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Boston - Beantown Slang-uage - new
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The Freedom Trail
Located in Downtown Boston and in Charlestown, the Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red line in the sidewalk that links 18 historic sites. Here are a few of the highlights:

Boston National Historic Park
Get your brochures here to help you understand what you're seeing along the trail, including restroom locations. Free guided tours are available here for the Boston trail as well. This is also a great point to pick up the bus and trolly tours of the city. Located next to the Old State House and the State Street T stop on the Blue and Orange lines, just a couple blocks from Quincy Market. Open daily except for holidays.
Tel 617.242.5644 www.nps.gov/bost/

Boston Common
This old pasture land donated by William Blackstone, is the oldest public park in the world. Once home to cows, now home to many concerts, political rallies, and special events. The Christmas season is a beautiful time to enjoy this park with decorated trees and ice scultpures. The Boston Common is open until 11pm, and the visitors center is open standard business hours. Restrooms are available.
Beacon Hill Tel  617.635.4505 ext 6516

The (NEW) State House
Home to governmental happenings in the state, this impressive building has much history. Ask about the Sacred Cod. Open standard business hours. A 45 minute Statehouse tour is available.
Beacon Street Tel 671-727-3676

The Park Street Church
On the corner of Boston Common, this Peter Banner designed and Soloman Willard carved building, held many functions and items during the Revolution. Donations are accepted, and open Tuesdays through Saturdays in July and August.
1 Park Street Tel 617.523.3383

Granary Burying Ground
Many famous dignitaries are buried here, including John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere. Mother Goose is also buried here. Open daily, but hours vary according to season.
Tremont Street Tel 617.635.4505 ext 6516

King's Chapel
King's Chapel in Boston was the first Church of England in Boston, dated around 1686, by King James II. In 1786 it became the first Unitarian Church in America. Nominal admission fee open daily. Unitarian services are held on Sundays and Wednesdays.
64 Beacon Street Tel 617.227.2155

The Old South Meeting House
Though not as famous as other Boston landmarks, this former church was the site of many large town meetings in Colonial times. Nominal entrance fee, about $3. Open standard business hours.
Tel 617.482.6439

The Old State House
The oldest public building in Boston, dating back to 1712, originally built to house the King's Colonial Government. Admission is a few dollars, open daily.
310 Washington Street Tel  617-720-3290 http://www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org

Site of Boston Massacre
The circle of cobblestones beneath the balcony of the Old Statehouse is where British soldiers fired on an angry mob and killed five and wounded six. This was the first bloodshed of the Revolutionary War, 1770.

Faneuil Hall
Given by Peter Faneuil in 1742, this building houses the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. Founded in 1638, it is the oldest military organization in North America.
1 Faneuil Hall Square Tel 617.635.3105 http://www.nps.gov/bost/Faneuil_Hall.htm

Quincy Market
Originally set aside for public sale of fruit and produce, today it has expanded into a variety shops, bars, and restaurants. Over 15 million visit it each year.
3 Faneuil Hall Market Place http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com

Paul Revere House
Open daily except holidays and Mondays during the winter. Admission is a few dollars.
19 North Square Tel 617-523-2338 http://www.paulreverehouse.org

Old North Church
Oldest standing church in Boston, built in 1723, it played the role of lookout point during the famous Paul Revere ride. Open daily during standard business hours. Admission is free and visitors are welcome to attend services.
193 Salem Street Tel 617.523.6676 http://www.oldnorth.com

Copp's Hill Burying Ground
This area was used during the Battle of Bunker Hill to set cannons against the revolutionaries of Charlestown. Tombstones were used for target practice. Open daily during standard business hours, closing early in winter.
Hull Street Tel 617-635-4505 ext 6516

Bunker Hill Monument
Open daily until late afternoon. Free admission. The Museum is open June through September and hours vary.
Monument Square Tel 617-242-5641

The USS Constitution or "Old Ironsides"
Oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy. Escorted tours daily until about 3:30pm. Admission is free.
Boston National Historical Park Tel 617.242.5671 http://www.ussconstitution.navy.mil/

New England Aquarium
One of the most famous "zoos" in the country, this uniquely shaped aquarium is located at the Central Wharf in Boston. Admission ranges between about $8-$13, and Whale Watch combos are available.
Central Wharf Tel 617-973-5281 http://www.neaq.org