Take a leisurely stroll through the oldest botanical garden in the United States and get a feel for Boston's charm and grace. 1877 marks the start of the Garden's fame for the Swan Boats that float along the pond when the weather warms; a necessary ride for the kid in all of us. The Swan Boats do not get all the attention, as the grounds truly are a sight to hold. Pack a picnic and sprawl across the lawn to enjoy the beauty of this inner city treasure. Year round, the beauty of Public Garden shines, and makes for excellent photo opportunities.
View works of art by Rembrandt, Dante, Degas, Raphael and Michelangelo as well as the many others that are on display from the personal collection of Ms. Gardner. Once her home, it is more like a mansion than a museum. The art inside reflects Ms. Gardner's personal passion for Italian and Dutch artwork, and set-up as galleries that surround a central courtyard. A gorgeous place to spend a day. The Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum is also host to classes and concerts that draw locals who have a passion for art and music. These events are scheduled and the schedule is updated often.
Board a WWII-style amphibious landing vehicle, and get ready for a thrilling ride that's sure to make a splash with the little ones. Children of all ages will love learning about Beantown from a knowledgeable "ConDUCKtor." The tour highlights some of the major historical sites of the city and then plunges into the Charles River for a unique view of Boston. Kids will especially enjoy quacking at passersby and may even get the chance to drive the DUCK while on the water. Be ready to laugh, and interact with those roaming the streets as the tours are known for being lively.
Beautiful Victorian homes, tantalizing restaurants, and peaceful parks outline this unique and artistic area. On the inside, visitors will quickly notice the diversity that defines the atmosphere. Residents of this area are culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse. A large portion of Boston's gay community lives here, as well as numerous writers, designers, and musicians. Streets are lined with independent shops, art galleries and eateries all inviting you in to explore the diversity offered at each. Night time finds diners looking to enjoy good food, meandering along the sidewalks, making their way to their favorite spots. A visit to this area will prove to be a truly enlightening experience.
The first public library in the United States, Boston's institution not only houses a wide variety of literary works (over 6 million), but also displays the creations of visual artists. Many works remain permanently in the library while others are part of a constantly changing exhibit of sculpture and paintings. Enjoy lunch in their restaurant or flip through your latest find in the cafe. In nice weather, go enjoy the peace and serenity of the newly restored courtyard. Rare books and manuscripts are also available at this awe inspiring facility. It is no wonder that their are tours given of this structure that highlight the the architectural detail.
Site of Boston's annual Fourth of July gala, the Esplanade runs along the southern bank of the Charles River, creating a delightful landscape of manicured lawns, gardens, and children's playgrounds. The city's impressive skyline provides a backdrop, and joggers, walkers, and cyclists flock to the park for scenery and exercise. Free concerts and a wide range of public festivals add further energy to this portion of the parks system known as Boston's "Emerald Necklace." You'll find locals running, biking and walking along the Esplanade as they enjoy this inner city green space. Sailboat lessons and rentals are offered as well as the chance to rent kayaks or canoes and enjoy the Charles while on the water.
Boston fans are crazy about baseball. Ask many and they will claim it as their religion, and offer Fenway as their place of worship. If a game is out of reach, or you want to get a good look inside this registered historical landmark, enjoy a tour. This in depth inside look at one of baseball's most beloved ballfields will have you places you only dreamed you'd see, as well as in the hardest seats to score for an actual game. But tickets are well worth a splurge as this small 100 year + park packs them in. Enjoy the quirks that you won't find in newer ballfields.
The MFA is one of the largest museums around. An entire day could be spent admiring the works, both ancient and modern, that live within these walls. Along with many amazing (and famous) paintings, the MFA offers visitors the chance to enjoy artifacts from around the world. Home to four dining venues, there is a choice for all tastes eliminating the need to exit throughout the day. The MFA hosts many unique events including lectures, music, films, art opportunities for kids, and even cocktail parties. The gift shops offer art inspired items that allows guests to reflect on their favorite parts of the museum.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the most respected orchestras in the world and Housed in one of the best designed (acoustically) music halls in the world, Boston Symphony Hall. Playing host to a variety of concerts throughout the year, including the Holiday Pops, The Boston Symphony Orchestra wows crowds. History has been made within these walls where songs like the popular "Sleigh Ride" have been composed. In 1946 Leroy Anderson composed this piece of music specifically for the Pops and it was performed first by the Boston Pops on May 4, 1948, before the words were added two years later. The stunning setting and talent of those playing the music on stage will put you in a trance as you journey with the BSO on a musical adventure.
Billed as one of the Northeast's top shopping destinations, the exclusive Prudential Center offers well over 75 retail establishments, including Barnes & Noble, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lacoste, Lord & Taylor, and Club Monaco. The mall also has a pleasant food court where shoppers can grab a quick bite between stores. And for those seeking a more relaxing dining experience various restaurants call the Prudential Center Home including Legal Seafood, and the Cheesecake Factory. Connected copley Place, the Sheraton and Mandarin Oriental you can cover a great deal of the Back Bay without leaving this enclosed space. For truly great views, the Prudential Tower's Skywalk Observatory offers an unparalleled perspective of the city and beyond.