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By Scott Roberto / June 18, 12:00 AM
10 Top Sites for Discovering Patriotic Boston

Explore the area’s revolutionary past by visiting these sites critical to the birth of our nation

Photo: Tim Grafft/Mass. Office of Travel & Tourism


Minute Man National Historical Park

This is where the American Revolution officially began. Tour the well-preserved grounds where the Battles of Lexington and Concord took place in 1775, including such national treasures as the North Bridge (pictured), the locale where the so-called “shot heard ’round the world” was fired.

North Bridge Visitor Center: 174 Liberty St., Concord, 978-369-6993, nps.gov/mima

Faneuil Hall

Fiery anti-tax speeches by the likes of Samuel Adams were held under the roof of this newly renovated landmark, earning it the nickname the “Cradle of Liberty.”

Merchants Row and Faneuil Hall Square, 617-242-5642, nps.gov/bost

Bunker Hill Monument 

On June 17, 1775, a pivotal early skirmish of the revolution was fought here. Although a loss for the rebels, it inflicted heavy damages on the British troops.

Monument Square, Charlestown, 617-242-5641, nps.gov/bost

The Liberty Tree

Marked by not one, but two plaques, the site of an elm—cut down by British soldiers in 1775—where early protests took place was also a gathering place for the Sons of Liberty.

Corner of Washington and Essex streets

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Located in the Fort Point Channel near the now-buried Griffin’s Wharf where the famed protest took place, this facility hosts daily reenactments as well as a tea room serving beverages and tasty treats.

306 Congress St., 866-955-0667, bostonteapartyship.com

Old North Church

The city’s oldest church served as the signal tower that spurred Paul Revere on his famous ride the night of April 18, 1775.

193 Salem St., 617-858-8231, oldnorth.com

Old South Meeting House

This former church, constructed in 1729, hosted the meeting that precipitated the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773.

310 Washington St., 617-482-6439, oldsouthmeetinghouse.org

Old State House 

In 1770, the Boston Massacre occurred outside its walls, while the Declaration of Independence was first read in Boston from its balcony.

206 Washington St., 617-720-1713, bostonhistory.org

Dorchester Heights Monument

This off-the-beaten-path memorial in South Boston marks the area where key fortifications were built during the Siege of Boston. Cannons transported from upstate New York were positioned here, effectively ending the British occupation of the city on March 17, 1776.

Thomas Park, nps.gov/bost

Boston Common

An encampment spot for both British and Colonial troops, the country’s oldest public park was also the site of the now-toppled Great Elm, under whose branches the Sons of Liberty allegedly met.

Visitor Center: 139 Tremont St., 617-536-4100, bostonusa.com

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