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What to see, what to do in Boston: the essentials


Capital of the State of Massachusetts, Boston is a dynamic and charming coastal city, where it is pleasant to stroll to better understand its astonishing mixture of authenticity and modernity. Itineraries, activities and experiences… Our advice for your next trip to one of the...

Cradle of American democracy, the city located in the heart of New England is one of the oldest in the United States.

Quite different from the other metropolises of the new continent, Boston is a cosmopolitan and avant-garde destination, with the flair of a European city which has managed to preserve most of its historic buildings from the colonial era.

Its human dimension gives it the particularity of exploring it on foot, to better capture its warm atmosphere and unique architecture.

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Historical and cultural heritage in Boston

The USS Constitution Museum is part of Boston's historical heritage and can be discovered along the Freedom Trail.


Boston or the cradle of America

Boston's historical heritage can be discovered through the Freedom Trail, a red line that winds through the city and retraces its past.

This circuit, which sometimes takes the form of a line of paint on the sidewalks, sometimes that of bricks, passes through 16 sites linked to American independence, such as the Old State House and the Old North Church.

Classified as a National Historic District, Beacon Hill charms with its Victorian style, with its cottages, brick houses and gas streetlights.

Revolutionary history is also concentrated in several museums, such as the USS Constitution Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts (closed on Tuesdays) or the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (closed on Wednesdays), established in memory of the 35th President of the United States.

Founded in 1848, the oldest Boston Public Library in the country is an important cultural center that curious visitors are sure to discover.


Ivy League, the best universities in the world

The history of the city is intimately linked to that of the most famous university in the country, Harvard, flagship of the Ivy League.

Located in the suburbs of Cambridge, it was founded in the 17th century, making it the very first university in the United States.

Open to the public, visitors can visit its campus, its natural history museum and its ethnology and archeology museum.

Also nearby is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which specializes in science and technology.

There is no need to go very far then to pursue the anthology of the great universities with Brown in Providence and Dartmouth in Hanover, located only two hours away.


Gastronomy in Boston, seafood cuisine and multiple influences

The lobster roll is one of Boston's unmissable culinary specialties.


The culinary traditions of the region

A port city, Boston is renowned for its seafood and fish.

Seaport District, the lively port district, is dotted with addresses that offer oysters, lobster rolls and clam chowder, a traditional clam dish.

Another specialty, beans.

Nicknamed Bean Town, Boston is famous for its baked beans, a bean and tomato-based dish that is eaten in particular at Quincy Market.

Placed along the Freedom Trail, this historic building houses old halls, now become shops and street-food stalls.

Sweet lovers can taste a slice of Boston Cream Pie, a typical cream pie.


A legacy from elsewhere

A multicultural center, Boston is also famous for its Italian cuisine, shaped by a wave of immigrants who came at the end of the 19th century.

The North End district, which includes Little Italy, is very lively and we love getting lost there.

Chinatown is full of small addresses that offer Chinese specialties, including fresh noodles, dim sum and bubble tea.

More residential, Back Bay is home to Mediterranean restaurants and plenty of grills.

The South End district is famous for its warm atmosphere and its French wine bars.


Sport and nature in Boston

Central, the Common Park allows you to recharge your batteries between two visits.


Home of the Boston Red Sox and Celtics

Every year, the Boston Marathon, the oldest of the modern era, is held on the third Monday in April, and is a major international event.

With sport as an institution, Bostonians live to the rhythm of the baseball, basketball, hockey or American football seasons.

Fenway Park, historic stadium and home ground of the Red Sox, is famous for its friendly atmosphere, it is also the oldest Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium still in operation.

NBA games are played at TD Gardens, the impressive Celtics hall located in the West End, near the marina.


Green city, parks and bucolic walks

Boston is crossed by the Charles River, a coastal river which separates it from Cambridge, before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.

Its esplanade is taken over on sunny days by joggers, families picnicking or students.

The Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, which overlooks the waterfront, also offers pleasant walks.

To recharge your batteries, the Common Park, the oldest in the city, is particularly appreciated by Bostonians.

The natural heritage here can also be discovered by visiting Boston Harbor, 34 charming islands accessible by boat.

Rich in history, they are traversed along the hiking trails and offer superb shots and opportunities for adventure.


Boston and Surroundings

Cape cod.


Beyond the metropolis and its string of islands, the surroundings of Boston are also worth a visit.

An hour south, Plymouth is a coastal town famous for hosting the Mayflower in 1620. Now it traces colonial history with a replica ship, museums or a reproduction of a 17th-century English village.

Not far away, the Cape Cod peninsula and the neighboring islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are hemmed with wild beaches and dotted with typical New England fishing villages.

A little extra, from the bay, whales can be observed from mid-April to October, when they migrate towards the North Atlantic.


Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-01-24

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