Set on one side of Copley Square, the Boston Public Library is more than an academic building, but a part of Boston’s identity. Built in 1895 by Charles Follen McKim, the library was styled based on the Renaissance Revival architecture and is a staple in Boston's ever-changing landscape. While not only an academic venue, the Library features murals by John Singer Sargent, Edwin Austin Abbey and more. In addition, visitors can look at the more than 1.7 million rare books in the Library, including Shakespeare's First Folio and countless materials on the Sacco and Vanzetti case. As you are leaving this iconic building, visit Bates Hall, the great reading room of the Boston Public Library, and afterwards be sure to check out Trinity Church, set on the other side of Copley Square!
Starting in the heart of Boston, and ending at the USS Constitution in Charlestown, the Freedom Trail is a small trail which will take you on a journey into America's past. Begin the trail in Boston Common, the oldest park in the United States, and then go onto visit the Massachusetts Statehouse and its iconic gold dome. Other famous sites on the Freedom Trail include King's Chapel and King's Chapel Burying Ground, where you can visit the graves of famous people such as William Dawes and John Winthrop. Continuing on the Freedom Trail, one can visit the Site of the Boston Massacre before visiting famous places such as Fanueil Hall and Paul Revere's House. After visiting Paul Revere's house, visitors get to go to the Old North Church where the famous "One if by land, and two is by sea" phrase was said related to Paul Revere's midnight ride. Finally, visit the Bunker Hill Monument and finish the Freedom Trail with a visit to the USS Constitution which defeated five British ships in the War of 1812.
If you're a baseball fan, or if you're just interested in the city of Boston, Fenway Park is the perfect place to visit. Open since 1912, Fenway Park has been the home of the Boston Red Sox for over one hundred years. Uniquely designed with the famous Green Monster, a 40-foot wall in left field, the Triangle, located in center field, and Pesky's Pole in right field, Fenway Park is one of America's most beloved ballparks. Be sure to catch a Red Sox game, and while you're at the ballgame, grab a Fenway frank, cheer with Red Sox Nation and sing along to Sweet Caroline after the 7th inning! You're sure to have a blast at Fenway!
If you're in a shopping mood, be sure to check out the Faneuil Place Marketplace, which contains the famous Quincy Market. Faneuil Hall Marketplace contains a mall within its North and South Markets, but its most famous attraction is Quincy Market. Check out Newbury Comics and its vast array of pop-culture themed items, or if you're in a hungry mood check out Steve's Greek Cuisine, for a a Greek meal, or McCormick and Schmick's for a bowl of New England clam chowder (and other great seafood)! Faneuil Hall Marketplace is also home to numerous street performers, each of whom are unique acts whom you've probably never seen before even if you are native Bostonian! Of course, while you are here be sure to visit Faneuil Hall, a historical meeting place considered to be the birthplace of the American Revolution and the Cradle of Liberty.
That is a must-see! Unlike its more famous sister museum, the Museum of Fine Arts (which is located on Huntington Avenue), the ICA is now situated in the Seaport District in the first new art museum built in Boston in over 100 years! Visitors are initially stunned by the sleek elegance of the outside, as more than half of the second floor of the ICA hangs out over the waterfront. Within the museum itself, you won't see "famous" artists such as Picasso, Dali, or Monet, but instead you'll be treated a world of art which you've probably never seen before! Featuring contemporary art and sculptures from new artists, the ICA offers a fresh perspective on the art world for everyone. In addition, the ICA has programs for all age groups as well as talks given by people prominent in the art world. Whether you are an art connoisseur or not, the ICA is exciting for all!