Photo by the Greater Boston Covention & Visitors Bureau
Balancing the quiet reverence of its historical past with the bustling noise of its commercial present, Boston is rich in culture that spans the timeline of America. Enjoy this Massachusetts capital by strolling through the neighborhoods, visiting a few of the numerous colleges in and around the city, or wandering along the Freedom Trail. Each neighborhood that makes up this unique city has its own charm and attractions, so stay for a while and experience them all. A few of the choices include:
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum join the rebels who stormed the Boston Harbour and threw a ship load of tea into
New England Aquarium has over 6,000 marine animals. There are 70 exhibits in the galleries including a large penguin colony and a newly renovated tidewater pool exhibit entitled Edge of Sea. There is a four story Giant Ocean Tank with sea turtles, sharks, tropical fish and many eels.
New England Aquarium Whale Watching Cruise is a three hour whale watch cruise. The cruise is narrated by professional researchers from the “Whale Center of New England”, the regions foremost authority on the whale population. Students have a 90% chance of seeing whales.
Boston Duck Tour is a tour of land and sea that was used by the armies of World War II. This vehicle is half boat and half truck, thus making for a very interesting journey.
Boston Common which is Boston's Central Park, is the oldest park in the USA. The starting point of the Freedom Trail, the park is almost 50 acres in size.
Quincy Market also known as the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, it's the seat of American history and the site of one of America's most famous shopping and dining experiences. For over 250 years, the marketplace has played an integral role in the life of Boston's residents. Here, students can see, taste, and touch a true Boston experience.
Freedom Trail due to its size, Boston is a very accessible city, but it may be that its reputation as a walking city relies on the creation of one of America's first historic walking tours, The Freedom Trail.
USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. It was first launched in 1797. The ships greatest glory came during the war of 1812 when she defeated four British frigates which earned her the nickname "Old Ironsides," because cannon balls glanced off her thick hull.
Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum houses an art collection of world importance, including significant examples of European, Asian and American art, from paintings and sculpture to tapestries and decorative arts.
John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is one of the 7 Presidential Libraries in the USA which vividly illustrates the major challenges and direction of the Kennedy years.
Harvard University Tour which tours America's oldest University. A visit includes the libraries as well as a view of the models of Harvard and Cambridge in their earliest years.
Fenway Park (Guided Tour) see the home of Red Sox Legends and sit atop the fabled Green Monster 37 feet 2 inches high above deep leftfield. Experienced tour guides will provide a thrilling, one hour, walking tour of Fenway Park. All fans are welcome to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and the pulse of Red Sox Nation.
Museum of Fine Arts has ground-breaking exhibits and state-of-the-art galleries. From one of the world's largest Asian art collection to Egyptian mummies, this museum has something for all visitors.
Museum of Science includes exhibits on Astronomy, National History, Physical Science, Medicine, Geology, Zoology and much more, all under one roof. Daily demonstrations include the Theatre of Electricity where man-made lightning strikes. There is even a Planetarium with the most technologically advanced digital theater in New England.
Prudential Tower Skywalk Observatory sits majestically 50 floors above the city of Boston. The Observatory offers breathtaking panoramic views of Boston and beyond. It also features informative and interactive exhibits on Boston’s famous history.
Lexington the birthplace of American liberty, the battles fought in here and in Concord kicked off the American Revolution in 1776 and set the country on a new course to freedom.
Lexington Green is the triangular piece of ground where the first minuteman was shot down by the British regulars.
Old North Bridge is a small bridge north of Concord where the second battle of the Revolution erupted between the Patriots and the British Regulars.
Plimoth Plantation the people you meet are costumed role players portraying actual residents of Plymouth Colony. They have adopted the names, viewpoints and life histories of the people who lived and worked in the Colony in 1627. Each has a unique story to tell. Their viewpoints might shock or fascinate you, educate or entertain you. Imagine you have travelled back in time and can
hear directly from the Pilgrims about the Colony's difficult beginnings.
Mayflower II visiting this ship is an extraordinary experience. Explore the cramped quarters of the ship's passengers. Peer down into the lower level "hold," where the food, clothing, furniture, tools and other items necessary to start a colony were stored. Admire the "spacious" Master's cabin, and compare it to the wet and windy accommodations of the common sailors.
Salem which is most widely known as the site of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, but this colorful, coastal city has much to offer visitors: a culturally diverse population, a rich maritime heritage, an impressive display of historic architecture and amazing stories that span almost four centuries.
Salem Witch Museum takes us back a few centuries when witches were said to inhabit this area. People were so frightened of the witches that they felt they had to be killed to be controlled. This museum creates some of the hysteria that permeated this area at
House of the Seven Gables this house is the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion (built in 1668) and was the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The House of the Seven Gables.”