The historic city of Boston has been the stage for many events that have resonated throughout the history of the United States. Events such as the American Revolution, The Boston Tea Party & the ‘No Taxation Without Representation’ movement have been involved in the history of the city. As you walk around the city and you’ll see evidence of Boston’s history everywhere. Modern and historic buildings blend in the cosmopolitan scene. Where the combination of the old and the new make up the unique identity of the city. If you are interested in visiting Boston here are some places you must visit while you are in town!
Dating from 1634, it is the oldest city park in the United States. This park is one of my favorite spots in Boston Here you can start the Freedom Trail and on a summer day read a book and enjoy a sunny day while feeding with the ducks and swans, eating a hot dog or cooling off by the pond. The Common is the perfect place to chill after a hectic day sightseeing in Boston.
In order to learn all about the American Revolution, I decided to take the freedom trail. TheFreedom Trail is a 2.5-mile red-brick trail through Boston’s historic neighborhoods that tells the story of the American Revolution. From the Old North Church to Faneuil Hall, and through resonant burying grounds, you can visit the temples and landmarks of the Revolutionary Era that were once key locations in the Revolution.
I began my journey at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center and conclude at the USS Constitution. I decided against taking a tour and instead downloaded the Freedom Trail App. Overall it took me around 4 hours to complete the trail. The Freedom Trail is a great way to see the city, learn its history and marvel at these historic buildings that have so much history packed in. Here are the places you will visit:
Massachusetts State House
Park Street Church
Granary Burying Ground
King’s Chapel Burying Ground
Benjamin Franklin Statue & Boston Latin School
Old Corner Bookstore
Old South Meeting House
Old State House
The site of the Boston Massacre
Paul Revere House
Old North Church
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
Bunker Hill Monument
Beacon Hill is probably one of the most charming places in all of the city. This historical neighborhood is a favorite spot to stroll for both tourists and residents. The brick buildings covered by ivy, the cobblestones streets, and historic style, make the neighborhood of Beacon Hill the ideal location for an afternoon or morning stroll. Walking through this neighborhood truly feels like you are walking in a movie set.
This historical harbor is known for being where the Boston Tea Party took place in 1773. The Boston Harbor is visited by hundreds of tourists and locals alike on a daily basis. Walk around the Boston Harbor and enjoy the view. Around the harbor, there are many bars and restaurants overseeing the boats. There are many tours you can take on the harbor such as Boston 90-Minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise, Whale Watching Cruise Tours and many more. The harbor is the perfect place to chill and enjoy your surroundings. I really enjoy going to the harbor in the afternoon, when its almost dark and the breeze makes it a bit chilly. The Boston Harbor is a great place to unwind and while watching the boats, talk to friends and eat a cannoli.
Definitely, the coolest place in the city, Boston’s Little Italy, is a maze of narrow streets with some of the city’s oldest buildings. Like many neighborhoods in the U.S., this one was mostly built by the many immigrants that settled in the city. Italians, Jews and Irish are all influences that take part in the giant mosaic of the identity that makes The North End what it is. Like Boston, this neighborhood holds so much history. Nestled between restaurants and shops you can find the house of Paul Revere, owned by Paul Revere from 1770-1800. The wooden house is the oldest building in downtown Boston. While in the North End, you can find many Italian restaurants, coffeehouses, pastry shops, and old-school delis, especially on Hanover Street. The North End is definitely a place you must visit when visiting Boston.
A trip to Boston is never complete if you don’t make a quick stop in Mikes Pastry and grab a cannoli to go. The busy pastry shop has been a Boston staple since 1946. The shop is located in Boston’s historic North End on Hanover Street. As you walk the streets of Boston you will see people holding their signature white box with bright blue font tied with a string bow. Make sure to try their cannolis, personally, my favorite one is their Limoncello Cannoli. But, if cannolis aren’t your thing don’t fret! The shop has a vast variety of sweets to choose from that cater to every preference!
The Betances Mural: a little bit of Puerto Rico in Boston
Betances mural was created by local artists Lili Ann Killen Rosenberg, Nora Valdez, and Roberto Chao, It is the centerpiece of Plaza Betances, in Villa Victoria,100 W. Dedham St. in the South End of Boston. This mural was created with the support of the Villa Victoria tenants’ association, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, to decorate the Villa’s central gathering place. The mural features Ramón Betances, known as the ‘father’ of Puerto Rican nationalism for his revolt against Spanish rule. It also includes images of Puerto Rican history and culture and of the Villa Victoria community. One of its inscriptions reads, “Let us know how to fight for our honor and our liberty,” referring both to Betances and his struggle for independence and to the more recent political activism that inspired Villa Victoria’s founding.
The Villa Victoria housing community was founded in the early 1970s, when a group of South End residents, most of Puerto Rican descent, fought to maintain their community in the South End despite widespread gentrification and redevelopment of the area.