Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Tossing tea into Boston
Harbor sounds pretty quaint by modern protest standards, but it was no joke back in 1773, when the tiny little leaves dumped by Boston patriots were worth more than $1.7 million in today’s dollars. That stirring act of rebellion against the tea tax imposed by Great Britain is re-created at the Boston Tea Party Museum, right down to the chance for visitors to chuck bales of Earl Grey from a pair of replica British East India Company cargo ships into the harbor (OK, the boxes are empty, and it’s Fort Point Channel, but you get the sense of it). The one-hour tour includes a peek at the only surviving tea chest fished out of the water after the Tea Party; additionally, a film, holograms, and live performances help bring the Sons of Liberty to life. At the end, you can raise your pinkies to honor these early American rebels by sampling one of the five types of tea that were pitched into the sea.