If you follow the Freedom Trail, you'll surely see the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House. It was built in 1775 on land owned and used as a cow pasture by John Hancock. The famous architect Charles Bulfinch designed the state capitol, Faneuil Hall, and many other buildings around Boston. The copper for the dome, which is now gold-gilded, was supplied by Paul Revere. This spot is brimming with history. It's also a great vantage point for looking out onto the Boston Common.
Free tours are available, but if you're wandering on your own, make sure you point out the Sacred Cod in the House Gallery to the kids. It's a reminder of the importance of the fishing industry.
A trip inside the State House may not be the high point of a younger child's trip to Boston. Older children who have some knowledge of American history (and are interested in it!) will get more out of visit here.
Red/Green Line to Park Street. The State House is located on the corner of Beacon Street and Park Street.
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