John F. Kennedy's birth place is located right in Boston's Brookline neighborhood. When you take a tour of this home, be aware that it is shown as it would have appeared on May 29, 1917. After President Kennedy's death, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy donated the house to the National Park system. A National Park Ranger will take you on the tour which lasts about 30 minutes. They will also take you through the neighborhood and let you see where the Kennedy's moved in 1920 which is pretty cool. Relive history and see for yourself where one of America's Presidents was born and raised! ps... if you go on JFK's birthday there is cake!!! True story. I ate some.
As the years go by - decades really - there are more and more generations that never truly lived and experienced the many struggles faced by African Americans. I am 23 years old, and ever since my first day of preschool I have viewed everyone as equal. My mom lived in Alabama and still tells me stories about the first day African Americans and Caucasians went to school together. Although my generation didn't live through it, I still think this is a great tour to take to help us understand where our country came from, and most important, where we are going.
"The African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill, both built in the early 1800's, are two of the Museum of African American History's most valuable assets. Located in what once was the heart of Boston's 19th-century African American community, these buildings remain a showcase of black community organization and enduring testimony to black craftsmanship."
The Black Heritage Freedom Tour in Beacon Hill needs to be your next on your list of things to do in Boston. It is a 1.6 mile walking tour with the largest collection of historic sites in the country relating to the life of a free African American community prior to the Civil War.
Guided tours available year around by appointment (617) 742-5415 and at 10, noon, and 2 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. I copy and pasted these times so check out their website here and make sure to give them a call to find out more.
Only two days away (yes, you should be counting) City Wine Tours will show off Boston's North End! This Saturday, September 22nd, is the day to get a different perspective of the North End - who knows, you may even become a true North End wine drinker. I know there is no way we can all be history lovers, but come on y'all... this is no museum. Who doesn't want to know more about those countless bottles we have all had.
"This North End Wine Tour explores the wines of Tuscany, Piedmont, Abruzzo and more through a top-tier collection of North End establishments."
It is a walking tour, so I would suggest saving your sipping (or chugging for all you wild ones) till the very end of the tour.
Who doesn't love the Irish?! They only have like the coolest accents, green beer on festive occasions, and wear wicked awesome plaid outfits. So indulge yourself already in the Irish history of Boston- in fact, over 300 years of it! Take a blast from the past at the Irish Heritage Trail. On your tour you will walk through sites that were game players in the Boston Irish History. From Downtown Boston to Back Bay you will make your way through 20 sites covering 3 miles. Yes- tennis shoes required if you don't want blisters.
"As a cultural tourism group, we want visitors, residents and educators to learn about the state's largest ethnic community as a way of appreciating American culture, heritage and history."
Well, ya have it folks. You have to go whether you want to or not, I mean we must respect our cultural heritage!
With Halloween right around the corner -or close enough people, quit giving me beef- it's time to re-embrace your Halloween spirit and make a night of spookiness!!
"Travel back through history to witness the early days of Harvard Yard, learn about the city's ghastly tales of murder and uncover the truth behind some of Harvard Square's more infamous ghosts."
Who knew Harvard Square had ghosts? NOT ME! I may have to take a shot or two before this trip... or I might pass the stop on the train by accident. Yes, I am not one for ghosts but hey, I am definitely one for history so maybe I will see y'all on the tour. Or hiding under a blanket. I guess time will tell my friends, time will tell.
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Because you only live once, treat yourself to a helicopter tour over Boston, one of the world’s most beautiful cities! Boston has a river, a harbor filled with ships, skyscrapers, parks, universities, and impressive bridges. The East Coast Aero Club has flown thousands of customers around the city already and hope that you’ll be next! Your trip starts at Hanscom Field, right in the middle of Minuteman National Historical Park and a short drive from downtown Boston. They offer the following tours:
- Enjoy the views near the airport of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond and historic Concord, MA: $99 per person; two-person minimum
- Retrace Paul Revere’s famous ride through Belmont, Arlington, Harvard University, M.I.T., the Zakim Bridge, downtown Boston and the waterfront, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway Park, Boston University, the Charles River, the Waltham mills, Brandeis University, Weston, and Lincoln: $199 per person; two-person minimum
- Follow the downtown Boston loop above with your choice of a journey along the North Shore or South Shore beaches and towns: $299 per person; two-person minimum
To schedule your flight call 781-274-6322.
So I got off the train the other day at Government Center and became a little nosier than usual. I entered City Hall and came across a room that many people are unaware of. In this room there was Boston, made of wood...and a lot smaller of course. This is pretty much the perfect place for newcomers or tourists of Boston. Learning the city this way is a lot less stressful- trust me! And, City Hall is pretty cool too. It is pretty much the major public edifice associated with the social and economic rebirth of Boston that began in the 1960s. As such, it is the symbol of the progressive thinking and bold initiative that transformed Boston into a “world-class” contemporary city.
Aaaannnndddd that's a wrap.
This event is a little over a week away, so make sure to plug it into your calendar! This is one of the Boston Street Railway Association's most popular and most visible activities and it is at their monthly meetings, which are held at the Grand Lodge of Masons' Paul Revere Room, 186 Tremont Street, in downtown Boston on the first Saturday of each month. They are always open to all and free of charge.
Nick Tomkavage will present a wide variety of MBTA scenes taken in the last decade, including views of maintenance vehicles, car houses, BSRA fan trips, and a few curiosities. Also featured will be Boeing LRVs, Flyer trackless trolleys, No. 3 East Boston cars and the North Station Elevated. Some of the material Nick will present was photographed by others, who will be appropriately credited for their efforts.
The meeting is FREE and open to all, so grab your friends and get ready to soak up some history.
So if you have nothing better to do today, then this may be the right time for you to check out The Longfellow House: George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War. It's pretty much one of those places you go and say "well this is cool" but definitly is no roller coaster ride. It's a great place to spend the day though, relax, and get your quick history fix for the week.
Here's a quick summary of what you'll be learning about:
"Historic Site preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world’s foremost 19th century poets. The house also served as headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston, July 1775 - April 1776. In addition to its rich history, the site offers unique opportunities to explore 19th century literature and arts."
...sounds interesting... hmmm... maybe I will even go... Although Mr. Longfellow is kind of intimidating me with his head shot.
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Discover Boston at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour.
Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of Boston at your own pace. You'll even hear narration by a professional tour conductor!
The Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour is the easiest way to get around town. You can hop on and off at any of the 18 stops as often as you like. Trolleys depart every 20 or 30 minutes (depending on the season).
Here are the pickup and drop off points:
1) New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace
2)Historic North End
3) USS Constitution/Charlestown Navy Yard
4) North Station/TD Banknorth Garden
5) Old State House Museum
6) Trolley Stop Store/ Theater District
7) Cheers ""The Original"
8) Copley Square/ Newbury St. Boutiques
9) Christian Science Plaza/ Symphony Hall
10) Copley Place Shopping Galleries
11) Back Bay & Hynes Convention Center
12) Fenway Park
14) Charles Street/ Antique Row
15) Boston State House/ Boston Common
16) South Station, Boston Tea Party
17) Boston Convention & Exposition Center
17a) Massport/ Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal (only open during cruise ship "port of call" days)
18) Seaport District
- April 14 - October 31 - Trolleys depart approximately every 20 minutes from 9:00am until 5:00pm