Moving to Boston? As one of America’s oldest cities, Boston has a rich social and political history…and has become an economic and cultural hub of New England. Its location on the Massachusetts Bay made Boston a major shipping port in years past…today this waterfront city uses the bay for recreational purposes. Renowned for its world-class educational institutions, champion sports franchises, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history, Boston is a charming city loved by many.
There's no better way to experience Boston than by walking the neighborhood streets or hopping on the "T" (subway system). Residents and visitors alike enjoy walking the Freedom Trail – a 2.5 mile red brick trail that takes you to historic sites such as Paul Revere’s House, The State House, the Bunker Hill Monument, and 13 others. Another great place to spend time is at the Public Gardens (the first public botanical gardens in the United States), where you can take in a concert or ride the Swan Boat on the lake. Harvard Square, the area around the Harvard University campus, is a quaint neighborhood with restaurants, shops and museums. This area is a popular place to gather and watch one of the many spontaneous street performances. If you’re looking for world class theater, you can find Broadway productions, music, opera, dance and film at the Wang Theater. The Shubert Theatre, known as the Little Princess, is a smaller venue that hosts touring companies and local community arts organizations.
For a quick trip away from the city, take a ferry to one of the Boston Harbor Islands. Visit America’s first light station on Little Brewster Island, or Lovells Island famous as a spot of many shipwrecks. Another great spot in Boston is the urban marketplace or Faneuil Hall. A gift to the city by a wealthy merchant, this has been the scene of many historical events (e.g. the protest of the Sugar Act in 1764), and today is a popular place for restaurants, shops and entertainment. In Boston, enthusiasm for sports is vital to the city's character. One of the city’s most beloved landmarks is Fenway Park – home of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox. Other professional sports teams include the New England Patriots (NFL), Boston Celtics (NBA), and the city’s lacrosse team, the Boston Cannons.
Boston is home to more than 100 colleges and universities, and every fall hundreds of thousands of students move into the city to start a new school year. The collegiate environment offers a population of students that drives much of Boston’s economy, and brings great speakers, performances and resources to the city. Some of the city’s most famous education institutions include Harvard University, Northeastern University, Boston University, Simmons College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.