Places To Go In Boston – North End, Boston’s Oldest Neighborhood

The City of Boston was founded in 1630, which is around a century and a half before the United States became an independent country in 1776. This makes Boston one of the oldest cities in existence. As a result, there are numerous historic neighborhoods in the city that showcases Boston’s early history. One of the places to go in Boston is the North End neighborhood.

The North End is Boston’s oldest neighborhood, having been in existence since the city’s founding in 1630. There are a range of things to do in Boston’s North End neighborhood, from strolling one of the narrow cobblestone streets to eating at one of the neighborhood’s many Italian restaurants to visiting historic sites like the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House.

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Italian Restaurants

The North End is also known as “Little Italy”. So, Italian food is king in this neighborhood as there are countless Italian restaurants for you to choose from. So, this is the best place to find Italian food such as pasta, pizza, and Italian beef. So, if you are looking for Italian food, then the North End will do. Here are two of the best Italian restaurants you should check out.

Mamma Maria

Mamma Maria is located in a beautiful 19th century row house at North Square in the North End. This Italian restaurant has five private dining rooms which can seat anywhere from five to fifty guests depending on the dining room. So, if you are looking for a place to dine that is more intimate, this restaurant will take care of your needs.

The dining tables are highly decorated with flora and attention to details. This restaurant can host private events such as wedding receptions or birthday celebrations. The menu at this restaurant covers the antipasti, pasta and risotto, and principali food categories. Desserts and wine are also on the menu too as well.

Antico Forno

Antico Forno is located on Salem Street in Boston’s North End neighborhood. This restaurant has a cozy mom and pop atmosphere which makes for a relaxing dining experience. This restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes that are prepared from their charming brick oven. The restaurant is especially well known for their selection of pasta and pizza food. There are also a range of desserts and wines available too as well.

Cobblestone Streets

One of the best experiences of being in the North End is to walk the narrow streets that makes their way through the neighborhood’s beautiful cobblestone buildings. These narrow streets are a result of the North End’s 17th and 18th century era street layouts.

Plus, depending on which narrow streets you walk on, they will have shops and restaurants for you to stop at if you like. A good example of this is Salem Street which runs south to north from the Rose Kennedy Greenway to just north of the Old North Church. You also may happen upon a small park along the way.

Improv Asylum

Are you in for good laughs? If so, there is a place for you in the North End neighborhood. It is called Improv Asylum and it is located on Hanover Street just north of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. This is a venue where you can go to catch a comedy show. A group of actors will put on a non-scripted show. They will take in suggestions from the audience and turn them into funny scenes, songs, and stories.

Historic Sites

The North End neighborhood is home to a few historic sites. These sites not only played a role in the history of the North End, but also the history of Boston as well.

Old North Church

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This is a church located on Salem Street in the North End. This church was built in 1723, well before the United States became an independent country. The Old North Church still operates as a church today. But, the church played a role in the history of the country, especially during the American Revolutionary War.

This church is most renowned for its two lantern bells. These were used to alert the American colonists that the British Army was about to invade their territory. There was a famous quote that said “one if by land, two if by sea”. This quote was used to inform which bell to ring depending on how the British Army was arriving.

This church houses the bell ringing chamber and crypt. You will be able to go behind the scenes of how the bells were rung. There is also a bust of George Washington, the United States’ first president, located inside the church. Also available is a chocolate shop called Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop where you can purchase chocolate-related treats during your visit to the church.

The prices for admission to the Old North Church outside of Sunday morning worship services are as follows, $8 for adults, $6 for college students, military members, and seniors, and $4 for these aged 6 to 18.

Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House is located on North Square in Boston’s North End neighborhood. This is where the famous American patriot Paul Revere lived during the American Revolutionary War. He was responsible for developing the Midnight Ride, an alert and intelligence system used to alert the American colonists of the incoming British Army.

There are numerous artifacts from Paul’s time housed here for you to view. The admission prices here are as follows, $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and college students, and $1 for children aged 5 to 17. It is worth noting that only cash is accepted here at the Paul Revere House for admission.

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is located on Hull Street in the North End. This is the second oldest burial ground in the city of Boston, having been built in 1659. The burial ground sits on the highest point in the neighborhood where a windmill once stood. This was where the British Army shot the cannons towards Charlestown during the American Revolutionary War.

All of these things to do help to offer a compelling reason why the North End neighborhood is one of the places to go in Boston. So, this neighborhood should be on your to-do list when you find yourself in Boston.

The Hotels

I imagine that you will want somewhere to stay at during your time in Boston. If this is the case, then here are two hotels that I would suggest you book with. Both of these hotels are located in the North End neighborhood of Boston.

Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront

This hotel is located on the waterfront of the North End. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites are stylishly designed and offers sweeping views of the waterfront. There are two restaurants and bars located within the hotel. One of these restaurants is a seafood restaurant called Battery Wharf Grille. There is a spa and fitness center available for your use called Exhale Spa & Fitness.

The hotel rooms come equipped with luxurious European-style beddings and rainforest-style shower heads. There is WiFi available in all the hotel rooms. Pets are also allowed here at the hotel. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $198 to $579. It should be noted that this hotel also has a fee of $20 in order to access certain amenities and services.

Bricco Suites

Bricco Suites is located on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End neighborhood. This is a small, charming hotel that offers apartment-style suites. All of the suites offer luxurious queen beds with Italian linen. The suites also have marble bathrooms with designer toiletries. The floor in the suites is polished with hardwood.

