Boston for History Buffs: These Sites Transport You Back in Time

Boston is overrun with exciting opportunities to explore America's past. But history did not stop happening when the Revolution ended.

Today, a visit to Boston brings history to life through guided tours, mapped routes and even self exploration where you can bump into folks dressed in Colonial garb and ready to respond to the questions you may have. It is easy to connect with the past while exploring Boston in the present.

Although a modern city, Boston remains true to its roots. Keeping up with architectural maintence, carefully preserving artifacts and opening up relevant spots to tourists looking to gain insight into Boston's role in shaping history.


Best of all, many of Boston's historical sites are free of charge. A walk along the Freedom Trail lets you explore on your own or with a guide and stops at several of the best historical sites.

An hour's drive to Plymouth, MA brings you back to the time of the Pilgrims where you'll get an inside look at what life was like for early settlers. 

A boat ride to the Boston Harbor Islands engages war buffs who want to explore a fort from the Civil War. While more academic pursuits can be found in Cambridge at Harvard University.

Boston is a truly history buff's city to explore. 



Harvard University is America's oldest University, Founded in 1636 it was named for its first patron, Reverend John Harvard. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds on take the free, guided historical tour of the campus and its most famous landmarks....  Read More



The Granary Burial Ground is a small cemetery that serves as the final resting place for a number of people whose acts and/or character changed American history. Situated near a pre-Revolutionary grain storehouse, the cemetery houses the graves...  Read More



This 221-foot granite obelisk remembers the Battle of Bunker Hill. Rangers provide details about the history of the crucial battle, and seasonal musket-firings add a note of authenticity. A stop on the Freedom Trail, the Bunker Hill Monument is...  Read More



The Boston Harbor Islands are unique part of the National Park system. 12 ready to explore islands offer a variety of activities for an active island adventure like checking out historic sites, spotting wildlife, taking a hike, getting in the...  Read More



This is the spot where the famous signal warned residents of Cambridge that the British were approaching by sea with two of Paul Revere's lanterns on the night of April 18, 1775. The oldest church building in Boston, Old North Church still...  Read More

Outside the City


Plimoth Plantation attracts quite a few visitors, and for good reason, this living history "museum" brings 17th Century America life. See what day to day living was like for the Pilgrims and meet the Native Americans they met upon arrival....  Read More

Paul Revere House


Situated along the Freedom Trail, this two-and-a-half-story wooden house in Boston's North End served as the home of Paul Revere when he set out on April 18, 1775 for that famous ride toward Lexington. Built around 1680, and now recognized as a...  Read More

USS Constitution


Climb aboard Old Ironsides and see why this ship was able to live through its time at war. Constructed in the North End using bolts, spikes and other fittings from Paul Revere's foundry, "Old Ironsides" is steeped with Boston history. One of the...  Read More

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Photo courtesy of Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum


Although it was not just one night that led patriots to take matters into their own hands to begin a fight for freedom, it was the continued lack of freedoms and representation that brought about the Tea Party. Here, you can relive the catalyst...  Read More



A wonderful way to see Boston! Put on comfortable shoes and experience the 2 and 1/2 mile route full of historical information. The trail starts at Boston Common but can easily be picked up at any point along the way just by following signs...  Read More


Meet Jessica Polizzotti

Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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