Exploring the History of Boston

19 Nov

The other day I posted an article about 25 free things to do in Boston that was written by Boston.com. I mentioned in that post that there were a few walks/tours I would later highlight so they wouldn’t get in the way of the original material. Well, I didn’t completely lie. I just do not have that much time today to write this blog, but I did not want to leave y’all hanging (because I know you were waiting to hear about the walks that will take you out in the cold, away from your blankets, alcohol and TV and make you prance around a city full of crazy tourists on vacation for the holiday season. Sounds like fun, right?).

Anyways, the Boston.com mentioned two tours that I think are brilliant. Both are meant to be done by driving, but I think it would be easier to look through the sites, pick your favorites and walk/take public transportation. The first is a tour of JFK’s Boston. Okay, so to me it does not sound fascinating. Heck, it doesn’t even sound interesting. But I know many people who are interested in politics that would kill to go on this tour. The route seems phenomenal; it takes you through Cambridge, Downtown, the North End, the Financial District and of course South Boston. Some of the stops are hotels and restaurants. Others are churches that may be interesting to stop inside of. Others include his birthplace and the JFK Library and Museum. That is why I suggest picking the spots that sound most interesting to you and checking those out.

The second tour that Boston.com mentions is the Boston Sports Trail. This, to me, is amazing and innovative. Everyone knows that Boston is a sports town, but not everyone knows the history of sports in the city. This tour takes you from the North End, through Downtown, through the Common, Northeastern, Roxbury and finally puts you at Boston University. Stops include the Boston Sports Museum, which is the TD Garden (while you are there, check out the statue of Bobby Orr). There are some statues sprinkled across the city and a few things related to the Boston Marathon. Stops also include the arena at Northeastern, the arena at BU and the field at BU, all of which have significant ties to Boston’s sport’s history.

As these walks show, Boston has many places of interest. If you are interested in something specific, say the Boston Marathon, higher learning or hospitals (I know, that’s weird. I just couldn’t think of anything else), then do a little research online and create your own walk. It is a great way to see the city and the surrounding area and you may learn something in the process. Or you can use it as a bragging tool to your friends.


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