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Relive the Revolution! Boston With Your Grandchild

Throw tea in the harbor, ride a Duck Boat, climb to the top of Old North Church and explore a military fort. Discover Boston with your grandkid, from the Freedom Trail to Fenway!
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Program No. 20551RSBLOG
6 days
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Relive the Revolution! Boston With Your Grandchild

Throw tea in the harbor, ride a Duck Boat, climb to the top of Old North Church and explore a military fort. Discover Boston with your grandkid, from the Freedom Trail to Fenway!
6 days
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Program No. 20551 RSBLOG
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Get into the American spirit as you and your grandchild relive the revolution that gave America its independence! Walk in the footsteps of famous patriots like Paul Revere and Samuel Adams along the red-bricked Freedom Trail. Let Boston’s Revolutionary spirit move you as you fling tea into the harbor in resistance at the Boston Tea Party Museum. Climb aboard the USS Constitution in historic Charlestown Navy Yard, and ride a Duck Boat on land AND water through Boston’s streets and along its waterways. Get to know this “city upon a hill” on a Revolutionary journey, and top it all off by making (and eating) a local favorite: Boston Cream Pie.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Climb to the steeple of Old North Church to learn about its famous lights, and take a haunting walk in the dark church crypt, a resting place for fallen soldiers.
  • Visit the Boston Tea Party Museum to relive the historic night in 1773 that lead to American Independence.
  • Get hands-on with marine animals at the New England Aquarium, and see Fenway Park from atop the “Green Monster.”
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And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
by Jean Fritz
Everyone knows about Paul Revere's midnight ride, but not everyone knows the harrowing details and narrow escapes that occurred along the way. This timeless and witty book highlights little-known facts about patriot Paul Revere. 7 and up *Highly recommended by the Paul Revere House*
You Wouldn't Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party!: Wharf Water Tea You'd Rather Not Drink
by Peter Cook
The year is 1773. Your name is George Robert Twelves Hewes and you were born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1742. You grew to manhood in a time of turmoil, when American colonists first began to rebel against the unjust rule of the British government. You were to be at the center of some of the most important events in America's history events that led to the American Revolution. Eventually you, and your fellow Americans won your freedom and a new nation was born: the United States of America. But all this lay in the future. On the night of December 16, 1773, you were busy blacking your face with coal dust and disguising yourself as a Mohawk Indian. You are about to be a part of history. You are about to find out why you wouldn't want to be at the Boston Tea Party! 8 and up
Boston Firsts: 40 Feats of Innovation and Invention that Happened First in Boston and Helped Make America Great
by Lynda Morgenroth
Boston Firsts is about everything (well, almost!) that happened first in Boston and changed life elsewhere: from the first lighthouse and public library to the first madam and ready-made suit. Boston-based journalist and essayist Lynda Morgenroth has written forty original essays on the city's long history of innovation, from the colonial era to the present. These lively takes on Boston's innovative history range from the first use of ether in publicly performed surgery to the first school desegregation court case to the one-and only-automatic bargain basement.
Johnny Tremain
by Esther Hoskins Forbes
The Year: 1773. The place: Boston. Johnny Tremain is fourteen and apprenticed to a silversmith. He is gifted and lords his skills over the other apprentices, until one day his hand is horribly burned by molten silver. Johnnys dreams of silversmithing are over. A depressed Johnny finds work as a dispatch rider for the Committee of Public Safety, a job that brings him in touch with Boston patriotsand the excitement that will lead to the Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. Includes a new introduction by Newbery Honor Winner Gary D. Schmidt. 10 and up
As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution
by Richard Archer
In the dramatic period leading to the American Revolution, no event did more to foment patriotic sentiment among colonists than the armed occupation of Boston by British soldiers. As If an Enemy's Country is Richard Archer's gripping narrative of those critical months between October 1, 1768 and the winter of 1770 when Boston was an occupied town.
Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year
by Glenn Stout
A 2012 Top Ten Sports Book as selected by Booklist. Winner of the 2011 Seymour Medal and Larry Ritter Award from the Society for American Baseball Research, for the best book of baseball history or biography, and best book on the Deadball era.
Journey Around Boston From A to Z (Journeys)
by Martha Zschock
This vivid, enchanting alphabet book for all ages is packed with fascinating information about historic sites in Boston, Cambridge, and environs. Colorful, detailed watercolor paintings from author and illustrator Martha Day Zschock enliven the pages, which include: Brahmins on Beacon Hill, Fans at Fenway, and Tea Taxes! Says the Fitchburg Sentinel, "Her art and poetic, easy-to-follow text will warmly draw readers of all ages into the arms of the City Upon the Hill." 6 and up

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