|Facts About Boston, Massachusetts|
|City Name||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Area||89.63 mi2 (232.1 km2)|
|Calling Code||00 1 617 X|
|Time Zone||EST (UTC-5) Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)|
|Currency||United States Dollar (USD)|
About Boston, Massachusetts:
Boston is the capital and largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and also the largest city in New England region of America. The 'Cradle of Liberty' is a city of venerable neighborhoods, of history intertwined with modernity, of New England literary icons referred as Boston Brahmins, and of American firsts—first public school, first library, first subway system, and first public park.
Fused with traditions and innovations, the 'City on the Hill' is the birthplace of American Revolution and the Boston Tea Party, home of the baked beans and the sacred cod, enclave of ethnically distinct immigrants, and home turf of Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and the Patriots.
Though they still adhere to blue laws, Bostonians – with their 'smaht' accent – are not inferior to New Yorkers in any way. In fact, the city is known as 'Athens of America' for its literary contributions and has earned a reputation as “the intellectual capital of the United States.”
Famous people like Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, Jack Levine, Leonard Nimoy, Edward Norton, Uma Thurman, and James Taylor took their first breath in Boston. Hollywood movies such as The Departed, Good Will Hunting, and Mystic River and TV series such as Fringe, Boston Legel, and Cheers were set in Boston.
The Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, John Hancock Tower (the tallest building in Boston), Museum of Science, Fenway Park, Boston Public Library, New England Aquarium, and several Harvard museums are popular places to visit in Boston.
Things to Do in Boston:
The Emerald Necklace, which includes city's largest green space Franklin Park Zoo, provides a fascinating array of recreational activities. Ride the famous Swan Boats in Boston Common or rent a boathouse near Jamaica Pond, and take a stroll along the leafy Charles River Esplanade. Moreover, the Charles River offers opportunities for swimming, sailing, rowing, sculling, and dragon-boating.
Watch a Red Sox Game at Bleacher Bar, visit observation deck at the Custom House for panoramic views of the city, take a sunset gondola ride on the Charles River, join a guided tour of Black Heritage Trail or Sam Adams Brewery, peek into outer space at Coit Observatory, loiter around at Copley Square or in Arnold Arboretum, enjoy a day out with kids at Castle Island, do some high-end shopping and gallery-hopping along Newbury Street, catch a summer concert at Hatch Shell, and go for biking and hiking in Blue Hills Reservation.
What Starbucks is to Seattle, Dunkin' Donuts is to Boston. Be it Back Bay or Beacon Hill, neighborhoods in Boston are famous for cobblestone streets, colonial-era architecture, and fine dining options, especially seafood and dairy products. Don't leave without eating New England clam chowder and lobsters at Union Oyster House – Boston's oldest restaurant. Faneuil Hall Marketplace has several eclectic restaurants, and in Haymarket, vendors sell fresh produce.
When to Visit Boston:
While the shoulder seasons of spring and fall are gloriously verdant, summers are temperate and full of activities. Winters in Boston, especially February, are brutal but ideal for snowball fights. Two major annual events are St. Patrick's Day Parade and the world's oldest annual marathon, Boston Marathon held on Patriots' Day. Other famous events in Boston are: Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Film Festival, Boston Arts Festival, Boston Book Festival, and Independent Film Festival Boston.
Last Updated On: April 19, 2016