President John F. Kennedy's memory is sacred in the minds of many Americans. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, a glass pavilion designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, is dedicated to his memory. Visitors are transported back to the darkest days of the Cold War. A short film recounts JFK's deeds in his own words while the authentic photos and exhibits evoke the brief period in White House history that nostalgic Americans refer to as "the days of Camelot".
There are more than 100 places to eat, shop and drink at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market. French merchant Peter Faneuil gave the hall that precedes the marketplace to his adopted home of Boston in 1742. It has been called the Cradle of Liberty because of the number of revolutionaries and abolitionists who delivered important speeches here. The hall is now a tourist center and place to shop, but public meeting facilities are still available.
The Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is a 34.803 hectare (86 acre) stretch of green expanse that offers visitors a chance to experience nature. Complete with nature trails and specialized gardens, the sanctuary ensures an educational and interesting day out. Come here for a picnic with family or explore the wilderness along one of the trails. One can find numerous varieties of fish, birds, muskrats and turtles. The butterfly garden showcases a variety of brilliantly colored insects. Visit the onsite nature center for more detailed information regarding the park. The park is open from dawn to dusk.
The Old South Meeting House was originally built as a church by Puritans in 1729. This building went on to play an important role in the American Revolution as a gathering point for those seeking American independence from Britain. On December 16, 1773, over 5000 colonists met here to protest a tea tax. From the meeting, these protesters went to the waterfront and tossed crates of tea into the harbor. The act later came to be known as the Boston Tea Party. An in-house shop in the museum basement has small articles of the historic events that occurred here, as well as copies of books and documents of historical importance.
The Massachusetts State House is a prestigious landmark in the state capital. This 6.7-acre (2.7-hectare) complex is home to the Massachusetts General Court as well as the Governor’s office. The highlight of its architecture is its gilded dome gleaming under the sun. The pinnacle of the dome is a pine cone, a reminder of both the importance of Boston's lumber industry during the colonial period, and the state of Maine, which was a former district of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The rich embedded past of this building makes it an essential feature on tourist itineraries.
Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott, an American novelist, was also the setting for her novel Little Women. Learn about the author and US history in this literary and historic landmark, set in the pleasant Boston countryside. Guided tours of the house are available. Also, special events are held at this place throughout the year. Visit their website for more information.
Bantam Cider Company delivers what everyone expects from a brewery, a good quality beverage made from ingredients grown locally. The chic, concrete bar space with walls lined with cider bottles and a view of fermentation tanks and barrel racks, perfectly highlights the atmosphere of the brewery. Here customers can first taste samples of up to five different ciders before purchasing the one of their choice; a key feature of their ciders is that they are all gluten free. Tours of the brewery are conducted every Saturday, wherein customers can witness first-hand the process of cider brewing.
Located on 159 Brattle Street, the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House is an iconic Colonial American-era house in Cambridge. Recognized as the second oldest house in Cambridge, the house was built in 1685 by Richard Hooper as a First Period-era farmhouse. Enlisted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, this key literary landmark attracts thousands of tourists from all over the US every year. Designed by noted architect, Joseph E. Chandler, the house has been refurbished and remodeled several times since its construction. It currently serves as the headquarters of the Cambridge Historical Society.
Located on Beacon Hill, the cornerstone for The Vilna Shul was formed by an immigrant Jewish congregation in 1919. This historical synagogue resumed activity and formed its learning center soon after the last member of the congregation left in 1985. Today, this community center and synagogue features an open environment, inviting anyone and everyone who is interested in learning about Jewish culture to do so via their myriad programs and activities. Youth-oriented learning is also encouraged here. The Vilna Shul provides guided tours Wednesday through Friday, at 1p and 3p. Group tours are also available and can be booked via prior appointment.
As you sit in Copley Square, in the Back Bay area of Boston, you can't help noticing the incredible detail on the facade of this Episcopal church. Finished in 1877, Trinity Church's Romanesque structure designed by Henry H. Richardson is considered one of the finest examples of church architecture in the nation. This style, characterized by heavy arches, rough stone, a large tower and clay roof, later became known as Richardsonian Romanesque and was soon spread throughout the United States.