The old part of Boston has many of the pre-revolutionary war attractions from the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, King’s Chapel and Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House, Old State House. For more information see our Freedom Trail Guide.
The more modern and somewhat controversial Government Center sits above this section of the city (just slightly North). To the east you can find the more modern buildings of the financial center.
Also be sure to take in the Blackstone Block Histroic District – one of the oldest Boston neighborhoods – which dates back to the 17th century. The oldest building in Downtown Boston dates back to 1714. One of the area’s restaurant landmarks is also here – the Union Oyster House. Check out the free Maritime Museum in the Customs House. The Building was one of the earliest skyscrapers in Boston. Built in the Greek Revival style, it has a beautiful illuminated clock tower.
Between Congress and Pearl Streets there is a small park in Post Office Square. Its fountains date back to 1912. Nearby, the Verizon building features an accurate restoration of Alexander Graham Bell’s laboratory as well as some other rare items from the early days of telephone. There are many shops and restaurants, from boutiques and to antique goods.
With easy T access, Downtown Boston is the perfect stop to visit the many neighborhoods Boston has to offer. Whether you want to stroll through Boston Common to reach the Back Bay and Newbury Street, or you want to stroll through the Theater District to reach Chinatown & the South End, the vibrancy of Downtown Boston makes this neighborhood the hub to a rich, historical city.