Downtown Boston

Downtown Boston

Downtown Boston is a wonderful place to visit. It is full of historic sites, museums and even several marketplaces. The downtown section of the city is designed to be pedestrian-friendly. There are many open public areas and the subway is a convenient mode of transit. A number of street performers call the downtown area home.

Boston Common is one of the many attractions located downtown. This park, the site of British encampments during the Revolutionary War, is now a public space with walking trails and a skating rink. The rink, known as Frog Pond, becomes a wading pool during the summer. The Old South Meeting House, location of the Boston Tea Party, is also downtown. It is now a museum. Not too far from the Meeting House is the Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre.

The Freedom Trail also winds its way through downtown. This 2.5 mile tour departs from Boston Common and visits 16 historic sites. The USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument are among them.

If shopping is more your thing, check out Fanueil Hall Markeplace. This shopping district features a wealth of stores and restaurants. Outdoor performers also frequent the area. Not too far away is a pedestrian mall known as Downtown Crossing. This outdoor mall fronts Washington Street and is home to many department stores and independent shops, such as Toppers. Downtown Crossing is also home to The Chocolate Dipper, which is famous for its handmade gourmet chocolates.

If you want a fun and unique way to take a tour of downtown Boston and nearby historic sites, check out Boston Duck Tours. These amphibious "ducks" travel both by land and river. Boston Bike Tours offers another interesting way to tour the area.

The Museum of Science and the Boston Lyric Opera are also located downtown. Other attractions include Celtic Weavers, a store devoted to selling Irish and Celtic merchandise, and Van's Fabrics, which is a destination for those into fabric arts.

Downtown is also home to numerous eateries, ranging from budget places like Quincy Market to upscale French restaurants like Troquet. There are also a number of bars and nightclubs located in the downtown area. The Green Dragon Tavern and Ames Plow Tavern are two of the more famous pubs located downtown. The Green Dragon has been operating since 1657 and was once a meeting place for Revolutionary War heroes like Paul Revere. Hibernia and Good Life are two of the more popular nightclubs.