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Boston Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins in Boston Common and will take you on a journey among historic landmarks and along key sections of the Freedom Trail. Experience the history of old cemeteries and famous meeting halls with the sights and smells of the Italian North E' you choose your own pace. You can start when you want and take breaks to discover the city; perhaps stop for lunch along the Freedom Trail or grab an Italian pastry in the North End.The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking with several stops along the route to complete challenges and decipher clues. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard!Please note: Pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One vouche"""Turn Boston into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Using your smart phone to guide you make your way through Boston among well-known and overlooked gems of the city solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Great for families
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Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour
"Pick the perfect day to explore the streets of Boston. At 10am meet your professional guide outside of 28 State Street located across from the Old State House. Follow your guide and begin your 2-hour walking tour of Boston.Start your tour on the Freedom Trail visiting Faneuil Hall the Old and New State Houses and the Boston Massacre Site. See both the Old and New City Halls along with Old Corner Bookstore and King's Chapel. Stroll through downtown on your way to Boston Common and the Public Garden. Admire the stunning swan boats as they sail under the world's smallest suspension bridge. Continue on to the John Hanco
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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston
"Choose when to explore Boston at either 10am or 6pm. Arrive at 28 State Street across from the Old State House. Meet your professional guide and then begin your 70-minute walking tour of the Freedom Trail. Start your tour at the Old State House and then compare it with the New State House. See Faneuil Hall a marketplace and meeting hall since 1743. Walk through the city to the Boston Massacre Site and learn the history behind the memorial. Admire the architecture of Park Street Church and King's Chapel. Then make your way to the Old South Meeting House. Walk through the Old Granary Cemetery and visit Old City Hall. Pass the First Schoolhouse Site and The Old Corner Bookstore which was a meeting place for famous authors including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Dickens. Stroll through the beautiful Boston Common to end your Freedom Trail walking tour. Explore the quirky streets and charming atmosphere of Boston on this 70-minute walking tour."
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Idiot

When in Boston, don't miss out on the opportunity to see an idiot in its natural habitat. That's right, JIM SAVAGE lives and works in Boston and is on display most evenings behind the bar at JJ Foleys. You can speak to it, pet it and look at it for as long as you can affort beer. Here is a picture of it

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Steavis
Mar 31, 2004

Irish Monument

The Irish Famine Monument was constructed in 1998 to commemorate those who died in the Irish famine and those who immigrated to the US. During and after the Irish famine, 100,000 Irish settled in Boston, and today the city is 20% Irish.

This monument depicts an Irish family suffering in Ireland, and their transformation after arriving in America.

The monument sits in a small plaza in front of Borders bookstore. The area is frequented by homeless, but seems relatively safe.

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Ewingjr98
Dec 03, 2006

Department Store with chiming clock

Filene's is the only department store that I know of that has its own set of bells that chime the hour. The store was built in 1912 and has what is called a Beaux Arts facade. It has two clocks on the outside of the building as well as this four-bell carillion.
I heard on 31.12.05 that Filine's has been bought by Macy's and to be closed at the end of January 2006. I do hope that the building is not just knocked down.

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Galahad
Jan 02, 2006

Old State House

Not to be confused with the State House. The Old State House was designed and constructed in 1713 and was the British Colonial Governor's offices. The lion and the unicorn on the outside of the building were, and still are, symbols of the British Crown. During the Revolution the Old State House became the headquarters of the British army. I'm afraid I didn't have time to go inside where the Bostonian Society have a museum.

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Galahad
Jul 23, 2005
 
 
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Boston Irish Famine Memorial

Almost opposite Old South Meeting House (in the background of my photo) is a small square containing a very small garden and within it the Boston Irish Famine Memorial. It was unveiled in 1998. There are two statutes - the first in the photo depicts a family begging for food following the Irish Famine. The second statue of a prosperous and well fed Irish immigrant family.

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Galahad
Jul 12, 2005

Park Street Subway Station

Occasionally works of art are not in parks, the street or in art galleries and here is an example on the wall of Park Street Subway Station commemorating the fact that Boston has the oldest underground subway system in the USA.

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Galahad
Oct 05, 2005

Democrat Donkey

Whilst I can read on the internet the history of the donkey as a symbol for the Democratic party none of my guidebooks tell me anything about this bronze statue just inside the entrance to the Old City Hall in School Street.
October 2005 I have recently had an e-mail to say that Old City Hall's management office have written that :-
" "The Donkey" was imported from Italy. We do not have record of who sculpted the statue."
It turns out the sculptor was Antonio Frilli.

