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Eminently walkable, achingly historic and all in all a splendid town, Boston
sizzles with the energy of a huge student population and a thriving local
economy. Its cobblestone streets are home to the Freedom Trail, which
links dozens of colonial and Revolutionary sites. The heart of the city is the
expansive Boston Common, a year-round delight, abutted by the Public
Garden. A short walk away are bustling Faneuil Hall and Downtown
Crossing - where to get your grub on and where to empty your wallet and fill
your shopping bags, respectively. To the west are Landsdowne St, the
heart of Boston's nightlife scene, and storied Fenway Park, while across
the river in Cambridge lie two of the USA's most famous universities:
Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Stepping into this stadium is like walking back in time. With the famous "Green
Monster" as the left field wall and a hand-operated score board, this is a
unique piece of civic history. The building opened in 1912 and is now America's
oldest baseball park.
America's oldest park is the heart of Boston, offering recreation opportunities
and a glimpse into history through numerous monuments to the past. Designated as
public space in 1640, British soldiers later camped here during the
Revolutionary War. Part of the Freedom Trail, the park
adjoins the Massachusetts State House and Beacon Hill. A
favorite spot is the Frog Pond, which doubles as an ice skating rink.
New England Aquarium
Since opening in 1969, this waterfront landmark has become one of Boston's
biggest tourist attractions. The most famous exhibit, the massive 200,000-gallon
"Giant Ocean Tank," has a simulated Caribbean coral reef. Sharks, sea turtles,
moray eels and tropical fish cruise by crowds of children pressed against the
glass. Another freshwater gallery contains piranha. Visitors can view a sea
otter habitat and three species of penguins. There are also hand-on exhibits.
The aquarium also offers whale watching cruises and seal
Boston Duck Tours
A fleet of Ducks, brightly colored, vintage World War II amphibious
vehicles provide 80-minute, narrated, half-land, half-water tours of Boston. Do
not be alarmed when your Duck abandons its wheels and lowers itself onto the
Charles River! Tours depart on the half-hour and cover many of Boston's downtown
tourist attractions. Keep in mind: Tour guides encourage quacking!