As one of the most significant centers of history and culture on the north-eastern coast of the United States, the city of Boston draws numerous visitors every year. This city has a diverse range of attractions and entertainment available so everyone who arrives in Boston on a pleasure trip is bound to find something of interest.
A brief introduction to Boston
The area around the city of Boston was among the first to be settled by colonists from Europe, including seventeenth century arrivals from England. At this time, the religious minded nature of the English colonists meant that Boston was founded in the spirit of the puritanical way of life to which the people aspired. The location in the bay, with ready access to fresh water, helped the settlers to survive the first harsh years of struggle that it took to establish a community.
Later, towards the end of the eighteenth century, Boston would become closely connected with the struggle for American independence from the British. A wave of actions against English rule included the now famous incident of dumping a cargo of taxable tea into Boston harbor. Boston also became pivotal to the independence movement in military terms.
Boston’s theaters and music
With such a key position in the spirit and history of the United States, it is perhaps unsurprising that the cultural and educational profile of the city has remained prominent over the years. The theater, music, and dance scenes in Boston are lively whatever the season. Venues such as the Symphony Hall for classical music, the Citi Arts Center for modern dance, the Boston University Theater for drama, and specialist spots for various music forms, from jazz to ballet, have built solid national and international reputations.
Many Boston hotels are located close to the areas where the theater and music scene is at its liveliest, so access for visitors is easy, and it is possible to choose accommodations according to any special interests concerning entertainment.
Boston and the visual arts
It is not only performance arts that are well represented in Boston, as there is also a strong cultural presence from different movements in the visual arts. The Museum of Fine Arts, for example, puts on a varied combination of exhibits all year round, while the Institute of Contemporary Art and the MIT Museum also attract large numbers of visitors with programs of exhibitions and events. Many people come to the city just to find the Cheers bar from the television comedy of that name. Moreover, as might be expected, there is also a wide range of historic sites, museums, and cultural centers for visitors to explore.
Events and festivals
Boston is a busy city throughout the calendar, but it is worth checking the latest cultural program for specific details. Regular festivals and arts series frequently bring music and drama out of the custom-built venues and onto the streets and into the waterfront park. Summer in the park and in the arcade near the city hall can be particularly busy in this respect.
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