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With one of the country's highest concentrations of national historic landmarks, Boston has plenty of attractions to visit. It's a city of many American 'firsts', with the city having established the first American subway system and public health department, first public school, first public park and first free municipal library. But apart from its many historical attractions the city is also blessed with lush parks, hiking trails and interesting museums.
Recommended attractions in Boston
Black Heritage Trail
As Massachusetts was the first state to abolish slavery in 1783, Boston developed a strong abolitionist Black community largely made up of freed and escaped slaves. The Black Heritage Trail meanders past more than 15 sites illustrating local Black history, including museums, meeting places and the homes of important figures in the emancipation struggle.
Boston Public Garden
The Boston Public Garden is a tranquil park famed as the country's first public botanical garden. Situated in the heart of Boston, it forms part of the city's famed 'Emerald Necklace' of parks. The garden offers scenic walking routes and boat rides on the lagoon.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
This interactive family-friendly attraction allows visitors to learn about and re-enact the Boston Tea Party, a 1773 demonstration by a group of American revolutionaries. These revolutionaries stormed British ships carrying tea and threw their cargo overboard as a protest against unfair taxation. This event was key to the start of the War of Independence.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
The Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been in operation since the 18th century and features designer stores, restaurants, cafes, stalls and even performing entertainers such as jugglers, mimes and musicians.
Museum of Fine Arts
A beautiful building in its own right, the Museum of Fine Arts houses nearly 450,000 artworks by some of the world’s most renowned artists in history, including Manet, Degas and Van Gogh.
►For annual events and festivals in the city see What's On in Boston
"Exploring a new life and having the privilege of living in a different environment is something I greatly appreciate. Boston and Cambridge are very international places where many talented and bright people come together from all over the world so you’ll meet lots of awesome new friends. The quality of life is similar to the one back home I’d say."
Read more about Swiss expat Sandra's experiences in Boston.
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