Boston (MA) is the historic birthplace of the American Revolution, where many of the most critical moments in the founding of our country occurred. Still a major seaport today, tourists can breathe in the salty air of the ocean as they watch the ships come in.
If you're an American history buff, there are some spots in Boston that you can't miss.
Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
Honoring the first act of rebellion that truly caught England's attention. They offer a highly interactive one hour tour in which visitors can even dump tea over the sides of the ship. If that seems small and silly now, try to imagine the one point seven million dollars in damages it equated to back in 1773.Credit: By Jonasz at pl.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
The oldest public park in the United States, was the home for many major events and features several important monuments, such as the Boston Massacre Memorial. This was the home to the Liberty Tree where the men who would come to be known as Sons of Liberty staged their first act of rebellion, in protest of the Stamp Act.Credit: By Jared C. Benedict (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Freedom Trail
A marked path which runs right through downtown Boston, marking sixteen of the city's key historic sites, starting at Boston Common and ending with the USS Constitution which is the oldest military warship still afloat in the world. Walking tours are available or visitors can be their own guides, following the red bricks through the city.Credit: By Luciof (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Walk With The Animals
Franklin Park Zoo
This zoo features over two hundred twenty species, from bats to giraffes, with nine main exhibit areas where visitors can gather to watch emus, prairie dogs, rescue tigers and even butterflies. There's an in-park restaurant open all year round with a full menu and they also welcome picnicking guests to bring their own food if they prefer, to eat at one of their many picnic tables.Credit: By Eric Kilby from USA (YAWN Uploaded by Snowmanradio) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The New England Aquarium
It sits on the wharf and features many aquatic species which the average person may have never even heard of. After petting the manta rays in the touch tank, head over to see the sea dragons.Credit: (WT-shared) Jtesla16 at wts wikivoyage [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Museums You Can't Miss
Museum of Fine Arts
This museum features over four hundred fifty thousand works of art. It has an entire wing devoted to arts from the Americas (North, Central and South). French paintings, Egyptian artefacts and over five thousand pieces of Japanese pottery are just some of the highlights.Credit: (WT-shared) Jtesla16 at wts wikivoyage [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Museum of Science
It is anything but boring, with creative displays of science in action that can get visitors excited. They're also home to over one hundred live animals, many of them rescued from unsafe situations, and offer an interactive visiting experience.Credit: By Daderot (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Boston Children's Museum
This museum is a fantastic interactive museum for youngest visitors. They can explore the Science Playground, experience foreign culture in the Japanese House and learn through many other exhibits.Credit: By TheBostonianLonghorn (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
You get to see the world from the inside, standing on a bridge that runs through the center of a stained glass globe mapping the earth. The exhibit was constructed in 1935 and is three stories high.Credit: http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org
I hope your next trip to Boston is great. Hopefully these attractions enhance your experiences.
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