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There are more than 100 places to eat, shop and drink at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market. French merchant Peter Faneuil gave the hall that precedes the marketplace to his adopted home of Boston in 1742. It has been called the Cradle of Liberty because of the number of revolutionaries and abolitionists who delivered important speeches here. The hall is now a tourist center and place to shop, but public meeting facilities are still available.
Take a photographic journey around some of Boston's historic sites. This walking tour company specializes in leading camera-happy groups around the city to see and capture some the best locales. Photo Walks offers private tours, scavenger hunts, night tours, private photo lessons and more. See the exclusive Beacon Hill neighborhood with its 19th-century brownstones, the Public Garden and Boston Harbor for panoramic views and the Freedom Trail's historic sites. It's a great way to see Boston come alive, along with instruction on simple and creative photo techniques.
Popular with golfing enthusiasts, this year-round indoor driving range, supply shop and instructional facility offers a place to drive some balls when you cannot get to a real golf course. Instruction is offered for all levels. You can outfit yourself in the spacious pro-shop before hitting the tees. This establishment offers a way to keep yourself in top form year round.
Boston Common is America's oldest park in the heart of Boston, offering recreation opportunities and a glimpse into history through numerous monuments to the past. Designated as public space in 1640, British soldiers later camped here during the Revolutionary War. Part of the Freedom Trail, the park adjoins the Massachusetts State House and Beacon Hill. A favorite spot is the Frog Pond, which doubles as an ice skating rink. The park is the beginning of the Emerald Necklace- a seven-mile (12-kilometer) string of local parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted- a popular landscape architect.
Urban AdvenTours offers environmentally-friendly and exciting bicycle tours of Boston. The tour takes you to visit historic landmarks as well as quaint neighborhoods of Boston and Cambridge. This is perfect for everyone who can ride a bicycle, from families, students and visitors. Ride with Urban AdvenTours and see Boston the way it was meant to be seen - on two wheels!
There are other boat companies offering whale watches departing from Boston Harbor, but this one by the New England Aquarium is the only one run by an organization dedicated to preserving whales and the waters where they live. Trips last three to five hours. If no whales are sighted on your trip, you receive a voucher for a return free trip.
An affiliate of the American Sailing Association and located near Rowes Wharf, this club strives to make the waters of Boston and New England accessible, affordable and enjoyable for the general public. It offers lessons from beginner to advanced level, sells memberships in both the club and the ASA and sponsors races and special charter tours and events. Remains open only from May to October.
Freedom Trail is a three-mile ribbon of red paint that links 16 historical sites. Most visitors start the trail at the Boston Common. The National Park Service offers 90-minute guided tours starting at the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center. Maps are also available here. Stops include the Old State House, Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church. You can also discover Paul Revere's house, the site of the Boston Massacre, and the Copp's Hill Burial Ground. At the end of the trail in Charlestown, the Bunker Hill Monument and the U.S.S. Constitution await you.
The Boston Common Frog Pond is a concrete formation and a water pool in summer, but in winter it turns into a 16,000 feet (4876.8 meters) outdoor skating rink. On crisp Boston nights, there may be nothing better than a twirl on the ice beneath the trees of the Boston Common and the lights of downtown skyscrapers. You may even have an audience; crowds often gathered on the rail around the pond to watch the skaters glide.
Open year round, this sailing center was founded in 1977 and provides a high quality series of instructional classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced sailors. The club sponsors several races each year and also offers special charter trips for private groups and corporate events. Most of the charters are in the waters of Boston Harbor but may venture out along the New England coast.
Designed by Arthur Gilman in 1856, Commonwealth Avenue Mall is one of the most visited landmarks in Boston. The picturesque park acquires its green splendor from a variety of trees like American elm, sweetgum, green ash, maple and Japanese pagoda planted here. Quite a few statues of eminent personalities are also dotted around the park area. Some known faces who have graced this place are Alexander Hamilton, William Lloyd Garrison, Domingo Sarmiento and Samuel Eliot Morison. If all you want is some clean fun, then head to this park with friends, family and especially kids for a stroll or a run or to have a quiet lunch. It is also a great place to take your pet for a stroll and to simply get back to nature.
Located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, this organization offers sailing instruction and youth outreach programs. Guided tours of the inner harbor and Harbor Islands are also available. A fleet of J22s and Rhodes 19s is available for your cruising or racing pleasure. Sail past the U.S.S. Constitution and other naval vessels in dock and enjoy views of Boston from a unique perspective.