Boston National Historical Park Guide 2020 : National Parks Navigator

Faneuil Hall by SLG

Boston National Historical Park

Why visit Boston?

Boston, Massachusetts is where it begins. The largest port in New England is the historical gateway to the history of the United States. The Colonial struggle for independence from England began here and the most important sites are here on the "Freedom Trail". The Trail is a red brick line weaving through downtown Boston, the North End and Charlestown. The sites include the National Park visitors centers at Faneuil Hall and at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Other notable sites are the Old Colonial State House, Paul Revere's house, the Boston Tea Party Ship, Old South Meeting House, the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument, and many more. Boston is also home to the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. The Islands contain the first lighthouse to be built in what is now the United States: Boston Light and A Civil War era Fortress: Fort Warren among others.

How to get around?

Ferry service is available from downtown Boston as well as Hingham. Boston is home to the nation's first subway system that works very well after considerable upgrades and expansion. Boston is also a walking city easily negotiated. Start at the Visitor Center at Faneuil Hall. Take a tour: Learn about the harbor's unique history directly from National Park Service Rangers.

Where to stay?

Find the best Hotels near this National Park such as Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel and the Omni Parker House Hotel.

For camping none in town, but there are some nearby on the islands and in a nearby State park. Camping is available on Peddocks Island and Lovells Island. Mainland Based camping is available at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham.

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How to get to the Park?

Access: Via Boston by Cruise Ship, Plane, train, car or bus. Arrive by Amtrak at North or South Station. Boston also has a modern bus terminal at South Station. Greyhound and other providers come to Boston. Logan International Airport is serviced by many of the major airlines. Roads: The most direct route into Boston from the West is the Massachusetts Turnpike: Interstate Route 90. Interstate Route 93 allows access from North and South.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle

Boston viewed from the Convention Center

Harvard Yard

Fall Foliage

MIT Boston view

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