PROGRAM:BOSTON

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Most Students on Tour Education Programs to Boston include:

  • The Freedom Trail - including photo stops of Paul Revere's house, Old North Church, and USS Constitution

  • Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall

  • Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center

With extended time or an additional day the program may include:

  • Lexington Green and Concord - Old North Bridge, Orchard House, Walden Pond

  • Tour of Harvard University

  • Excursion to Plymouth, MA - Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II, National Monument to the Forefathers

CLIMATE

The weather in Boston, like much of New England, changes suddenly. It is not uncommon for the city to experience temperature swings of 30°F or more over the course of several days. The summers are usually warm and humid, while the winters are cold and windy. There has been snow in October and heartwaves in February! The warmest month is August (average high of 80°F) and the coldest month is January (average high of 35°F). The city averages 42 inches of rain and 42 inches of snow a year.

GEOGRAPHY


One of Boston’s early names was "City on a Hill" - actually three hills. Early Puritans chose this name from the Bible. 

The early city of Boston looked more like an island. Now much of Boston's Back Bay and South End are built on reclaimed land. Two and a half of the original three hills were used as material for the landfill. Beacon Hill, the smallest of the three original hills, is the only hill that remains.

The Charles River separates Boston from Cambridge and Charlestown. To the east of the river lies Boston Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.

ESSENTIALS

  • Touring Boston's Freedom Trail! Follow the red brick trail for 2.5 miles Beacon Hill to Bunker Hill and see key historic sites including the Old North Church, Paul Revere's House, the USS Constitution, and the site of the Boston Massacre.
     

  • Walking upstairs in Faneuil Hall! This is "America's Cradle of Liberty!" Imagine hearing speeches by Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty.
     

  • Seeing the Old North Church and reliving the story of Paul Revere.

Get Prepared

WATCH

Johnny Tremain, 1957, Walt Disney

READ

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

LISTEN

The Boston Pops! The Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert in 1881. Having a permanent orchestra in his hometown was a dream come true for founder Henry Lee Higginson - a Civil War veteran, businessman, and philanthropist.

EAT

Boston has wonderful seafood - try some clam chowder. Or if seafood is not your thing, try the Yankee pot roast. Yum!

DRINK

Water and, of course, Tea!

IN A WORD:

Freedom!

SURPRISES

  • Finding out that there over 60 colleges that call Boston home, including Harvard University. 
     

  • The tea that was thrown during the Boston tea party could have made over 24 million cups of tea! Today the tea would be worth $1,000,000! 
     

  • Five Bostonians were killed by British soldiers during the Boston Massacre.

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