One of the oldest cities in America, Boston was settled in 1630 by the Puritans and was the site of numerous key events of the American Revolution. Vinnie Van GO and the travel experts at The GO Group, believe no visit to Boston would be complete without paying homage to this history as well as some more contemporary pleasures.
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Fenway ParkHome of the beloved Boston Red Sox since 1912, Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Among the park’s iconic features is The Green Monster, a 37’2” wall in left field, designed to block external viewers and prevent easy home runs. It is also the inspiration for Wally The Green Monster, a giant Muppet-like creature, which serves as the Red Sox mascot.
The Boston Common & Public Garden
Two adjacent public parks, both with landmark status, the Boston Common and BostonPublic Garden are both located in downtown Boston, with the Common on the East side of Charles Street and the Garden on the west. The Common was created in 1634 as America’s first public park, a pastoral environ with walkways for cross-town travel. Some 200 years later, the second park was created. It was the first public botanical garden, a celebration of flowers and ornamental plants.
Faneuil Hall Market Place
Completed in 1742, the building has served as a market place and meeting hall ever since. Expanded and restored numerous times, the hall is now part of a larger festival market with indoor/outdoor shops, restaurants and street performers. Check the schedule for concerts and special events.
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has 450,000 works of art, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in America. Be sure to see the French impressionist and post-impressionists including pieces by Renoir, Degas, Monet, Van Gogh and more. The 18th-and 19th-century American art collection includes works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Gilbert Stuart as well as more contemporary work. Located at 465 Huntington Ave., the museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.
The Freedom Trail
Learn about the American Revolution where it all began. Boston’s Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile route that leads to 16 sites historically significant locations including the site of the Boston Massacre, Old North Church, Paul Revere’s home and the U.S.S. Constitution. Download a free map or audio tour or sign up for a group tour at www.Freedomtrail.org.