History Comes Alive! Take a Road Trip to Boston

Recent events got the family thinking about this country’s origins? A trip to Boston is one way to revisit America’s rich history. Around every corner you and your young ones will find a place that has played a significant role in America’s past. But don’t worry, even if your kids don’t know the difference between a raincoat and a redcoat, this city also offers plenty of other things to see, do and eat. Click through for our Boston hot spots!

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The Freedom Trail

Put on your walking shoes, a warm hat and gloves and follow a red-bricked route through the city. On this two-and-a-half-mile route you will find 16 historically-significant sites from the time of the American Revolution that will captivate imaginations of all ages. From Boston Commons, to the Granary Burial Ground, Faneuil Hall, and Paul Revere’s House, all the way across the Charles River to the Bunker Hill Memorial and the USS Constitution, the walk is a great showcase for Boston’s rich history. There are a couple of ways to take this all in. If you book a tour with the Freedom Trail Foundation, it’s possible that Mehibitale Dawes will lead you on the tour and you’ll learn why her husband almost became as famous as Paul Revere. Whichever 18th century-costumed guide you get will engage young and old along the 90-minute tour, telling tales of history that you’ve likely heard — and some that you haven’t. The tours cover quite a bit of ground, so If you don’t think your younger kids will manage it, then follow the route on your own.

Good to know: There is a smart phone app that you can purchase that will help guide you along the route if you decide to trek out on your own. https://www.thefreedomtrail.org/book-tour/smart-phone.shtml

The Freedom Trail Foundation

Book a Tour: thefreedomtrail.org

Purchase Tickets: Boston Common Visitor Information Center

Boston Common Park
139 Tremont St.
Online: boston.gov

What are your favorite things to do with little ones in Boston? Tell us in the comments below.

— Natalia Dotto

Unless otherwise noted: photos by Natalia Dotto Photography


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