5 Ways To Experience Boston History

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Perhaps more than any other city in America, Boston is where history comes alive on every corner. It’s here, in the Cradle of Liberty, that the patriots envisioned and fought for our freedom and where visitors flock every day to witness this passion and determination. Here are some of the best ways to experience Boston history.

Explore Faneuil Hall
Used as a marketplace and meeting hall since 1742, this historic building still holds major significance to the city of Boston. It was here that Samuel Adams, James Otis and other leaders made speeches against British oppression. The iconic statue of Samuel Adams that stands in front of the building is just a symbol of the major influence the Cradle of Liberty has always held in Boston and America’s history. The third floor still serves as the headquarters for the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, the third oldest chartered military organization in the world and the oldest in the western hemisphere. Atop the building, the Gilded Grasshopper serves as a weathervane as it always has since Peter Faneuil constructed the building during the colonial period. It is here that hundreds of people take the Oath of Allegiance and are sworn in as new citizens of the United States twice each month, where the first floor is still used as a bustling marketplace and the second floor hosts many Boston city debates. A visit to Boston isn’t complete without a visit to historic Faneuil Hall.

Paul Revere House in Boston

Walk the Freedom Trail
Like no place else on Earth, Boston’s Freedom Trail takes you on a historical journey to 16 of the most significant sites in the city. This 2.5 mile brick-lined trail leads you to museums, meeting houses, churches and burying grounds and tells the stories of the people, places and events that helped shape our country. As you walk the trail, you’ll see the house where Paul Revere lived, the Old South Meeting House, where Samuel Adams motivated his fellow colonists to join him in the fight for freedom and more than a dozen other stirring spots that will transport you back in time.

Statue in Boston Common

Stroll Through Boston Common
The oldest park in the United States, Boston Common has a fascinating past and has played many roles throughout the city’s history. It was used for public hangings, played host to the British Troops prior to the American Revolution and was the site of public speeches made by various leaders and celebrities including Martin Luther King, Jr., Pope John Paul II and Gloria Steinem. It was here that bonfires and fireworks celebrated the repeal of the Stamp Act and the end of the Revolutionary War. While its role may have changed many times, the park is still a gathering place, where people from all walks of life come to enjoy the beautiful scenery, participate in recreational activities and find solace under the shade of a tree.

Relive the Boston Tea Party
Unlike any museum you’ve ever visited, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum offers you the chance to be a part of the one of the most dramatic events in the history of the USA, the Boston Tea Party. Inside this totally interactive, floating museum, you’ll meet the Sons of Liberty and join them on their quest as they fight taxation without representation. You’ll march alongside them to the wharf and even have the chance to throw tea overboard. Tour authentically restored tea ships and experience multi-sensory and holographic technology that will transport you back to the streets of colonial Boston. See one of only two remaining tea chests in existence today and feel the exhilaration the patriots must have felt on that fateful day.

Boston Tea Party Reenactment

Attend the Annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment
If you happen to be visiting Boston on December 16th, you’ll find yourself immersed in the historic event that catapulted the country into the American Revolution. Each year on December 16th, visitors and locals from across New England come together to be a part of the Anniversary Celebration of the Boston Tea Party. During this one-of-a-kind celebration, the events that took place more than two centuries ago unfold once again, this time played out by costumed re-enactors. The drama and passion is as evident as it was on that fateful night, and guests go from the Old South Meeting House to Griffin’s Wharf, taking the same route the patriots took to destroy the tea. At the close of the reenactment, tea chests are smashed open and their contents are thrown overboard into the Boston Harbor. A celebration filled with history and excitement, this annual event takes you back in time unlike any other.