Boston is one of the oldest cities in the America and rich with history, music and people. Boston has a world famous harbour with 34 islands in the bay. This means Boston’s harbour is protected from storm waves and has allowed the city’s port to become an important trading post. Boston’s early success and wealth led to it to be at the forefront of technology, innovation, development and education and Boston today has certainly got it’s forefathers to thank for its place in the world. Boston can lay claim to having the first public school in the U.S and the first library. There is much to see and do in Boston and you’ll find the people to be extremely welcoming, friendly and proudly knowledgeable about their hometown. The city is host to plenty of accommodation, Wimdu offers private and shared apartments and bed and breakfasts across the city, you will be spoilt for choice.
- The largest theft of art in U.S history occurred in Boston in 1990. 12 paintings collectively worth $100 million were stolen!
- Boston Latin School is the oldest school in the U.S – opened in 1635.
- There are 66 colleges and educational institutions in Boston.
- The 60 story tall John Hancock Tower contains 13 acres of glass!
- The first telephone call was made by Alexander Graham Bell in Boston in 1876. Boston Common was America’s first ever park – opened in 1634.
Finding the Right Accommodation for You
Boston is a walking city, so no matter where you decide to find accommodation you should be relatively close to all major tourist attractions. There are many great areas to Boston, Copley Square is a very central area, there is plenty of bars, restaurants and shopping streets nearby. Wimdu have a great selection of accommodation such as apartments and bed and breakfasts around this area, check out our map to see what is available. If you would prefer a more relaxed quiet area then try the Back Bay area. Here you will be away from the crowds but to close many historic sites and the Charles River, which has a gorgeous esplanade to walk. Bed and breakfasts in this area are plentiful and very reasonably priced. If you would like a more prestigious area then take a look at Waterfront, here you can find spacious private apartments with stunning views of the bay.
What to Do and See
Boston stands at the mouth of the Charles and Mystic River and the fine, natural harbour lends the city a certain character. The USS Constitution is moored in the bay and you are able to visit ‘Old Ironsides’ for an insight into the world’s oldest commissioned war craft and was used during the War of 1812 and American Civil War. It is known as ‘Ironsides’ because British cannon balls simply bounced off the ship’s hull, despite being made of wood! You can board the boat for a look around and the USS Constitution Museum goes into greater depth. There are 34 harbour islands in the Boston Bay, many of which are beautiful and worth visiting. If you would prefer a quieter residence check out wimdu's apartment rentals on the Boston Bay islands.
One such island that is worth exploring is George’s Island. This island used to be a confederate prisoner of war camp during the civil war and the camp has been preserved. It is now national park and attracts 10,000 visitors a year. The original fort is huge and took over 17 years to build and is a maze of dark tunnels and archways. Spectacle Island is a former landfill site and is now a beautiful island with stunning views of the Boston skyline. Ferry’s go to all the major islands and you’ll find getting around simple and straightforward.
Boston’s Historical Legacy
Boston is steeped in history. It is the birthplace of the America revolution, home to the world’s oldest marathon and is where the Boston Tea Party had its headquarters. It is home to the oldest restaurant in America, the Union Oyster House, a favourite of John F Kennedy’s. This restaurant is a trademark of New England and is famous for its lobster, clam chowder and, of course, oysters. The Bell in Hand Tavern, located close by is America’s oldest bar too! The Boston State House is the oldest surviving public building in the city and it was from the balcony of this building that the declaration of independence was read out.
Faneuil Hall at Quincy Market is a nice shopping area where there are local boutiques and large chain stores. The cobbles on the streets are the same cobbles that Boston’s forefathers walked on during the American revolution. If you’re looking for designer brands head for Newbury Street which is known as the fashion centre of Boston. The North End district of the city also has nice shops as well as good restaurants.
Boston Bike Tours
Bike tours around the city of Boston are popular with visitors. The city is quite small so it is possible to see the city sights quite quickly on bike. You’ll see the Boston Garden, a huge sports and concert arena famous for hosting matches by Boston’s hugely successful sports teams such as the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. You also see the Leonard P Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Boston’s answer to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco! The bridge is very famous and often appears on television and in films. You’ll more than likely visit Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and the oldest ball park in America. The pretty suburb of Beacon Hill is where Robert Frost used to live and the area provided a lot of inspiration for his poetry.
Boston Airport, called Logan International Airport, is located in the East Boston district, 3 miles northeast of the city centre. Boston won the award for being the ‘easiest airport to get to’ in 2007 and is well served by public transportation. The journey from the airport to Boston downtown takes approximately 30 minutes. Boston was the first city in the USA to have an underground metro system, opened in 1897. Today the ‘T’, named after the first subway tunnel Tremont Street, consists of 5 lines serving the major areas of Boston. As mentioned, Boston is a small city and you’ll be able to walk between all the major attractions on foot, so you should not worry too much when deciding upon the your rental apartment in Boston. A good bus system is available should you wish to get around quicker. Boston is within 4 hours of New York City and many people visiting the east coast enjoying spending time in both cities. Many people choose to base their accommodation in Boston allowing them to then leave their apartment in the day and discover wider parts of Massachusetts.