Plimoth Plantation & Mayflower II Tour, bus
Plimoth Plantation & Mayflower II Tour, pilgrim life
Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Tour, bus

Boston, MA Area Vacation, Tourism, & Travel Information

Boston is the capital and largest city in the U.S. State of Massachusetts. It is the unofficial capital of the region known as New England. It is also one of the oldest and wealthiest cities in the United States, with an economy based on education, health care, finance, and high technology. Its nicknames include 'Beantown', 'The Hub' (shortened from Oliver Wendell Holmes's phrase The Hub of the Universe), and The Athens of America, due to its great influence on cultural, intellectual, and political matters.

Boston City Info:

  • Population (year 2000): 589,141
  • Elevation: 20 feet
  • County: Suffolk
  • Land area: 48.4 square miles
  • Number of TV Channels: 15

Boston  Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily high temperature — Jan: 28.1° F; July: 72.9° F
  • Average annual rainfall — 46.3 inches
  • Average annual snowfall — 42.2 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Boston:

  • Atlanta, GA — 1,087 miles
  • Charleston, SC — 985 miles
  • Chicago, IL — 985  miles
  • Memphis, TN — 1,365 miles
  • Miami, FL —  1,511 miles
  • Minneapolis, MN — 1,393 miles
  • New Orleans, LA — 1,531 miles
  • New York, NY — 215 miles
  • Philadelphia, PA — 311 miles
  • Raleigh, NC — 711 miles

Boston Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911; Police: 911; Fire: 911
  • Arbor, The (49 Robinwood Ave)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (330 Brookline Ave)
  • Boston Med Ctr Corp/Unive Hosp Campus (1 Boston Medical Center Place)
  • Brigham And Womans Hospital (75 Francis St)
  • Carney Hospital (2100 Dorchester Ave)
  • Children Hospital,The (300 Longwood Avenue)
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (44 Binney St)
  • Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller M H Center (85 East Newton Street)
  • Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center (25 Staniford Street)
  • Faulkner Hospital (1153 Center St)
  • Hebrew Rehabilitation Center For Aged (1200 Center Street)
  • Jewish Memorial Hospital (59 Townsend St)
  • Kindred Hospital — Boston (1515 Commonwealth Ave)
  • Massachusetts Eye And Ear Infirmary (243 Charles St)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (Fruit St)
  • New England Baptist Hospital (125 Parker Hill Avenue)
  • New England Medical Ctr Hospitals Inc (750 Washington Street)
  • Spaulding Rehab Hosp (125 Nashua St)

Boston Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Boston Common
  • Fenway Park
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • New England Aquarium
  • Boston Duck Tours
  • Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum
  • Public Garden
  • Prudential Center Sky Walk
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Cheers Beacon Hill
  • Museum of Science
  • Boston Lyric Opera New England
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • New England Aquarium Whale Watches
  • Frog Pond Skating Rink
  • New England Spring Flower Show
  • Boston Ballet
  • Beantown Trolley
  • Fleet Center/Boston Bruins Hockey
  • Chinatown
  • North End Market Tour
  • Swan Boats in Public Garden — South End
  • Esplanade
  • Jamaica Pond
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • Chowderfest — July
  • Longfellow Summer Festival
  • Prudential Center Christmas Tree Lighting
  • First Night Celebration
  • Codzilla Boston MA

Boston Major Shopping Areas:

  • Fanueil Hall Marketplace
  • Newbury Street
  • Beacon Hill
  • Back Bay
  • Downtown Crossing
  • Shops At Prudential Center — (617) 236-3100; 111 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02199
  • Copley Place:  100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
  • Mall at Chestnut Hill: 199 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
  • Wrentham Village Premium Outlets:  One Premium Outlets Boulevard,  Wrentham, MA 02093; (508) 384-0600

Boston Major Dining Areas:

  • Fanueil Hall Marketplace
  • North End
  • Newbury Street
  • Beacon Hill
  • Back Bay
  • Jamaica Plain
  • South End

Boston Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Freedom Trail
  • John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • Fanueil Hall
  • Old North Church
  • Paul Revere House
  • U.S.S. Constitution
  • New England Holocaust Museum
  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum: The Museum of Transportation
  • Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Trinity Church
  • Castle Island Historic Site
  • Beacon Hill

Boston Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Samuel Adams patriot, Boston
  • John Singleton Copley painter, Boston
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson philosopher, poet, Boston
  • Ann Smith Franklin printer, almanac publisher, Boston
  • Benjamin Franklin statesman, scientist, Boston
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. jurist, Boston
  • Winslow Homer painter, Boston
  • Percival Lowell astronomer, Boston
  • Robert Lowell poet, Boston
  • Cotton Mather clergyman, Boston
  • Leonard Nemoy actor, Boston
  • Albert Pike pioneer teacher, lawyer, Boston
  • Edgar Allan Poe writer, Boston
  • Paul Revere silversmith, Revolutionary War figure, Boston
  • Robert H. Rines inventor, Boston
  • Louis Henry Sullivan architect, Boston
  • Max Tishler inventor, Boston

