For any first-time visitor to Boston, there are so many things you’ll want to do and see. When you are visiting in the spring, summer or fall, be sure to plan a historic walking tour of Boston known as the Freedom Trail. Boston is a great walking city. Its compact downtown area makes it the perfect place to see everything and enjoy the ambiance. Several companies provide Freedom Trail Tours. Typically, the Freedom Trail is divided into two pieces to make it manageable: Downtown and the North End/Charlestown, with Faneuil Hall as the “middle” place. There are many fantastic museums for both adults and kids. The Museum of Fine Art, The Museum of Science (take the kids to this one!!), the New England Aquarium, and many more. Save these in case you get a rainy day while you’re visiting. For less touristy fare than Faneuil Hall and the city’s top shopping, head for Newbury Street. Summer or winter, this street will delight shoppers and foodies alike with its boutiques and wide variety of restaurants. It starts right at the Public Garden and proceeds for the length of the Back Bay neighborhood.
Freedom Trail – Established in 1951, The Freedom Trail covers 16 historical sites and stretches 2.5 miles. This red-bricked trail will teach you almost all you need to know about Boston’s history. You can download an audio podcast to accompany your walk or you can go on an organized tour led by one of Boston’s many historic characters. Expect to spend a few couple hours walking the trail and much, much longer if you enter every site along the trail.
Public Garden – These charming public gardens were created in 1634 and modified in the Victorian Age, with the assistance of the then newly formed Boston Parks and Recreation Department, introducing over 80 species of plants from both local and varied locations around the city. Vibrant floral patterns were created using the very new techniques of hybridizing and propagating, eventually leading to the importing of exotic trees and plants. A popular attraction for all the family as you stroll past the famous Swan Boats operated and created over 100 years ago, the lovely lake and fountains, and variety of trees. There are plenty of benches on which to relax, too.
It’s not all just seafood and baked beans when you visit Boston! Many restauranteurs claim to have served the first fried clams. Much of New England’s food is seafood based and Boston is no exception. You virtually can’t go wrong in any seafood restaurant in town. From lobster to clam chowder, seafood is always fresh and delicious. Not much of a fan? No problem ! You can seek out famous raost beef sandwiches, Chinese food and ramen as well as many other ethnic dishes. For dessert, make sure you hit Cabot’ s for ice cream or Parker’s for Boston cream pie (which is actually a cake!)
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