A truly unique section of Boston is found in the Financial District, with modern additions and also historic attractions dating back before the Revolutionary War. Everyone who visits is sure to find something interesting and memorable. This eclectic collection of old and new has brought many directors here for filming TV shows and movies alike. Some of the movies filmed on location in the Financial District include The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson. The Thomas Crown Affair features the National Shawmut Bank where a robbery occurs, and The Town has a scene in the Dunkin’ Donuts here because Ben Affleck wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, including the location where coffee and doughnuts were bought in the film.
While walking through the Financial District, keep an eye out for Post Office Square, a popular location for lunch for those in the area because of the scenic Norman B. Leventhal Park, cafes, fountains and a beautiful pergola feature that circles around the central lawn with seating for its visitors. The Post Office Square also features the New England Telephone Building which includes a reconstructed laboratory where the first telephone was built.
The Freedom Trail is a must see for those who love history and the journey begins at the Boston Common, the oldest park in the United States. Following the trail will lead travelers to the Bunker Hill Monument which marks the location of the first major battle in the American Revolution. Also located on the trail is Boston’s the second oldest burial ground called Copps Hill, Quincy Market one of the most popular tourist destinations with incredible shopping and entertainment, Faneuil Hall which features the revolutionary activity that took place in Boston, Granary Burying Ground where three of the Declaration of Independence signers are buried and Old North Church, where Robert Newman touched off the war of independence by climbing up to the steeple in 1775 and hung two lanterns and now welcomes thousands of visitors a year. Visitors will also see the USS Constitution which is often referred to as “Old Iron Sides”, Paul Reveres House, Park Street Church, Kings Chapel, and the Old South Meeting House.
Tourists and locals alike also consider The Blackstone Block a must see. This block dates back to the 17th century and is one of the oldest sections of Boston but also features modern architecture. The oldest building you will see in this area was build in 1774 and close buy is one of the cities earliest Skyscrapers, a model of beautiful Greek revival architecture and is easy to spot with its beautiful clock tower.
For a quick bite after a lot of sightseeing, stop and eat at Boston’s land mark restaurant, Union Oyster House, known as the oldest restaurant in Boston it was made famous for being John F. Kennedy’s favorite place to eat. Since then, his favorite booth has now been dedicated and is titled “The Kennedy Booth.” Union Oyster House isn’t the only place to satisfy a hungry visitors, so be sure to check out Boston Chowda Company, Radius for French cuisine, and Durgin Park for amazing dining experiences.
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