Boston, and the Boston region, is full of history and there are quite a few places to visit for adults and children.

The Freedom Trail provides a walking tour of 16 historical sites in Boston including, Paul Revere's house, the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), Bunker Hill ("Don't fire til you see the whites of their eyes") and the Old North Church (from which Robert Newman hung the lanterns to signal Paul Revere for Paul's famous ride.)

Or the Black Heritage Trail. This walking tour tells you about the lives of free African Americans and white abolitionists in Boston.

For something more modern, but still within the city of Boston, just a few of the many sites are; the New England Aquarium located right on the waterfront, the Museum of Science located on the Charles River, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Children's Museum or the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

The MBTA can help you get to each of these and many more sites in and around Boston.

History abounds outside of Boston as well. In Concord you can find the Old North Bridge where the "shot heard round the world" was fired. Or you can visit Walden Pond where Henry David Thoreau went to live deliberately.

Further west of Boston in the town of Sturbridge is Old Sturbridge Village. The village, of 200 acres, presents the story of everyday life in a small New England town during the years 1790 to 1840.

Or visit the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield which interprets the lives of the Shakers who lived there from 1783 to 1960.

South of Boston, in the town of Plymouth, you can find Plymouth Rock, where it is claimed the Pilgrims first set foot in the new world, and Plymouth Plantation, where you can find a replica of the Pilgrims' ship the Mayflower.

North of Boston you will find Salem, home to the Hawthorne's "House of the Seven Gables" and to the infamous witch trials.

Or explore Massachusetts' seafaring legacy by visiting The Essex Ship Building Museum or Whaling in Gloucester or New Bedford.

These are just a few of the sites you can visit to enjoy the Boston area.


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