Welcome to Boston!

Boston is more vibrant than ever! New green spaces are sprouting up all over, and a revitalized waterfront has added to the city’s already dynamic downtown neighborhoods. These developments are thanks in part to the city’s Big Dig project, which is now complete. Additionally, Logan International Airport’s recent upgrades are making it easier than ever to get in and out of the city, and new sights and attractions are providing more for everyone to see and do while in Boston.

Boston’s Waterfront has become an idyllic setting for watching sailboats and ferries glide in and out of the harbor and an excellent destination for classic New England seafood restaurants.

Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway consists of three parks and a total of 30 acres of beautiful, tree-lined corridors. Visitors will find more than 900 trees, public art, fountains and great places for exercise or contemplation. In the works for the Greenway are the Boston Museum Project, which will focus on the last 200 years of Boston history, and The New Center for Arts and Culture, which will present a variety of dance performances, films, music, lectures and art.

The new 44-mile Boston HarborWalk includes the downtown Boston waterfront and continues north and south along wharves, piers, museums, historic forts, bridges, beaches and shoreline from Chelsea Creek to the Neponset River. The HarborWalk also connects to new and existing trails: The Freedom Trail, the new Walk To The Sea, the Emerald Necklace, the Charles River Esplanade, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and in the future, the South Bay Harbor Trail.

The one-mile Walk To The Sea is a Beacon Hill-to-the-waterfront marked walkway. Beginning at the Massachusetts State House, the visitor learns about the four centuries of maritime history from Beacon Hill to State Street to the 18th century Long Wharf.

Constructed from dirt excavated from the Big Dig’s extensive network of tunnels, Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor features a marina, visitor center, sandy beaches and five miles of walking trails that lead to the crest of a 157-foot hill offering panoramic views of the harbor and the city. Visitors are welcome from dawn to dusk during the summer months. Passenger ferry service is available from Boston.

Chinatown Park, a beautiful parcel of land in Chinatown, is populated by bamboo trees, azaleas, stones and a peaceful stream. The new park is situated at the south end of the Greenway and is the perfect place to experience the Chinese ideal of Feng Shui, followed by an authentic dim sum meal.

History around every corner, and so much more! Boston’s rich art, music and dance institutions, theatre and cultural attractions, distinguished dining and nightlife venues, world-class shopping and championship sports teams make it a unique place for travelers to visit. The city’s downtown neighborhoods offer endless unique experiences and its proximity to other must-see sites all around New England make it one of the country’s most diverse and exciting locales.

Here in Boston, visitors are never at a loss for things to do. The many museums, concert halls, theaters and nightclubs are always showcasing great talent and events. There’s the internationally acclaimed Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Beyond the museum scene, there’s the world-famous Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, local and pre-Broadway theater, distinctive dining, endless opportunities for shopping and sightseeing, and a year-round calendar of special events and celebrations.

Boston is home to a grand tradition of sporting excellence. This is where storied franchises such as the Red Sox (2004 and 2007 World Series Champions), the Celtics (2008 World Champions), the Bruins, and the New England Patriots (2001, 2003 and 2004 Super Bowl champions) all play their games. Visiting sports fans can’t help getting caught up in the enthusiasm.

In addition to everything within the city limits, some of Massachusetts’ most scenic and historic towns are just a short distance from the city center. There are sights to see at every turn. Cambridge is often referred to as “Boston’s Left Bank” with an atmosphere — and attitude — all its own. It’s the spirited, slightly mischievous side of Boston, just a bridge away on the other side of the Charles River. Packed with youthful vitality and international flair, it’s a city where Old World meets New Age in a mesmerizing blend of history and technology. As the East Coast’s leading hub for high tech and biotech, Cambridge has a creative, entrepreneurial spirit. It is also the birthplace of higher education in America. Harvard College was founded in 1636, and across town, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is known as the epicenter of cyberculture. Both universities house renowned museum collections and tours that are open to the public. As a captivating, offbeat alternative to Boston’s urban center, the “squares” of Cambridge are charming neighborhoods rich in eclectic shopping, theaters, museums and historic sites. Cambridge also offers a tantalizing array of dining options for the visitor with a sophisticated palate.

 

Information on Boston provided by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau

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