You can still experience a bit of the early Colonial days in historic downtown Boston with winding streets that were originally cow paths. The downtown area is home to many of Boston’s most popular destinations for visitor’s including the Old State House, the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Boston Harborwalk and the New England Aquarium. It’s also home to great restaurants, live theater, shopping and Boston’s vibrant financial district.
DOWNTOWN SITES OF INTEREST
The Freedom Trail Foundation offers some of the most popular and acclaimed historical tours in all of New England. Walk Into History along the famous red line with an 18th Century Costumed Guide. Hear the tales of the brave Bostonians and Colonialists who dared to challenge Britain and helped establish the greatest republic in the world. These 90 minute tours are designed for individuals, groups, corporate team building and schools. Read the descriptions carefully and select your special tour.
A bustling marketplace since Colonial days, Fanueil Hall Marketplace is even more active today with historic sites, street entertainment and dozens of restaurants, bars and shopping.
Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.
Where once stood a congestive and unattractive elevated freeway today stands a lovely ribbon of green space known as the Rose Kennedy Greenway. With the completion of Boston’s famous Big Dig and the freeway now located below ground, the Greenway has created a beautiful and vibrant space in the heart of the city connecting downtown to the harbor with parks, fountains, education and entertainment.
Boston's HarborWalk is an inviting public walkway along the waterfront, with parks, public art, seating areas, cafes, exhibit areas, interpretive signage, water transportation facilities, and a wide range of other amenities. Year-round you can enjoy the comings and goings of Boston’s active harbor with commuter vessels, tour boats, water taxis and more.
The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size.
Today, Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston's neighborhoods.
The "Common" has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Until 1830, cattle grazed the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775.
Today the Common is alive daily with joggers, strollers, tennis and baseball players, skaters in winter and swimmers in the summer at the Frog Pond and a variety of concerts and plays in the spring, summer and fall.
The Public Garden was created in 1837 while the Boston Common in 1634. What a difference two centuries made. From its inception, the Public Garden was decorative and flowery, while the Common was pastoral and practical. The Common's walkways were for crosstown travel, the Public Garden's paths for meandering. The Common was America's first park, the Public Garden its first public botanical garden.