The city of Boston has played an important role in American history since the 1600’s when the city was founded. Many important battles have played out in the area including the battle at Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston. In addition Boston was at the heart of many anti-slavery activities, immigration, textile milling, and finally, in the modern era, medicine, education, and biotechnologies. There are plenty of ways to experience just what makes Boston so special, no matter what it is about it that appeals to you.
If history is your passion you cannot pass up the Freedom Trail. The Freedom trail is a two and half mile pathway that links 16 historically significant sites and highlights the story of the American Revolution. The trail links churches, houses, monuments, and museums, all with incredible ties to the history of Boston itself. Take a walk through the Granary Burying Ground, arguably Boston’s most famous cemetery, where historical figures like John Hancock were laid to rest. If your timing is right you can catch a reenactment of the Boston Massacre on its anniversary each year, or see where Paul Revere started his famous ride. Whether you walk the entire trail or pick your favorite historical events, you will be transported back through time to some of the country’s most important events.
If you are more of an art lover, you can peruse the collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston where the expansive selection of exhibits is sure to have something for everyone. The museum has been at its current location for over 100 years, but opened its doors for the first time in 1876. The museum houses collections from the ancient world, contemporary art, photography, textile art, and even musical instruments, and there are constantly traveling exhibits to keep new and exciting work moving through the museum, which means you can always see something fresh! In addition, be sure and pay a visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which, all on its own, is a feast for the sense, and houses a collection of over 2,500 objects and artworks, many of which are the most significant of their genre.
In addition to history and art, Boston offers a wonderful theatre district with the opportunity for all sorts of entertainment. Catch a show at the Tony award winning Huntington Theatre Company, or catch one of the free performances put on by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on Boston Common. After you’ve worked up an appetite exploring just what makes Boston so special there is an incredible variety of upscale restaurants and nightlife as well. Enjoy all types of cuisine, from tapas style eateries, to fresh seafood, or ethnic dishes, and then, top it all off with a nightcap at a cozy lounge before retiring to one of Boston’s many luxury hotels.
Boston is an iconic American city with the history and culture to back it up. Whether you are just visiting or you’ve lived in Boston all your life, you have to experience the true culture of the city, and everything that makes it so special. Cultural opportunities abound in the city, so pick something that appeals to you and dive in headfirst!
The author is an art lover through and through and can’t stay away from anything that even remotely resembles a museum. Boston luxury hotels are always an easy sell for her since she’s a sucker for the pampering she gets. She loves sharing the arts and culture of a city with both tourists and natives alike, and is always looking for her next great destination city.