Hidden Gem Above the City

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So I have not disclosed Why I love Beantown yet. ..but here is one of the main reasons.  Have you ever been to the Custom’s House? No? Well get ready to nerd it up with me.

The Custom House’s 1837 form was designed in the Greek revival style. The controversial 495 foot tower was not fabricated until the early 1900s. Do you know where the building sits?  Imagine this land underwater. The building originally sat on the Boston harbor shoreline allowing ships coming into port to pass through customs prior to selling their wares within the city of Boston.

Besides the Architectural history, I love this building because it has a hidden secrete.  It has the best public “skywalk” in the city. Have you ever been to the Top of the Hub Skywalk Observatory? You wasted 14 bucks. Not only did it cost way too much, but you couldn’t see any of Downtown Boston because the John Hancock Building blocks your view! Next time it is a clear day, head over to 3 McKinley Square, pay $3.00 (all of which goes to support children’s hospitals), and get ready for the most breathtaking 360 degree view of Boston.

Unlike the never-ending hike up the Bunker Hill Monument, which leads to a cramped foggy windowed room; when you are on the observation deck of the clock tower you can see for miles. Not only can you see the built up density of the North End and Financial Districts, but you can see Old Iron Sides in Charlestown, the Greenway winding its way through the city, the  hidden atrium within Boston City Hall, and even evidence of the Great Fire of 1872.

Every time I have people visit me, or someone is looking for a new place to take their mom/kids/boyfriend,  I always tell them to head to the Custom’s House. Boston is my favorite place for so many reasons; the Custom’s House is defiantly one of them considering I have probably been 15+ times!