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In your travels: Five popular Boston spots not to miss

If you’re coming to campus this spring—and time permits—consider taking in one or more of these Boston attractions:

Faneuil Hall Marketplace:
Colonists first protested the Sugar Act in 1764 and demanded “no taxation without representation” at historic Faneuil Hall, which was built in 1742 as a gift to the city from wealthy merchant Peter Faneuil. The building is the centerpiece of this popular downtown destination, which also includes Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market, home to more than 70 restaurants and retailers.

The Freedom Trail:

This 2.5-mile red-lined route winds past 16 historically significant sites including the Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, and the U.S.S. Constitution.

The Old North Church:
Built in 1723 and originally called Christ Church, Boston’s oldest standing church is the place where two men climbed to the steeple on April 18, 1775, and briefly displayed two lanterns. That alerted Paul Revere, who was waiting for a signal (“One if by land, and two if by sea”) to tell him how British troops were arriving—the message he carried on his famous Midnight Ride.  

The Public Garden:
Younger, more meticulously groomed, and more formal than nearby Boston Common, Boston’s Public Garden was the first public botanical garden built in the United States. More than 80 species of plants, a lagoon, monuments, and fountains enhance the lush Victorian-era design of the garden’s 24 acres.

Swan Boats:
Visitors have been riding since 1877 on Boston’s iconic, pedal-driven Swan Boats, which glide on the Public Garden lagoon each year between April and September.

—Maria Palomino