There’s plenty of history to take in here—like the statue of George Washington on horseback (above), or the plaque dedicated to a now-fallen tree once used for public hangings.
Boston’s imposing marketplace-cum-political forum is positively dripping in historical associations.
Ducks in the Public Garden
The lovely 25-acre Public Garden is home to an array of rare flora and statuary, including a bronze tribute to the well-loved children’s book Make Way for Ducklings, which is set in the park.
The seat of the state's government makes for an interesting tour, stuffed with quirky historical anecdotes—including the etymology of the term “hooker.”
It was here that William Lloyd Garrison gave his first anti-slavery oration and, in 1818, the nation’s first Sunday School class took place.
The home of the great silversmith, industrialist and sometime patriot lives on as a remarkable display of Revolution-era domestic life.
The oldest commissioned warship in the world doubles up as an enlightening interactive museum of naval history.
Freedom Trail sign
For the first-time visitor to Boston, the Freedom Trail provides a useful sightseeing starting point. The self-guided two-and-a-half-mile tour is clearly marked by a red line on the sidewalk, which has wended its way past 16 of the Hub’s best-known historical sites since 1958. The Trail begins at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common (147 Tremont St, 617-426-3115), where you can pick up a map or hire and audio tour ($11), and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument.
To find out more, head to the Trail’s official website.