Boston Holiday: Guide to the Spirit of America

Boston Massachusetts is one of those places in the States I have been reluctant to go to. Not sure why, but I am more than glad that I did because it is one of my favourite cities in America. I was amazed by the number of universities and colleges in the city. I believe it must be one of the most educated cities in America. home to many prestigious universities and technical colleges such as Harvard Medical and Business Schools, MIT, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Tufts University and University of Massachusetts Amherst to name just a few!

The city was founded in 1630 and is the capital of Massachusetts, one of the most difficult states to pronounce or spell in America. It is one of those cities that played a very vital role in the American Revolution. It reminds me so much of Ireland and Scotland as the names of streets are very Irish or Scottish and of course there are so many Irish bars and pubs around town.

 Boston is very easy to access and navigate, the trains are very frequent and take you to the most important places in town or otherwise, the best way to explore the city is by foot.

After nearly two months in Boston visiting friends and family, I have put together the best things to see in Boston and invite you to explore it with me.

Museum of Fine Arts

This has the largest collections of Fine Arts works in North America with nearly 500000 pieces of Artwork. The museum is massive with some spectacular and amazing works which include a wonderful array of French Impressionist paintings as well as a magnificent Classical collection, where you can enjoy taking in the plentiful amount of frescos and sculptures from the Villa of the Contrado Bottaro in Pompeii. There are regular special exhibits too and certainly something for the whole family to enjoy. Plan on making a whole day of it!

Boston Public Garden

These charming public gardens were created in 1634 and modified in the Victorian Age, with the assistance of the then newly formed Boston Parks and Recreation Department, introducing over 80 species of plants from both local and varied locations around the city. Vibrant floral patterns were created using the very new techniques of hybridizing and propagating, eventually leading to the importing of exotic trees and plants. A popular attraction for all the family, as you stroll past the famous Swan Boats, operated and created over 100 years ago, the lovely lake and fountains, and variety of trees. There are plenty of benches on which to relax, too.

Tea Party Ships & Museum

A completely new type of museum, this is where the family can view not only artefacts of historical importance but also enjoy a multi-sensory experience!

This floating museum is made up of high tech interactive exhibits, restored tea ships, absorbing documentaries all about this famous event and knowledgeable actors bringing you a sense of how it all happened, with a perfect sense of flair and drama! There is also the opportunity of throwing the tea overboard! A very interesting and enlightening time for all, rounded off with a visit to the café and well-stocked gift shop.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

This by far is my best to see in Boston, think I visited the JFKPLM 4 times. It is an intimate and personal exhibition that was dedicated to Boston most believed men. It explores the tragically brief life of John F. Kennedy, this museum and library depict the famous man’s leadership and legacy, while at the same time illustrating the nature of a President’s office. The beautiful building was constructed to overlook the President’s beloved Boston, offering a wonderful view of the city skyline as well as an outdoor walkway along Dorchester Bay. The museum is full of fascinating artefacts, photos and videos which also include interesting items such as a number of his spouse Jackie’s dresses!

Old North Church

This is Boston’s most visited historical site. It is one of Boston’s oldest surviving churches. It is believed to be the location from which the phrase “One if by land, and two if by sea” signal is thought to have been sent. This of course is related to Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride of April 18, 1775, which precedes the American Revolution battles of Lexington and Concord. Inside the church, there is also a bust of George Washington. This is a small but very historic church that is highly recommended to be visited.

Boston Harbour walk

This is a near near-continuous, 43-mile linear park along Boston’s shoreline. In beautiful weather, it is a perfect outing for people with family or anyone that enjoys walk and nature. It follows the Waterfront Trail which passes along the edge of wharves, piers, beaches and shoreline. You will discover some very quaint areas as you traverse the city’s many different attractions. There is also a water taxi should you chose not to walk it.

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