Notable Moments in Boston History:

  • 1630 - In September 1630, Governor John Winthrop and the Massachusetts Bay Colony settlers traveled to the peninsula, known as Shawmut by the Algonquins, and founded Dorchester, the first part of the city of Boston.
  • 1632 - Boston made capital of Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1634 - Boston Common became the first public park in America.
  • 1704 - The first regularly issued American newspaper, The Boston News-Letter,
    published in Boston.
  • 1716 - America's first lighthouse, 'The Boston Light' was built in Boston Harbor.
  • 1773 - Boston Tea Party dumps tea into bay - Colonists at Faneuil Hall, in Boston, oppose taxes.
  • 1876 - The first telephone demonstrated by Alexander Graham Bell in Boston.
  • 1976 - Boston was the first city in America to celebrate New Year's Eve with a 'First Night' event

Interesting facts about Boston:

  • Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country.
  • The Boston transit system is the oldest in the nation, and fourth oldest in the world, with the stretch between Boylston and Park Streets beginning operation in 1897.
  • Boston was the site of the first free and public library, founded in 1854.
  • The telephone was invented in Boston by Alexander Graham Bell.
  • Boston is the sister city of Kyoto.

Boston  Population and Demographics:

  • Est. population: 589,281
  • Males: 283,588 (48.1%), Females: 305,553 (51.9%)
  • Median resident age: 31.1 years
  • Median household income: $39,629 (year 2000)
  • Median house value: $190,600 (year 2000)
  • Races in Boston:
  • White Non-Hispanic (49.5%)
  • Black (25.3%)
  • Hispanic (14.4%)
  • Other race (7.8%)
  • Two or more races (4.4%)
  • Chinese (3.3%)
  • Vietnamese (1.8%)
  • American Indian (0.9%)
  • Asian Indian (0.8%)
  • Other Asian (0.5%)
  • Ancestries:
  • Irish (15.8%)
  • Italian (8.3%)
  • West Indian (6.4%)
  • English (4.5%)
  • German (4.1%)
  • Subsaharan African (3.6%).

Boston Economy and Business:

  • Boston's colleges and universities have drawn high-tech industries to the city, including computer hardware and software companies like EMC Corporation (headquartered in Hopkinton) and Akamai (headquartered in nearby Cambridge), as well as biotechnology companies like Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Biogen Idec. Other important industries include financial services (especially mutual funds) and insurance.
  • Shoe and athletic apparel-maker Reebok is headquartered in nearby Canton. Raytheon has its global headquarters in nearby Waltham, while Novell also has its corporate headquarters there. Boston Scientific is located in Natick, and Gillette is headquartered in Boston.

Boston Colleges and Universities:

  • Boston University
  • Northeastern University
  • University Of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Suffolk University
  • Emerson College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Berklee College Of Music
  • Wentworth Institute Of Technology
  • Simmons College
  • Massachusetts College Of Art
  • Massachusetts College Of Pharmacy & Health Science
  • Emmanuel College
  • Fisher College 
  • Katharine Gibbs School
  • School Of The Museum Of Fine Arts
  • Wheelock College
  • New England School Of Law 
  • New England Conservatory Of Music
  • Bay State College
  • Boston Architectural Center

Boston Hispanic Community Media and Churches:

  • Spanish TV Channels:
  • 32 WTMU Telemundo
  • 27 WUNI Univision
  • 66 WUTF TeleFutura
  • Hispanic Churches
  • New Life Hispanic United Methodist Church:  Shurtleff St, Chelsea, MA 02150
  • Iglesia Bautista Hispana of Jamaica Plain:  10 Kingsboro Park, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Boston Duck Tours - Boston, MA
The duck tour was a great way to view boston with out walking. The guide was knowledable and the tour was very interesting. Well worth the money. My daughter was three at the time and she really enjoyed it.
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-- The Darling Family - Wynantskill
Boston Harbor Whale Watch Cruise
Some rough seas. We got to see humpback whales and also got a rare treat with some dolphins frolicking around the boat
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-- Koray Guleyupoglu - East Meadow, NY
Plimoth Plantation Tour
Not to be missed if you wish to see what life was really like for the first people to live successfully in the american colonies. Definitely drives home the fact that life for the pilgrims was not for the lazy or the faint of heart. See the plantation in the leaf peeping season to really get an attitude of gratitude going for the holidays. I guarantee you won't get the christmas blues after seeing this place! Definitely gives one a great new fondness for your refrigerator and stove. You'll never gripe about cleaning your appliances ever again. You might actually go home and mend something, just for the mundane peace of it .....
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-- Debbie Gardner - Uncasville, CT
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