From the defining the past to shaping the future, Boston has always played an integral part in American history. This tour will take you to some of Boston’s most iconic and significant landmarks, museums, green spaces, and architectural marvels. Enjoy the ride!
1. Old North Church
Founded in 1723, the Old North Church is the oldest standing church in the City of Boston. Old North Church played a pivotal role in American history as the location where the signal was given to Paul Revere during his famed “midnight ride” that the British were coming from the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event in 1775 marked the beginning of the American Revolution.
2. Museum of Science
A visit to Boston isn’t complete without a stop at the region’s premier science and technology center. With indoor lightning storms, expert live presentations, hands-on exhibits, and even a 65-million-year-old Triceratops, the Museum of Science has something for everyone! The Museum has multiple bike racks around the building! Blue Bikes, metro Boston’s bicycle-sharing system, is also available on the front plaza of the Museum near the front entrance. The Museum of Science is committed to environmental sustainability.
3. MIT and The Alchemist
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology or “MIT” is one of the nation’s premier research universities. MIT is best known for its engineering, computer science, and mathematics programs. The beautiful campus is punctuated with architecture and public art, including “The Alchemist” by Jaume Plensa. The Alchemist was commissioned to mark the university’s 150th anniversary. The sculpture features stainless steel numerals and mathematical symbols arranged in the shape of a person sitting with knees to chest. The symbols were carefully chosen as an homage to the researchers and scientists from MIT who have advanced scientific and mathematical knowledge.
4. Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library was the first large municipal library in the nation. Established in 1848, the library has grown through multiple moves and renovations to its current location in the McKim building which is the hub of a system that houses a collection of over 33 million items. The National Park Service designated the building a National Historic Landmark in 1986, citing it as “the first outstanding example of Renaissance Beaux-Arts Classicism in America.” In addition to the building’s impressive external and internal architecture, inside you’ll find murals by artists John Singer Sargent, Edwin Austin Abbey, and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, a courtyard, sculptures, artwork, and, of course, books!
5. Boston Public Garden
Established in 1837, Boston Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in the United States. Hop off and stroll with your bike along the park’s meandering pathways. The garden features monuments including a statue of George Washington, a lagoon with iconic swan boats, and a rich menagerie of common and unusual plants, trees and flowers.
6. Paul Revere Statue
The bronze statue of Paul Revere took 16 years to create and nearly 40 years to install in its current location. The monument was revealed in 1940 and depicts Revere during his famed ‘Midnight Ride’. This statue dedicated to a critical moment in American history is one of the most photographed icons in Boston – be sure to post your photo with this landmark!