Photo Credit: Kyle Klein
One of Boston’s most famous attractions is the Freedom Trail
, a 2.5-mile line alternately painted red or paved in red brick which guides visitors to some of the city’s most important historic sights. Highlights along the trail, which officially includes 16 sites, are Faneuil Hall, Old State House, Old North Church, the Paul Revere House, King’s Chapel and the Bunker Hill Monument. Begin a self-guided tour from Boston Common; sign up for a free guided tour given by the National Park Service at Faneuil Hall; or book a tour with the Freedom Trail Foundation, where 18th-century costumed guides lead the way.
Faneuil Hall Market Place, the North End and Boston Harbor, New England Aquarium
Photo Credit: Faneuil Hall Market Place
Located in downtown Boston, steps away from the waterfront, Faneuil Hall Marketplace
is alive today as it was in 1742 when our nation’s fathers proclaimed it “The Cradle of Liberty.” Enjoy unique, locally loved, and nationally recognized shops while indulging in the worldwide cuisine at the restaurants, pubs, and in the world-famous Quincy Market Colonnade
The North End
, Boston’s Little Italy, is a maze of narrow streets with some of the city’s oldest buildings. On the self-guided Freedom Trail, pass historic sites like the 1680 Paul Revere House and the Old North Church, which played a key role at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Italian restaurants, coffeehouses, pastry shops and old-school delis pack the area, especially on lively Hanover Street.
Photo Credit: New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium
is located at the wharf. The Giant Ocean Tank simulates a Caribbean coral reef and houses sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, moray eels, barracuda, and many smaller reef-living fish. Open at the top, the concrete tank is surrounded by a walkway that spirals down, allowing access to 52 windows that offer views of the reef from every angle and level.
Catch a water taxi, ferry or take a harbor cruise & whale watch tour from the wharf.