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Boston Colonial Sites

By Viator, September 2014

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Long gone are the days when the Puritans and Pilgrims walked the cobbled streets of the small peninsula of what is now bustling Boston. Today, however, the knowledgeable amateur historian need not look far for the footprints of these original settlers of modern-day Beantown. From the Boston Massacre, to the Boston Tea Party, to the definitive battles of the American Revolution, it’s little wonder Boston and its surrounding area is known as the ‘Cradle of Liberty.’

In June of 1630, John Winthrop – largely considered, if one could be considered at all, to be Boston’s founding father – and settlers landed in neighboring Plymouth. Boston developed shortly thereafter as a port town and fishing village and the settlers helped to build what is now famously known as Boston Commons and Cambridge (the first college on American soil, aka Harvard). As Boston grew, it would become the first major port town and economic powerhouse of an early America. Having such a strong influence in the colonies, it is little wonder then when, in 1770, a British attempt to control the colonies prompted a series of historical acts, Boston played a key role: the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s famous ride, and the beginning battles of the American Revolutionary War (the battles Lexington and Concord), all occurred here.

Perhaps a visiting historian’s best bet to make the most of these Colonial sites in one fell swoop, is to follow the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile red path drawn through the streets of Boston, passing by 16 notable sites and full of esoteric American Colonial history. But for the total Boston experience, consider an immersion in the life and times of colonial Boston by transporting yourself back in time to the real thing with a visit to the Massachusetts Plimoth Plantation. This living museum is famous for its realistic depiction of working colonial-era New England, and for its staff who never break character.

Whatever you decide to do, however, it is difficult to avoid it. Colonial Boston is modern Boston almost everywhere you look.

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Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 209 Reviews

Experience the very best of Boston in one day on this fully narrated sightseeing tour of the area's major sights. First, journey through the historic towns of ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.00

Boston Super Saver: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Tour plus Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Experience the best of the Boston area by combining a tour of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord and a 2-day Boston hop-on hop-off trolley. Delve into the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Coach tour: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)


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From USD $65.60

Plimoth Plantation Living Museum Day Trip from Boston

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Journey back in time and see how life was for the Pilgrims and Wampanoag American Indians in the 1600s on this day tour to the Plimoth Plantation, a living ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00

Boston Pizza and Taverns Tour

Raise a pint to the spirits of Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and George Washington as you relive more than 375 years of tavern history in Boston. This informative ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00

American History Tour: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Day Trip from Boston

4.5 star rating: Recommended 85 Reviews

This fascinating historical day trip from Boston takes you to the famous nearby Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Journey along the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00

North End Pizza Tour

Treat yourself to some of the best pizza in Boston on this walking food tour. Explore the city’s oldest neighborhoods and visit historic sites along the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.00

Boston Photography Tour: Freedom Trail

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Get your camera ready and explore Boston’s Freedom Trail on this guided walking tour. Hear some interesting commentary from your guide, a professional ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00

Admission to Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plimoth Grist Mill

Take a journey back in time to experience the lives of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe in colonial America. Located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, near Boston, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.95

Historical Plymouth Walking Tour by Candle-Lit Lantern

Discover Plymouth’s history-rich sights by night on a 1.5-hour evening walking tour around the city. With a candle-lit lantern in hand, follow a friendly local ...  Read more

Location: Plymouth, Massachusetts
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $12.00

Admission to Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

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Step back in time and see how the Boston Tea Party changed American history! This Boston museum details the series of events leading to December 16, 1773, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

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