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Take a photographic journey around some of Boston's historic sites. This walking tour company specializes in leading camera-happy groups around the city to see and capture some the best locales. Photo Walks offers private tours, scavenger hunts, night tours, private photo lessons and more. See the exclusive Beacon Hill neighborhood with its 19th-century brownstones, the Public Garden and Boston Harbor for panoramic views and the Freedom Trail's historic sites. It's a great way to see Boston come alive, along with instruction on simple and creative photo techniques.
An integral artery of downtown Boston, Freedom Trail is a winding path coursing through some of the most significant landmarks of the country. Dotted along the trail's course is a troupe of sites which have been the brewing grounds for iconic events like the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's Midnight Ride. Upheld by the Boston National Historic Park and the Freedom Trail Commission, it is dotted by a tracery of churches, graveyards and buildings commanding monumental significance. Some of the important sites studded on the trail are the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, USS Constitution, Copp's Hill Burial Ground and Paul Revere's House. The trail often commences from Boston Common, meandering up to the Bunker Hill Monument. Voyaging proudly through the city's expanse, the Freedom Trail tells stirring tales of the country's glorious past.
Franklin Park Zoo has numerous habitats with exotic animals from all over the globe, including a tropical forest with gorillas, warthogs, tapirs and bats. Hit the Outback Trail to view kangaroos, wallabies, emus and cockatoos. Exciting encounters with lions, zebras, ostriches, snow leopards and butterflies are also possible. The Franklin Farm exhibit features a petting zoo for children and a chicken hatchery. Check website for more
Arnold Arboretum, a botanical garden, located in Jamaica Plain, is the crown jewel in Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace, which is the chain of Boston parks that he created. The manicured grounds, under the management of Harvard University, are filled with exotic flora that are tagged with species and genus names for the eager amateur botanist. The annual 'Lilac Sunday' during the second week of May draws thousands of visitors to enjoy the beauty of over 500 lilac bushes.
The Massachusetts Audubon society transformed the former Boston State Hospital into a urban sanctuary with miles of wheelchair-accessible trails ideal for hiking and bird watching. The George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center on the sanctuary grounds offers weekly environmental education programs for local school children. The center is considered one of the greenest buildings in Boston and strives to teach environmental sustainability to all visitors. Rather than charge for admission the sanctuary kindly asks for a donation instead.