Boston fondly referred to as “Beantown,” “America’s Walking City,” or “The Hub” by many is the capital of Massachusetts, one of the New England states. This city, steeped in rich, cultural traditions, is currently the 24th largest city in the United States and is located on its eastern seacoast.
Famous, historical landmarks greet residents and tourists alike in this lively city that features cobblestone roads, the delights of Boston Harbor, and the hustle and bustle of city life. Located on the eastern coast of Massachusetts and set at the mouth of the Charles River, Boston held a strategic location since its beginning.
Today, Boston’s Freedom Trail provides a fascinating look at some of its past as tour takers walk along the path that takes them to 15 different historically significant spots. The tour begins at the country’s oldest public park, Boston Common, and meanders along past statues, memorials, and buildings dedicated to several powerful events during the Revolutionary War that took place between the states and England.
A stopping place for many famous people over the years, Boston has hosted such famous writers as Charles Dickens and Ralph Waldo Emerson. In fact, the Concord Museum houses 13 art galleries and several period rooms that include many of the contents of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study as well as a collection of Henry David Thoreau’s personal possessions including his chair, desk, and bed.
In the 19th century, the city hosted the country’s first orchestra in the King’s Chapel. Today, music enthusiasts can visit the Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont Street for a taste of modern repertory groups. For those individuals who favor something a bit more traditional, the Wang Center for the Performing Arts showcases an entire medley of operas, ballets, and musicals.
A city of theatrical flair, Boston is home to many theaters with a completely overhauled theater district. Performances, including ones that have appeared on Broadway, can be seen at the Colonial Theater or the Metropolitan Theater and Music Hall.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra perform at Symphony Hall with more than 250 annual concerts. Plus, the Boston Pops Orchestra often holds free concerts during the month of July. The Boston Ballet Company delights aficionados of the ballet with both classical and modern performances that are stages at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.
Additionally, Boston offers a unique taste of many cultures in an accessible setting. From the delights of New American dishes in the South End to the delightful Italian cuisine to be savored in the North End to lobster on the waterfront, Boston has a bit of everything. Plus, the inspiration for a long-running television series, Cheers Beacon Hill, is located right here in Boston.
This city is home to several professional sports teams including the New England Patriots (football), the Boston Celtics (basketball), the Boston Red Sox (baseball), and the Boston Bruins (hockey). Sports and Boston go hand-in-hand so getting tickets might be a bit difficult unless you book your tickets well in advance. In fact, Fenway Park is the oldest baseball stadium in the United States.
Other spectator sports are alive in this city as well. The Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park and the Wonderland Dog Track feature excellent greyhound racing. In east Boston, the Suffolk Downs Racetrack features horseracing from September until June.
Showcasing one of the largest concentrations of medical schools, colleges, and universities, Boston offers a unique educational opportunity. Additionally, the number of museums in Boston is huge, so the opportunity for entertaining educational fun is there for everyone.
Shopping is a pleasure for many people, but no place has the shopping experiences that Boston has. Faneuil Hall marketplace is filled with over 125 shops, boutiques, restaurants, produce stands, and pushcarts. From souvenirs to clothing to trinkets to food,
Faneuil Hall has grown from its early beginnings to include just about everything. Plus, it is open from Monday until Saturday every week.
The Public Garden is considered the first botanical garden in this country. Swan boats are available here for a leisurely tour of the Charles River.
So many museums are located here that tourists will need to plan their time wisely. The New England Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 fine specimens that range from small fish to turtles to penguins to sharks and everything in between. The Museum of Science offers an afternoon or morning of scientific awakening and perusal.
Plus, for a taste of history, visitors can check out the interior of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum or the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The latter is actually three museums in one and includes the Botanical Museum, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Mineralogical Geological Museum.
Aficionados of art can enjoy the displays located at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a taste of the paintings, furniture, sculpture, and textiles produced by famous artists including Titian, Rembrandt, and Boticelli or the Museum of Fine Arts for a look at contemporary and ancient artwork including those of American, African, Asiatic, European, and Oceanic backgrounds.
Several annual events are hosted in the city and range from tributes to its historical past to galas of modern life. The year begins on New Year’s Eve with First Night Boston showcasing almost 250 performances of music, dance, film, theater, and visual art. The Boston Wine Festival is next with the Jazz Festival right on its heals. In February, there is a Valentine’s Day Concert followed by the Boston Cooks Event. Then in March, it’s a weeklong celebration with a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration.
The New England Spring Flower Show also occurs in March and features more than five acres of designer gardens. The Boston Marathon takes place in April, as does Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Boston Harborfest, a grand 6-day gala, takes place in July. Christmas Tubas is an annual November concert.
From bus and trolley tours to walking tours to boat tours, sightseeing is an easy adventure in Boston. Plus, Boston is truly a city of firsts. Why not make it a first on your list of exciting cities to visit?