Published on April 24th, 2013 | by iDidGo Blog Team
Top 10 things to do in the Bean
After the recent events that took place in Boston we thought it was best to put together a top 10 list of things you should definitely do when visiting this incredible. Boston is rich with American history and the corner stone of education. The mixture of students, doctors and scientists blends well in a city that is considered to have “dirty water.”
The Freedom Trail
Journey back to Revolutionary Boston by exploring the Freedom Trail’s 16 locations. Deemed one of Boston’s best activities by AOL Travel and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, the trail starts at Boston Common, the country’s oldest public park. Stand on the site of the Boston Massacre and admire the steeple of the Old North Church from which two lanterns hung on the night of Paul Revere’s ride.
The Boston Red Sox play in historic Fenway Park, the oldest Major League ballpark still in use. Even if you only have 24 hours, “Time” magazine recommends taking in a game. Take a tour instead if you visit during the off-season or when the team is on the road.
The best way to see the city, according to the American Red Cross, is from aboard one of Boston Duck Tours’ amphibious, World War II-style vehicles. You’ll pass through Boston’s most noteworthy neighborhoods and landmarks before taking a splash into the Charles River.
Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art’s cantilevered building, completed in 2006, is one of Boston’s most recognizable structures according to AOL Travel, which ranks it — and its glass elevator — among the city’s top attractions. In addition to its visual art collection, the museum offers performances and special exhibitions.
New England Aquarium
Atop AOL Travel’s best Boston activities list is the New England Aquarium, which features penguins, sharks, sea turtles and jelly fish. Hold sea stars and hermit crabs in the touch tank or be dazzled by the 3D programming at the Simons IMAX Theatre, the largest screen in New England.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
AOL Travel and the American Red Cross deem the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum a must-see. View the 35th president’s ship model collection and outfits worn by first lady Jacquelin. You can also relive the 1960 presidential campaign and the space race Kennedy so fervently supported.
Faneuil Hall has served as a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. Funding was provided by a wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil, for the construction and local artisan to create the grasshopper weather vane that still perches on the building’s cupola. Inspirational speeches by Samuel Adams and other patriots were given at Faneuil Hall. These oratories became the footstool for America’s desire to obtain independence from the British.
Prudential Building’s Skywalk Observatory
The ultimate view of Boston, says the American Red Cross, is from the Skywalk Observatory on the 50 floor of the Prudential Building. For a fee, you’ll be treated to spectacular 360-degree views of the Greater Boston area.
Museum of Science
Not to be missed, according to the American Red Cross, is the Museum of Science, which offers live presentations and 700 exhibits on the natural and physical sciences and various technologies. The museum also has an IMAX theater and a planetarium.
Boston Public Garden
According to AOL Travel, a stroll through Boston’s Public Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the country, is perfect for visitors seeking relaxation. From mid-April to mid-September, partake in a tradition that dates to the 19th century by taking a ride on the lagoon on a swan boat.