Boston, Massachusetts: Top 10 Must-Sees

BostonFall foliage is here and Massachusetts is one of the best sites for witnessing all the beautiful colors nature puts on display this time of year. Now is the perfect time to visit Boston, one of the oldest cities in the United States. Founded on November 17, 1630, Boston is marked by various historical moments including the American Revolution, Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre, Battle of Bunker Hill etc. Today, the city still echoes remnants of the past that are easily picked up as you take in all that Boston has to offer.  There is plenty to see, taste and feel this time of year in Boston and Knowledge That Travels has compiled a list of  Top 10 Must-Sees for the Boston visitor eager to experience the “unofficial capital of New England” in all of its richness:

  1. U.S.S. Constitution: This wooden-hulled vessel, nicknamed “Old Ironsides” was named after the Constitution of the United States of America by President Washington. That said, one can only imagine the historical traits it bears and how this attraction is an absolute must-see in Boston.
  2. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Is your name Isabella? Well then it’s time to give a thanks to the parents, because your name has earned you free lifetime admission to the museum, as well as 10% discount off of Gardner Museum Shop purchases. Even if your name is not Isabella, it’s well worth a visit to the museum that belongs to the early American art collector, Isabella Stewart Gardner (April 14, 1840 – July 17, 1924.) The galleries are filled with paintings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts from cultures spanning thirty centuries.
  3. Freedom Trail: Take a historic 2.5 mile long walk through downtown Boston, passing by 16 of the city’s historic landmarks
    (Boston Commons -> Massachusetts State House -> Park Street Church -> Old Granary Burial Ground -> King’s Chapel and Burying Ground -> First Public School -> Old Corner Bookstore Building -> Old South Meeting House -> Old State House -> Boston Massacre Site -> Faneuil Hall -> Paul Revere House -> Old North Church -> Copps Hill Burying Ground -> U.S.S. Constitution -> Bunker Hill Monument.)
  4. Public Garden is in the heart of downtown Boston, adjacent to Boston Commons (first stop of the Freedom Trail.) Take a scenic stroll through this park and walk across the world’s smallest suspension bridge.
  5. Bunker Hill Monument: Climb the 294 steps to the top and enjoy a breathtaking view of Boston’s skyline.
  6. Museum of Science: Listen up Harry Potter Fans! Get a first-hand, behind the scenes look into the imaginary, wizardry world of the Harry Potter – Harry Potter: The Exhibition (now through Feb 21, 2010)
  7. Museum of Fine Arts: Free admission, one day a month (upcoming dates: Nov 11, Dec 31, Jan 18)
  8. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a beautiful botanical garden consisting of a large collection of trees (arbor, Latin for “tree”) and the perfect location for you to witness the famous New England fall foliage.
  9. Harvard Book Store: hosts daily author events – meet and greet famous contemporary authors!
  10. Frog Pond on Boston Commons: Enjoy outdoor ice skating  (starts Nov 14)

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