Boston may well be a big city, but make no mistake, this city is easily walkable on foot, and once you’ve got started it doesn’t feel all that big at all. Want to see to the nation’s oldest college? Then take a visit to Harvard University. Interested in America’s Presidents? Head to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Love baseball? Then don’t miss out on a visit to America’s most beloved ball park, Fenway Park. Whatever you decide to do in Boston, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Boston is a city full of historical of treasures that make this city such a charming port of call. The name of Boston derives from an English village and the history of the area dates back over 350 years. It was original founded by colonists in 1630 and has provided a wondrous array of momentous occasions over the years. The Boston Tea Party in 1773 is just one of the iconic moments in time with the American Revolution. The present day city of Boston is superb collaboration of historical excellence and a modern, fresher image. The student population is large here due to the many academic powerhouses located in the area including the infamous Harvard University.
Begin the day by following the 2.5 mile red-brick Freedom Trail, that will take you through Boston’s neighbourhoods and significant historical sites including a unique collection of museums, parks, burying grounds, churches and more. The walking tour begins at the Boston Common Visitor Centre and finishes off at Charlestown Navy Yard. If you’d rather give the Freedom Trail a miss, head to Cambridge to discover the Harvard University campus and traditions whilst wandering through the “Harvard Yard”, the heart of America’s oldest university.
A distinct place of interest is the Old North Church where Paul Revere once signalled the British were approaching by hanging two lanterns. The Boston Public Library is also an impressive structure and most certainly worth a visit. Such sights are often included in the best of or city highlight tours provided by my most cruise operators, should you prefer to do an organised excursion.
Copley Square is one of the most picturesque and attractive spots within the city and also provides the gateway to many other enchanting areas including the Romanesque Trinity Church. If you continue to stroll a little further you can set your pulse pounding by taking in the famous Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential building. Look down over the city of Boston from the 50th floor up, where sweeping 360 degree panoramic views offer a sensational vantage point over Boston's skyline. The Skywalk provides a view like no other in the city, and is the perfect place for a once in a lifetime photograph. Many cruise operators continue the special vantage point entertainments by offering a sunset cruise along the Charles River which can be an extremely beautiful way of finishing off the day.
Head further afield than the inner city pleasures of Boston to the village of Salem. This renowned location is famous for the witch hunts that took place over three centuries ago, when witchcraft hysteria overwhelmed the superstitious Salem village. Today the village of Salem is now a colourful coastal area with a high concentration of museums, shopping opportunities and historical sites. The Witch Museum in particular is extremely entertaining with a full scale theatre presenting reminiscent productions of the dark Witch Trial period.
Boston a big sports town where the famous baseball team, the Boston Red Sox reside. The iconic stadium known as Fenway Park provides an enthralling sporting heritage as well as the infamous New England Patriots American Football team who also attract the support of the locals.
From captivating historical settings to exquisite restaurants, bars and shopping boutiques, the city of Boston is impeccably striking and certain to leave a long lasting impression.