Quintessential New England living, a cosmopolitan culture amid picturesque waterways and lush urban forest
Bordered by the Charles River, Boston is a large, green, cosmopolitan city just a few miles west of Massachusetts Bay, and it is one of America’s oldest municipalities. Being one of the northeast’s most important ports, Boston has a historic legacy weaving gracefully through the modern city. Known for its prestigious universities, Boston is also celebrated for its rich cultural life, world-class museums, and ubiquitous parks. Boston Common, dating to 1634, is the nation’s oldest park and part of the Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre park system wrapping around the city. Impressive Greek Revival and Federal Style buildings are interspersed with high rises and innovative modern architectural styles in Boston’s downtown. The South End Historic District of Boston boasts the nation’s last Victorian-era neighborhood.
Despite its size, dynamism, and endless attractions, Boston remains gentle and relaxed. It is also known as America’s fittest city—Bostonians jog, bike, and walk throughout the city’s gorgeous parkways, riverside paths, and neighborhood parks. Thanks to the city’s varied, and acclaimed museums, theaters, and music venues, opportunities for entertainment and cultural exploration are endless.
Boston has a diverse cultural life encompassing opera and world music, Old Masters and contemporary art, historical sites, and cutting-edge science. Boston is known as a city of neighborhoods and life feels a little different in each of its delightful suburbs. Recognizable by its charming rows of brownstones, Back Bay is home to the upscale Newbury Street shopping district. European-style streets are found in the North End, and the revitalized South End retains Boston’s signature turn of the century charm. A runner’s mecca, Boston is a clean, picturesque city perfectly suited to urban sports. Locals love the seventeen miles of running paths along and around the Charles River, where you can catch athletes gearing up for the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon.
Boston is a foodie’s paradise and a shopper’s dream. Nestled in Boston central, Newbury Street has a huge range of independent boutique shops, craft food and drink, upscale high street stores, and award-winning restaurants. The French chefs at La Voile brasserie—an entire restaurant relocated from Cannes—create rich comfort foods and exquisite desserts with the flair of southern France, complemented by a stunning wine list.
The acclaimed Mistral Bistro provides upscale Provencal dining on the Atlantic Wharf. When you try the innovative sashimi in UNI's soft noir ambiance, select their signature ‘Uni Spoon.’ It is a divine morsel of sea urchin, yuzu, osetra caviar, and a quail egg yolk.
You will find edgy art and culture, boutique and high-street shopping, pop-ups and stylish restaurants, all in a waterfront district at Seaport, home to the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The prime, dry-aged steaks at Smith and Wollensky attract people from all over Boston to enjoy their sophisticated harborside steakhouse.
There is no end to what Boston offers for the mind, the body, and the whole family. You can enjoy sophisticated nights out at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, or attend a world music concert at Global Arts Live. Plays and shows run throughout the year in the thriving theater district. On rainy days, you can wander through one of the city’s many museums.
Boston’s vibrant annual festivals, sports events, and cultural celebrations include the Independence Day Harborfest, the Boston Arts Festival, the exciting Head Of The Charles Regatta, and free outdoor summer concerts. Wear a spiffy hat to the annual Party in the Park, and greet the new year when you attend First Night, Boston’s well-loved bash featuring live music, kids’ activities, and a parade. You can enjoy golf, tennis, basketball, swimming, and a wide range of sports in Boston’s 2,000 acres of public parks.
Boston Public Schools District serves the City of Boston with thirty high schools, eleven Middle Schools, and 31 Elementary Schools. There are six private high schools and eleven private elementary schools, many offer boarding. Boston is home to many highly ranked public and private schools.
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