Boston is considered the cultural mecca of New England. With a rich history dating back to the Puritans in the mid-1600s, the city has long had a history of education and influence. Touting the nation’s first subway system and public school, Boston is a city of firsts that continues to innovate and offer enticing attractions. Whether visiting Revolutionary sites like Bunker Hill or walking the lawns of Cambridge, students gain an appreciation for the history that helped fashion our nation.
Historic Old North Church
The oldest active church in Boston, Old North Church is reportedly the church from which the signal lights were sent before Paul Reveres infamous ride of April 18, 1775. Today the church is listed on the registry of National Historic Landmarks.
Bunker Hill Monument
This granite monument stands over 220 feet tall in Charleston, Massachusetts, and overlooks the fields where the fighting between the American and British forces occurred. Nearly 300 steps lead to the top of the monument and provide a sweeping view.
Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States. Dating from 1634, the central park occupies 50 acres in the heart of Boston.
Prudential Center Skywalk
At the top of Prudential Tower, the second highest building in Boston, students can find the Prudential Skywalk. The Skywalk is the highest observation deck in New England, rising over 900 feet above the city.
Plymouth Plantation is a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Students will see reconstructed settlement housing, as well as interact with locals trained in 17th century diction.
Mayflower II is a sea-worthy replica of the original Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims from England to Massachusetts. The ship is 106 feet long, 25 feet wide, with four masts. Built in Brixham, England, the ship was sailed to Boston in 1957.
Named in honor of Cambridge in England, Cambridge, Massachusetts continues the legacy of education. The city is home to two of the world’s most prominent universities, Harvard and M.I.T.
Part of Boston National Historical Park, Faneuil Hall has been a cornerstone of Boston life since 1742. Several pre-revolutionary speeches were given here by Samuel Adams and James Otis.
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