This world-famous baseball stadium has been a staple of the Boston entertainment scene since its opening in 1912. The diamond is flanked on its left side by the Green Monster, an iconic 37-foot (11.28-meter) field wall featuring a manually operated scoreboard. A unique piece of civic history, Fenway Park is one of the oldest Major League Baseball stadiums currently in use, and it proudly hosts the Boston Red Sox. With a seating capacity of over 37,000 spectators, the stadium ripples with excited energy on game days when steadfast local fans cheer proudly for the home team.
With a planetarium, an IMAX movie theater, and a two-story Van de Graaf generator capable of producing 2.5 million volts of electricity, the Museum of Science is truly impressive. Children love the interactive discovery center, live animal exhibit and the dinosaur exhibit with fossils and life-size models. These and the hundreds of other exhibits make this museum one of Boston's top attractions. This educational and entertaining museum is perfect for the whole family.
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".
An integral artery of downtown Boston, Freedom Trail is a winding path coursing through some of the most significant landmarks of the country. Dotted along the trail's course is a troupe of sites that have been the brewing grounds for iconic events like the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's Midnight Ride. Upheld by the Boston National Historic Park and the Freedom Trail Commission, it is dotted by a tracery of churches, graveyards and buildings commanding monumental significance. Some of the important sites studded on the trail are the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, USS Constitution, Copp's Hill Burial Ground and Paul Revere's House. The trail often commences from Boston Common, meandering up to the Bunker Hill Monument. Voyaging proudly through the city's expanse, the Freedom Trail tells stirring tales of the country's glorious past.
One of the most well-known incidents of the American Revolution was the Boston Tea Party, where shiploads of tea were thrown into the sea to protest against the British taxes. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum allows guests to relive this incident with costumed tour guides telling the story of the war with paintings, historic artifacts and even reenactments. Visitors can board the ships and dump tea crates into the sea. Each aspect of the historical event, as well as the aftermath, is covered in this museum, making it a must-stop for keen guests.
This century-old Italianate structure of bronze doors and grand marble staircases, Boston Public Library was the first free municipal library in the nation. The library's first building on Mason Street was a former schoolhouse, which opened in 1854. Having received an authorized decision, the library's then commissioners located a new building for the library on Boylston Street. Thus, the Copley Square location became home to the library in 1895. Expanding the Copley Square location in 1972, the McKim building was constructed. In this National Historic Landmark, you can find collections of maps and prints, rare books and manuscripts, and fine mural series. The Boston Public Library offers daily tours highlighting famed central library buildings and art works by some prolific artists from the bygone era.
The Brewster's Island is a three-acre expanse of land that is a Coast Guard navigational aid. Climb the 76 stairs and the two ladders to reach the top of the Boston Light on the island, which is the oldest running lighthouse in the country. Cruise out to this island for some adventure but make sure you don't take your pets along as they are not permitted here.
If history fascinates you, this tour may definitely be of your interest. Browse through newspapers and documents from the colonial era and hear engaging stories passed down from generation to generation. A descendant of settlers of colonial Boston, Ben L. Edwards conducts these entertaining and educational tours. This children's book author and a relative of Paul Revere has made these tours one of the most popular in Boston. You will get a chance to explore 14 sites like the Massachusetts State House and the Granary Burying Ground. So if informative and fun tours are what you are looking for, make sure you reserve your private family and group tours in advance.
Originally called the Charlestown Navy Yard, located in Boston, it is one of the oldest shipbuilding facilities in the United States Navy. Established in 1801, it stopped being on active service in 1974 and was transferred to the Boston National Historic Park. It houses a World War II era destroyer serving as museum ship. It currently also is in service to support the USS Constitution. The shipyard serves to provide interpretation to the art and history of naval shipbuilding.
Norwood Memorial Municipal Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tall square tower, also known as the belfry, holds 51 bell chimes, and is still in use. The chimes are played every summer in a series of concerts. The structure is a Late Gothic Revival building, and the stained-glass windows characterize local patriot Aaron Guild.
Nathaniel Rust Mansion, or the Rogers and Brown House is a historic house. Built in 1690 by Dr. Samuel Rogers, the 2 1/2 story Colonial style end-gable structure, has changed ownership many times over the years and accordingly, modifications have been made and new areas added. This makes the house a combination of various architectural styles. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
This is the house where the first telephone bell rang! The house of Charles Williams Jr, an electrical telegraph equipment manufacturer was used by Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson to set up the first telephone, they had connected his shop and his house. Certainly, a historical landmark, this property was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1989.