Boston, Massachusetts has to be one of my favourite cities I’ve visited. Famous for being home to one of the most prestigious universities in the world and rich in history (which is the number 1 reason people visit this city), I highly recommend visiting here. No matter the time of year, Boston has plenty of attractions to visit.
I visited Boston in January 2014, whilst it was absolutely freezing (like most of the places I visited), these are my top 7 attractions in Boston:-
- Harvard University
Founded by the John Harved in 1636, Harvard University as the first college opened in North America. Visit the statue of the great man himself and rub his left shoe for good luck. Also, The Harvard University Library is considered the largest academic library in the world. This University campus is beautiful as well with so many amazing photo opportunities.
- The Freedom Trail
A 2.5 mile (around 4km) red brick paved trail leading you to 16 historical sites about the American Revolution and its impact in Boston. While there are different public tours available along the trail, tech-savvy travellers (which lets be honest, most of us are) can download the official Freedom Trail Smartphone App for US$4.99, plug-in your earphones and walk the trail at your own pace and see the sights that interest you.
- Boston Tea Party
342 chests of tea were emptied into the Boston Harbour in 1773 as a political protest in defiance of the Tea Act of May 1773. Nowadays, you can visit the famous ship and purchase different teas, memorabilia and artefacts from the Boston Tea Party museum. Tickets can be purchased in front of the museum, near the ship.
- Boston Common
Considered the oldest park in the country, Boston Common is beautiful. Events such as Shakespeare on the Common and a fireworks display on December 31st for Boston’s First Day Celebration are held here and is a great place to go for a walk, a picnic lunch and take some beautiful photos.
- Fenway Park
The home stadium for the 2013 World Championship winners, the Boston Red Sox. I toured this stadium knowing very little about Baseball, let alone the Red Sox themselves, but left intrigued about this incredible club and their story. Tours take you around the entire stadium and give you information on each area you visit with tickets starting at only US$17 per adult. In off-season (winter) the park has an ice-skating rink on the pitch to attract people to still visit the stadium.
- TD Bank Garden
Home to the NBA’s Boston Celtics and the NHL’s Boston Bruins, The Garden, has attracted visitors since its opening in 1995. Hosting around 200 events every year, if you can catch an event here, you won’t be disappointed.
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
The JFK Library and Museum was dedicated to the JFK himself in 1993. Visit the museum that showcases the thirty-fifth presidents life and legacy, walk along the harborwalk and between May and October view President Kennedy’s Victura.
Hopefully this post has convinced you Boston is worth a stop on your adventure! I definitely hope to go back and learn more about this incredible city!
All posts are by GlobalWhispers2014 and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.