Boston is one of the oldest cities of United States of America and is the largest city in Massachusetts. Boston is such a city of America where you can find an opportunity to visit museums, explore history and go to well-known bars. Are you going to visit Boston for the first time? If yes then you will definitely need a travel guide to this wonderful city. Here I have made a list of some wonderful attractions of Boston.
New England Aquarium
New England Aquarium is one of the most popular and prominent places in Boston. This aquarium was founded in 1969 and boasts of having more than 7000 fish, aquatic mammals including penguins. There is a centerpiece inside the aquarium which is a huge 200000 gallon Giant Ocean Tank. This tank houses a collection of sea animals like turtles, stingrays and sharks. Visitors can also get a chance to touch sea urchins and horseshoe crabs in tide pool. Other than sea animals, there are a lot more attractions to see in New England Aquarium like café and Simons IMAX Theater. This aquarium also offers whale-watching tours along with seal and walrus shows.
Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Garden, which is also known as Public Garden, is a large park that is situated in heart of Boston. This park is located along Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common. It is one of the oldest botanical garden. Best time to visit Boston Public Garden is winter when pond in this park is opened for ice skaters. During warmer seasons, pond in this park becomes a home of swans and it is a site of Swan Boats which is a major attraction in Boston. Tourists can sit on boat adorned with a swan on back side after paying a nominal amount.
Here in this park, you will find a large variety of native and introduced trees including weeping willows, American and European elms, dawn redwoods, ginkgo trees and California redwood. There are also some permanent plantings in this park including a wide range of roses and flowering shrubs.
Franklin Park Zoo
Franklin Park Zoo was founded in 1911. This huge metropolitan zoo covers an area of 72 acres. The zoo is located in northeast part of Franklin Park and offers to see a large collection of animals including leopards, hippos, gorillas and birds. Some of the attractions of this park include:
The Tropical Forest: A 3 acre building that shows natural environment of animals with fences, barriers, streams and free-flying birds. Here you will find pottos, hedgehog, bats, gorillas, hippos, vulture, crocodiles etc.
Giraffe Savannah: It is a large area having three Masai Giraffes.
The Children’s Zoo: An area that has ducks, Prairie dogs, Amur Leopards.
Other attractions are:
Boston Harbor Islands
If you want to hike, swim, camp out and explore ruins of an old fort, you should visit Boston Harbor Islands. The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area contains 34 islets that are spread in New England’s historic harbor. I will recommend you to enjoy ferry ride which is comfortable, relaxing and fun-filled. Here you will be provided with refreshments on board. Believe me, it would be really enjoyable.
Boston Public Library
This library was built in 1848 and was the first library having a children’s room. A visit to this library will be quite informative as you will find more than 650000 photographs, 100000 prints. You will also find 250 different newspapers in Newspaper Room. This library has been updated with modern facilities like internet, restaurant and on-line store providing reproductions of artwork.
Other Major Attractions:
- The Symphony Hall
- John Hancock Tower
- Sports Hall of Fame
- Gore Place
- Sam Adams Brewery
- Museum of Science
- Fenway Park
- The Freedom Trail
- Museum of Fine Arts