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Top 10 Boston Attractions

Boston is an exciting city that is rich in history and culture. Founded as a town in 1630 and then as a city in 1822, Boston fought for its independence and contributed to the birth of the United States. Old Boston history is still well represented by the red brick buildings and cobblestone sidewalks that line the streets. Today, magnificent steel skyscrapers and glass towers provide a picturesque view of the Boston skyline. Historical and modern buildings blend well together in Boston.

Millions of people visit Boston each year to enjoy its rich history, culture, famous restaurants, and attractions. Walk around the city and evidence of Boston history can be found everywhere. Several of the top attractions in Boston are described below.

1. The Freedom Trail

Discover 16 of the most significant landmarks in historical Boston by following the 2.5-mile brick walkway known as The Freedom Trail. Explore buildings and sites important to the American Revolution. Visitors will enjoy the walk into Boston history and see citizens in costumes posing as historical characters.

Tours Tours of The Freedom Trail

2. Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a cavalcade of stores, restaurants, gift shops, and street shows. This "hot spot" is experienced and enjoyed by tourists and residents alike. More than 18 million people visit Faneuil Hall every year for strolling, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

3. Fenway Park

Fenway Park is home of the Boston Red Sox. Built in 1912, Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Go see a Red Sox game or tour the park. See the 37-foot high "Green Monster" and experience a park where Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and David Ortiz have played.

Fenway Park

4. Boston Public Garden and Swan Boats

The Boston Public Garden consists of 24 acres of luscious green plants, bright-colored flowers, and striking nineteenth century trees. This botanical garden (designed in 1859) is the oldest public garden in the United States. The swan boats that glide along the surrounding lagoon are the heart of the Boston Public Garden. For people who admire beauty, a visit to the Boston Public Garden and a ride on a Swan Boat should not be missed.

5. Museum of Science

The Museum of Science has been an institution in Boston for more than 180 years. The museum consists of numerous natural history specimens that have been collected since about 1830. More than 1.5 people visit the museum every year and are attracted by its science artifacts, programs, and exhibits.

6. Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts, established in 1876, is one of the finest art museums in the world. The museum houses about 450,000 works of art. The artwork covers everything from ancient Egyptian art to modern art.

7. Samuel Adams Brewery

For beer lovers, a tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery should not be missed. Learn why this famous brewery was named after Boston patriot Samuel Adams, who fought for America's independence. Experience the beer-making process. Best of all, visitors can enjoy tasting first-rate Samuel Adams beers.

8. Old North Church

The Old North Church is a frequently visited historical site in Boston. Paul Revere worked as a bell ringer at the church. In 1875, the original lanterns of Paul Revere were lit in the steeple to warn the country that the British were coming. Soldiers, who fought during the Battle of Bunker Hill, are buried in a crypt below the floors of the church.

9. USS Constitution

The USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," was launched in 1797 and fought against British warships in numerous battles during the War of 1812. The ship was taken out of commission in 1855. The USS Constitution still remains afloat and is an active ship of the U.S. Navy. Guided tours are available.

10. Old State House

The Old State House, built in 1713, housed the colonial and state governments. Famous debates by John Adams, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams were held here. Significant events occurred in and around the Old State House, including the Boston Massacre in 1770 and a proclamation of the Declaration of Independence read to Boston citizens in 1776. Visitors can enjoy tours and exhibits at the Old State House.

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