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History

Many of the key Revolutionary sites downtown are connected by the Freedom Trail - a red line painted on the sidewalk in a roughly 3-mile loop. A good place to pick up the trail is the National Park Service visitor center across from the Old State House (Blue or Orange Line subways to State Street) - where you can pick up tons of pamphlets, as well a Junior Park Ranger Certificate.

Among the sites on the trail are Paul Revere's House in the North End. Hint: plan to get there just before or after lunch; wander the nearby Hanover Street for an Italian restaurant whose menu catches your eye, then get desert at Mike's Pastries. Or, if you're not in the mood for Italian, another stop on the trail is Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where you'll find tons of street performers and a food court that will make you forget the stuff that passes for food at your local mall.

Kids might also like racing up the stairs to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.

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