Distance: 8 miles
Active Ride Time: About 1 hour
193 Salem Street, (617) 858-8231
Photo Credit: Facebook @oldnorth1723
Founded in 1723, the Old North Church is the oldest standing church in the City of Boston. Old North Church played a pivotal role in American history as the location where the signal was given to Paul Revere during his famed "midnight ride" that the British were coming from the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event in 1775 marked the beginning of the American Revolution.
Old North Church to Museum of Science
(1.3 miles, about 8 minutes)
1. Ride northwest on Freedom Trail/Salem Court toward Salem Street
2. Turn right onto Salem Street
3. Turn left onto Charter Street
4. Turn left onto Commercial Street
5. Continue onto Causeway Street
6. Turn right onto Lomasney Way
7. Continue onto Nashua Street
8. Cross to the south side of the street, then turn right onto Charles River Dam Road
9. Turn left onto Museum Of Science Driveway and arrive at the Museum of Science
1 Science Park, (617) 723-0210
A visit to Boston isn't complete without a stop at the region's premier science and technology center. With indoor lightning storms, expert live presentations, hands-on exhibits, and even a 65-million-year-old Triceratops, the Museum of Science has something for everyone! The Museum has multiple bike racks around the building! Blue Bikes, metro Boston's bicycle-sharing system, is also available on the front plaza of the Museum near the front entrance. The Museum of Science is committed to environmental sustainability. Photo Credit: Museum of Science.
Museum of Science to MIT
(1.7 miles, about 11 minutes)
1. Exit the museum and turn left onto the path alongside Charles River Dam Road toward Edwin H. Land Blvd.
2. Turn left onto the bike path at Edwin H. Land Blvd.
3. Just before the intersection with Cambridge Pkwy, turn left onto Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path and ride along the water
4. At the intersection with Edwin H. Land Blvd. turn left to continue on the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path heading south
5. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue
6. Continue to follow Massachusetts Avenue and into the MIT campus, The Alchemist will be on the left in front of the Stratton Student Center
Massachusetts Avenue between Vassar Street and Amherst Street
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology or "MIT" is one of the nation's premier research universities. MIT is best known for its engineering, computer science, and mathematics programs. The beautiful campus is punctuated with architecture and public art, including "The Alchemist" by Jaume Plensa. The Alchemist was commissioned to mark the university's 150th anniversary. The sculpture features stainless steel numerals and mathematical symbols arranged in the shape of a person sitting with knees to chest. The symbols were carefully chosen as an homage to the researchers and scientists from MIT who have advanced scientific and mathematical knowledge. Photo Credit: John Parrillo
MIT to Boston Public Library
(1.5 miles, about 13 minutes)
1. Ride southeast on Massachusetts Avenue toward Amherst Street
2. Ride across the Charles River on Harvard Bridge
3. Turn left onto Marlborough Street
4. Turn right onto Gloucester Street
5. Turn left onto Boylston Street, if there are road closures then dismount and walk your bicycle
6. Turn right onto Dartmouth Street and Boston Public Library will be on the right
700 Boylston Street, 617-536-5400
Boston Public Library was the first large municipal library in the nation. Established in 1848, the library has grown through multiple moves and renovations to its current location in the McKim building which is the hub of a system that houses a collection of over 33 million items. The National Park Service designated the building a National Historic Landmark in 1986, citing it as "the first outstanding example of Renaissance Beaux-Arts Classicism in America." In addition to the building's impressive external and internal architecture, inside you'll find murals by artists John Singer Sargent, Edwin Austin Abbey, and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, a courtyard, sculptures, artwork, and, of course, books! Photo Credit: Daniel Schwen.
Boston Public Library to Boston Public Garden
(0.7 miles, about 8 minutes)
1. Ride north on Dartmouth Street toward Boylston Street
2. Turn right onto Commonwealth Avenue
3. Cross Arlington Street to enter Boston Public Garden
4 Charles Street
Established in 1837, Boston Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in the United States. Hop off and stroll with your bike along the park's meandering pathways. The garden features monuments including a statue of George Washington, a lagoon with iconic swan boats, and a rich menagerie of common and unusual plants, trees and flowers.
Boston Public Garden to Paul Revere Statue
(2.4 miles, about 20 minutes)
1. Exit Boston Public Garden at Beacon Street
2. Turn left onto Beacon Street
3. Turn right onto the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge
4. Make a slight left to stay on Arthur Fiedler Footbridge heading toward the river
5. After crossing over Storrow Drive on the footbridge, turn right onto the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path toward the Hatch Memorial Shell heading north along the river
6. Turn right onto Martha Road
7. Continue onto Lomasney Way
8. Turn left onto Causeway Street
9. Continue onto Commercial Street
10. Turn right onto Hanover Street, the Paul Revere Statue will be on the right
Paul Revere Mall
The bronze statue of Paul Revere took 16 years to create and nearly 40 years to install in its current location. The monument was revealed in 1940 and depicts Revere during his famed 'Midnight Ride'. This statue dedicated to a critical moment in American history is one of the most photographed icons in Boston - be sure to post your photo with this landmark!
After your ride stroll down Hanover or Salem Street to find plenty of great local restaurants and cafes where you can wind down your day.
From defining the past to shaping the future, Boston has always played an integral part in American history. This tour will take you to some of Boston's most iconic and significant landmarks, museums, green spaces, and architectural marvels. Enjoy the ride!
Total Distance: 8 miles
Active Ride Time: About 1 hour
This tour is brought to you by MCB
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