Boston Attractions

Boston is considered one of the United States most historic city. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is located just steps from some of top Boston Attractions and Boston Activities ideal for virtually any visitor, including: Boston Back Bay, Boston Common Park, Boston's Freedom Trail, Boston's Charles River and Copley Place Mall with more than 200 Boston Stores and Boston Restaurants.

The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is just 2 blocks from Newbury Street, known for its many Designer Boutiques and 5 blocks from the upscale Prudential Center and Copley Place Mall, offering Boston Shopping at more than 200 Boston Shops.

There are many Boston Restaurants in the area with 8 Boston Restaurants on property at Boston Park Plaza Hotel - see a complete list of Boston Restaurants.

Boston Sites to See

Boston Common

159 Ballville Road, Bolton, MA 01740 | 978.779.6919

Originally owned by William Blackstone, who came to Boston in 1622, this Boston historic area is America's oldest public park. Situated on 44 acres of open land, it was used as a common pasture for grazing cattle owned by the townspeople of Boston. This Boston historic site later became a training field for the militia and was used as a British Army camp during the occupation of Boston. Over many generations, the Common has been the site of hangings, duels, public celebrations and spirited oratory. Now it hosts squirrels, pigeons, and plenty of neighborhood dogs from the fashionable addresses of Beacon Hill.

The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size. Today, Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston's neighborhoods.

The "Common" has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Until 1830, cattle grazed the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775.

Faneuil Hall/Quincy Marketplace

South Market Building| Boston, MA 02109

It's the seat of American history and the site of one of America's most famous shopping and dining experiences. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace combines the glories of the past and vitality of the present, with 49 shops, 44 pushcarts, 18 full service restaurants, and 35 food stalls. First built in 1742, Faneuil Hall sits at the site of the old town dock. Town meetings were held here between 1764 and 1774, and patriots such as, Samuel Adams and many others lead their cries of protest against the imposition of taxes on the colonies.

In the heart of Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is adjacent to historic Faneuil Hall and is bordered by the financial district, the waterfront, the North End, Government Center and Haymarket. It is a well-traveled part of Boston's "Freedom Trail."

Freedom Trail

Boston Common Information Visitor Center, 148 Tremont Street | Boston, MA 02108

The Freedom Trail is a red (mostly brick) path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts that leads to 16 significant historic sites. It is a 2.5-mile walk from Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Simple ground markers explaining events, graveyards, notable churches and other buildings, and a historic naval frigate are stops along the way. Most sites are free; Old South Meeting House, Old State House, and Paul Revere House have small admission fees; while others suggest donations. The Freedom Trail is a unit of Boston National Historical Park and is overseen by The Freedom Trail Foundation.

The Freedom Trail was originally conceived by local journalist William Schofield, who since 1951 had promoted the idea of a pedestrian trail to link important local landmarks. John Hynes, the mayor of Boston, decided to put Schofield's idea into action. By 1953, 40,000 people annually were enjoying the sites and history on the Freedom Trail.

In 1974, Boston National Historical Park was established. The National Park Service opened a Visitor Center on State Street, where they give free maps of the Freedom Trail and other historic sites, as well as sell books about Boston and US history. Today, people walk on the red path of the Freedom Trail to learn about important events as the people worked to gain independence from Great Britain.

Old State House

206 Washington Street | Boston, MA 02109

Known today as the Old State House, this building was the center of Boston ’s civic life in the 18th century and the scene of some of the most dramatic chapters in the lead-up to the American Revolution. Within these walls, Samuel Adams, James Otis, John Hancock, and John Adams debated the future of the British colonies. Just outside the building, five men were among the first casualties of the battle for independence, in what would later be known as the Boston Massacre. The Declaration of Independence was proclaimed from the balcony to the citizens of Boston in 1776.

After the American Revolution, the building served as the first state house for the newly-formed Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Then it was used for a variety of purposes in the 19th century, including shopping arcade, city hall, post office, merchants’ exchange, and offices. In 1881 The Bostonian Society restored the building, and has operated it as a museum ever since.

As you explore the Old State House Museum you will discover wonderful stories about the people and events that shaped the history of the city, colony, state, and nation. Two floors of exhibitions tell the story of the role the building—and Boston—played in the American Revolution. Other exhibitions highlight the collections of The Bostonian Society. See tea from the Boston Tea Party and John Hancock's coat; listen to testimony from the Boston Massacre trial; view paintings of Boston harbor and other Boston treasures. Hands-on History galleries on the second floor provide interactive exhibitions for families with children.

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WAD Midterm Board Meeting

April 25th – 28th, 2013
Marriott Marble Arch, London

WAD 2013 Mid-Term Board Meeting in celebration with the Association of British Investigators (ABI) centenary.

Further details, please contact:

W.A.D. Administrative Manager
World Association of Detectives, Inc
7501 Sparrows Point Blvd, Baltimore,
Maryland 21219, USA
Tel: +1-443-982-4586
Fax: +1-410-388-9746
E-Mail: wad@wad.net