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A Boston Vacation: Five Ways To Experience Beantown - Articles Surfing
A Boston vacation is a mesmerizing trip through the nation's past and a celebration of its future and center of learning. Here in one city you can experience the start of the revolutionary war, see a coral reef, take a bus on a river, and experience the campuses of MIT and Harvard - and all before dinner.
You'll find Boston vacations a refreshing mixture of historic and modern buildings. And what's even better is you can see it all - or most - by foot. That's right the ole soft shoe shuffle. You'll save time and see more by walking the streets of Boston.
But before you do that I highly recommend an orientation tour first.
THE FAMOUS DUCK TOUR
One of the best and most unique tours is the Duck Tour ride. This is a popular 80-minute tour for first-time Boston vacation visitors. But be warned, during the summer tours are usually sold out by lunchtime - so make reservations in advance. You can pick-up and buy tickets for the tour at two places: The Museum of Science, and The Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay.
THE FREEDOM TRAIL
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile easy-to-follow red brick line that links 16 historical sites together around the streets of Boston... and it's free. It starts from Boston Common and winds its way through Boston landmarks such as the State House, Boston Massacre Site, Paul Revere's House, USS Constitution, before ending up at the Bunker Hill monument in Charlestown.
The trail also takes you through Boston's famed North End, where you'll be sure to return during your Boston vacation to sample the superb Italian restaurants or stroll around this little corner of Italy.
THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM
As San Diego has its world famous zoo, then Boston has the New England Aquarium.
The centerpiece of the aquarium is the giant tank. The floors of the aquarium run around the tank and up four levels. At the top you get to peer down into a coral reef and listen as the staff explains about the tank and the fish that live in it.
Your ticket will include a visit to the Discovery next to the main building, where you can see and learn about sea lions during an amazing show. A few years ago the Aquarium opened an IMAX theater that shows a mixture of sea-related and general science films.
Beacon Hill is a popular walk for people on a Boston vacation. Here just off Boston Common you can stroll around Louisburg Square and admire the picturesque block of perfectly preserved residences.
This quiet and bewitching area is full of alleys and narrow red brick cobbled streets, where time has stood still for the last century. It's a sheer delight to walk. You'll find walled gardens and an authentic 19th century neighborhood feel. Even the original gas lights remain on streets lined with ancient elms.
While many tour buses and trolleys drive through Beacon Hill, the only real way of experiencing it, is by foot. So put on some comfy shoes, take out your camera and breathe in the scenery... its fine.
THE CENTER OF LEARNING
Boston has a strong tradition in universities. With MIT and Harvard perhaps the best known worldwide, but with other great colleges such as Tufts, BU, Boston College, and of course Northeastern.
MIT and Harvard are just a short train ride across the river. Take the Red Line to Harvard Square and hang-out in the Harvard campus and stroll the grounds, and if everything seems familiar to you, it probably is. Many movies - including Love Story - where filmed here.
And come back and visit at night when on a summer's evening street performers are everywhere and you don't have to pay a nickel for some of the best entertainment on your Boston vacation.
AND THERE'S MORE...
Other places to visit on your Boston vacation are THE J.F.K Library and Museum at Columbia Point in South Boston - and the Boston Harbor Islands, tours to the islands leave from Long Wharf and Rowes Wharf, both located near the aquarium.
Boston has tons of things to do and see, and I've really just started to scratch the surface for you. The rest is yours to discover and for more ideas check out my website at http://www.new-england-vacations-guide.com/
Copyright © 1995 - Photius Coutsoukis (All Rights Reserved).
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