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Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA, founded in 1630 by the British and the site of famous events making up the American Revolution. Today, as the capital of the state of Massachusetts, Boston is famous for its educational institutions, commercial and financial headquarters and its iconic sporting teams. A diverse culinary scene, a host of festivals and many museums and historical attractions await the 12 million plus visitors that come to Boston each year. Easily accessible, the 4 hour train ride from New York’s central station is an affordable and picturesque journey.
One Perfect Day Upper East Side New York
There are perfect days and not-so-perfect days when traveling. Kerry Widdup went in search of classic New York dining and drinks venues for a perfect Upper East Side day.
Explore America’s oldest park at the beginning of ‘The Freedom Trail’, a path through downtown Boston unravelling 17 different historical attractions. Connecting to the Public Gardens, the two parks create an inner-city environmental escape perfect for relaxing and watching live performances. Experience a swan pond, frog ponds, fountains, walking trails, and beautiful flowers. Regardless of season this sanctuary is enjoyed by tourists and residents alike. Since 1640 it has operated as a public or ‘common’ space.
Just north of Boston lies the educational hub of Cambridge, named in honour of the University of Cambridge in England. The site of Harvard University, Harvard Square hosts an array of events all year round, ranging from Earth and Planetary Science exhibitions, to ‘Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas’. For the culinary connoisseurs, The Artbar in East Cambridge is a stylish combination of art and food, specialty wine and cocktails, and stunning views of the Boston skyline. Four Burgers in Central Square allows you to choose from 4 patties: beef, turkey, veggie or wild salmon, while the fries are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Shopping and dining combine in an exciting historical setting at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Over 100 shops, pushcarts and artisan stalls are found amongst the historic Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market buildings. Beneath the Qunicy Market glass canopies lie the most unique food offerings, while inside the biggest food hall in the New England region awaits you. Operating as a marketplace since 1742, there’s a constant stream of seasonal events and live performances to whet your appetite.
Home to the beloved Boston Redsox baseball team, this park is more than just a baseball ground. First opened in 1912, generations of sports lovers and Boston tourists have explored its ground or seen a baseball match being played in front of adoring fans. It’s a Boston icon, being the ground where the Redsox first played in 1912, beating the Highlanders. Seating capacity is limited, so if you’re unable to get a ticket for a baseball match a guided tour may be the next best option. See where Boston and baseball history has been made over the years and experience what makes Bostonians’ hearts beat.