History, art and culture

Boston Historical Sites

When it comes to the history of the United States, you can’t get closer to the center of the action than Boston, Massachusetts. As the rallying site for the key players of the American Revolution and one of the oldest cities in the country, Boston undoubtedly boasts endless entertainment for history buffs. This summer, throw the history books aside and step into the action with several Boston attractions that host historical reenactments on a regular basis. These authentic historical attractions will take you back to the days of “Red Coats” and “Minute Men,” and put you in the center of the action.

Old State House Museum

The first reading of the Decleration of Independence to the citizens of Boston took place at the Old State House, a stunning building that held the utmost significance in the early days of the American Revolution. Once the civic center of the colonies, it now peaks out from below towering skyscrapers, but the Old State House retains its dignity. Every day at 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:30 PM, characters from the Old State House’s glory days take the floor for Revolutionary Characters Live. This interactive performance shares with visitors what it was like to live in Boston in the days leading up to the Revolution, and features such historical figures as John Rowe, Ame Cummings, and James Brewer.

Boston Tea Party Ships

Image of Boat, Sailboat, Vehicle, Yacht, Barge, Watercraft, Person, It’s perhaps the most talked about event in American Revolution history: the night the Sons of Liberty infamously protested the Parliament’s tax on tea by boarding ships filled with British tea and tossing it overboard. This event became known as the Boston Tea Party. In this all-new tour at one of the best Boston attractions, you’ll be fully immersed in the experience through live actors, high-tech exhibits, authentically restored ships (it’s a floating museum!), and various theatrics. As part of the reenactment—you’ll even have the chance to throw some tea overboard into the Harbor!

Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

The Freedom Trail, a red brick path that leads you through the city retracting the steps of the most important historical events of the Revolution, includes sites such as the Paul Revere house, the Old South Meeting House, the Boston Massacre site, and Fanieul Hall—among many others. The Walk Into History Tour, though not your typical reenactment, gives you an up-close look at the events of the American Revolution through the eyes of famous patriots such as James Otis, Abigail Adams, and William Dawes. The stories these enthusiastic period actors bring the country's history to life.

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