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Boston Attractions and Things to See

Boston, the capital and biggest city in the state of Massachusetts is also one of the oldest cities in the United States, and the biggest city in the region known as New England, which regards the city as the unofficial "capital of New England" for the outstanding cultural and economic impact it has on the region. The city, that sits on the Shawmut Peninsula, was founded by Puritan colonists from England in 1630, that grew into a very historical city that had many significant events happen during the late 18th century that would include the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and many other exciting and historical events. These include the Siege of Boston, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and historic sites that have helped make this city one of the most exciting and interesting in the area, with Fanueil Hall, that brings some 20 million visitors to the city every year, and home of numerous first including the first public school, at Boston Latin School, and the first subway system in the nation that was completed in 1897. It has grown into an international hub for higher education, as well as a center for medicine, with a local economy built on high technology more importantly in the field of biotechnology, research, finance, finance and engineering.

The city's fabulous history will keep visitors coming here busy for weeks, as it has grown by annexing reclaimed land by using landfill materials, with many historical and marvelous brick or stone buildings constructed using the Federal style, and many others splendid architectural styles as the years progressed. Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country that sits next to the Boston Public Garden, with both of them included in the Emerald Necklace, which were a string of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted that were created to encircle the city. Jamaica Pond, that is also part of the necklace, is the biggest freshwater body in the city, and another includes Franklin Park Zoo, the Esplanade that sits along the banks of the Charles River, outstanding parks and beaches by Castle Island and the Hatch Shell that is an outdoor venue next to the Charles River Esplanade.

The city's cultural scene is second to none, with their unique eastern New England accent that is known as Boston English and an amazing local cuisine scene that concentrates on the availability of fresh and delicious seafood, dairy products and salt. Irish Americans have been a part of the city's politics and religious institutions with a superb collection of neologisms known as Boston slang. There are many elaborate theaters located throughout the city that include the Citi Performing Arts Center, the Orpheum Theater, Boston Opera House, Cutler Majestic Theater, Colonial theater, and famous performing arts organizations that include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Lyric Opera Company, the Boston Ballet, the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival and OperaBoston. Their yearly events include the Boston Arts Festival, the Fourth of July, Boston Pops with fireworks on the banks of the Charles, Harborfest festivities, FirstNight and so much more.

The majority of historic sites that pertain to the American Revolution have been preserved as part of the fantastic Boston National Historical Park, the Freedom Trail, the Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Other fabulous sites include the Institute of Contemporary Art, the John F. Kennedy Library, Bull & Finch Pub that would become famous for the television show, Cheers, the Boston Athenaeum that is one of the oldest independent libraries in the nation, the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium and the Boston Children's Museum. It is a well known religious center, some of the finest sports teams in the United States that include the Boston Red Sox, one of the founding members of the American League in 1901, the Boston Bruins in hockey, the Boston Celtics in basketball, and the New England Patriots in football. The city also has teams in soccer, lacrosse, Australian rules football, softball and others.