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Founded in 1630, Boston is known as theAthens of America, theHub of the Universe, andAmerica's Walking City. One of America's most historic cities, Boston retains an Old World aura, and preserves historic monuments from colonial times, the Revolution, and the abolition movement. Yet Boston is also thoroughly modern, home to numerous colleges and universities, top notch medical facilities, high-tech companies, and championship-winning sports franchises. We are proud to host our wedding celebration in this beautiful city and encourage our guests to avail themselves to all that Boston has to offer. So come early, stay late, and make a vacation of your visit to Boston.

Top Ten Things To Do in Boston

  1. Freedom Trail - While a tourist cliche, the Freedom Trail offers a great introduction and overview of Boston. The trail is marked by a red line on the sidewalks which connect sixteen historic sites in downtown Boston, the North End, and Charlestown. The tour allows the walker to see a great slice of Boston in addition to the sixteen official sites. Walking the trail is free, although some sites charge admission. The best sites are free of charge including the Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution and Museum, and Fanuiel Hall (make sure to head upstairs and talk with the Park Service interpreters). All the churches along the trail are worth the donation to see the interiors and the Old State House is a small, but excellent museum of Boston history which charges a small admission fee. The Paul Revere House is not worth the price of admission. Buck the trend and walk the Freedom Trail backwards starting at Bunker Hill and finishing at Boston Common.
  2. The Emerald Necklace - Boston is home to an excellent system of parks many designed by revered landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The Emerald Necklace is a chain of parks starting with the Boston Common, America's first public park. The adjacent Public Garden is a lovely place for a stroll or a ride on the swan boats. Look for the Japanese Lantern just next to the bridge on the lagoon. This is the site of Susan and Liam's engagement. The Emerald Necklace continues along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall to the Muddy River. Here is where Olmsted's work begins, although at this point the natural beauty is marred by highway overpasses and litter. The Emerald Necklace follows the Muddy River in a narrow band through the Back Bay Fens and the Riverway to Jamaica Pond, then along the Arborway to the Arnold Arboretum. The Arboretum is Harvard University's tree museum and a lovely place for a Sunday afternoon stroll. The Emerald Necklace ends in Franklin Park, home of the modest Franklin Park Zoo. Olmsted buffs will also wish to visit the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline. While not part of the Emerald Necklace, lovers of the outdoors will also enjoy the Esplanade and paths along the Charles River.
  3. Cemeteries - This may sound a bit morbid to modern ears, but in the nineteenth century Bostonians designed cemeteries for the living as well as the dead. Several Boston cemeteries continue this tradition to this day offering a place for a scenic stroll and home to sculpture. Boston's two best cemeteries to visit are the Forest Hills Cemetery (Susan's favorite place in Boston) which is adjacent to Franklin Park, and the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
  4. Art Museums - Art lovers will find happiness at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, both located in the Fenway neighborhood. The MFA is a traditional art museum with a strong collection of American paintings by Copley and Sargent, European impressionists, silverware made by Paul Revere, and Asian arts. The MFA offers special exhibitions four times a year which require preordering timed-entry tickets that also allow admission to the permanent collection on the same day. The eccentric Boston socialite Isabella Stewart Gardener's unique collection of art is exhibited in her former home, itself modeled after a Venetian palace. The Gardener is worth the price of admission to admire the gardens in the courtyard and to see art displayed exactly as Isabella arranged it. Feeling adventurous and tired of all this great art? Head to Dedham for the Museum of Bad Art. Metropolitan Boston is distinguished in having the world's only institution dedicated to collecting and preserving bad art.
  5. Copley Square - At the heart of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, Copley Square is home to Boston's finest works of architecture:
  6. Fenway Park - Many people consider this to be Boston's greatest work of architecture. The oldest and smallest ballpark in Major League Baseball, Fenway Park is home to the defending World Series Champion Red Sox (I love saying that). A game at Fenway on a summer night is the quintessential Boston experience. Tickets for games are extremely difficult to come by, but if you have a choice take the Bleacher seats over the Right Field Grandstand, the latter are at a bad angle with many seats behind support poles. Standing room only tickets are also a good value if you don't mind standing the entire game. If you get there early enough you can stand right behind home plate. If you can't see a game, try to take a tour of the stadium which allows you to sit in the Red Sox dugout and touch the Green Monster.
  7. Fun for Kids of All Ages - If you're traveling with children, or just young at heart you'll want to visit at least one of the following museums:
  8. Irish Pubs - One of the most Irish of American cities, Boston is home to many authentic Irish pubs (as well as many inauthentic and cheesy ones). The best not only serve Guinness on tap, but also have live entertainment ranging from Irish traditional music to punk, bluegrass, and jazz. Some of our favorite Boston-area pubs:

    For beer snobs only. These pubs do not have an Irish theme, but have some of the best beer on tap in Boston.

  9. Boston Music Scene - Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville are home to several music clubs where local bands play for low cover charges. One of the best places to hear live music is Club Passim in Harvard Square. This historic listening room dates back to the folk revival of the 1950's and has hosted Joan Baez, Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, and other illustrious folk musicians. The club is smoke and alchol free, and delicious vegetarian meals are available from the adjacent restaurant, Veggie Planet. Advance reservations are essential and are you can make them online. If you're unable to go to a club, keep your ears open in T stations and in Harvard Square where many of Boston's top musicians hone their skills while playing for tips.
  10. Get Out of Town - Boston is the heart of New England, a beautiful and diverse region worthy of further exploration. Here are three trips we reccomend:
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