Whether you live in the North End or you are simply thinking about making a visit, the North End has more to offer than many people may realize. One of the oldest neighborhoods in Boston, the North End has long been considered to be the city’s de facto Little Italy. In addition to its many outstanding Italian restaurants, however, the North End has several additional sites that must be visited and explored by anyone who is in the area.
Christopher Columbus Park
Located on the south side of the North End neighborhood, Christopher Columbus park features a rose garden, lovely waterfront views and plenty of space for moving about. For many, Christopher Columbus Park serves as a good jumping-off point for visiting or leaving the North End, with the New England Aquarium located just a bit to the south. The Rose Kennedy Greenway carousel is also located right across the street.
Copp’s Burying Ground
Dating back to the late 1650s, Copp’s Burying Ground is the second oldest cemetery in Boston. It also serves as the final resting place for thousands of people, including such notables as Mather clan ministers, African-Americans who lived in the New Guinea community located at the base of Copp’s Hill, and the Old North Church Sexton Robert Newman who is best known for hanging the lanterns for Paul Revere to go by.
Serving as the main street of the North End, Hanover Street is characterized by its Italian restaurants and gelato stands. There are also several specialty and souvenir shops mixed in. A popular destination among tourists, Hanover Street can become a bit crowded during the warmer months. Nonetheless, it is an essential stop for some great people-watching and for the general ambiance of the North End.
Designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Langone Park features a playground, a Little League baseball diamond and three bocce courts. Langone Park is also part of a long expanse of harborside green in the area, with Prince Street Park and Puoplo athletic area adjoining it.
Old North Church
Dating back to the early 1720s, Old North Church is the oldest church in Boston. Aside from being the city’s oldest church, the Old North Church is also worth noting because Robert Newman placed the two-lantern signal for Paul Revere atop the 191-foot steeple of the church. This alerted Revere that the British were coming by sea rather than by land.
Paul Revere House
The one-time house of Paul Revere, the Paul Revere House allows you to take a peak inside the life of the revolutionary silversmith who is known for his famous midnight ride in April 1775. The house itself dates back to around 1680, which means it was already about 100 years old when Revere and his family moved in. As such, it is the oldest home in downtown Boston. In addition to visiting the house, you can also stop in the museum that is attached to it.