Happy Wednesday, everyone! We hope your week has been going well :)
We didn’t have a lot of time to spend in Boston, but one sure-fire way to get a taste is to walk the Freedom Trail. I tried to make the different stops into a “scavenger hunt” for Brandon since he is a history buff. To no one’s surprise, he got all of them correctly except for the handful of clues that referred to churches. I married a smart one :)
Given the time constraints, I was a little worried that we may not get to stop everywhere. But folks, hiking in Colorado came in handy, because walking at sea level on flat ground was a piece of cake and we were able to walk through the entire city! The historic sites are all along the Freedom Trail, which is ~3mi, so we got to hit all the stops within the better part of the hour. Keep in mind, we didn’t get to go inside the houses/churches in order for it to fit in our time crunch, but that was OK with us.
Follow along as we bring you along our version of Boston, on and off the “official” Freedom Trail!
1. Fenway Park - “take me out to the ballgame,” HERE to start off this scavenger hunt! This was right by our hotel, so we just walked here before taking an Uber across town. We skipped the Bunker Hill Monument (the start of the Freedom Trail) but instead we went to #2, below.
2. Site of the Great Molasses Food - This was considered Boston’s version of Pompeii, as 40ft waves of Molasses rushed down Commercial Street at a speed of 35mph. (On a side note, like WOW! Classify this under weird things I would never believe until I saw the plaque commemorating this event).
3. Old North Church - The oldest standing church in Boston, first opened to worshippers in 1723. Fun fact: it played a role in alerting the colonists that “the British are coming”! There are tours available of the inside for $$.
4. Statue of Paul Revere - “the British are coming” is a quote WRONGLY attributed to him. Note: there was restoration going on when we visited, so the area was blocked off by a chain link fence. We were able to get this gorgeous shot of the statue with the Old North Church in the background by holding our camera up close to the holes in the fence.
5. Paul Revere’s House - the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston! You can take a tour of the inside ($$).
6. Union Oyster House & Green Dragon Tavern - the oldest restaurant in the United States + the pub where it was reported that the Boston Tea Party was planned!
7. Statue of Reed Auerbach - smoke a cigar with him, who was head coach when the Boston Celtics won 9 NBA championships (only behind Phil Jackson of the Chicago Bulls). They also have little shoe imprints if you have the desire to step into his shoes.
8. Old State House - the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston from the balcony here! Side Note: YOU GUYS, THE FREAKING DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS FIRST READ HERE. Take a minute to let that soak in! It was insane to be at this very spot, on a very busy intersection surrounded by the new buildings of Boston, where our great nation became a free country. ON THIS BALCONY! Mindblowingly cool, if you ask us!
12. Old City Hall - one of the original Latin schools where Benjamin Franklin (father of electricity amongst other things) went to school. When we got there, it was pretty cool for us to see some sort of reenactment made by the soldiers that we saw over at the Old State House.
13. New State House - we dropped by to take a quick walk through the New State House. There’s really not that much to see inside, but we loved this little flag room that they had! We would suggest skipping unless you needed a bathroom break ;) Head on over to Anna’s Taqueria a few blocks away for a quick taco snack - we each got one and honestly I regret just not eating dinner here instead because you guys the tacos were sooooooooooooooooooo good and the flavors were absolutely authentic!
14. Beacon Hill - voted one of the cutest neighborhoods in America by Thrillist. Honestly, we say skip it unless you plan on doing a photo shoot here. It is literally a cobble-stoned, residential neighborhood. Acorn Street is the most popular here, but there are a lot of tourists just taking pictures.
15. Boston Commons / Boston Public Garden - America’s oldest park and first botanical garden. It’s almost as if the whole city lives here! It was very lively and filled with squirrels (who are not afraid of humans at all).
16. Trinity Church - we walked past here on the way to stop #17. It had the first “pneumatic door check” which is a fancy way of saying that the doors don’t slam as you close them ($$ for a tour).
17. Boston Public Library - this public resource holds approximately 19 million volumes, making it the second-largest in the United States, only behind the Library of Congress. The reading room here is *famous* on Instagram/Pinterest for good reason. But we found it a little awkward trying to take a picture as people studied here!
18. Boston Marathon Finish Line - we ended the day here as it was right outside the Boston Public Library. Be careful if you want a picture because there is oncoming traffic on non-marathon days.
What a perfect, whirlwind tour of Boston! We both fell in love with the city and cannot wait to come back for a proper weekend here! Do you have any tips or insider knowledge on where to go in Boston?