Boston is the largest city in New England and the capital of the state of Massachusetts. One of the most historic, influential and oldest cities in America, Boston is an oasis of economic and cultural opportunities. 'Bean Town' is home to a number of museums, historical sites and a rich variety of performing arts.
Boston witnessed the birth of America and still retains the flavor of those colonial days. Today corporate headquarters and banks share space on cobblestone streets, historic Faneuil Hall, street performers and the 'T', Boston's efficient subway system.
Founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists from England, Boston was the site of Paul Revere's famous ride, the Boston Tea Party and many other events that led to the founding of the United States of America. Today this home of Harvard, B.U. and M.I.T. has become a center for higher education and is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England".
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- Boston Common is the oldest public park in the U.S.
- Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is the only location on the planet where a boat can sail under a train under a car driving under an airplane!
- The 'T' , built in 1897, was the first subway in the United States.
- A dedicated group of patriots reenact the Boston Tea Party every December 16th in Boston Harbor.
- The Freedom Trail
This 2.5 mile red brick walking trail leads to 16 historic sights of national U.S. importance. Beginning at Boston Common, it travels through downtown Boston, the North End and Charlestown, ending at the USS Constitution Museum.
The Freedom Trail is an amazing collection of museums, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks and a naval ship, including the old State House, Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church. The Trail is a great way to learn about American history and a must for anyone interested in our country's founding.
With exhibits of African and Amerindian art, European painting and sculpture, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, Japanese prints and much more, the Chicago Art Institute offers exceptional works to inspire every taste in art.
- Fenway Park
Fenway Park has served as the home ballpark for the Boston Red Sox since it opened in 1912. It is one of the three remaining classic parks in major league baseball and it hasn't changed much since its birth days. The oldest baseball stadium still in use, the brick and stone structure takes its name from the surrounding Fenway neighborhood.
With sold-out crowds at every game, tickets must be purchased well in advance. Tours of Fenway Park are also available on non-game days. The extra high outfield wall known as the 'Green Monster' has been a nemesis for New York would-be home run hitters for almost one hundred years!
- New England Aquarium in Boston
The extremely popular Boston Aquarium is always busy, but designed beautifully so that it never feels overcrowded. The awesome centerpiece is a gigantic three story circular tank at the New England Aquarium's core.
Several species of sharks, rays, ocean fish, reef dwellers and colorful anemones and corals abound in the aquarium. Frisky penguins live here, along with exotic poisonous lionfish and scorpion fish.
Visit the IMAX theater, hands-on exhibits and an array of ocean inhabitants from the coastal waters of Alaska to the reefs of the Bahamas to the brilliant Indian Ocean.