Cheer for the Crimson in Massachusetts

The first mayor of Boston to own an automobile was James Michael Curley. He had his license plate made to reflect the number of letters in his name, "576." To this day the mayor of Boston's official car has the same license plate. Keep your eyes peeled for it cruising the streets as you walk along the Freedom Trail, see a Harvard football game and throw tea into the harbor at these family-friendly attractions:

Freedom Trail
Have you ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of history? In the 1950s, this trail was preserved by Boston citizens for its significance during the Revolutionary War. Along the trail, you'll find 16 sites across 2.5 miles. You'll follow a brick sidewalk or painted line to get from place to place on this urban walkway. Over 4 million people visit each year to learn about the founding of our country and the people who made it possible.

Stops on the tour include Boston Common, America's oldest public park, the Old North Church, the oldest standing building in Boston and the famed spot where Paul Revere saw two lanterns and learned the British were attacking by sea. You can even see Revere's house and the site of the Boston Massacre. Feel free to take this tour by yourself or with a group.

Tour guides are available and in costume as prominent and important individuals of the day, like Mary Clapham and James Blake. The guides are spread throughout the trail to offer interesting tidbits of information about the location and people who once roamed there.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
Do you want to take your kids to see a modern twist on the Boston Tea Party? Drive your Boston rental car to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, which is full of lively characters in period dress who reenact the famous event and interact with visitors.

You can even throw some "tea" overboard yourself! Tours take around an hour and include several authentic tea ships that have been restored as well as interesting virtual exhibits complete with holograms.

Don't forget to stop at the Minutemen Theatre for a glimpse of what it was like to be alive at the time of the Boston Tea Party. This theater has a wrap-around screen, so you will feel as if you are a soldier galloping along as muskets fire all around you. It's a total sensory experience that your family won't soon forget!

Tour guides are available and in costume as prominent and important individuals of the day, like Mary Clapham and James Blake. The guides are spread throughout the trail to offer interesting tidbits of information about the location and people who once roamed there.

Harvard Stadium
Drive your Boston rental car to 79 North Harvard Street in the neighborhood of Allston to see the Crimson football team play at home. Located next to the Charles River, this stadium is the oldest in college football. It was built in 1903 and forms a unique horseshoe shape. Today, the stands hold up to 30,323 people.

Harvard Stadium was the first large, reinforced concrete structure in the world and it was built with Greek and Roman influences. This stadium is listed as a National Historic Landmark, and it has hosted many different kinds of sporting events over the years. Rugby, soccer, lacrosse, football and ice hockey have all been played here.

The 1916 and 1920 U.S. track and field Olympic trials were held at Harvard Stadium as well. The latest upgrade to the facility was in 2007 when the natural grass field was replaced with artificial grass, new lights were installed and the "Bubble" was installed so that the field can be used all year round. Don your football gear and head to this stadium to cheer for the Harvard Crimson in its natural habitat.

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