Boston is a destination where your group can study American history firsthand. From the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock to the birth of the American Revolution, Boston retells the powerful stories of our nation’s beginnings. Kaleidoscope Adventures will design a custom historical tour that includes a visit to Plymouth Rock where the Mayflower II is docked, and a guided tour of the Freedom Trail, including 16 nationally significant historic sites that helped shape the American Revolution.
Our Birthplace of the American Revolution Tour has many options from which you can choose including the following:
Bunker Hill Monument
This monument stands 221 feet tall at Breed’s Hill and contains a spiral staircase to the top. It marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution which took place June 17, 1775. Colonel William Prescott led our colonial forces against the British at this site. Photo Courtesy of Greater Boston CVB.
As a gift to the city in 1742, Boston’s wealthiest merchant, Peter Faneuil, built Faneuil Hall. The edifice was home to merchants, fishermen, and meat and produce sellers, and provided a platform for the country’s most famous orators. It is where colonists first protested the Sugar Act in 1764 and established the doctrine of “no taxation without representation.” Firebrand Samuel Adams rallied the citizens of Boston to the cause of independence from Great Britain in the hallowed hall, and George Washington toasted the nation there on its first birthday. The adjacent Quincy Market is a renovated 19th-century complex containing more than 125 restaurants, boutiques, produce stands, and retail push carts. Photo Courtesy of Greater Boston CVB.
Freedom Trail Tour
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, each and every one an authentic American treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. Photo Courtesy of Greater Boston CVB.
Old North Church
The Old North Church is officially known as Christ Church in the City of Boston. It was built in 1723, and is the oldest standing church building in Boston. The enduring fame of the Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution.
Old South Meeting House
The Old South Meeting House is best known as the site of where the Boston Tea Party began. On December 16, 1773, more than 5,000 colonists gathered at Old South in a meeting to protest the tax on tea. After many hours of debate, Samuel Adams announced, “This meeting can do nothing more to save the country!” Protestors stormed out of the Old South Meeting House to the waterfront where they dumped three shiploads of tea into Boston Harbor. They changed American history forever. Built in 1729, the Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston. Benjamin Franklin and poet Phillis Wheatley were members of Old South’s congregation.
The Paul Revere House
The oldest house in downtown Boston was occupied by one of Boston’s most famous patriots, Paul Revere. The wooden house in early colonial style was built in 1680 by a wealthy merchant, Robert Howard.
Plimoth Plantation is a hands-on, entertaining living history experience dedicated to the Native Wampanoag and Pilgrim colonists of the 17th-century. History comes alive for visitors of all ages at this museum featuring costumed interpreters and modern day artisans across four award-winning exhibits: the 17th-century English Village, Wampanoag Homesite, Craft Center, and Mayflower II. The Mayflower II, a reproduction of the sailing vessel that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth, is located just minutes from the Plantation at the State Pier in picturesque Plymouth Harbor.
Located on the waterfront in downtown Plymoth, near the Mayflower II, this is where the Pilgrims first set foot in the New World in December, 1620. The rock is a symbol of our forefathers and where they first settled.
Salem Witch Museum
The Salem Witch Museum will take your group back to Salem in 1692. Groups are given a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and a narration – an overview of the Witch Trials of 1692. The audiovisual presentation of the hysteria of that time is a must-see. Photo Courtesy of Destination Salem.
USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. It was first launched in 1797. Constitution is one of six ships ordered for construction by George Washington to protect America’s growing maritime interests. The ships greatest glory came during the war of 1812 when she defeated four British frigates which earned her the nickname “Old Ironsides,” because cannon balls glanced off her thick hull. Photo Courtesy of Greater Boston CVB.
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The team at Kaleidoscope Adventures can customize a complete historical Boston travel package catered to your needs and curriculum. We will assist you with hotel accommodations, transportation, attraction tickets, meals, sightseeing, shopping, and special events plus more.