While many people associate Boston with its namesake marathon and the birth of the running boom, this New England metropolis is an ideal location for walking. Built on a peninsula, Boston is a city full of historic streets and architecture-much of which remain preserved today-that were built to accommodate an 18th century population who lived on a pedestrian scale. Today, the city remains easily accessible.
When you visit Boston, park your car and walk to some of these wonderful attractions:
- The Freedom Trail. Spend a couple of hours walking along a trail that passes 16 historical sites that cover two and a half centuries of America's most significant past. The Freedom Trail includes the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was first read in Boston, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church and the brilliantly restored Quincy Market. To find out more, see www.thefreedomtrail.org.
- The New England Aquarium. Located by the Boston Harbor, this popular attraction offers every member of the family a fun and educational experience. You can marvel at the brilliantly colored fish and delight at the playful penguins and sea mammals. Learn more at www.neaq.org.
- The North End. Boston's oldest neighborhood is a delightful labyrinth of narrow streets and exotic marketplaces. A gateway for immigrants from around the world, it is also home to the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House. Today, the North End is famous for its array of Italian restaurants and cafes.
- Boston Common. Sited on 50 acres of open land, it was used as a common pasture for grazing cattle owned by the townspeople of Boston. The Common later became a training field for the militia and was used as a British Army camp during their occupation of Boston. Over many generations, the Common has been the site of hangings, duels, public celebrations and spirited oratory.
- Public Garden. Spend a leisurely hour in America's first public botanical garden and admire the ever-changing formal flower beds in the summer, delight in the historic statuary and fountains, and climb the charming bridges.
- The Charles River Esplanade. A wonderful 8.5 mile stretch along the Charles River that accommodates walkers, runners, in-line skaters, bikers and more. Start at the Museum of Science and wind your way down enjoying the skyline glories of the towering Hancock and Prudential buildings, the beautiful Back Bay mansions, and even idyllic spots where nothing can be seen but water, trees, and dozens of handsome black crowned night herons fishing the banks.