See and Do in Boston
A great way for new Bostonian arrivals to learn about their new city is to check out the sights, travel on the public transport and visit as many local attractions as possible.
The Go Boston Card grants travellers free admission to 51 of Boston’s best activities, tours and attractions.
The Freedom trail is a great way to walk the streets and takes its participants past 16 historical sites illustrating Boston’s past, visit the New England Aquarium to see marine life from around the world, pack a picnic and take a stroll through the Boston Public Garden, the country’s first of its kind, or wind down with a glass of champagne in hand aboard a sunset cruise and admire the city from a distance.
Below are some of the top attractions in Boston for expats to enjoy:
Black Heritage Trail
Massachusetts was the first state to abolish slavery in 1783 and the Black Heritage Trail covers 14 sites illustrating local black history. Visit the homes, public schools, the African Meeting House and the Museum of Afro-American History, to name a few sights along the way.
Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
One of the three ships that was stormed by the patriots in 1773, the Beaver II, more commonly known as the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum, sits docked at the Congress Street Bridge. The ship came under attack and patriots emptied the crates of tea into the harbour in an act of rebellion against British rule. This became known as the Boston Tea Party.
The city of Cambridge, which lies just across the Charles River, is home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is constantly abuzz with the chatter of the 30,000-odd university students from across the world that live and study here. Visit the bookshops on Harvard Square, browse for CDs in a local music store, or sip on a cup of coffee at one of the cafés and watch the world go by.
Boston Public Garden
The country’s very first botanical garden, Boston Public Garden, is the perfect place to escape the hum drum of the city and relax in the peaceful tranquillity it offers. Float down the lagoon on a swan boat, take a stroll along one of the paths or simply find a sunbeam and relax with a book for the afternoon.
Museum of Fine Arts
A breathtakingly beautiful building in its own right, the Museum of Fine Arts is home to famous European paintings like Gauguin's ‘Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?’, and also houses around 22,000 artworks by some of the world’s most renowned artists in history.
Take a wander through the streets of Boston to discover its most famous historical sites along the 2.5-mile (4km) line of red bricks along the Freedom Trail. Discover Paul Revere House, the Old State House, the Old South Meeting House, the oldest war ship still afloat, the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument, to name but a few.
Faneuil Hill Marketplace
A great place to visit for those in need of a little retail therapy, the Faneuil Hill Marketplace features designer stores, restaurants, cafés, stalls and even performing entertainers like jugglers, mimes and musicians to entertain.