One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is a cultural hub of history, art, food, innovation and architecture. Despite being the largest city in New England, Boston’s unmistakable charm is shown through its 23 close-knit and demographically diverse neighborhoods, as well as its charismatic passion for sports. Boston is a big city with a local feel – inviting people from all over the world to be a part of the excitement!
Get a Move on: The Boston Marathon
Come to Boston on the third Monday of April to witness (or participate in) the world’s oldest annual marathon! Inspired by the first marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston marathon has become one of the most watched athletic events in the country, attracting nearly half a million spectators each year. The event is always held on Patriots’ Day, meaning you’ll also be able to enjoy other fun activities, including Revolutionary War reenactments, a parade and, of course, a Red Sox game at Fenway Park!
A Day on the River: Kayak Tours
Walking tours are a popular tourist attraction in Boston, but what about viewing the city skyline from a more unique vantage point – Charles River! Try out a Skyline Tour with Charles River Canoe & Kayak, which begins and ends at Kendall Square. After learning some basic kayaking techniques, you’ll traverse the Charles River and listen to fascinating stories about some of Boston’s most recognized monuments. If you’re looking for something a little bit more romantic, you can take the same tour at sunset, making your adventure even more picturesque.
An Artsy Mystery: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
To truly understand Boston, you have to understand its artistic spirit. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a testament to its namesake, a leading American art collector, philanthropist and patron of the arts known for her style, zest for life and unconventional behavior in 19th century Boston. Modeled after the Renaissance palaces of Venice, the museum is home to an impressive collection of historic and contemporary art, as well as concerts, lectures and community programs. An air of mystery is added to your journey when you learn of the thirteen works of art that were stolen from the museum in 1990, including Rembrandt’s only known seascape.