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New England Experiences

New England — the birthplace of America — is filled with rich history, cultural attractions, fascinating cities, scenic villages, and outdoor adventures at every turn.

Below is a small selection of the tours we can organise for you when you have booked your USA holiday with us and are visiting New England.   

Duration: 2 Hours

Walk the Freedom Trail - from the green stretches of Boston Common to the wood-sided slats of the Paul Revere House. In two hours, post up at sites integral to America's fervent pursuit for independence such as Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, Paul Revere House, and Granary Burying Ground.

By the conclusion of this tour, you will have visited 13 of the 16 sites in downtown Boston. Once done, your guide will point you in the direction towards a collection of local eateries in the North End, a neighborhood famed for the flavors of its Italian and Irish heritage.

Freedom Trail Highlights

  • Visit the majority of the sites along Boston's famed Freedom Trail
  • Pause at sites like the Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, and the site of the Boston Massacre.
  • Spend time with a local guide who uses storytelling to captivate their audience

Located in downtown Boston, steps away from the waterfront, Faneuil Hall is alive today as it was in 1742 when our nation’s fathers proclaimed it “The Cradle of Liberty.” Over 70 retailers and 40 office tenants occupy the 200,000 square feet of retail and 160,000 square feet of space on Boston’s iconic mixed use festival marketplace.

Customers enjoy unique, locally loved, and nationally recognized shops while indulging in the worldwide cuisine at our restaurants, pubs, and in the world-famous Quincy Market Colonnade. The cobblestone promenades are filled with the music and jaw-dropping routines of world-renowned street performers and musicians. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is at the top of the list of things to see in Boston.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Highlights

  • 200,000 square feet of retail with over 70 retailers
  • Cobblestone streets with various street artists and musicians

Founded in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, stands on the historic homelands of the Massachusett people, a site which has long served as a place of meeting and exchange among different nations. The MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation's centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.

Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art. The museum welcomes more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

Established in 1634, Boston Common is America’s oldest public park. Puritan colonists purchased the land rights to the Common’s 44 acres from the first European settler of the area, Anglican minister William Blackstone. 

When Puritan colonists purchased the land rights to the Common, the price was 30 pounds, and each homeowner paid six shillings. The pasture then became known as the "Common Land" and was used to graze local livestock until 1830. A town shepherd was paid "two shillings and sixpence per head of cowe" to tend townspeople’s livestock. The Common was a site for Puritanical punishments, home to a whipping post, pillory, and stocks. Pirates, murderers, and witches were hanged from the tree known as "The Great Elm," now gone. Mary Dyer and three other Quakers were also hanged on the Common for their beliefs. A statue of Mary Dyer now stands on the Massachusetts State House lawn.

Boston Common has, and continues to, serve a higher purpose as a place for public oratory and discourse. Here, during the 20th century, Charles Lindbergh promoted commercial aviation; Anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies were held, including one led by Martin Luther King, Jr.; and in 1979 Pope John Paul II gave Mass to a gathered crowd. Today, Boston Common is open for all to enjoy.

Boston Common Highlights

  • The vast history of the area
  • Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial

Duration: 1 Hour 

Revel in the history of Fenway Park, one of baseball’s most beloved stadiums, during this guided tour. Revisit the careers of Red Sox greats like Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, and Carl Yastrzemski, celebrate the club’s numerous World Series titles, and tour famous stadium locales like the ‘Green Monster,’ ‘Pesky’s Pole,’ and the Fenway Park Living Museum.

 

Fenway Park Tour

  • Learn about the celebrated history of this 100+ year-old stadium and its famous team, the Red Sox
  • more than 170,000 stadium artefacts and 150,000 photographs

Cuttyhunk Island is part of the Town of Gosnold, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Rests 12 miles south of New Bedford, MA and 8 miles west of Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard. It Is a place to do a whole lot of nothing. It has a small beach (which seems to have sand that moves about every year), a great harbor, good fishing, a few dozen houses, some great ice cream and some beautiful hiking trails. Does not have discos, bars, malls, a singles scene, a party life, video games, parking lots, traffic, or much action. What Cuttyhunk does have is a quiet, isolated, beautiful, ocean environment, perfect for getting in touch with yourself and your family, or just catching up with your reading!
 

Cuttyhunk Island Highlights

  • One hour ferry ride from the mainland
  • Quaint village and harbour

The Flying Horses Carousel is the nation’s oldest platform carousel. Since 1884, the Flying Horses Carousel has delighted visitors in the town of Oak Bluffs.

Constructed by Charles Dare of New York Carousel Manufacturing in 1876, it is one of only two Dare carousels that still exist. Originally operated as an attraction on Coney Island, it was moved to Oak Bluffs in 1884 and includes stationary carved wooden horses with manes and tails of real horsehair and inset glass eyes. Each horse is brightly painted and fixed to the rotating platform by a metal post.

The carousel was acquired by Vineyard Preservation Trust in 1986 to prevent it from being dismantled and sold piecemeal to collectors of antique carved horses. The Trust undertook an extensive restoration of the Flying Horses, returning the carousel to its original appearance, complete with the historic panel paintings. 

Flying Horses Carousel Highlights

  • Available to rent for special events
  • Free tours of the carousel available

The Gay Head Lighthouse was the first lighthouse constructed on Martha’s Vineyard. In 1796, because both islands were deeply involved in the whaling industry, maritime traffic had increased to the point that Peleg Coffin of Nantucket wrote his Congressman asking for a light to be erected at Gay Head.

Perched atop striking, multi-colored cliffs at the western end of Martha’s Vineyard, Gay Head Lighthouse occupies a picture-perfect location. The cliffs exhibit vivid hues of green, yellow, black, brown, red, and white and attract visitors from all over the world. The first European to name this natural feature was explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, who, when he sailed past in 1602, called them Dover Cliffs after the famous chalky landmark along the English Channel. This name, however, failed to stick, and by the 1660s, the area became commonly known as Gay Head, due to the headland’s gaily-colored cliffs.

This place has been known by many names through time; sometimes multiple different names at the same time. Pemetic. Sieur de Monts. Lafayette. Acadia. Since time immemorial it as been the Wabanaki homeland and it always will be. The living cultures surrounding what is now known as Acadia National Park have worked the land and worked the waters for generations. Its preservation as a national park, we can look back at the forces in time that led to the creation of 'Acadia National Park.' The path from colonization to early tourism to the formation of civic groups who eventually proposed and created Acadia National Park was far from a straight line. But each step along the way planted a stone along the trail to becoming Acadia National Park. Along the way, a world-renowned network of historic trails, motor roads, and carriage roads and bridges built the 'park-itecture' that now defines Acadia National Park to the world.

Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats, and a rich cultural heritage. At 4 million visits a year, it's one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States. Visitors enjoy 27 miles of historic motor roads, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads.

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