Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Common offers a mix of history and nature. Founded in 1634, it is the oldest public park in the United States as well as the starting of the iconic Freedom Trail. This makes sense, as the attraction has played many roles in its lifetime, like being a campground during the Revolutionary War for British troops, the celebration site for George Washington, John Adams and General Lafayette when the country received independence and a place where Martin Luther King, Jr. rallied for civil rights. Walking around, you’ll pass many memorials and monuments like the Boston Massacre Monument, the Great Elm Site, and the Robert Gould Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial. Additionally, there have been discoveries of prehistoric sites, leading researchers to believe Native Americans inhabited the area as far back as 8,500 years ago.
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February 8, 2013
May 19, 2012
With New England-style boulevards, historical parks, and a thriving student population, it’s no wonder Boston is so often thought of as one of the nation’s most walkable cities. Also, since many of the original Boston blocks were constructed at a time when walking was the primary means of transportation, it makes sense that one should walk around town in the first place. But a walking tour isn’t just a meandering, day-long stroll; tours can also involve the other senses and the arts – these integrated memories can make the time you spend in a city much more personal. Here are a few selections from Boston’s wide variety of special walking tours that will do just that.
May 4, 2012
Boston has several prime areas for whale watching – mainly the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Marine species abound, and the crisp shores of the Atlantic are themselves an enticing reason for a boat trip. Here are some tips for planning your big whale watching moments.