Boston InformationBoston is full of wonderful contradictions; it’s a big city with a small town feel, there’s plenty of blue collar pride alongside some of the world’s most famous institutions of education and it’s packed with historical sites inside a city that’s always moving into the future. On top of all that, it’s citizens take their sports, and beloved sports teams, very seriously. Needless to say, there’s plenty to see and do in Beantown, U.S.A..
For the baseball fan, a summertime tour of Fenway Park is a must. No matter what team a fan normally roots for, a look around Fenway is one of the best ways to connect with the history of baseball, and it’s importance to our cultural lives.
For anyone interested in American history, a stroll along downtown Boston’s Freedom Trail highlights the many places that played a pivotal role in how today’s America came to be. Historical places like the Old North Church and the home of Paul Revere, bring the past to life in a vivid way.
Also downtown, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall stand as reminders of how life once was in Boston. They both still play a vibrant roll in city life by housing an array of eateries and shops, along with meeting spaces that have served Bostonians since before America was a country. The open spaces around the buildings are a magnetic gathering spot for tourists, locals and street performers. The remainder of the Faneuil Hall Market place complex extends toward the busy Boston Harbor where the historic Old Ironsides battleship is moored. Tickets for Duck Tours are available at the marketplace as well. The “Ducks” of the tour are retro-fitted amphibious vehicles from World War II that carry sightseers around points of interest in Boston, and part of the fun is plunging into the Charles River for a unique vantage-point of the city and the river. The New England Aquarium is just a short walk from the downtown marketplace area, and well worth a visit for anyone interested in the enormous amount of diverse marine life in our oceans and waterways.
Nearby Cambridge, home to Harvard and M.I.T., can easily be accessed by the subway from Boston. Visitors can get a first-hand look at the famous campuses, and the lively college scene extends into the many fine bars and restaurants around town. The many suburban towns just outside Boston, like Concord and Lexington, are just a short drive away, and present an even broader picture of America’s formation.