Boston is one of the oldest cities in America. It can be traced back to 1630 when it first got its name. Important events like Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s midnight ride and many others that happened near Boston attributed to the rise of the American Revolution. You may follow the Freedom Trail to visit the 16 historic places where crucial incidents were taken place. Faneuil Hall is one of the significant places where speeches encouraging independence were given. Hence it’s sometimes referred to as “Cradle of Liberty”. Today,
Faneuil Hall is a government office, with Quincy Market right next to it. So don’t forget to schedule a lunch break, a snack or dinner there.
If you are a museum goer, check out the City Pass and see if it works for you. For it allows free entry to:
- New England Aquarium: See thousands of sea animals in this magnificent aquarium. Besides watching the animals at a distance, there are hands-on areas where you can touch them. There are shows and presentations to explain to you more about each animal. And if it’s still not enough, you may join their “Behind the scene” to learn more how they care for the animals. A must-see for animal lovers. <website>
- Museum of Fine Arts Boston: Being one of the largest museums in America, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is also listed the top 100 most visited art museums in the world in 2014. It has over 300,000 pieces of artwork from American, European. Egyptian jewellery and sculptures and a big collection of Asian art as well. <website>
- Museum of Science: <website>
- Skywalk Observatory OR Harvard Museum of Natural History
- with discounts for IMAX shows and purchases in gift shops
Looking for a place to relax after visiting too many museums? The Boston Public Garden is a gem in downtown Boston. It’s so close to the city and yet so tranquil and peaceful. You can walk around the park in an hour. Or you can just sit there to watch the ducks or people. If you like the swan boats, they are available from April till autumn.
If you like markets, the pushcarts along the Quincy Market are perfect for souvenir shopping for they sell local artefacts of Boston theme. Otherwise, check out the Boston markets here for other types of markets. As you noticed that Boston has so many things to see and do, why not stay in a hotel for a few days to give yourself plenty of time to explore!