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A walking tour of Boston
A walking tour of Boston
Boston is a perfect city to discover on foot. Compact, pedestrian-friendly and packed full of wonderful architecture and fascinating historical sites, wandering around Beantown is the best way to ensure that you really get under the skin of this charming city, and lets you see loads of little details that many people miss. We hope that you enjoy this post about Boston Massachusetts Tourism.
Since Boston’s Big Dig project, which diverted traffic underground and built a network of pedestrian greenways, this New England city has rewarded visitors who are happy to strap on a pair of walking shoes and get their steps in. So whether you have an afternoon spare in town before a vacation cruising from Boston, or you are planning a longer stay, why not try out this little tour by foot to visit some of the city’s best landmarks and sights!
Boston Common is a great place to start any tour of the city. Right at the heart of town, there are plenty of excellent cafes to grab a coffee or a bite to eat before setting off on your pedestrian adventure. Take a look around the leafy green environs, and try and find the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Boston Foundation Monument.
The first section of your tour of Boston takes you on a quick walk through history. Orientate yourself with the majestic steeple of Park Street Church, and head off down Tremont Street towards it. The church itself is magnificent, with a storied past, and the Granary Burial Ground, where famous names from the Revolutionary War like Sam Adams and Paul Revere are buried, is also worth exploring.
From here, head north east past the King’s Chapel, then hang a right to discover the historic Old State House, one of the oldest buildings in the USA, and the site of the infamous Boston Massacre. Brush up on your history in front of the statue of Bill Russell, civil rights leader and NBA hero, before heading into Boston’s market district to deal with your hunger pangs!
Just off Congress Street, the Union Oyster House is a superb (if a little touristy) spot to sample New England’s famous chowder. Faneuil Hall offers a ritzy take on a traditional food market, while Boston Public Market is slightly less formal, although its food stalls are just as delicious.
After lunch, walk off your chowder with a tour of the historic North End. Immerse yourself in Boston’s Revolutionary history at the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House and the statue of the great man himself. End up in Langone Park at the north end of the docks, and try and catch a glimpse of the Bunker Hill Monument across the water in Charlestown.
From Langone Park stick to the waterfront, and wander down the long loop of Boston Harbor, taking advantage of the superb Harborwalk which runs for a staggering 47 miles along the water. Check out the New England Aquarium, as well as the excellent views out past Castle Island and into the bay. Keep heading south, with the Financial District on your right, and you’ll pass the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, a floating piece of history with charming live reenactments.
Finally head west, past South Station, and finish your afternoon in Boston’s lively Chinatown district. Head through the paifang gate, grab a picture with one of the two foo lions that stand either side, then look to grab an early evening bite at one of the amazing dumpling houses or dim sum palaces that are crowded into this vibrant neighborhood. For a truly cultural end to your Boston walking tour, arrange to catch a show at the Wang Theater, the Wilbur or the Citizens Bank Opera House.