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The Neighborhood

Local Activities

Boston is steeped in history and a very modern city too. Take an hour or a few days at your own pace and explore all it has to offer.

Beacon Hill

Take a step back in time and explore one of Boston's enduring neighborhoods, Beacon Hill. From the State House to Louisburg Square to the quaint shops on Charles Street, you can stroll along the streets where Boston's elite settled. Approximately one-half mile square, Beacon Hill is known for its beautiful architecture, brick sidewalks, perpetually-burning gas lights, flowering pear trees, window boxes and hidden gardens.

Boston Common

Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. Almost 50 acres in size, the Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston's neighborhoods. Until 1930, cows grazed on The "Common" and until 1817, public hangings took place there. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from there to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775.

Boston Public Library

Founded in 1848, by an the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States.

City of Boston

Welcome to Boston! The City of Boston hosts over 12 million annual visitors from across the country and around the globe. This vibrant, thriving city is renowned for its cultural facilities, world-class educational institutions, champion sports franchises, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history.

Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, everyone an authentic American treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, when the wrecking ball threatened, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.

Harbor Walk

Stroll the HarborWalk and experience for yourself this wonderful area for walking, sightseeing, playing, taking in spectacular views of the Harbor, and so much more!

Harvard Square

A trip to Boston wouldn't be complete without a journey across the Charles River to Harvard. The world's most famous University is located right in Harvard Square, a bustling commercial district as well as a place teeming with people and outdoor entertainment all year long. Spend some time in Harvard Yard, explore the many museums and cultural activities or just people watch.

Old North Church

Built in 1773, the Old North Church is the oldest standing church in Boston. Its claim to fame is its steeple, where the sexton held two lanterns, a signal from Paul Revere that the "British were coming" by sea to Lexington and Concord.

Old South Church

Gathered in 1669, Old South Church in Boston is one of the most historically significant churches in the United States.

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

A vibrant, mile-long ribbon of beautifully landscaped parks, gardens, and plazas now connects four of Boston's most diverse neighborhoods. The Greenway is Bringing Boston Together with festivals, performances, promenades, art and gardens.

Trinity Church Boston

A masterpiece of American architecture, Trinity Church in Copley Square stands as a shining example of renowned architect, Henry Hobson Richardson 's Romanesque style.  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

MIT is home to some of the greatest scientific minds in the world. Stroll the campus, visit the MIT Museum and their displays of holography and check out the architecture from the historical to the Stata Center designed by architect Frank Gehry.

 

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