Published on July 24th, 2012 | by Jordan
What To Do When You’re In Boston
Central to the founding of the United States, Boston, Massachusetts is a city rich in history and modern-day marvels. Having evolved from a small colony into a major metropolis, the city features a number of tourist spots that make it the ideal destination for history buffs and families alike.
Perhaps the area’s greatest attraction, Boston’s Freedom Trail is actually made up of multiple stops. Built in the 1950s, the redbrick walkway weaves 16 different sites together into a single story detailing the history of the city. With stops at the Massachusetts State House, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the docked USS Constitution, visitors are sure to gain a deep understanding of Boston’s roots. The Trail’s first stop, Boston Common public park, is the oldest city park in the country, and harbours a tree from every state as a sign of good will. Using this centuries-old landmark as a backdrop, the Freedom Trail lets tourists travel through some of the most memorable moments of the city’s past.
Once you’re done exploring the past, take a look at what the future may hold at the MIT Museum. Located in nearby Cambridge, the museum offers visitors a glimpse of some of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s greatest marvels. Exhibitions include a look at the art of holography, and a crash course on the world of artificial intelligence. The dazzling array of exhibits will leave you feeling ready to take on a new world.
With such a rich history, it’s impossible to see all that Boston has to offer in a single day. Luckily, there’s a way to get around to all the great sites, even when you’re in a hurry — the Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley tour.
“The bus is a fantastic way to travel and see the city,” wrote Julie Ayotte, a CAA Associate from Belleville who visited Boston in June. “I recommend the bus trip as the very first thing you do. That way you become acclimated to the city and then can plan what you want to go back and see.”
The narrated tour makes 18 stops during the two-hour ride, and each patron receives complimentary admission to the Old State House Museum, where statesmen like Samuel Adams and John Hancock once gathered.
There are dozens more attractions to visit, each with a unique story. The New England Aquarium located on the city’s waterfront features great exhibits from the underwater world. And the world-class Museum of Fine Arts showcases art from around the world as one of the largest museums of its kind. Boston was also home to Paul Revere, whose home is still standing and on display in the city. And, of course, you can always visit the site of the famous Boston Tea Party, which ignited the American Revolutionary War. All of these great pieces of quintessential Americana are available for your enjoyment.
Boston features a variety of hotels that suit every price range, but Ayotte has a great tip for would-be travellers: commute instead. During her visit, she stayed in nearby Woburn, MA, and took the train into the heart of the city. The train let her off at TD Gardens, home of the championship winning Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins sports clubs.
“North Garden Station was only four stops from Woburn and only a 20 minute ride — the only way to travel,” she wrote.
“And the station was very well marked and easy to navigate.”
Purchasing a Go Boston card before your trip will let you visit dozens of the city’s attractions at a discount.
“The cards were fantastic!” wrote Ayotte.”They included the admission to almost everything in Boston.”
The card includes entrance to the Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley tour, multiple museums and historical sites, and even a tour of iconic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
“I highly recommend it,” wrote Ayotte.
Similarly, the Boston CityPASS offers tourists the chance to skip the lines at several spots for a one-time price. Not only does the pass last for nine days, but can save ticket holders more than 50% on purchases.
Whether you’re looking to escape into the past or to see what’s in store for the future, Boston offers visitors a chance to relive what’s old, and marvel at what’s yet to come.
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