The Freedom Trail is a 4 kilometre pedestrian route delineated by a red line. It starts on the Boston Commons, and passes by known landmarks like Copp's Hill Burying Ground and Old North Church. The tour traces the city's history, and interactively, to make it more enjoyable.
Boston Public Library, built in 1887, is the largest public library in the entire United States of America with a total of 15 million volumes. It was also the first public-access library to offer a book lending service. I took a stroll through the library and sat down to read my travel brochures. I went away because I was embarrassed to be seen with "what to see, what to do in Boston". The man with the hat in the photo is the librarian. He was a very friendly and happy to tell stories about his job at the library.
If you are crossing Boston, then you can visit Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the oldest shipyards in the United States. Since 1974, the National Park Service has managed it. Among other attractions you can find the free museum ship USS Cassin Young at Pier 1 or Pier 2, a WWII destroyer. There is a box to leave a tip and a person stationed at the entrance, as sometimes there are too many people trying to visit the destroyer, and to guilt you to leave something. The Fletcher-class destroyer, 114 meters in length, launched September 12, 1943 and was named after a brave sea captain who survived the Pearl Harbor attack but died in combat during the Battle of Guadalcanal a year later. The USS Cassin Young DD-793 participated in some of the most important battles of the Pacific War, including Leyte and Okinawa (as you can learn from Wikipedia or the tv series the Pacific) and was removed from service in 1960. In 1978, the US Navy gave the ship to the National Park Service to serve as a floating museum and memorial; it was opened to the public in 1981. For much of the time since, the USS Cassin has been in the water, but since 2010 has been dry-docked for hull repairs. Thankfully, when we visited it, it was open for public access. On our visit, we saw much of the ship's main deck, although there were clear areas that weren't accessible. It was interesting to see a warship of the time, and how claustrophobic it must have been to be surrounded by boats and planes firing at you while you were doing the same while floating on the water. It made our hair stand slightly on end. We saw the 40 mm antiaircraft guns, 5" turrets, decorations, the radio area, dining room, and breakout rooms. If you pass through Boston, I highly recommend a visit, as there are usually a lot of people queuing to access the destroyer. Though we didn't have problems and we visited in August. Additionally, we saw a group of officers and Navy men, and they did have access to areas banned to the public.
One of the most unusual and fun ways to see the city of Boston is to take a Boston Duck Tour, a guided tour that takes place in a colorful amphibious vehicle. There are three points of departure for the tour: Prudencial Center, the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium. It takes about 80 minutes (60 for those leaving from the aquarium), during which the unusual Second World War vehicle will pass through the main attractions of the city, including Boston Common, Beacon Hill, Old West Church, Quincy Hall, Bunker Hill, and the Public Library, before descending into the Charles River and following a course which allows you to admire the beautiful city skyline from the water, and Cambridge on the other side. The guide will provide you with plenty of information. It's a fun tour, although the main disadvantage is that you can't get on and off like you can with other tours.
Located not far from the city of Boston, the New England Holocaust Memorial consists of six glass towers in which you can see "smoke", actually water vapor. They are supposed to represent the 6 million Jewish victims killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, from 1933 to 1945, and also symbolically represent the six major concentration camps. The memorial is located just steps from the famous Freedom Trail.
Boston has always been one of our most popular destinations for English courses, and KA Boston is an academy which has taught more than half a million students. Some need it for work, others for studies, and yet others simply love the language! However, they all have one thing in common: by visiting an English-speaking country, they learn much more than just grammar! The school is located in downtown Boston, just minutes from Faneuil Hall, the Boston waterfront, public parks, shops and restaurants. Near the school, there are several subway and bus stops, so you'll have easy access to all areas of the city. The school provides you with the following facilities:
* 15 spacious classrooms, all well equipped with multimedia
* Two computer labs with 20 computers and free Internet access
* WIFI throughout the school
* A library with a variety of self-instruction materials (exercise books, CD, DVD)
* A student lounge with sofas, microwaves, refrigerators and vending machine