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"Boston, a place where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came." Many Boston vacationers probably know a bit about Boston because it houses  the set of the popular television series "Cheers." Located in the Bull & Finch Pub -- established in 1969, the "set" is a popular stop during most Boston trips and for locals, hanging out at Bull & Finch is just another fun Boston activity! Bull & Finch Pub or Cheers Boston, is also a popular Boston restaurant serving up the best comfort food money can buy. www.cheersboston.com

Most Boston vacationers are also historically aware and recall the "Boston Tea Party" which led to the formation of the first continental congress. Or, they remember the impact of the murder of five colonists by the British, which ultimately led to the American Revolution. Readers probably recall the cluster of literary legends that came from Boston and its surroundings, legends such as Herman Mellville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Shackles, Edgar Allen Poe, TS Eliot, and Jack Kerouac.

Gastronomists amongst you probably want to taste, or still can taste, the fish and beans of this "bean town" at the harbour. 

 

There’s a great deal more to see in Boston . For art lovers, a walk down Newbury Street   reveals intimate art galleries, featuring local artists’ work. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in the Fenway section of Boston for more wonderful paintings. Quincy Market is a must-do for visitors to Boston , too. Created from historic buildings, it has many fine shops and restaurants as well as street performers.

 

As for reliving history, take a walk through the North End to the Old North Church where the light was hung that told Paul Revere the British had landed before his historic ride.

Almost 40% of the Boston metro area is comprised of individuals under 30 years of age, which means that the ubiquitous bars are packed on any given night of the week, particularly in the Faneuil Hall area downtown. 

Some people believe that Boston's character is very much like London. This is certainly true for its melting pot of history and grace. Besides that, it's eccentric and bears a cosmopolitan character. With 600,000 inhabitants, Boston is a modern, fashionable city that has it all: shopping areas, melodrama, films, people, nightlife, plenty of unique Boston activities, Boston hotels, and many (many) students.  Harvard University is just across the river in Cambridge.  Speaking of the river and festivals, on the 4th of July Boston sports a day of music, fireworks, and food. 

Boston is the capital of the state of Massachusetts, known as "The Cradle of American Independence." The city houses the capitol building, with its famous gold dome (painted grey during WWII). Famous figures from Massachusetts include the Pilgrims from Plymouth, American patriots, and U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and George Bush Sr.

Top Ten Boston Attractions

Museum of Science – Boston’s Museum of Science (MOS) is an excellent attraction for adults and children alike. The museum houses exhibit halls featuring literally dozens of interesting exhibits on any given day of the week. Expect to find a live animal exhibit here with more than 120 animals representing over 50 species as well as an exhibit that includes 8,000 photos documenting global climate change. Exhibits highlighting dinosaurs, the earth, and computers are just a few of the other displays on site at the Museum of Science. Other MOS attractions include: Omni Film, a planetarium, a 3-D Cinema, laser shows, live presentations, and a Butterfly Garden. Location: Science Park. Phone: 617-723-2500. Website: www.mos.org.

Boston Public Garden - What's better than riding around a lagoon in a paddleboat? Riding around a lagoon in a giant swan paddleboat! The official name of the swan boats is "The Swan Boats of Boston" and each "vessel" can hold up to 18 adults comfortably. Matt Damon, Kurt Russell, Princess Grace of Monaco, Barbara Walters, Melissa Ethridge, and Kirsty Alley are just a few of the famous faces that have been spotted in the swan boats. www.swanboats.com

A visit to Boston Public Garden offers this and an opportunity to take a stroll around America's first public botanical garden. Established in 1837, Boston Public Garden covers around 24 acres in the heart of the city and you can find dozens of different varieties of flowers and decorative shrubs here. People visit the garden to do a little bird watching as well. The Boston Public Garden is located adjacent to Boston Common, which is bound by Tremont, Beacon, Charles, and Boylston streets. Boston Common is one of the oldest parks in the country and it is the starting point for the Freedom Trail. www.thefreedomtrail.org

Boston Common - Boston Common is one of the oldest parks in the country and it is the starting point for the Freedom Trail, www.thefreedomtrail.org. Bound by Tremont, Beacon, Charles, and Boylston streets, Boston Common is roughly 50 acres in size and amenities include an ice-skating rink during the winter months and concerts in the summer as well as skating, jogging, and walking paths.

Sam Adams Brewery – Sam Adams is a fairly young beer, but since 1984, the company has grown to more than 350 employees and 20 different styles of Samuel Adams beer. A visit to Sam Adams brewery includes a stop in the tasting room, a full tour of the facility, and a visit to the Sam Adams store. Here, you can buy Sam Adams clothes and accessories as well as mugs, pitchers, koozies, and of course, Sam Adams beer. 30 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain MA, Ph: 617-368-5080. www.samueladams.com

Museum of Fine Arts – The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) features more than 450,000 objects in its collection and a packed schedule of events including special exhibitions, films, concerts, lectures, gallery talks, and more. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA, Ph: 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org.

Bravo Restaurant - Located in the MFA upper Level Galleria is the award winning Bravo Restaurant. Bravo Restaurant is a must, even if you don’t plan to spend the day at the MFA. The menu features eclectic American cuisine as well as an impressive wine list. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA, Ph: 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org.

Boston Marathon – The 26-mile Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest and most prestigious road racing event. Thousands of spectators line route to watch the runner’s speed by. The route runs from rural Hopkinton, MA to Boston. The marathon takes place in April of each year – on the third Monday of the month. One thing to keep in mind – the majority of businesses around the city shut down for the day as this is the Boston’s biggest event of the year. Information: Boston Athletic Association, 40 Trinity Place, 4th Floor, Boston MA, 02116, Ph: 617-236-1652, www.bostonmarathon.org, info@baa.org.

New England Aquarium – The New England Aquarium attracts more than 1.3 million visitors per year. For nearly 40 years, the New England Aquarium has been “ a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation.” The aquarium features several dozen exhibits – home to animals such as the green anaconda, the sand tiger shark, the African Penguin, the moon jelly, and more. Other major attractions include whale watching and the IMAX Theatre. 1 Central Wharf, Boston MA, Ph: 617-973-5200, www.neaq.org.

Paul Revere House – Located at 19 North Square, this is the home that Paul Revere left on the night of April 18, 1775 to set out on the journey that made him into a legend. A self-guided tour of this national historic landmark will include walks through the kitchen, the courtyard and Colonial Garden, upstairs chambers, and more. You can also take a tour of The Pierce/Hichborn House by guided tour only. Call the Paul Revere House for schedules. Ph: 617-523-2338, www.paulreverehouse.org.

Fenway Park – It doesn’t matter if it’s baseball season or not, Fenway Park deserves a place on your must-see list during your visit to Boston. Home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park is drenched in history. Babe Ruth pitched here and other great players such as Harry Hooper, Cy Young, Ted Williams. Carlton Fisk, Duffy Lewis and more played here. The tour will include a visit to the Green Monster, the Press Box, the State Street Pavilion, and of course a walk around the park. Tours take place on and off-season. Visit the website for further details. 4 Yawkey Way, Ph: 877-REDSOX9. http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/index.jsp


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