Celebrate the birthday of Ben Franklin with Boston By Foot! In his day, Benjamin Franklin was America's greatest scientist, inventor, diplomat, humorist, statesman, and entrepreneur. Ben was born in Boston, came of age in Philadelphia, and was the darling of Paris. From his many inventions, creation of civic, philanthropic, and educational institutions, to his roles in the founding of America, his legacy is immeasurable. Join us to explore the sites of his homes and haunts in Colonial Boston.