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Statue of Benjamin Franklin

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Address: School St. at City Hall Ave, Boston, MA

America's first portrait statue portrays a half-smiling, half-serious...

America's first portrait statue portrays a half-smiling, half-serious Franklin. Next to the statue is a marker for the site of the first public school in the United States, where Franklin -- among other luminaries -- was a student.

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There were several locations in Boston with connections to Ben Franklin. We were on Freedom trail and came across his statue. it is a good photo opportunity

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2016
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

The first time we walked the Freedom Trail I wasn't able to find this statue. The second time, I took a closer look and found the base of the statue, but no statue.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

This beautiful statute of Benjamin Franklin is worth pausing beside during walks along the Freedom Trail. He was such a pivotal man in our history, and we loved this gorgeous statute of this historic man!

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Utica, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Worth a look when you are walking the Freedom Trail. The bronze sculpture is a standing representation, apparently realistic. Not really interesting, in fact. But worth a few minutes to stop and think about Franklin when you're on the Trail.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

There were several locations in Boston with connections to Ben Franklin. We were on Freedom trail and came across his statue. it is a good photo opportunity

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Benjamin Franklin has always looked out for America's best interests. His statue today still looks out for our interests, but does he look at us with pride our disgust. It's a nice place to stop and think about what our founding fathers hoped we would be and if we met their expectations. It is a stop on The Freedom Trail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

Honestly the grave site in Philly is more meaningful, but a stop here is worth honoring one of the most important figures of our history AND founder of our culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. Ben set us on a course that makes America distinct in our culture, different than the political/democracy culture; he instilled creativity into the American foundation. Edison... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

The statue is what you see int eh picture but the area is good to walk around and learn about the history. You can go from there to Quincy Market or to Boston Common for more options for food and activities.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

If you live wthin 50 miles or so of Boston, we have some of the best spots to visit and enjoy and learn about. Its a Boston by Foot and a worthwhile and healthy adventure. Do it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It's a statute of Ben Franklin in the middle of what is mostly the business district of the City but one should take the time to admire it when visiting Boston for the first time. Most people pass it during their daily work travels and take it for granted. Boston has numerous statutes such as this that should all be... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Considering how very wealthy he was, you'd think he could have done better than this lifeless chunk of metal. It doesn't move, or make any sounds. We were very disappointed. At least they could have attached a kite with a key on it. Also it's not lit up so it's hard to see at night.

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.