Small town atmosphere; big city delights!
Every year, thousands of visitors from around the world flock to Boston, a world-class city brimming with urban and cultural pleasures, natural beauty, and many sites of Colonial and Revolutionary history they always seem to be just an arm's length away.
Start with the arts and entertainment: the city is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, which perform as Symphony Hall, known the world over for its magnificent acoustics. It is easy to find excellent art museums like Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston and Cambridge have several top colleges - Harvard and Boston universities, the Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and many more - which naturally surround themselves with visual and performing arts, bookstores, and dynamic youth culture.
Boston has been nicknamed "America's Walking City," and the pleasures of walking only begin with the Freedom Trail and the parks. The Charles River Esplanade is a grassy swath along the Charles River where people walk, jog, lounge, watch the university rowing teams practice on the river, and, on the Fourth of July, gaze upward at the fireworks that always close the annual concert by the Boston Pops at the Hatch bandshell. Walking also is the best way to visit Boston's North End, the traditional Italian neighborhood that is thick with awning-covered sidewalk cafes, Italian eateries, and street life that mimics the daily life of any relaxed Italian city. Other outdoor adventures in or near Boston include picnicking and swimming at the Boston Harbor Islands, a 17-island state park that is only 45 minutes by ferry from downtown.
source: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Fenway Area
Outside the Residence Campus gates, the neighborhood is a nice mix of cafes, colleges, museums, and the nationally renowned Longwood Medical research and teaching institutions. Historic Fenway Park baseball stadium is within cheering distance. Nearby, the Back Bay Fens, part of the Emerald Necklace park system, encompasses the elegant Rose Garden, Clemente Ball Field, and the community Victory Gardens.
Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Boston: America's College Town
The unofficial guide to the college bound and Boston Bound
City of Boston
The official website of the city of Boston