The City of Boston hosts over 12 million annual visitors from across the country and around the globe. This vibrant, thriving city is renowned for its cultural facilities and world-class educational institutions.
Boston was first incorporated as a town in 1630, and as a city in 1822. Boston is one of America's oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. What began as a homesteading community eventually evolved into a centre for social and political change. Boston has since become the economic and cultural hub of New England.
As the region's hub, Boston is home to nearly 590,000 residents, many institutions of higher education, some of the world's finest inpatient hospitals, and numerous cultural and professional sports organisations.
Millions of people visit Boston to take in its historic neighbourhoods, attend cultural or sporting events, and conduct business.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Home to the second largest compilation of artwork in the Western Hemisphere, the Boston museum of fine arts is known for its impressive collection of Japanese art and French Impressionist paintings, including a large group of paintings by Monet.
Home to prominent collections of science, technology, architecture, design, nautical engineering, and history, the MIT Museum offers interesting exhibits, interactive activities, and experimental programs that showcase MIT and the possibilities of science and technology to visitors of all ages.
Museum of Science
The Museum of Science fosters an understanding of science and technology through fun and interesting science exhibits, an IMAX theatre, a planetarium, hands-on activities and live presentations.
Boston Common & Public Garden
The oldest public park in America, Boston Common offers a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy 50 acres of natural beauty in the heart of downtown Boston. Visitors can ride the park’s famous swan boats, traverse the world's shortest suspension bridge, and walk along shady avenues, admiring the park’s fountains, statuary and landscaping. The Public Garden includes fabulous walking paths and is the starting point of the Freedom Trail.
New England Aquarium
Explore the world’s warm water ocean environments at this fascinating aquarium. From the tropical seas of the Bahamas to the deep waters of the Pacific, you’ll see exotic animals and fish including the lionfish, stonefish, harbor seals, and Myrtle, the green sea turtle.
This 2.5-mile long walking tour traverses downtown Boston, passing by more than 16 historic Boston landmarks, including Boston Common, the USS Constitution, the old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's house, and the famous Old North Church.
With eight full blocks of high-end shops, boutiques, beauty salons, art galleries, and restaurants, historic Newbury Street offers a unique setting and plenty of opportunities for great shopping, dining and people watching.
Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market
As two of Boston's oldest marketplaces, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market offer visitors a variety of shops, souvenirs, talented street performers, and food stalls offering a wide range of tasty treats, from coffee and pastries to sushi and lobster.
Boston Pops & Boston Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1885 and offering a varied range of musical style, both classical and popular, the well known and popular Boston Pops Orchestra entertains music lovers of all ages. The Boston Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1881 and offers a full range of world-class performances throughout the season at Boston Symphony Hall and at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
This historic square offers a variety of interesting activities and attractions, including a historic cemetery, shops, bookstores, restaurants, coffee shops, outdoor chess tables, street musicians, and a movie theatre near Harvard University
Sam Adams Brewery Tour
Named after America’s most famous brewer and patriot, the Samuel Adams Brewery offers one-hour, on-site tours that focus on the brewery’s history, brewing process, and beer tasting.
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