Paul Revere House is the colonial home of American patriot Paul Revere during the American Revolution. Its heavy beams, large fireplaces, and absence of interior hallways are typical of colonial living arrangements. The two chambers upstairs contain several pieces of furniture believed to have belonged to the Revere family. Educator Resources
Bunker Hill Monument and Museum is a 221-foot granite obelisk that marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. The Battle of Bunker Hill pitted a newly-formed and inexperienced colonial army against the more highly trained and better equipped British. Despite the loss, the colonial army surprised the British by repelling two major assaults and inflicting major casualties.
The Bunker Hill Museum is located on the Freedom Trail, across the street from the Monument. It contains all new exhibits on the Battle of Bunker Hill, the building of the Monument and the history of Charlestown.
Old South Meeting House Made famous during the 1773 mass protest meetings that led to the Boston Tea Party, Old South Meeting House has served as a gathering place for discussion and celebration and a haven for free speech. Today students can visit this beautiful museum to experience events that shaped the United States or attend a program that helps keep the democratic ideals of freedom of speech and assembly alive.
Old North Church was made famous 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. It remains an active Christian church today.
Freedom Trail Tour is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that allows visitors to see 16 historical sites that re-create the story of the American Revolutionary War. Led by a costumed guide in 18th century attire, these 90 minute tours generally begin at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common. The tour then continues to the Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel and burying ground, First Public School and Ben Franklin statue, Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Old State House Museum, Boston Massacre site and Faneuil Hall. Educator Resources
Boston Common is the starting point of the Freedom Trail and is the oldest park in the United States. The "Common" has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Public hangings took place in the park until 1817, and cattle grazed the Common until 1830. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace was an old English country market and assembly room. Many famous speeches encouraging independence from Great Britain took place here during the Revolutionary War. Today, the market operates as an outdoor–indoor mall and food eatery with live entertainment and festive activities. Quincy Market is a food-stall, fast-food, and restaurant location adjacent to Faneuil Hall.
Museum of Science has over 200 interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and an IMAX theater. Educator Resources
Museum of African-American History is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. Highlights include the African Meeting House, the oldest meeting house in America, and the Abiel Smith School, the first building in the United States constructed solely for the purpose of educating black students. Educator Resources
New England Aquarium is one of the most popular aquariums in the United States. Highlights include the Simon IMAX Theater and the New England Whale Watch, which operates from April through November. Educator Resources
USS Constitution earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” during the war of 1812. The ship is open for free guided tours throughout the year. Each tour is narrated by several of USS Constitution's active-duty United States Sailors and consists of four stations through the ship's top three decks.
USS Cassin Young was named for Captain Cassin Young who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism at Pearl Harbor. It is berthed across from the USS Constitution in the Boston Navy Yard and open for daily tours throughout the year.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president. Students can tour the Museum and learn about the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and the nature of the office of the President. Educator Resources
Boston Symphony Orchestra is recognized as one of the top symphony orchestras in the United States. They have a rich history of famous conductors and perform at the Boston Symphony Hall. Educator Resources
Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour (Salem, MA) features an eerie lantern-lit walk with professional guides who offer historical narratives, as well as lively storytelling and bewitching entertainment.
New England Pirate Museum (Salem, MA) relives the adventures of notorious pirates Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Bellamy, and Quelch who roamed the seas off Boston’s North Shore plundering merchant ships. During your tour, you'll stroll through a colonial seaport, board a pirate ship, and explore an eighty foot cave. Educator Resources
Witch Dungeon Museum (Salem, MA) Experience a live re-enactment of the Salem Witch trials, plus a tour of the dungeon.
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, MA) is a living museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts that reconstructs the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century. This 1627 colonial village is complete with costumed interpreters who demonstrate cooking, planting, blacksmithing and animal husbandry. Educator Resources
Plymouth Rock (Plymouth, MA) Soaring more than 250 feet above picturesque Provincetown Harbor at the very tip of Cape Cod is the nation's tallest all-granite structure, a 100-year-old monument at the place where the Mayflower initially dropped anchor after its perilous journey from England. Student groups will learn about the location of the original settlement and the landing place for the Mayflower Pilgrims.
Salem Witch Museum (Salem, MA) transports students back to Salem in 1692 where they receive a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and a narrative explaining the events of the famous Witch Trials.
Pilgrim Monument & Museum commemorates the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims, their arrival and stay in Provincetown Harbor, and the signing of the Mayflower Compact. It is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. Visitors can walk to the top on a series of stairs and ramps. During the climb, they’ll see many interior stones donated by cities, towns, and organizations from all over the United States. The view from the top is spectacular.
The Provincetown Museum has extensive exhibits depicting important events and people in Provincetown history, including the arts.
Minuteman National Park (Concord, MA) commemorates the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War. The park features three sites made famous during the war: The Concord Bridge where colonial commanders ordered minutemen to fire back on British Troops for the first time; Lexington Battle Green, site of the first action on April 19, 1775; and the five-mile Battle Road Trail, between Lexington and Concord, where most of the skirmishes took place.
Cape Cod National Seashore This 40-mile drive takes visitors past ocean beaches, dunes, woodlands, freshwater ponds, and marshes. There is also a variety of historic structures along the way, including lighthouses, a lifesaving station, numerous Cape Cod-style houses, and Marconi's Wireless Station site.