There will be a butler/personal assistant assigned to you during your stay at this hotel. There is WiFi in all of the suites. The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $269 to $528.

 

Your Boston Vacation Guide to the American Revolution

If you have studied American history at some point in your life, then you will probably have came across a major event in American history that set in motion the United States quest for independence. That major event is known as the American Revolution. Boston was the originating city that sparked the American Revolution that began in 1765 and ended in 1783.

As a result of the American Revolution originating in Boston, Boston played a major role in the events of the American Revolution. Because of that, there are numerous attractions in Boston that revolves around the American Revolution. So, this Boston vacation guide is ideally designed in order to help you to learn about and immerse yourself into the American Revolution by pointing you to the attractions where you can do so.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

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The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is a floating museum located on the Congress Street Bridge east of Boston’s historic downtown. This museum is dedicated to the major event that set off the American Revolutionary War in which the American colonists fought against Great Britain for independence.

This major event is the Boston Tea Party in which some residents stormed the vessels that stored the tea and picked up over a few hundred chests of tea and threw them into Boston Harbor. This was done in response to the Tea Act that was passed by Great Britain. This allowed Great Britain’s flagship company, The East India Company to ship tea over to the American colonies in order for the tea to be sold there.

This museum offers a number of compelling exhibits where you can learn about the people and events that were involved with the Boston Tea Party. You can also explore the two vessels that are replicas of the ones that were there back when the Boston Tea Party happened. There are also live performances happening at the museum.

Most notable of all is that you can take part in the act of throwing chests of tea out of the vessels and into the water. There is a charming tea shop at the museum called Abigail’s Tea Room where you can enjoy a cup of tea. The museum also contains a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs from. The admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is $29.99 each person.

Old South Meeting House

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This is a historic museum located in downtown Boston. This is where American colonists gathered in order to protest an attempt by the government of Great Britain to collect taxes from the American colonies by selling tea there through the Tea Act. This is where Samuel Adams gave the secret signal to the colonists to storm the tea vessels and throw chests of tea into the water. This led to the Boston Tea Party.

This museum is a National Historic Landmark. There is a compelling exhibit called Voices of Protest in which you can learn about the history of protests and free speech as well as the people who were involved in them. This exhibit is decorated with tea leaves. You can view a 3D model of colonial Boston that is over 100 years old.

You will also be able to participate in a scavenger hunt as a way to explore the history and unique architecture of this museum. There is also a gift shop at the museum called the Museum Shop where you can purchase souvenirs. The admission prices for the Old South Meeting House are as follows: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and college students with ID, $1 for children aged 5 to 17, and free for ages 5 and under.

Bunker Hill Museum

The Bunker Hill Museum is a historic museum located in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood. This museum is dedicated to the Battle of Bunker Hill which was a major battle fought during the American Revolutionary War. Located across the street from the museum is the Bunker Hill Monument which is about 221 foot tall.

The museum houses a variety of compelling exhibits that showcases the Battle of Bunker Hill, the building of the Bunker Hill Monument, as well as the history of the Charlestown neighborhood. The admission to the Bunker Hill Museum is free of charge.

Paul Revere House

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The Paul Revere House is a historic house located in the North End neighborhood of Boston. This is where Paul Revere lived. Paul was a renowned American patriot who took part in the American Revolutionary War. He was responsible for setting up an intelligence and alarm system called the Midnight Ride. The Midnight Ride was designed to alarm the American colonists in the event that the British Army was coming.

The house was built in the 17th century urban architecture style. There are interesting exhibits that go into detail regarding the life of Paul Revere as well as the Midnight Ride intelligence and alarm system that he set up. There are numerous artifacts from Paul’s era for viewing. The admissions to the Paul Revere House is as follows: $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and college students, and $1.00 for these aged 5 to 17.

Boston Massacre Site

The Boston Massacre Site is located in downtown Boston right outside the Old State House. This is the site where the troops from the British Army fired at the crowd protesting against their occupation during the American Revolution. The site is marked by a circle of cobblestones. This was one of the events that resulted in the American Revolutionary War.

Old North Church and Historic Site

The Old North Church and Historic Site is a historic church in the North End neighborhood of Boston. This church was where Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride system was put to use during the American Revolutionary War in order to alert the American colonist of the incoming British Army troops.

In this church, the Midnight Ride system takes the form of two special bells. There is a famous quote that says “One if by land, two if by sea”. That quote was used during the war in order to signal which one of the two bells (or both) needed to be rung depending on how the British Army troops were approaching. This was designed to help the American colonists to respond more effectively to the coming invasion.

This church houses the bell ringing chamber and crypt. You will be able to go behind the scenes of how the bells were rung. There is also a bust of George Washington, the United States’ first president, located inside the church. Also available is a chocolate shop called Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop where you can purchase chocolate-related treats during your visit to the church.

The admission to the Old North Church and Historic Site is as follows: $10 for adults, $8 for active military members, seniors, and college students, $6 for children aged 6 to 18. Children aged under 6 as well as residents of the city of Boston gets free admission to the church.

These are all of the attraction listed on this Boston vacation guide post that you can visit in order to learn about and immerse yourself into the American Revolution. If you are looking for an easy way to arrive at all of these attractions, I would recommend that you get the Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour pass.

This is a pass in which you can use to hop on a trolley and ride around until it makes a stop at or near one of these attractions. You can then hop off and take your time at the attraction. And once you are done, you can return back to the drop-off spot and hop back on the trolley once it returns to the drop-off. You can repeat the process for the other attractions. The price for the trolley pass is $46.16 per person.