Want to know what makes this country great? Beantown’s history and character is a short walk down every cobblestone street. Practice saying “wicked,” order some jimmies on your ice cream and get ready for a whirlwind tour.
You’ll be starting at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, downtown on Boylston Street. Don’t worry if you haven’t done any exercise yet today—there’s plenty to see around the city before the ball game.
The Freedom trail is a 2.5-mile walking tour of the historic sites in Boston that are important to the American Revolution.
The most beautiful part of the Freedom Trail is arguably Boston Common, a 50-acre park in the heart of the city. This is the oldest city park in the country, dating back to 1634. You may see more Frisbees now than you did in the old days, but it’s still beautiful.
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As you continue along the Freedom Trail you’ll reach the Granary Burying Ground. So many of the people buried here were important to the founding of our nation, including Paul Revere, Sam Adams and John Hancock.
Walking the Freedom Trail may leave you hungry, so we head to the North End for the best lobster roll in Boston at Neptune Oyster. The lobster rolls here are fresh with hot butter—it’s the real deal for lobster rolls and Red Sox fans.
An amazing lunch of lobster rolls deserves an amazing dessert, so it’s time to try the original Boston Cream Pie at the spot it was invented—the Omni Parker House.
The dessert, which was first invented in 1856, is actually a sponge cake with pastry cream and chocolate ganache. It’s decked with a dizzying design that looks a little like a spider web—this is the signature Parker House topping.
On the way from Parker House to Faneuil Hall you should nip in for a pint at America’s oldest tavern, the Bell In Hand. In 1795 this place opened as an ale-only establishment—no spirits, no liquors … just ale.
Next it’s over to Faneuil Hall. The actual Faneuil Hall building was built in 1740 as a meeting place and a marketplace. Since then it’s been expanded into this entire district of buildings full of shops and restaurants.
It might put you a little behind schedule, but before the game, you’ve got to see the Boston Tea Party ship. You can reenact into history as you help impersonators throw tea into the harbor.
The next stop is Fenway Park, one of the most revered baseball stadiums in the country. Journey over to Lansdowne Street and the Bleacher Bar, a sports bar inside Fenway with 360-degree views of the field. But before you enter save time to go see Yawkey Way. You’ll see guys on stilts, live music… it’s like a big party.
Once you’re inside at Fenway Park it’s time to focus on Red Sox game day. Today you saw the fertile soil from which our nation was born, you ate great Boston food and fought for your right to not be taxed without representation. Now it’s time to watch Boston’s beloved Red Sox play ball at Fenway Park.