One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston, Massachusetts played a pivotal role in the American Revolutionary War. The city was founded by Puritans in 1630 and was the location of major events including the Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill. It is the site of the first public school in the U.S. as well as the first subway system. Today you will find some of the finest luxury hotels in Boston and some of the most amazing tourist attractions.
The Freedom Trail Walk into History is an excellent introduction to the history of Boston as well as the Revolutionary War. It is recommended to be the first thing visitors do in the city. It is 2.5 miles of red brick trail that takes visitors to 16 national historic sites. Maps are available with the important facts and there are costumed guides along the way to tell you the stories.
Boston boasts several great museums. The Harvard Museum of Natural History with 12,000 natural specimens from around the world from the tiniest insects to several dinosaurs, the Boston Children’s Museum, with art, science and cultural activities children love and the Museum of Science, full of interactive and hands-on exhibits fascinating for everyone are just a few.
For those who love nature and outdoor activities there is plenty right in the City of Boston. There are seasonal ferries that take visitors to the Boston Harbor Islands in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area with 34 narrow islands throughout the harbor. There they can hike, swim and explore old ruins and camp out away from the lights of the city.
Other activities in nature include the Boston Whale Watching Cruise. They have high speed catamarans that get you to the whales in record time and give you more time to be with the whales. It is a three hour adventure with a naturalist guide, and they guarantee you will see whales.
Boston is also the home of theaters for opera, performing arts, ballet, music festivals and much more. Nowhere is the Fourth of July more celebrated than on the banks of the Charles River with the Boston Pops concert and fireworks. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library is a dynamic combination of the history and culture of the Kennedy era. The USS constitution Museum is also worth seeing. The oldest ship commissioned in the U.S. Navy, it was undefeated and nicknamed Old Ironsides.
Boston is the home of excellent restaurants including Italian food and fresh seafood as well as several famous breweries with free tours and free beer.
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