Steeped in History

There is so much to do in Boston, and on the other side of the Charles River in Cambridge!  The suggestions below highlight a selection of popular historical attractions, museums, and places for good food and drinks.  For more suggestions the Boston Discovery Guide is a great place to start. Enjoy!

Freedom Trail
The 2.5 mile long line marking Boston’s Freedom Trail links historic sites associated with early settlers and their fight for liberty. Visit graveyards and memorials to Revolutionary heroes, and walk through Ben Franklin’s neighborhood and Paul Revere’s home.

The North End
 is the city’s oldest residential community, first settled in the 1630s. The neighborhood has a variety of tourist attractions. It is known for its Italian American population and fine Italian restaurants. View 5 reasons to visit in this article.

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The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a “rooftop garden” and the result of an elevated highway being relocated underground during the “big dig”.  This contemporary park has gardens, water features, food trucks, a custom carousel, public art, and various events.

The New Boston Public Market is a year-round, indoor market featuring fresh, locally sourced food from 35 New England and Boston vendors selling farm-fresh produce, meat, eggs, cheese, fish, baked goods, flowers, and specialty and prepared food.

The Union Oyster House enjoys the unique distinction of being America’s oldest restaurant. This Boston fixture, housed in a building dating back to the Pre-Revolutionary days, started serving food in 1826 and has continued ever since.

Harvard Yard
Harvard Yard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a grassy area of 22.4 acres, enclosed by fences with twenty-seven gates. It is the oldest part of the Harvard University campus, its historic center, and its modern crossroads.

A trip to New England would not be complete without one visit to its coffee and donuts mainstay, Dunkin’ Donuts. In 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts opened its doors in Quincy, MA and today it is an international chain, serving more than 3 million customers.

Legal Sea Foods
was born in 1950 next to a fish market in Inman Square in Cambridge. Legal Sea Foods has 24 locations in MA.  Legal Harborside offers waterfront dining in Boston’s Seaport District, but be sure to make a reservation!

Tours of the Samuel Adams Brewery depart every 45 minutes and last about an hour. It is a free tour and includes beer to sample and a tasting glass to take home. After the tour, visitors are invited to take a trolley to J.J. Foley’s Café, a family owned Irish pub since 1909.
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See what’s brewing at Harpoon! The Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall, located in Boston’s Seaport District, offers a full selection of Harpoon beers straight from the source along with pretzels to pair. Cap off your trip by taking a guided tour of the brewery!

Museum of Art
Museum of Science
New England Aquarium
Boston Tea Party Museum
Institute of Contemporary Art

See a full list of museums






Boston: Steeped in History June 1-4, 2016