Welcome to Boston

Boston is both a destination and a gateway for trips throughout New England. For a small city, Boston offers visitors plenty of big-city culture. The city is filled with history and with distinctive neighborhoods, with great restaurants and with colleges, and with museums and culture. Visitors shouldn't miss places like Beacon Hill, or Newbury Street, or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts or the Esplanade, the Boston Symphony and the Boston Ballet or Fenway Park. Boston is home to impressive art collections, numerous family attractions, with fun things for kids to do and to see. These include the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium. Boston's shopping is another great reason to visit the city, since there are tons of boutiques and interesting stores to choose from on Newbury Street.

The list of attractions is endless, but here are some of the must-see places in Boston:

Castle Island Historic Site
The end of William J. Day Blvd, Boston
617 268 5744
During Boston's early years, this fort provided necessary protection during shipping trades. Walk the fort's perimeter and enjoy great views of the harbor and islands. Take time out to enjoy this delight.

John F. Kennedy Museum and Library
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
The John F. Kennedy Museum and Library is a dynamic combination museum and library, where your visit starts with a short film and then leaves you on your own to explore a series of fascinating exhibits, including the Kennedy-Nixon debate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space program, 1960s campaign paraphernalia and displays about Jacqueline and other Kennedy family members. The striking, I.M. Pei-designed building overlooks the water and the Boston skyline.

Boston Common
10 Charles St., Boston, MA 02108
Boston Common is America's oldest park, located in the heart of Boston, offering recreation options and a glimpse at numerous monuments throughout the area. The nearly 50-acre Boston Common is among the nation's oldest public parks. Purposes have varied over the years. Public hangings took place here until 1817, and cattle grazed the Common until 1830. British troops left from Boston Common to encounter Colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775. Today's fare at the park ranges from swan boat rides on the lake to winter ice skating at the Frog Pond.

Boston Public Garden
Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116
This park is landscaped with beautiful flower beds, intriguing lagoons, walking paths and statues, including a notable monument of George Washington upon his horse. The garden stands as a favorite among newlyweds taking wedding photos.

New England Aquarium
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
This waterfront landmark has become one of Boston's biggest tourist attractions, where visitors can view a sea otter habitat and three species of penguins. The most famous exhibit is the massive 200.000-gallon "Giant Ocean Tank," which simulates a Caribbean coral reef and is home to more than 7.000 fish and aquatic mammals. To help keep the peace, scuba divers feed the sharks several times a day. Other exhibits showcase freshwater and tropical specimens, sea otters, and the ecology of Boston Harbor. At the Edge of the Sea exhibit, visitors can touch the sea stars, sea urchins, and horseshoe crabs in the tide pool. The Aquarium also features exhibit space, a gift shop, and a cafe with views of the city and harbor.

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215
617 267 1700
Fenway Park was opened in 1912 and is now considered America's oldest baseball park. The small, intimate atmosphere here really allows you to feel like you are "in the game". The park is located right in downtown Boston, so it is very accessible if you are visiting the area. If you cannot attend a Red Sox game, then take one of the guided tours, available May through September.