From your hotel in Chelsea, you can tour eight buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the Bellingham Square Historic District where the city hall is modeled after the Old Independence Hall in Philly. Other buildings include the C. Henry Kimball House and Bellingham-Cary House. Head across Mystic River to visit the Bunker Hill Monument, a 221-foot-tall obelisk commemorating the first battle of the Revolutionary War. Head to nearby Cambridge and tour the campuses of Harvard, the oldest higher learning institution in the U.S., and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Also nearby is the town of Salem, where you can tour sites associated with the infamous witch trials.
Festivals and Events
Chelsea has special events to enjoy year-round. Fans and participants of the Boston Marathon will want to schedule Chelsea vacations around the third Monday in April to take part in the world's oldest marathon. Boston Pops' 4th of July Celebration is a popular day-long festival of music and food capped off with fireworks exploding over the Charles River. There is nothing like New England in the Fall—you can spend your time watching over 1,700 boats in the Head of the Charles Regatta in October and enjoying colorful foliage on the way to nearby Salem, where they spend the entire month celebrating Halloween at the Witch Museum and the House of Seven Gables.
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