British garrison and cannon site, you can still see where Redcoat musket practice has left deep pock marks on several Colonial headstones. From this high ground, the British fired flaming cannonballs towards Charlestown, setting the homes afire during the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Follow the path of those cannonballs across the Charles River to the granite obelisk atop Bunker Hill. At the crest of this hill on the night of June 16, 1775, two months after the battle at Concord, the Minutemen secretly dug an earthen fort. The following day, in an afternoon battle, they inflicted devastating casualties on what was at the time the best-trained and best-equipped army in the world. Although the 2,000 British soldiers eventually took the hill, the Patriots put half the attackers out of action. While suffering only 400 casualties themselves, the Rebels caused British General Gage to privately lament, "The loss we have sustained is greater than we can bear."
At the base of Bunker Hill, the Charlestown Navy Yard berths the oldest active commissioned warship in the world, the USS Constitution. During a name "Old Ironsides" when astounded British gunners saw their cannonballs bouncing off the thick planks of Georgia Live Oak that lined the Constitution's hull.
Back to Boston on the trail, nearing your sixth mile, the last and most poignant stop should be the Granary Burial Ground, final resting place of Samuel Adams, Robert Treat Paine and John Hancock, three Boston Patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence. Sharing the burial ground are five victims of the Boston Massacre, including Crispus Attucks, the first black man killed in the Revolution.
After a day on the trail you are sure to be hungry. Near the Old State House you can find gourmet eats with an incredible harbor view from the 33rd floor of 60 State Street at The Bay Tower Restaurant, consistently rated tops in romantic dining.
In Chinatown, near the Theater District, crowded local favorite China Pearl offers dim sum, or take in sophisticated Chinese-American at P. F. Chang's China Bistro. Nearby, go elegant at the Four Seasons Hotel's Aujourd'Hui or their Bristol Lounge serving French and American cuisine along with their popular afternoon English tea.
Boston Harbor Walk and Freedom Trail, Walking Trails
In the Walkable city of Boston, the history lover can cut the shackles to the automobile and walk the cobble streets in the footsteps of Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. In Boston you walk paths through neighborhoods that saw rebellion and revolution forge the nation's first heroes during America's struggle for freedom.
Boston's Harbor Walk takes you near the docks where the Boston Tea Party occurred. The Harbor Walk goes unbroken from the new Contemporary Art Museum to the Christopher Columbus Park in Boston's North End. The downtown section is part of a 47 mile walking trail constructed in various sections of the city and connecting its seaside neighborhoods.
Three boston walks listed here cover Boston's history and arts.
For convenience start at the Rowes Wharf Hotel, near to Faneuil Hall and transportation by boat or rail. Walk towards the new court house over the Congress Street Bridge or the Old Northern Avenue bridge. Walk along the harbor at the court house to the Institute of Contemporary Art. From there you can turn back and follow the trail to north side of Boston, through columbus Park and into Boston's North End.
First stop: the Old South Meeting House, where on December 16, 1773, 5,000 the spunk of rebellion, 168 men in Native American garb stormed down to the docks and boarded three English cargo ships loaded with tea. Determined to prevent the cargo from entering the port, the rebels smashed open 342 chests of tea and hurled it into the salty waters of Boston Harbor.
Hardly amused at the loss of what would today be over a million dollars worth of tea, the British blockaded the harbor, forbade public gatherings and sent an army to occupy the city.
From the Meeting House, the trail leads past the Old State House, skirts the circle of cobblestones where five men fell in "The Boston Massacre" and then winds down the hill to Faneuil Hall, the "Cradle of American Liberty." Here, in this public meeting house built in 1742, leaders Hancock, Adams, Paine and Revere stoked the fires of independence with their oratory in cries of "Taxation without representation is tyranny."
"The child liberty was born here in 1764," rangers recite as they retell the events leading up to the American Revolution in free hourly presentations.
From Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail continues to the North End and the oldest house in Boston, the 1680 home of Paul Revere.
The aroma of coffee and freshly baked breads from the 80 or so restaurants and pastry shops in this lively Italian community might coax you to stop for cappuccino and cannolis at Mike's Bakery on Hanover Street, or try a lunch of salmon piccata at intimate G'vanni's on near the Revere House
Institute of Contemporary Art building on Boston Harbor
Boston Public Garden
Boston has completed its long building project and is now better than ever as a walking city
The highway that once cut through the city has been put beneath the surface and the freed up space is being converted to park space.
Near this spot on the harbor, colonial men in Native American garb stormed down to the docks and boarded three English cargo ships loaded with tea. The rebels were determined to prevent the cargo from entering the port of Boston so they smashed open 342 chests of precious Darjeeling and hurled it into the salty waters of Boston Harbor
On the night of April 18, 1775, Robert Newman crept up the stairs in the Old North Church. He hung lanterns in the steeple, a signal that 700 British soldiers were about to board boats and row up the Charles River toward Lexington.
The British boarded barges and headed up-river for the road to Lexington and Concord, intent on seizing muskets hidden by the Minutemen. Paul Revere, sent by the Governor to warn the Colonial militia, galloped toward Lexington spreading the alarm. Later that day, a fierce battle sent the 700 British troops scurrying in panic back to the safety of Boston, attacked from all sides by 1,400 swarming Minutemen who had rushed in from distant settlements.
Boat tours visit the Boston Harbor Islands and the distant beaches of Provincetown
For seafood, try the venerable 1826 Union Oyster House raw bar, just three feet from the trail. This is where Daniel Webster often downed mounds of Wellfleet Oysters on the half shell.
Boston Walk of Freedom,History, and the Walk of Artists
Boston's Harbor Walk is at the edge of the water on Boston Harbor. The piers that once saw China Trade vessels and fishing schooners are now home to hotels and public space that make a walk on the harbor a pleasant summer activity.
The Footsteps of Famous Patriots
munched community grass. Here, you can follow costumed actor Don Watson as he talks about Puritan Boston.
"If a man kissed his wife in public on Sunday, he would be put in the stocks right here on the Common." John says as he plays the part of Patriot James Otis and guides visitors on the three-mile Freedom Trail to 11 places significant in Boston's history.
Photo, Bucks County Tourism
Boston Harbor Walk and Freedom Trail goes through Boston's streets and along the edge of the water on Boston Harbor. The cobble streets that once saw the patriots speaking against England's tax on tea are now home to hotels, restaurants, and public space.
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Rental cars are available at the airport through rental car shuttle buses that pick up at arrivals.
From the airport boat shuttles reach the City of Boston at several places. Transit service and taxis reach the city after a short drive.
Passenger Boat service leaves daily from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod (May -September) at Provincetown. Bikes can go aboard.
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