Even if you visit Boston , the capital of the state of Massachusetts, with children in tow, the best way to get the big picture of this beautiful city with a typically European charm is to follow the Freedom Trail , the path of freedom. This is the famous red route that connects the various stages of the American Revolution. So you have a first taste of the city admiring the historical buildings and the buildings that date back to the end of the 18th century.
Once the journey is over, you are immersed in the world of stories and fantasy. An obligatory stop at the Boston Public Garden where the famous opera Mallard and her eight ducklings is located . The sculpture represents mum ducks with her eight ducks, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack and is inspired by Robert McCloskey’s children’s book written in 1941 “Make way for the Ducklings” . The storytells the story of a family of ducks, Mr and Mrs Mallard, who lived on an island in the middle of the Charles River. When the eight ducks were born, mom and dad started looking for a better place to raise the puppies. And so they arrived at the Boston Public Garden where they stopped. And where they can still be seen today, represented in the sculpture by Nancy Schon. After having climbed the children on ducks, bring them on a Swan Boat , one of the small swan-shaped boats that have floated on the pond for 130 years.
Let’s go back to the story, that of the Boston Tea Party , one of the episodes that helped unleash the revolution. In protest against the recent laws of commercial taxation, on December 16, 1773 a large number of tea cases were overturned in the sea. To remember that episode a visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is a must in which each visitor at the entrance is given the name of a true fighting patriot. You can board an identical copy of the vessels of the age and children can actually throw the tea from the ship. A new museum that looks fun and educational, a great way to get into American history. Finally, we suggest a link to discover all the main attractions of Boston .
We remain in the historical theme pushing forty miles north of Boston to Salem , a city founded in 1626 that at the end of the seventeenth century became the scene of an important persecution of witches (the only American witch hunt). In 1992, 19 alleged witches were hanged. Hence the nickname of the city of witches , a place full of charm for little travelers. We start with a visit to the museum village Salem 1630 , a pioneer village at the entrance to the city, the first open-air museum in America where you can experience history and immerse yourself in the seventeenth century.
Then continue with the Salem Witch Museum, the museum of witches that sheds light on the period of persecution. Also in Salem it is possible to follow the red route that runs through the historical center leading the visitor to the House of Seven Gables (the House of the Seven Domes) inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne for his novel. Hawthorne, one of the three great classical authors of American literature with Melville and Poe, is best known in Italy for “The Scarlet Letter”, the subject of sorcery that returns. Still on the subject of witches, you can visit the Witch Dungeon Museum.
The city, witches or not, is a small jewel of American history. Thanks to the intense post-revolutionary commercial exchanges, it was for a long time the most active and important port in America. And clearly, as in any self-respecting port, pirates were not lacking. After a walk along the quaysides of the sea, the Derby Wharf , it is a must to please the budding Blackbeards with a visit to the Pirate Museum . And after having thrilled emotions, including witches and pirates, visit the beautiful lighthouses distributed along the coast (some seem haunted) or go for a whale-watching excursion , one of the must-do experiences in Massachusetts.