Boston is a unique and large city which is well worth a visit. It is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and home to many historic and modern features. Boston is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, and it is perhaps the sheer amount of students which make the culture so varied and diverse. There are many things to do in Boston, including cycling, fine dining, and shopping, but here are some of the main destinations to see before you head home.
Boston National Heritage Park
The park itself is really eight different prominent sights which are interlinked to show the influence Boston had in the American Revolution. The famous Freedom Trail is a walking tour which leads tourists through each of the eight important sights. If you take the tour, you will see the Bunker Hill, the Charlestown Navy Yard, Dorchester Heights, the Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, the Old State House, and the Old South Meeting House. If culture is what you are looking for, this beautiful trail will provide you with a pleasant history lesson.
Franklin Park Zoo
This zoo is amongst the oldest zoos in the United States. It dates back to 1913 and was originally free to visit. The facility itself is enormous and provides a wonderful walk around one portion of Boston’s Franklin Park. The zoo is home to over two hundred different species of animals, many of whom are endangered in the wild. The zoo has been designed to look as natural as possible, meaning that there are invisible fences as opposed to huge barriers. The zoo is a fabulous day out and a joy to visit.
Museum of Fine Arts
This museum is one of the largest the United States has to offer. Though it lacks the fame and appeal of the Smithsonian, the Museum of Fine Arts still pulls in more than one million visitors every single year. There are almost half a million pieces of work to view at the museum which makes this one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in America. The Museum of Fine Arts is closely affiliated with Nagoya, which is another fine art museum in Japan.
This island is located just south of Boston on the shore of Boston Harbor. This unique fort has five sides and is generally known as being one of the rarest eighth generation forts in the United States. At one time, the island was located far from the mainline, but it is now easily accessible by walkway and car. Castle Island is open for public viewing all year and guided tours are available upon request. This piece of history is definitely worth a visit, and is accompanied by a pleasant and picturesque walk.
Aside from historic destinations and museums, Boston offers a fantastic night life, and plenty of entertainment. Whether you prefer jazz or rock, Indian food or Chinese, Boston has something to suit every taste, and is well worth exploring.