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Things to do in Boston

Things to do in Boston

Things to do in Boston

Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. It is one of the oldest cities in the US and it’s rich political history has greatly impacted the way the US government runs today. Whatever type of travel experience you are looking for there is something on this list of things to do in Boston for you. The city is vibrant with all kinds of activities whether you’re a sports fan, enjoy the outdoors, are seeking culture or are a huge history buff.

What to Do

The Freedom Trail

Take a Freedom Trail Tour. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Starting at the visitor’s center of the beautiful Boston Common the tour led by costumed guides. It’s a great way to learn about and see some of Boston’s most important sites.

Insider tip

Wear comfortable shoes.  It’s a very long walk.

Granary Burying Ground

One of the more interesting stops on the Freedom Trail was the Granary Burying Ground. Founded in 1660 it is the city of Boston’s third-oldest cemetery. Located on Tremont Street, it is the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War era patriots, including three signers of the Declaration of Independence; Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine.  Also, prominently displayed in the Burying Ground is an obelisk erected in 1827 to the parents and relatives of Benjamin Franklin who was born in Boston and is buried in Philadelphia.

Quincy Market

Explore South Market and Quincy Square near Faneuil Hall. Quincy Market is a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It was constructed in 1824 and named in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy, who organized its construction without any tax or debt. There are many places to eat and shops for purchasing souvenirs.

Insider tip

This is a touristy area always buzzing with people.  Enjoy the street performers which appear at any time of day.

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Take the subway over to the Skywalk Observatory.  The Skywalk Observatory is located on the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower. It is the second tallest skyscraper in the City of Boston. Enjoy amazing views of the Boston’s famous landmarks like the Charles River, Fenway Park, Boston Harbor and much more.

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Boston Ducktour

Boston Duck Tours is a very fun way to explore the city of Boston. You a great overview of the city, see many unique neighborhoods and splash into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.  It was a blast.

New England Aquarium

Visit the New England Aquarium and check out the four-story Caribbean coral reef teeming with more than 1,000 animals.

Greenway Carousel

Ride the unusual Greenway carousel.

Where to Stay

There are plenty of places to stay in the city however, during my visit there were several conventions going on so most places were booked. I ended up staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Waltham. Hilton is a reliable established brand with comfortable, clean rooms. It is located in a quiet area, which is just a short drive into Boston.

What to Eat

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Boston is the place to eat great seafood. It is home to some of the world’s most amazing lobster rolls, clam chowder and fish especially cod dishes.  Go try some.

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Photos of Boston From Above

Photos of Boston from Above

 

Every civilization I’ve ever studied has built pyramids, towers, monuments and buildings reaching for the sky.  During my travels I’ve climbed pyramids and shot up over one hundred stories in elevators to view the world from above.  There are many lessons learned through traveling.  I truly enjoy learning and one of the things I get from traveling and in particular from climbing skyscrapers is a shift of perspective.  I wanted to view Boston from above to get a different perspective of the city.  I revisited the fact that possibilites and human capabilities are endless by asking the question: Why build tall buildings?  The answer is because we can.  Each of us has the power to manifest.

As I look down and see the Charles River in the distance I realize what a tremendous task it must have been to set up the rivers boundaries and keep the water back.  Many of the hundreds and hundreds of housing units I was gazing down upon are presently on locations previously under water.  It took more than just imagination to create a city like Boston.  It took thought, planning, mobilizing, creating, managing and lots of work to manifest what was imagined by daring thinkers, architects and business men and women.  Men and women who dared to imagine but even greater followed through despite any objections or setbacks.

When I look at the photos I took of Boston from above I am inspired to manifest my own skyscrapers.  Not in the literal sense but in the creative.  It helps me to meditate and shape ideas that I will later manifest.  Viewing the different types of structures put my doubts at ease because if someone could build a 52 story building so I can enjoy this view I’m sure I will be able to create and manifest my daring ideas.  I hope you are inspired too.

 

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During my research of Massachusetts I discovered the Prudential Tower is the second tallest skyscraper in the City of Boston and it has an observatory, known as Skywalk with 360 degree views.  The 52 story building designed by Charles Luckman and Associates for the Prudential Insurance company was built in back in 1964 when it was one of the tallest around.  Today you can hang out on the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower to capture amazing photos of Boston from above.  From this fabulous vantage point enjoy fantastic views of the city of Boston and its famous landmarks like the Charles River, Fenway Park, Boston Harbor and more.  While there you can take an audio tour, check out the Dreams of Freedom Museum with its creepy doll display and check out the multimedia theater featuring Wings Over Boston.  It was Friday late in the afternoon when I visited and there were only a few people there.  It felt like I had the place to myself.

Also in the building are many swank contemporary shops, trendy restaurants and of course there’s a Starbucks and Barnes & Noble too.  There is also a parking garage.  You can validate your parking ticket for a discount.  I took the Boston subway, MBTA, there.

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From up above the first thing that stood out to me were all of the brown brick buildings.  The Pru, as the building is affectionately known to locals, is located in Back Bay, a neighborhood famous for its rows and rows of Victorian brownstones.  It is said  American architect and designer of many Boston Neighborhoods, Arthur Gilman, was influenced by Haussmann’s renovation of Paris and can be seen in its wide parallel tree lined avenues.  One of the things I like so much about the city are its many parks and tree lined streets.  Today it is one of Boston’s most expensive neighborhoods. It’s interesting to see the old blending with the new, the different architectural styles of churches, museums, libraries and schools.  Boston does a great job of conserving its history.  A history which has shaped how US government runs today.

Fenway Park

 

There’s a wonderful view of historic Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in major league baseball.  It has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912.  The ballpark was named after the Fenway Kenmore neighborhood.  This energetic neighborhood is known for its educational and cultural institutions but really comes alive when there are baseball games going on.  I was lucky and there was  a game going on the afternoon of my visit.  I got to sit back and watch the players as the blimp flew over Fenway.  As the sun began to set the view did become a bit hazy which happens in the hot summer.

 

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I spent some time watching the sailboats glide across the Charles River.  Being able to see so many islands in Boston Harbor Bay really took my breathe away.   The harbor is not only a beautiful sight but an important port in American history.  It was the site of the Boston Tea Party.  Prior to European contact Native American Indians lived on the islands fishing in the harbor and creating planting fields.  As more colonial settlements were built many Native American Indians were displaced to villages and towns.  Some remained in British colonial settlements while others continued in their traditional native communities.

After enjoying myself photographing Boston from above, I left Skywalk taking the quick elevator ride downstairs and walked around the shops later having dinner at one of the restaurants there before hopping back on the MBTA. If the weather is great and the Skywalk is open I recommend you go take in the view.

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