Full to the brim with American history, world-leading institutions and beautiful green spaces, Boston is a gem in northeast USA. Whether you’re looking to delve into the area’s revolutionary past or enjoy some mouth-watering local seafood, city breaks in Boston are a treat. Located in New England in the state of Massachusetts, Boston is a cultural and historical haven for travellers to America.
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The Boston Tea Party was a key moment in the lead up to the American War of Independence, and you can learn about this momentous event at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Here you’ll find Tea Party Ships moored beside a multimedia museum with a range of exhibitions on the Boston Tea Party. Another key location in Boston for the Tea Party was the Old South Meeting House, where 5,000 colonists gathered in 1773 to protest against British taxes. Benjamin Franklin was also baptised at the meeting house and today the building hosts regular reconstructions and other live events. Every American student learns about the legendary ride of Paul Revere, and at Paul Revere House you can learn more about the man who rode to warn patriots of the coming British troops. Another key location is the Boston Massacre Site outside the Old State House, which marks the location where blood was first shed for the Independence movement in 1770.
Boston is home to a number of leading academic institutions, including Harvard University and MIT. There are free campus tours of both universities – full of interesting facts and a great excuse to walk around two sets of beautiful campuses. Another key educational point of interest is Boston Public Library, built in 1852 in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. The interior of the building is decorated with exquisite detail, and as you explore inside you’ll find John Adams’ personal library. John Adams was a founding father of America, the second president of the USA, and a leading campaigner for American independence from Great Britain.
If the weather is nice during your break in Boston, one of the nicest places to spend a few hours outdoors is the Charles River Esplanade. This is a large public park that stretches for three miles on the southern bank of the Charles River Basin, close to the Museum of Science. Make your way to Beacon Hill and you’ll see the iconic golden dome of Massachusetts State House. If you want to explore the inside of the State House, there are regular tours that will guide you through the political history of the building. For many Bostonians, the most important building in the city is Fenway Park – home to the Boston Red Sox and a great place to watch a game of baseball.
No trip to Boston is complete without tasting some local seafood. Legal Sea Foods is an excellent place to sample authentic New England claw chowder, while the Union Oyster House and Neptune Oyster are both great places to try oysters, crabs and mussels. To go with your seafood, why not order a Samuel Adams beer, that has been brewed in Boston? You can even take a tour of their brewery to see how the beer is made – and sample even more of their range of beers.