While Philadelphia can rightly boast that they are the city where our independence was signed, sealed and delivered, they can’t lay claim to being the birthplace of the American Revolution. That honor belongs to Boston. Take your pick of flashpoints: The Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride around Boston, the battles of Lexington and Concord just outside of Boston… clearly there is a common denominator here: Boston. To step into this town is to truly step into American history. However, you’re going to be getting a lot more than history lessons. There is some great food, great museums, a great ballpark and great people.
Leave the Tour, Take the Cannoli
Visiting Boston, which means you’ve got to hit the Freedom Trail. This is a 2.5-mile tour of the 16 hot spots from the Revolutionary War. Included is Paul Revere’s home, just like he left it and the Old North Church of “two it by land” fame. At the Old State House Museum, you’ll see dozens of artifacts from the war including some of the actual tea that was dumped into the harbor. You can either go on a guided tour or download a tour map app and DIY your history. Just plan it so that when you’re down walking, you’ll find yourself in the North End a.k.a. Little Italy. What does Boston’s Little Italy have to do with the Revolutionary War? Zippo. But the meals you’re gonna have here? Fuggedaboutit. As for the cannolis, go to Mike’s Pastry. Best in Boston.
If you’re starting your visit at the North End, then it’s only right that you do a day in the South End. You’ve got refurbished townhouses dating by to the 1800s, shops, bakeries, cafes, bistros, and galleries. You can see a painting. You grab some chowder at B&G Oysters. It’s a great day.
There are very few original ballparks still left in the country. In fact, Fenway is the oldest MLB stadium still in use having been built in 1912. If the Sox are playing, then try to snag a ticket. Just remember that you’re in Boston. Which means you’ll be rooting for the Sox to win. Don’t even try to stick up for your hometown team. If it is off-season, then you can still go to Fenway to take a tour and grab a brew at the Bleacher Bar built under the Stadium.
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Everywhere you look around Harvard Square; you’ll find rampant commercialism. However, once you step onto the hallowed grounds, it’s as if you’re stepping back in time. Stroll around the campus and check out Memorial Church for a little Harvard history. Make sure you stop off at the campus store to pick up a sweatshirt to impress everyone with.