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 $28.45 per adult and $20.85 for these aged 5 to 12. Free admission is granted to these aged under 5. You can head here to buy your tickets for this attraction.

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. You can buy your tickets for the Old South Meeting House here.

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. You can buy your tickets for this attraction here.

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. You can go here to buy your pass for the trolley tour.

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