5 Top Things to do in Boston
By: The New England Blogger
1. Fenway Park Opened on April 20th, 1912. It is actually the second home for the Red Sox. In 1901, “The Boston Pilgrims” became one of the charter members of the Fledgling American League. The Pilgrims played ball at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, now a part of Northeastern University Campus.
Boston Globe owner; General Charles Henry Taylor, a Civil War veteran bought the team for his son John I. Taylor in 1904. In 1907, owner Taylor changed the club’s name from the “Pilgrims” to the RED SOX. In 1910, tired of the leasing arrangement for the Huntington Avenue grounds, Taylor made a big announcement: He would build a new ballpark for his Red Sox. Taylor dubbed the new ballpark FENWAY PARK because of its location in the Fenway section of Boston.
The 1st official game occurred on April 9th when the Red Socks beat Harvard University 2-0. The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders (later known as the Yankees) before 27,000 fans 7-6 in 11 innings! The event would have made front page news had it not been for the sinking of the Titanic only a few days before!
Guided 50 minute historic walking tours of the stadium are also available where perhaps you can hear the echoes of history’s past great baseball players.
2. Freedom Trail Is a 2.5 mile guided walking tour to 16 significant historic sites. In March 1951 Bill Schofield, an editor and daily columnist for the “Old Herald Traveler” invented the FREEDOM TRAIL. He found a kindred spirit in Bob Winn, a member of the North End’s Old North Church. Both had a passion for history and wanted to help tourists that visited the area find historic locations. They both shared a concern for the accessibility the city’s historic structures. Due to Schofield’s columns over a 2 week period, he gained victory from the politicians and help from Paul Hines at city hall for development and the Boston Chamber of Commerce. “THE FREEDOM TRAIL” became official by June 1951.
In the late 1950’s and 1960’s a local businessman and philanthropist Dick Berenson helped guide the trail to its success. By 1974, the National Park Service stepped in. Annual attendance soared to three-four million. Today, Four different 18th Century Costumed Guided 90 minute tours are available:
- Walk into History Tour (Boston Commons to Faneuil Hall)
- Reverse Walk into History (Faneuil Hall to Boston Commons)
- North End Tour (Faneuil Hall to North End Waterfront)
- Pirates & Patriots Tour (Faneuil Hall to Tea Party Museum)
Along the way you’ll visit Paul Revere’s House, The State House, USS Constitution, Old North Church, Bunker Hill Museum and more! Donations to the Freedom Trail Preservation Fund are welcome.
3. New England Aquarium Founded in 1969, The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation and a major public education and resource. Explore vibrant coral reefs, meet lionfish and view animals and exhibits from around the globe. IMAX Theatre, daily aquarium presentations and shows, conservation and research programs, education programs and activities and more. There’s also a behind the scene tours and whale watching cruise.
Opening April 15th The Trust Family Foundation presents Shark & Ray Touch Tank.
4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is as alive today as it was in 1742 when our Nation’s father’s proclaimed it “The cradle of Liberty” It combines the glories of Boston’s past with todays urban sophistication with over 49 shops, 18 restaurants, 35 colonnade eateries and 44 pushcarts of unique shops and restaurants. Plus there’s outdoor entertainment that includes jugglers, magicians, and musicians in the cobblestone promenade. This site attracts more than 18 million visitors annually.
For over 250 years the marketplace has played an integral role in the life of Boston Residents. It’s the seat of American history and site of America’s most famous shopping and dining experience with four great places in one location. Faneuil Mall, Quincy Market, North and South Market.
In 1742, Peter Faneuil, Boston’s wealthiest merchant built Faneuil Hall as a gift to the city. Merchants, fisherman, meat and produce sellers had a new home to sell their goods and it provided a platform for the country’s most famous orators. It is where colonists first protested the SUGAR ACT in 1764 and established the doctrine of “No Taxation without Representation”.
Samuel Adams railled the citizens of Boston to the cause of independence from Great Britain in the hallowed Hall and George Washington toasted the nation on its 1st birthday.
5. SkyWalk Observation Boston’s only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond. Acoustguide audio tour detailing the city’s many points of interest. Open 7 days a week. Plus shopping and dining and other services available at Prudential Center.