The Athens of America: A Guide to Boston, Massachusetts

One of America’s oldest and most historic cities, Boston, Massachusetts, played a major role in the founding of the country. The city’s Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile (4km) long route, leads tourists through 16 spots significant to the history of the US. From the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre to the American Revolution, the city is often called the Cradle of Liberty. Being home to the oldest public park in the US, the Boston Common; the oldest public beach in America, the Revere Beach; and the country’s first subway, the Tremont Street Subway; Boston is also one of the most visited cities in the US. In this post, I will be writing about everything you need to know about Boston, including info on transportation, accommodation, and attractions within Massachusetts’ capital.

Transportation

Transportation within Boston is quite simple, due to the city’s great public transportation system. Boston’s transportation system is owned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and is known as the “T” by locals. The T offers bus, subway, trolley, and boat services throughout all of Boston. A CharlieTicket or CharlieCard is required to ride the T, which can be purchased at any subway station in the city for $2.75USD or $2.25USD with a CharlieCard. Click this link for more info on the city’s public transportation system.

Accommodation

Unfortunately I don’t have a specific spot to recommend you to stay in in Boston, though I would suggest trying out an AirBnb if you’re planning to visit the city. AirBnbs are often a lot cheaper than hotels, and they’re a lot more fun to stay in. If you’re interested in looking at some of the AirBnbs available in Boston, click here for a map.

Attractions

Boston Common

The Boston Common, or the oldest city park in America, is a 50 acre large park built back in 1634. This park has been the location of many speeches and protest throughout its almost 400 year long history, however it is now a very peaceful and calm park that makes for a great place to relax in.

Boston Public Garden

Located right next to the Boston Common, the Boston Public Garden is another record setting Boston park. The 24 acre large park was built in 1837, two hundred years after the Boston Common, and it is the first public botanical garden in the US. Shown above is the park’s equestrian George Washington statue,   which was unveiled in 1869 and that faces Commonwealth Avenue.

Faneuil Hall

A meeting hall and marketplace, Faneuil Hall is named after Peter Faneuil, the man who funded the building itself. Built in the 1740s, this hall is the site of speeches by many famous Americans, causing it to often be called the Cradle of Liberty. Faneuil Hall is now full of many shops and restaurants and it is a popular stop for tourists visiting Boston.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park, the baseball park home to the world renowned Boston Red Sox, is one of the smallest MLB ballparks in the league. Located near Kenmore Square, at 4 Yawkey Way, this ballpark hosted the World Series ten times, with the Red Sox winning five times and the Boston Braves winning once. The ballpark opened on April 20th, 1912, making it the oldest ballpark in the MLB, with a seating capacity of over 37,000.

New State House

Also known as the Massachusetts State House, the New State House is the current state capital of seat of government for Massachusetts, one of America’s original thirteen colonies. The New State House was built from 1795 to 1798, and it is located in the downtown / Beacon Hill neighbourhood of Boston.

Old North Church

Known for being the launch point for Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, the Old North Church is apparently the spot where the famous line “One if by land, two if by sea” is said to be said. The oldest standing church building in Boston, the Old North Church was built in 1723, by the same architect who helped rebuild London after the Great Fire. This church is also one of the four church stops on the Freedom Trail.

Old State House

The Old State House, Boston’s oldest surviving public building, is one of the most important buildings in the country. It was the site of the first reading of the Declaration of Independence to the Bostonians, and the Boston Massacre, an incident in 1770 when British soldiers shot and killed five colonists. The building was rebuilt after the original Town House burned down in the fire of 1711, and the building’s interior was rebuilt again in 1748, after the fire of 1747. It was the seat of the Massachusetts state government from 1776 to 1798, before being replaced by the New State House, Boston’s City Hall from 1830 to 1841, and almost demolished in 1881 but saved and turned into the museum that it now is.

Paul Revere House

Home to the famous American Paul Revere from 1770 to 1800, this house, built in 1680, is the oldest house in downtown Boston. The house is now a museum that is available to tour, where you can learn about the life of the man famous for his midnight ride where he said the famous line “The British are coming!”.

Quincy Market

Located next to and often considered part of Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market is one of the largest early 19th century marketplaces in the country. Similar to Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market, Quincy Market is home to over 50 shops and restaurants, and it is a cool place to stop for a snack or meal.

That brings us to the end of my guide to Boston! I hope you enjoyed this post. I visited the city a few years back and found some photos from our trip so I decided it’d be fun to write a post about the city. As you’re reading this I’m currently in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, so look out for a ton of posts about my trip here coming soon! I’m also going to be going on a super exciting trip this Christmas which I will be announcing soon so make sure to stay tuned for that. Have you ever been to Boston? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

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4 Comments

  1. Lloyd
    November 19, 2017

    I love “Baw-stun”, when did you go? Cape cod is nice in the summer.

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    1. Hannah Travels
      November 19, 2017

      We visited during summer! I’ve heard Cape Cod is nice too, we didn’t get to visit though.

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  2. Nana
    November 20, 2017

    Hannah I love your blog on Boston I found the history of Boston very interesting. Your Photo’s are amazing NJW Happy Thanksgiving

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    1. Hannah Travels
      November 27, 2017

      Thanks!

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