American history is alive and well in Boston. Massachusetts’ capital was founded by the Puritans in 1630. You’ll find that the city’s pivotal role in the American Revolution is still palpable as you walk along its two and a half mile Freedom Trail in downtown Boston. You can almost hear the hoof beats of Paul Revere’s horse clomping down the street.
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Today, locals pursue such carefree outdoor activities as rowing, cycling and running along the meandering Charles River. Every spring, the Boston Marathon brings together some of the planet’s best athletes for its renowned 26-mile endurance test.
Throughout the year, some of the world’s most talented musicians perform at the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony in front of captivated audiences at Symphony Hall.
Education also thrives in this mega-college town, which boasts more than 35 colleges and over 152,000 students of higher learning.
In Boston, be sure to visit the trendy restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries of the Back Bay, Copley Square, and Faneuil Hall. Explore some of the country’s most well-preserved neighborhoods and historic buildings. Stroll along the lively waterfront, with its historic ships, seafood joints and impressive New England Aquarium. Here, you’ll find a world of enticing options to suit your fancy.
What To Do
Visit the legendary Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at Griffin’s Wharf. Observe more than 2,000 marine creatures at the nearby New England Aquarium.
Venture to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for some authentic lobster and Boston clam chowder.
Catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park next to Boston University in Kenmore Square.
Browse through scores of European, Italian Renaissance and 17th-century Dutch paintings at the enchanting Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Park your car at Harvard Yard, or ride the trolley, to America’s oldest college. Catch a concert at the Boston Symphony or a stage show in Harvard University’s dynamic Loeb Drama Theater.
Ride a swan boat across a small lagoon and explore the statues, exotic flowers, and trees at the Boston Public Garden, America's first public botanical garden.
This city is made for walking. Whether you decide to step back in history along the renowned Freedom Trail or march towards the future with a visit to one of the area’s outstanding colleges, be sure to bring your running shoes to this captivating Cradle of Liberty, Boston.
When to Go
The best time to visit Boston is May through October. Boston is beautiful in the fall, as the leaves turn, lighting the city ablaze with color, and the air feels crisp as a McIntosh apple.
Springtime is also lovely, with the city in bloom. Summer sees the most visitors, as music flows from the Boston Hatch Shell, baseball season at Fenway Park is well underway, and the skies along the Charles River light up with fireworks on the fourth of July.