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Galahad
Oct 25, 2005

Customs House

The Customs House was originally built along the Boston waterfront as offices for customs inspectors, but after years of filling in the harbor to expand the city, it now sits several hundred yards from the water. The shifting landscape is not the only change the Customs House has seen. The original building was a single story Greek temple-like building completed in 1847. In 1915, the 16 story tower was completed on top of the original base.

Today the Customs House is well known for its colorful 22 foot wide clock face that looks over much of downtown. The building itself now hosts a Marriott time-share condo.

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Ewingjr98
Dec 03, 2006
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Custom House Tower

Custom House Tower
Surrounded by 32 huge Doric columns, the Customs House was built in 1847. The Greek revival structure with monolithic Quincy granite columns was designed by Ammi Burnham Young. In 1915, it was surmounted by Peabody & Stearns’ 495-foot, 30-story Classical Revival-style tower. For more than 30 years it was the tallest building on the Boston skyline. Here duties were collected and maritime business conducted as Boston clipper ships circled the world. Not surprisingly, it is no longer the tallest skyscraper in New England, but it still adds character to the Boston skyline as seen from the harbor.

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rids
Aug 25, 2002

Filene's

Filene's Basement, which is more than 2 floors, has the best bargains in the U.S. Designer clothes for less than half off. I got $200 suits for $80.
Now, for all you people who are interested in more than shopping, here is some history of the place: it was designed by Daniel Burnham in 1912 as the flagship store for William Filene and Sons regional retail empire-this was the renowned Midwestern city planner?s last major building. The decorative treatment of the cornices and window massing in Beaux Arts style reflect the influence of the Chicago School of Design. From a small shop begun in Salem in 1852, Polish-born William Filene brought his progressive retail ideas to Boston in 1881. The early department store created an atmosphere of fine specialty shops. Filene?s has been known since for retailing innovations. I guess you could call great sales a retailing innovation! LOL

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rids
Mar 12, 2006

Old City Hall

Old City Hall
Boston's Old City Hall was one of the first buildings in the French Second Empire Style to be built in the United States, and is now one of the few that survive. The design originated in France during the Second Empire (the reign of Emperor Napoleon III from 1852 to 1870). In Paris, this style gained popularity with the building of the new Louvre. After the completion of Boston's City Hall (1865) the French Second Empire Style was used extensively elsewhere in Boston and for many public buildings in the United States, such as the Executive Office Building in Washington D.C. as well as other city halls in Providence, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
The major characteristic of this style is the mansard roof, a double pitched roof with a steep lower slope that has a boxy shape. Often the building will have a projecting center that is topped by a dome, and tall windows and doors that are flanked by pairs of columns.

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rids
Aug 25, 2002

Ames Building

Ames Building
The 14-story Ames Building (1889-1892) was designed by the architectural firm of Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge. The Romanesque style building was the tallest building in Boston when it was completed. Constructed before skyscrapers were built of steel, the Ames Building is supported by 9-foot thick masonry walls. The Ames manufacturing company supplied shovels to build Civil War fortifications and the transcontinental railroad. It is still the second tallest wall-bearing structure in the United States. It is being renovated for a hotel--occupancy is projected for the winter of 2003.

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Aug 25, 2002

Things to Do Near Boston

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King's Chapel

The King's Chapel is one of the many protestant Unitarian Denominational Churches in New England and is part of the Freedom Trail, you can check this area and Chapel too as it lies just in Tremont...
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City Hall

The New Boston City hall is just a stone's throw away from the old City Hall Building that was built in 1968 and on the famous brutalist style which was popular during those times (brutalist design...
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Granary Burying Ground

I enjoy visiting cemeteries. I think they are beautiful and hold spiritual tranquility. I look at the crypts and headstones and wonder if the deceased have families that live on. I enjoy the beauty of...
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Black Heritage Trail

This is a shorter trail than the freedom trail and takes you mainly around the Beacon Hill area which is lovely in itself. There are beautiful mansion houses and millionaire's squares. Excellent and...
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Old State House

What a great idea! To use a landmark as also a metro station is genius! The Old State House is one of the oldest public buildings in the United States, built in 1712-1713. It's one of the landmarks...
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Old South Meeting House

A den of traitors. Or at least that's how the British would have seen it. This was the dry tinder box for the American Revolution. The locals would meet here for heated debates about the future of the...
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