices, or Antico Forno for its full-size wood-fired pies. Prezza is famous as a wine shop with a huge selection with numerous wines to pick from. For dessert, be sure to purchase cannolis at Mike's Pastry or Modern Pastry and tiramisu at the open-later Bova's Bakery.


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