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Family Trip like you own the city
Special shout out to one of my best friends and college roommate for hosting us in her native city time after time! As my family grew she continued to welcome us. I don’t think I’d appreciate the unique story of Boston with out Loren. On college breaks she’d take me home with her. Her family would host dinners and make sure to show us around, giving us all of the history of each stop. And even now, from across the Country we visit. Not as often as I’d like but every time we do there is some adventure, exploring and great memories made. She was originally from Massachusetts but has since moved to New Hampshire and the excursions still get better every time! Some friends are great friends, some friends are family. Loren is a part of our family ❤
From our family to yours – these are the things you must see when you are in Boston - Links added for your planning convenience, underlined titles will take you to the site for that place.
What I love most about Boston, is you can do so much in one day. This city is compact and easy to navigate. While each time we go we see and do more, a well planned day could cross most of these items off your bucket list. Of course if you are not in a hurry, stay, linger, and go deeper. The pace my children move keeps me on the go, and I never stay longer than my kid's interest lasts. Younger children with shorter attention spans helped make this itinerary. 📜
After the first time we went there (my children were 3 and 5 at the time), we talked about this place for years. We went to several children’s museums after, and would compare each to this – and this always remained this was their favorite!
Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. It was founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers' Bureau, a group of visionary educators dedicated to providing new resources for both teachers and students, as a center for the exchange of materials and ideas to advance the teaching of science. For over 100 years it has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. Seems appropriate to me that this was our first ever Children’s Museum experience. Plan to spend a few hours, and loop through all of the rooms and floors trying experiments, and figuring out how things work. Children (and parents) of all ages will enjoy!
As a teacher, this is a big one for us.
My youngest who needed speech and language support taught me that experiences out weigh words. Showing the child, and taking them to a real life place will help connect with what what ever you are trying to teach. This was like a school field trip for me. We read the signs, we paused to discuss, we imagined the world at the time of the revolution.
The Freedom Trail Foundation's most popular tour highlights the revolutionary history that covers 16 historical sites and stretches 2.5 miles. (Sites listed below). This is one of the biggest draws for Boston - it's history.
Established in 1951,This red-bricked trail will teach you almost all you need to know about Boston’s history. You can download an audio podcast to accompany your walk or you can go on an organized tour led by one of Boston’s many historic characters. Expect to spend a few couple hours walking the trail and much, much longer if you enter every site along the trail.
Along the trail, a true history lovers gem, Paul Revere House is one stunning piece of history and one of the best things to do in Boston, for sure. It’s an easy little stop to make on your trail across Boston (and still looks like it did way back in the late 1700s). With period pieces, fine silver, original furnishings, architecture to admire, and historic fireplaces - this is a great place to get a glimpse of American history that’s alive right in front of you.
On this trail you will also encounter Faneuil Hall — Boston’s 275 year old meeting hall. Take a step back into history within the Great Hall as you sit and imagine the lively debates that took place here. This free site features National Park Service rangers who give 15- to 20-minute daily talks on the building’s history. Hidden upstairs is The Ancient & Honorable Artillary Museum another free, and historical venue work checking out.
Just a short walk from Faneuil Hall brings you to the Holocaust Memorial, a series of glass towers with a central path, inscribed with seven-digit numbers, evoking the numbers tattooed on the arms of the concentration camp prisoners.
The following are the stops along the Freedom Trail:
Open Historic Sites Boston Common Boston Common Visitor Information Center, Daily, 8:30 am – 5 pm) Granary Burying Ground* King’s Chapel Burying Ground* Boston Latin School Site/Benjamin Franklin Statue Old Corner Bookstore Old South Meeting House (starting June 16, Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 am – 5 pm) Old State House (starting June 16, Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 am – 5 pm) Boston Massacre Site Faneuil Hall (starting June 24, Wednesdays – Sundays, 11 am – 7 pm) Paul Revere House (Wednesdays – Sundays, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm) Old North Church (Thursda