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Things to do in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is capital and one of most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is 21st most populous city in the USA which covers around 124 km sq and has around 650,000+ population. Boston, MA is one of the oldest municipalities in the USA which was founded on Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. This city holds key events during the American Revolution such as the Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, the Siege of Boston and many more.

Today, Boston is a thriving city which has many colleges and universities wand supports many streams such as Law, Medicine, Engineering and Business. The city is considered a world leader in start-ups as it has over 2000+ start-ups.

With the city being one of the most key events in the American Revolution, we can notice many places to visit here and Macrotraveller recommends you some of the must-visit

Walk along Freedom Trail: As mentioned before the city of Boston holds an important place in the American Revolution, a 3-mile walk across the Freedom Trail will give you insights of the city’s past. The trail is very easy to follow as they have red bricks and many tourist brochures. The trail will take you to Old Granary Burying Ground (where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock are buried), King’s Chapel Burying Ground (Boston’s oldest cemetery with the graves of Governor John Winthrop and two Mayflower passengers), Old South Meeting House (where the ringing speeches of patriots spawned the Boston Tea Party), and the Old State House. This is Boston’s oldest public building and the site of the Boston Massacre. The trail continues through Boston’s North End, past the Paul Revere House and Old North Church, and ends across the bridge in Charlestown with the 54-gun frigate USS Constitution and the 220-foot granite Bunker Hill Monument.

Faneuil Hall: Faneuil Hall was built by Peter Faneuil who was a Huguenot Merchant. The Hall was constructed in the year 1740-42 and is known as Cradle of Liberty. The ground floor of the hall is provided for markets where stalls are kept, the upper floor is council chamber which served as a meeting place for revolutionaries and in the 4th floor, there is an artillery museum where weaponry, uniform and paintings of battles are kept. Nearby Faneuil Hall there are 3 long halls which date back to 19th Century and is now occupied by shops, marketers, exhibition and restaurants. Here you can purchase jewellery, clothes, souvenirs and try your hand to eat at numerous food stalls present.

Enactment of the Boston Tea Party: One thing that will make you remind of how Boston has managed to be a part of the American Revolution is when you visit Boston Tea Party enactment conducted here daily. Step yourself into the history of Boston Tea Party and Museum where you are in for an engaging experience. The attraction is now opened after it got caught in fire 2 times in 2007 and 2001. The enactment has also been awarded and is must-visit enactment when you are in Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts: Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is one of the leading art museums in the country. They have varied collections ranging from Egyptian, Asian, Persian, Greek and Middle East locations which are all fine arts. The newest addition to this is the American Wing which has integrated in chronological order, outstanding collections of American paintings, furniture, decorative arts, folk art, silver, glassware, and design dating from pre-Columbian arts to the Art Deco and Modernist eras. Other highlights at this Museum of Fine Arts include Buddhist Bodhi Sattva, Minoan Snake Goddess, and Mycerinus who was an Egyptian Pharaoh.

Boston Museum of Science: With more than 700 interactive exhibits ranging from Bird’s world, IMAX theatre, Thrill ride 360 degrees, butterfly garden and planetarium Boston’s Museum of Science is not only for children as they have exhibits ranging from Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Zoology, Astronomy, computers and many more. The highlight of the museum is a 65-million-year-old fossil that was discovered in Dakota Badlands, Butterfly Park, computer place where you can hands-on operate a robot. The planetarium has daily laser and star shows.

John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum: Dedicated to 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy. The JFK museum was built by noted architect I.M Pei and was opened in 1979. The Museum has exhibits of JFK, his memorabilia, photographs and many other historical exhibits that document the life of John F Kennedy and is president reigns.

Boston Pops and Symphony Orchestra:

One of Americas oldest Symphony Hall was inaugurated in the year 1881 however was opened to the public around 1900s. This is said to be the world’s most acoustically perfect concert hall. Great artists such as Pierre Monteux, Serge Koussevitzky, Charles Munch, Seiji Ozawa, and James Levine are said to have performed here. Here they host regular shows such as 1812 Overture on July 4th. You can also go behind the scene tour of the Symphony Hall where you can know the history and traditions of musicians and conductors here at Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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