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Boston enchants with its cosmopolitan elegance and European flair. Boston's history recalls revolution and transformation, and still today it is among the country’s most forward-thinking and barrier-breaking cities.
For all intents and purposes, Boston is the oldest city in America. And you can hardly walk a step over its cobblestone streets without running into some historic site. The Freedom Trail winds its way around the city, connecting 16 historically significant sites. These are the very places where history unfolded: from the first public school in America to Boston’s oldest church building to sites linked to America's fight for independence from Britain – Boston is, in effect, one enormous outdoor history museum.
'Fanatic' is no idle word here. Boston fans are passionate about sports. And with the four-time world-champion Patriots, the long-overdue World Series–winning Red Sox, the winningest basketball team in history, the Celtics, and the highly successful and historic hockey team, the Bruins, there is a lot to be passionate about.
The arts have thrived in Boston ever since the 19th century, when this cultural capital was dubbed the Athens of America. Certainly, the intellectual elite appreciated their fine paintings and classical music, but they were also dedicated to spreading the cultural wealth, establishing museums, libraries and symphony orchestras for all to enjoy.
A word of advice: when in Boston, eat as much seafood as possible. Local specialties include the 'sacred cod,' fresh steamed lobster, oysters on the half-shell and thick, creamy chowder. You can eat seafood around the city, but especially in the fish-centered Seaport District, where it's accompanied by spectacular harbor views.
The city of Boston is notorious for traffic gridlocks and temperamental drivers who often lack the driving scruples taught in traffic school. To make matters worse, parking spaces are in short supply and can be very expensive even if you do find a good one. If you are staying inside the city—or really anywhere close—for only a week or a few days, there really is no need for a car. Most hotels on the outskirts of Boston and in the suburbs have parking lots where you can leave the car—for free or for a fee, depending on the hotel—and use Boston’s first-class public transportation system to get around.
This public transportation is managed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the MBTA, commonly referred to as the "T”. As you walk through the streets of Boston, you will see a common sign repeated periodically—a white circle with a bold black T in the middle. These signs are located at the T’s many access points around the city of Boston.
Boston Common: Phone: +1 617-635-4505 Address:139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
Boston Public Library: 700 Boylston St, Boston, USA, Website: http://www.bpl.org
Trinity Church: 206 Clarendon St, Boston, USA, website: http://www.trinitychurchboston.org
Paul Revere House: Phone: +1 617-523-2338 Address: 19 N Square, Boston, MA 02113, USA
Faneuil Hall: Phone: +1 617-523-1300 Address: 4 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109, USA
USS Constitution: Phone: +1 617-426-1812 Address: Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
Old State House: 206 Washington St, Boston, USA, website: http://www.revolutionaryboston.org
Franklin Park Zoo: Phone: +1 617-541-5466 Address: 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121, USA
New England Aquarium: Phone: +1 617-973-5200 Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA
Harvard University : http://www.harvard.edu
Museum of Science: Phone: +1 617-723-2500 Address: 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114, USA
Fine Arts Museum: Address: 465 Huntington AvenueBoston, MA 02115
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum: Location: Congress St Bridge, Boston, USA, website: http://www.bostonteapartyship.com
Fenway Park: Phone: +1 877-733-7699 Address: 4Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Symphony Hall: 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, USA, website: http://www.bso.org\