Boston is as rich in history as it is in culture. No one who ever visits Boston fails to acknowledge its significance and the contribution of its residents to the making of America. Although the state of Massachusetts offers a wide variety of scenic, historical and cultural interests, it is in Boston where many visitors often start their tours. And with good reason. If you’re visiting Boston yourself, here are the top places to go to in the capital:
Historical and cultural places
If this is your first visit to Boston and want to experience its history, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from. So many, in fact, that you will have to spend at least a few days to truly enjoy your tours.
Visit the patriot Paul Revere’s humble home in the North End, the very place where he started his famous ride. Drop by the Old South Meeting House, the meeting place for revolutionary leaders John Hancock, James Otis and Samuel Adams. This is the same house where protest meetings were held that eventually led to the American Revolution. Visit the Old State House (now Museum of Boston History), Park Street Church and Granary Burial Ground as well while you’re in the downtown area.
Go north and you’ll reach the Government Center. This is where you’ll find the JFK Federal building and City Hall. You’ll also find Faneuil Hall here, a building that was built beginning in 1740. It doubled as a public house and market.
For beer lovers, why not drop by the Samuel Adams Brewery? Adams was a prominent figure in the American Revolution but he was also famous as a brew lover. What better way to participate in a tour than to learn about both beermaking and history at the same time? Tours are offered regularly.
The downtown area also offers a variety of museums for you to visit. The Museum of Fine Arts, for example, houses priceless treasures from all over the world. Collections include sculpture, decorative arts and paintings. It also houses the largest Monet collection apart from that found in France.
Drop by Boston Harbor as well and try to book a boat or cruise so you can view the famous lighthouses in the area. Most of them are not open for public visits, though. However, you can catch a tour of Boston Light, which has been standing since 1793.
Parks and zoos
Boston is home to some of the most remarkable parks and zoos in the United States. Franklin Park Zoo is a landmark in the area. It covers 72 acres of land along Franklin Park Road and offers some of the best experiences for visitors, thanks to its history (it was founded in the early 1900s) and to the large variety of its animal residents. Currently, there are over 200 animal species who call this zoo home.
One of its more impressive offerings is its gorilla exhibit where lowland gorillas are housed behind viewing stations made of glass. If you’ve always wanted to meet these beautiful animals in person but never dared, this top spot in Boston will give you the chance you’ve been waiting for.
Although Boston has plenty of beautiful parks you can visit (the Common is known as the oldest park open to the public in the U.S.), no visit to the capital can ever be complete without dropping by Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.