Fun Things To Do In Boston This Weekend Or Today
Although Boston is home to destinations seen in other popular urban vacation spots around the United States, the city’s special place in history has packed it with incredible sites that were pivotal during the birth of the nation and the American Revolution. There is also a fine selection of art galleries, aquariums, restaurants and pubs; so 21st-century-themed Boston attractions are not lacking. And my favorite places to have fun at in Boston are:
The Old North Church
The Paul Revere story would not be complete without mentioning the Old North Church. A single event at the church ignited the American Revolution on a pivotal evening in 1775. The plan to warn the Patriots of British attack was this: “one [lantern] if by land, two if by sea.’ It was the church’s sexton Robert Newman, alongside Vestryman Captain John Pulling, Jr., who made the climb to the top of the steeple and held up the two lanterns that warned the populace of the incoming British. As the oldest intact church in Boston, it’s a remarkable piece of history and is the most visited historical site in the city.
The Old State House
Explore thousands of national treasures, including tea that was salvaged from the Boston Tea Party and check out John Hancock’s coat on display. Interactive presentations include one on the Boston Massacre; a bloody confrontation between Brits and Patriots that left five people dead in 1770.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Interested in botany and plant evolution? Or do you just like exploring all the sites nature has to offer? The Arnold Arboretum is the ideal stop and a great place for a few Kodak moments courtesy of Boston’s beautiful fall foliage. The Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion is a must-see. A number of events take place at the arboretum every month, from bird walks to woodturning exhibitions, showcasing woodworking method that date back to 1300 BC Egypt.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Affiliated with Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Peabody Museum is great for learning about everything from Native American culture to ancient Mayan customs. One of the most exciting special exhibitions currently going on is Arts of War, a display of weapons across many cultures through an artistic perspective. See over 150 pieces, including daggers, spears, shields and complete suits of armor.