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When the grand Boston Hotel opened in 1927, it claimed one of the city’s most coveted locations to this day – just 3 miles from Logan International Airport and across from America’s oldest public park, The Boston Common. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is close to many Boston attractions and ‘Things to do in Boston’ including; Boston Shopping on Newbury Street, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Theatre & Financial Districts, and many inspirational Boston Landmarks and Boston’s Historical Monuments.
Discover for yourself why the Grande Dame of Boston Hotels continues to host celebrities and dignitaries alike, including every President of the United States since it opened in 1927.
As a destination within a destination, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel has stood the test of time, seamlessly blending its rich, cultured past with modern comforts and nuances sure to make business travelers and leisure guests alike discover the best that Boston has to offer.
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Things to Do in Boston
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is the most-visited attraction at Harvard—for its historical collections, its temporary exhibitions, and its new permanent galleries. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is a member of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.
One of the museum’s most famous treasures is the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, the “Glass Flowers.” This unique collection of over 4,000 models—some 3,000 on display—was created by the glass artisans, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf. The commission began in 1886, continued for five decades, and represents more than 830 plant species.
Virtually all of the buildings in the Newbury area were built in the late 1800’s and the neighborhood utilized European design elements, including wide boulevards, grid patterns and parkways. Originally a residential neighborhood, it was prestigious and exclusive at its very inception.
According to museum director Edward W. Gordon, “By the 1880s and 1890s, it was the most desirable place to live in the city and was, in fact, eclipsing Beacon Hill. The houses were bigger and they had all the latest amenities – indoor plumbing and coal-burning furnaces.”
The coal furnaces may no longer remain, but the structure laid out in the 19th century lasts to this day and continues to influence the feel of the street. Cultural and retail uses have now surpassed the original residential design, providing the basis for its 20th and 21st century fame. The beginnings of Newbury Street as a retail and tourist destination are a little harder to pin down, although the street has clearly been a mecca for many decades. The street has taken on a life and meaning far beyond its architectural design. Known as the “Rodeo Drive of the East,” it serves as Boston’s representative of fashion and style, on par with the most exclusive districts of San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. The street is home to an eclectic mix of independent shops and high-end fashion and dining establishments. In some fields, the street reigns absolutely supreme.
The Boston Common, founded in 1634, is the oldest public park in America. Its forty-eight acres form a pentagon bounded by Tremont, Park, Beacon, Charles, and Boylston Streets. The Common attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year, both residents and visitors. A visitor information center for all of Boston is located on the Tremont Street side of the park. From Colonial times to the present day, the Common has been at the center stage of American history. It has witnessed executions, sermons, protests, and celebrations, and it has hosted famous visitors from Generals Washington and Lafayette to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II. In Colonial times, it served as a meeting place, pasture, and military training field. Bostonians in the nineteenth century added tree-lined malls and paths and, following the Civil War, monuments and fountains. The twentieth century saw victory gardens, troop entertainment, rallies for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, and the first papal mass in North America. Today, the Common is the scene of sports, protests, and events large and small. Yet for all its adaptation to modern life, the Common remains a green retreat remindful of its storied past.
The MIT Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting materials that serve as a resource for the study and interpretation of the intellectual, educational, and social history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its role in the development of modern science and technology. The Museum stands alone among university museums in its focus on the impact on society of the research, the teaching and the scientific innovations of its parent institution.
One of America’s top 10 buildings, the Trinity Church Boston has long been considered a masterpiece of American architecture. A hundred years ago, and again in the late 20th century, the American Association of Architects named Trinity Church Boston one of the most significant buildings in the country. At the time of its inception and dedication in the 1870s, it was a bold experiment in construction on marshland in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Heralded for its new face and feeling for ecclesiastical architecture in America, the building is a celebrated example of “Richardsonian Romanesque” design, named after its architect, H. H. Richardson. Trinity’s magnificent stained glass collection is one of the finest in the nation, with examples from most of the major American and European stained glass studios of the 19th century.
- One-hour tours of the church interior are offered Tuesday through Sunday by expert volunteers.
- Tickets for the tours may be purchased at our Welcome Center inside the entrance from Copley Square.
A quick online search will reveal countless walking tours in Boston… there is a walking tour for whatever your interests are… history, art, food, gardens, shopping and more. The City of Boston has recommendations for several walking tours to begin your search.
Boston Bikes is part of the city of Boston’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. Boston Bikes focuses on improvements in all six universal bike planning areas: Equity, Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation. Download bike maps and information about bike sharing.
If you are interested in high-quality bike rentals as well as guided tours on bikes for exploring the city to nimble road machines to rough-and-tumble mountain bikes, Urban Adventure Tour, Boston’s downtown bike shop, has something for everyone (tandems if you have two!).
While Boston has a wonderful mass transit system (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority), Upper Deck Tours is a great way to get around the city and enjoy a narrated guide from the second level. While other trolley tours bring you through the city – and into traffic – Upper Deck trolleys are custom built to allow you to see above the traffic to the true sites and history of Boston!
Boston Upper Deck Trolley Tours’ custom built luxury high-riding trolleys feature comfortable seating, a smooth ride, and great views of your Boston tour from elevated seating platforms – just some of the reasons TripAdvisor rates them 92% thumbs up!
The largest recreational open space in eastern Massachusetts, the Boston Harbor Islands are one of the northeast’s great destinations. Comprised of 34 islands and mainland parks, the park attracts over 1/2 million visitors annually and is an important ecological habitat for wildlife. Just minutes from downtown Boston and surrounding communities, the harbor islands offer magnificent views, remarkable history, and countless recreation opportunities. Whether you call Boston home, or are visiting for the first time, Boston Harbor Islands should be on your list.
Boston has so much to offer, whether you are looking for the best restaurant, the best music venue, or the best place for salsa dancing, be sure to see Boston like a resident. Boston magazine has spent over 40 years uncovering the city’s best-kept secrets, and at BestofBoston.com, are giving you the key to the vault. Whether you’re a newbie or a lifelong Bostonian, if you have a passion for discovering hidden gems and reveling in Boston’s greatest pleasures, then you’ve come to the right place. You can read the most recent results—plus four decades’ worth of winners.