Boston Fun Facts:
- The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train passing under a car while driving under an airplane.
- You can tell the weather by looking at top of the old John Hancock building: “Solid blue, clear view,” “Flashing blue, clouds due,” “Solid red, rain ahead,” and “Flashing red, snow instead” (During the summer, flashing red means the Red Sox game is rained out).
- The CITGO sign in Kenmore Square used to contain five miles of neon tubing. In an effort to be more energy efficient, it now uses LED lighting.
- At 90 feet below the surface, the Ted Williams Tunnel is the deepest tunnel in North America.
- The 60 story John Hancock Tower contains 13 acres of glass.
- The Boston Children's Museum displays a giant milk bottle on the Wharf which could hold 58,620 gallons of milk.
- The largest art theft in U.S. history occurred in Boston on March 18, 1990, when 12 paintings collectively worth $100 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by two thieves posing as police officers.
- Boston was originally named Shawmut by the local Native Americans. It was founded on September 17, 1630 and named after Boston, England, a town in Lincolnshire from which several prominent colonists originated.
- Harvard was founded in 1636 and was the first college established in North America.
- James Michael Curley was the first Mayor of Boston to have an automobile. The plate number was "576" - the number of letters in "James Michael Curley." The Mayor's official car still uses the same plate numbers.
- Massachusetts first began to issue driver's licenses and registration plates in June 1903.
- In 1907, owner John I. Taylor named his baseball team the Red Sox. Before that, they had been called the Americans as well as the Pilgrims, the Somersets, the Puritans, or the Plymouth Rocks.
- Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is the oldest original Major League Baseball Park still in use.
- Before a landfill project, Logan International Airport was a land that used to be Boston Harbor.
- If you don't include college students, only about 600,000 people reside in Boston.
- Nearly 70% of housing units in Boston are occupied by renters rather than owners.
- Before a landfill project started in 1857, the Back Bay area of Boston was a 570 acre body of water.
- About 250,000 college students live in Boston.
- The Big Dig created about 80 miles of underground lanes in a 7.5-mile corridor.
- More than 18 million people visit Boston every year.
- March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the very first phone call in history from his Boston machine shop.
- Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.
- The first U.S. Postal zip code in Massachusetts is 01001 at Agawam
Boston Arts and Culture
Boston is a major center for arts and culture. Boston offers museums, the performing arts, and much more. Some of Boston's more notable museums include:
- The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
- The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
- The Museum of Fine Arts
- The Museum of Science
- The New England Aquarium
For patrons of the performing arts, Boston has many wonderful attractions. Some of the more notable ones include:
- The American Repertory Theatre in nearby Cambridge
- The Bank of America Pavilion, home to world-class acts of all musical genres every summer on Boston Harbor
- The Boston Ballet
- The Boston Chamber Music Society
- The Boston Children's Museum
- The Boston Lyric Opera
- The Boston Pops
- The Boston Symphony Orchestra
- The Colonial Theatre
- The Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
- The Wang Center for the Performing Arts
- The Handel & Haydn Society
- The Huntington Theatre Company
- The Shubert Theatre
- The Wilbur Theatre
The Boston area also plays host to numerous festivals every year, including First Night Boston, the Boston Arts Festival, the Boston Blues Festival, the Boston Wine Festival, Boston Harborfest, the Boston Pops 4th of July Concert and Fireworks, St. Patrick Day Parade, and much more.
Boston Sports and Leisure
No city in the United States is as crazy about their sports as Boston. Boston sports fans are legendary for their devotion to their teams.
The city has plenty to offer to fill every sports fan's appetite. It is home to the following major sports teams:
- Baseball - Boston Red Sox.
- Basketball - Boston Celtics.
- Football - New England Patriots.
- Hockey - Boston Bruins.
- Soccer - New England Revolution.
- Tennis - Boston Lobsters.
Boston is also home to the world famous Boston Marathon that is run from Hopkinton to Boston in April of every year.
If an individual's interest turns to outdoor activities, Boston has a lot to offer. Boston is only a couple of hour drive from many of the northeast's premier ski areas in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. In addition, wonderful beaches lie a short distance to the north of Boston (north shore) and the south of Boston (south shore). Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, all popular summer destinations, are an hour and a half south of Boston. Boston also offers the highest concentration of National Park sites in the country, with 12 located within 30 miles of downtown.
Boston "Must See" Attractions
Boston has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Boston's more notable and unique attractions include:
- Boston Duck Tours, a tour of Boston, water and land.
- The Boston Common, the country's oldest public park
- The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace (also known as Quincy Market)
- Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox
- The Freedom Trail, Boston's 2.5 mile walk through history.
- The Old North Church, Boston's oldest church building.
- The Paul Revere House
- Old and new state house
- USS Constitution
- Boston Duck Tours
- The North End
- Prudential Center
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace
- Newbury Street
- Top of the Hub
- Faneuil Hall
- Copley Square
- Boston Garden
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Blue Man Group
Six Flags New England
- Water Country
Boston hospitals are considered to be some of the best in the world:
-Boston Medical Center
-Franciscan Hospital for Children
-Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged
-Jewish Memorial Hospital and Rehabilitation Center
-Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
-Massachusetts General Hospital
-New England Baptist Hospital
-St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
-Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
-Tufts Medical Center
-VA Hospital Jamaica Plain—Veterans Health Administration
-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
-Boston Children's Hospital
-Brigham and Women's Hospital
-Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
-Joslin Diabetes Center
Some of the world's best Boston colleges and universities:
Amherst College | Babson College | Bentley University | Berklee College of Music | Boston College | Boston University | Brandeis University | Bridgewater State University | Emerson College | Emmanuel College | Endicott College | Hampshire College | Harvard University | Lesley University | Massachusetts College of Art and Design | Massachusetts Institute of technology MIT | Merrimack College | Mount Holyoke College | Mount Ida College | New England School of Law | Northeastern University | Regis College | School of the Museum of Fine Arts | Simmons College | Stonehill College | Suffolk University | Tufts University | University of Massachusetts Amherst UMASS | University of Massachusetts Dartmouth | Wellesley College | Wentworth Institute of Technology | Wheaton College | Wheelock College | Williams college
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