Public Garden and Boston Common
The two green spaces form a virtually unified space, separated only by Charles Street. They form the northern end of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, a long chain of city parks. The Public Garden was founded in 1837 by philanthropist Horace Gray and was the first botanical garden in the country. Its most popular attraction is the Swan Boats, which can be ridden on a large pond. The attraction has not stopped operating since 1877. Boston Common, opened in 1634, is the oldest city park in the United States. Every summer the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company holds free performances of Shakespeare’s works here.
The Middle East Entertainment Complex (The Middle East)
This institution tops the list of places to go in Boston for fans of evening entertainment. It can be safely called legendary. Since 1987 The Middle East has been the main rock scene and the most fashionable nightclub in the city. The complex includes 5 objects – club and concert venues Upstairs at The Middle East and Downstairs at The Middle East, popular restaurants ZuZu and Sonia, as well as bar-restaurant The Corner. In addition to musical performances, the latter hosts open-mic standup shows.
Boston Children’s Museum
Visitors to the city do not need to guess what to visit in Boston with children. For decades, the Boston Children’s Museum has been a leader in creating innovative exhibits and educational programs. In the 1960s, the world’s first “What’s Inside” interactive exhibit was organized here. Many of the exhibits have been replicated in other museums around the world. There are 16 permanent exhibits, as well as seasonal events. There’s a play area for toddlers under 3 years old and lots of awesome labs and art spaces for older visitors. And the square in front of the museum is home to one of the iconic exhibits, the Hood Milk Bottle, which stands 12 meters tall.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is named after the patroness and patroness of the arts who opened it in 1903. The exhibit is housed in a beautiful building modeled after the Venetian Palazzo Barbaro. One of the world’s most important collections includes masterpieces by European, Asian and American masters, from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and decorative arts. In 1990, 13 artifacts worth more than $500 million were stolen from the museum. It was the largest such heist in the country’s history. And it has yet to be solved. In place of the stolen canvases hang empty frames.