Located on the Shawmut Peninsula, Boston sits overlooking the confluence of the Charles River and the Atlantic Ocean. Boston is about as close to the Old World as anywhere in the U.S. gets. The city trades proudly on its colonial past, which sees it attract over 16 million visitors a year.
The capital of Massachusetts, Boston, is the quintessential blend of colonial history, civic landmarks and cutting-edge innovation and forward thinking. Established in 1630, the city is bursting with museums, historic sites, sports and the arts, and is surrounded by cultural and higher learning institutions. Boston has grown up around the 50-acre (20-hectare) Boston Common in its center, which was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987.
The staunch support of Bostonians for the independence movement in the 18th century earnt the city the moniker “The Cradle of Liberty”. The iconic Boston Tea Party of 1773 happened here and was a key driver in the escalation of the American Revolution. Boston’s role in the American Revolution is highlighted on the Freedom Trail – a walking route extending from Boston Common, through downtown Boston to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.
Some well-known universities are located in Boston: Boston University is in the city and the Ivy League Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are a short jaunt away in Cambridge, across the Charles River.
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How do you get to Boston from the airport?
Boston Logan International Airport is the gateway to Boston and has excellent public transportation services. The MTBA Blue Line Subway services and Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit services that run to and from downtown Boston are the most economical and environmentally friendly modes of transportation to and from Logan Airport. There is also the Logan Express bus service that runs between the airport and downtown Boston on a 30-45 minute off-peak journey. App Ride companies Uber and Lyft also offer services to and from Logan Airport and there are always taxis available outside the terminals.
What about getting around the city?
Public transportation services in Boston are excellent – they go almost everywhere and are convenient and relatively inexpensive. The subway is interconnected and has free transfers between lines. The Boston metropolitan area is also well-serviced by bus, which is generally a cheaper option that may take you closer to your destination, but will often take longer. The MBTA also operates a number of water shuttles and there are also other non-public water ferry services available along the waterfront.
What else is good to know about Boston?
The Boston Metro area is served by a single public transportation service run by the Massachusetts Transportation Authority (“MBTA” or the “T” for short) and “Taking the T” means riding the services provided by the MBTA. Boston is also known for being extremely amenable to walking during finer weather as downtown Boston is compact with friendly residents and clean. Most of the most popular tourist attractions are within easy walking distance of each other. Driving in Boston is not recommended for tourists, as the road layout does not follow the grid pattern like other American cities, so navigation can be difficult. There are also many one-way streets and street names are often duplicated in different neighborhoods, which can be confusing.
BOSTON – small town feel with big city attributes
Boston is a cosmopolitan hub driving the interaction between tradition and innovation. Comprising diverse neighborhoods, each with an individual style and character, you can enjoy an eclectic range of performing arts, special events, attractions or shopping in chic boutiques and malls. The unique and individual character of each neighborhood is reflected in the local cuisine, local population and style of local shops, galleries and markets, with something for everyone.
- Bostons’s Fenway Park
- Swan Boats
- M.I.T. Museum
Discover Boston's parks and nature
Home of the beloved Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park was built in 1912 in a tiny asymmetrical space off Brookline Avenue, resulting in its famously awkward angles. Tours of the park are available, but your best bet is to catch a game as tickets are reasonably priced. The season runs from April to October.
Head to the Public Garden on Charles Street to ride across the pond on an iconic Swan Boat. Synonymous with the City of Boston and in operation for more than 140 years, the Swan Boats are a fleet of pontoon pleasure boats with a paddle box for the driver concealed by a swan. Created by Robert Paget and inspired by the knight’s gallant rescue of the damsel by riding a swan across the lake in the opera Lohengrin, Swan Boats operate from the second weekend in April to the third weekend of September every year.
From the Swan Boats, head west down Commonwealth Avenue to Back Bay to admire architecturally significant buildings including rows of Victorian brownstones considered some of the best-preserved examples of 19th century urban design in the United States.
The M.I.T. Museum
Pop across to Cambridge from Back Bay to expand your mind with a visit to the M.I.T. Museum at 265 Massachusetts Avenue. Look into some of the most exciting and progressive research in the world and explore more than 150 years of education and research at the forefront of science, engineering and technology. Exhibitions cover everything from artificial intelligence to oceanography, with mesmerizing 3D holograms and the world’s largest collection of the other-worldly kinetic sculptures by Arthur Ganson.
The experience of Charlestown
Urban explorers: don’t miss the chance to explore Charlestown (“Chucktown” to locals). Overlooking Boston Harbor, the affluent suburb is characterized by narrow, hilly lanes lit with antique gaslights, Colonial- and Federal-style architecture and great views back across the harbor to Boston. Charlestown is also home to the historic frigate, the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument, from which jaw-dropping Bostonian vistas await.
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Boston welcomes you to foodie paradise
Seafood features heavily in Boston’s culinary landscape and the city is full of excellent restaurants that reflect the diversity of its influences and population. Fresh steamed lobster, cod, shucked oysters on the half-shell and thick creamy clam chowder are local favorites. For budget-friendly options, head to the student town of Cambridge. The historic North End is your go-to for Italian, the waterfront and Seaport District for the best seafood and dining with harbor views, and a range of Asian cuisines await in Chinatown. For a high-end dining experience, head to the revered “Restaurant Row” in the stylish South End.
Get your fresh food in Boston
Food markets are often the best place to experience the culinary culture of a city, mingle with locals and discover a genuine side of the city. The Boston Public Market is an indoor market at 100 Hanover Street specializing in foodstuffs that are produced or originate in New England and where cooking classes and food demonstrations are regular features throughout the year. Around the corner is Haymarket, where you’ll find inexpensive produce of all kinds. Shucks, for a true Bostonian dining experience, don’t miss an evening at one of the many oyster bars throughout the city. Boston’s harborside location means a constant supply and easy access to oysters, which has resulted in many different styles of venue.
The Boston shopping experience
The Faneuil Hall Marketplace is organized around four historic buildings, with more than 100 stores and unique artisan pushcarts. The luxury shopping crowd should go to Back Bay, where two luxury shopping plazas and trendy designers along Newbury Street are waiting to empty your credit card. If you are interested in arts and crafts, head to Boston's South End Open Market to see and buy the works of local artists, artisans, and indie designers. You will also find food trucks, a farmer's market, and an antique/vintage area.