Home to the American Revolution, Boston is steeped in history and excitement. Events like the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and Paul Revere’s ride have helped shape Boston’s place in American history. Boston is much more than the birthplace of the American’s fight for freedom; Boston is a modern city in its own right and has deep culture throughout its communities.
Explore the History
Boston is a walking city. On a nice day there is no better way to explore the historic sights of Paul Revere’s house, Faneuil Hall, and John Hancock’s grave than by following the red line of the Freedom Trail. If American naval history is of more interest, a visit to the USS Constitution is a must see. “Old Ironsides” is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. Boston history is diverse and it is quite possible that Bostonians’ favorite historical landmark is comparatively quite new, Fenway Park. Fenway is home to Boston’s beloved baseball team the Boston Red Sox, and is the oldest major league baseball field in operation in the U.S.
Explore the Action
There is much more to Boston than monuments and cemeteries. The city has a variety of museums and attractions that are sure to entertain. The New England Aquarium and the Boston Science Museum offer interactive exhibits, IMAX movies and live presentations. If you would prefer to see animals in their natural habitat, a whale watch allows you to see them up close. Feel the need to relax? Explore Boston Common and Boston Public Garden; both parks are within walking distance from HI-Boston.
Explore the Culture
Boston is made of many neighborhoods, all with their own feel. HI-Boston sits on the border of Chinatown and the Theater District. Chinatown is rich in culture and attracts Asian-Americans from around the area. The Theater District has several venues offering Broadway productions and independent shows. Boston’s North End is “Little Italy” and is filled with charm, character and exceptional cuisine. South Boston, nicknamed “Southie,” comes alive during March when the Irish-American community celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. The South End, not to be confused with South Boston, is home to quaint coffee shops, cafes and outdoor markets. Back Bay and Beacon Hill are neighborhoods filled with intricately designed brownstones, shops and restaurants. Combined, these communities give Boston its charm and diversity.