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Five Fun Facts About Boston

by Pamela Lawson
Apr 20, 2018 

1. The First Harbor and Park in America

The first boatful of new settlers came from Britain and Europe docking along the banks of Boston, MA; hence, the name New England. The first American lighthouse was built in Boston Harbor in 1716 and as with many of the country's firsts, Boston is also home to the oldest public park in the United States, catering to the bustling new world outside of the British empire.

Boston Commons is a stretch of sanctuary within the city of Boston which continues to serve residents and tourists. It dates as far back to 1634 and popular public figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Judy Garland have either made speeches or held concerts at the park.

Boston Harbor is shielded, in every sense of the word, by Massachusetts Bay and the open Atlantic Ocean. The harbor islands, in the meantime, is protected by the presence of Winthrop Peninsula, Deer Island, Nantasket Peninsula and Point Allerton. Boston Harbor Now is a coalition that works to preserve and protect the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, on top of running the Boston Harborwalk.

Boston Harbor Now
15 State St #1100, Boston, MA 02109
(617) 223-8667

Boston Common
139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111
(617) 635-4505
Recurring events happening around Boston Common includes the Shakespeare on the Common, Freedom Rally, Lighting of the Christmas Tree by Halifax, Frog Pond Skating Spectacular and Boston Lyric Opera's Outdoor Opera Series, as well as the elaborate fireworks display every New Year.

Just so you know, Boston is also home to the country’s first public beach, subway system, Thanksgiving celebration and...ahem, the first Dunkin’ Donuts outlet. 

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2. The Iconic Citgo Sign

660 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Nothing says you’re in Boston like seeing the Citgo sign in the backdrop. Some people would venture as far as to say that they’ve used the Citgo sign as a part of their navigational tool - we’re talking about pre-WAZE and pre-Google Map days.

The iconic sign, sitting in Kenmore Square, has been a part of the Boston city’s downtown area since the 1940s and although attempts had been made to have it removed in the past, it only induced a public effort to preserve it by declaring it an iconic landmark. The Red Sox and Boston Marathon events play regular tribute to the sign, as well as regulars who see the light-draped sign as a part of their beloved Kenmore Square. In fact, the seemingly-simple sign is also seen as an inspiration for artists, movie makers, writers and journalist and have given the iconic sign an honorable regard.

3. The Boston Cream Pie is the Official Dessert of Massachusetts NOW, we’re talking, I hear some of you say!

If you’ve been on a diet, it’s time to cast it aside because the Boston Cream Pie is about to take over your world. Or at least, your meal. The custard-filled and chocolate-layered cake or chocolate cream pie was conceived by Omni Parker House’s French chef, Auguste Francois Anezin, which is now more formally known as a part of the massive Omni Hotels & Resort group.

It’s been more than a century since the idea popped up in the culinary scene but its reputation as the launching pad for the official dessert of MA remains. Suffice to say, although the idea and recipe remain largely intact, you can’t stop an epicurean idea to like this in Boston from taking on another shape....or form. Have a go at sampling some of the city’s best cream pies at outlets like The Last Hurrah, Post 390, Flour Bakery and Cafe, Black Rose and Mike’s Pastry.

  • Omni Parker House
    60, School Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108
    (617) 227-8600
  • The Last Hurrah
    60 School St, Boston, MA 02108
    (617) 227-8600
  • Post 390
    406 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 399-0015
  • Flour Bakery & Cafe
    30 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115
    (857) 233-2255
  • The Black Rose
    160 State St, Boston, MA 02109
    (617) 742-2286
  • Mike's Pastry
    300 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1801
    (617) 742-3050

4. The Lone Golden Pine Cone

You might have let it escape your salient radar but the quaint little pine cone, as golden as it is, sitting on top of the State House of Boston, also sometimes known as the New State House, has been around since it was built in the 18th century. The pine cone signifies and reminds Bostonians of the city’s important lumbering and logging industry. It shaped, it molded and it helped Boston tide through countless economic hurdles of the past, as it did for the state of Maine, during the colonial era.

Standing stately along Beacon Hill in downtown Boston, it houses the Massachusetts General Court and the offices of the Governor of Massachusetts. It offers free hourly tours around the grounds every single day and you will be spending a few hours languidly admiring and appreciating the tremendous architectural beauty that’s whispering stories of the past from every wall in the building. There are informative brochures you can grab for a self-guided tour around the premises while learning from the impressive memorials and heartfelt dedications to the fallen military personnel of the country.

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133, USA
(617) 722-2000

5. Of Potions, Magic Spells and Witches

Boston has its fair share of notable nicknames which includes:-
  • The Hub (shortened by Oliver Wendell Holmes from The Hub of the Solar System, or The Hub of the Universe)
  • The Athens of America
  • The Cradle of Liberty
  • America's Walking City (walking is an effective and popular mode of mobility in Boston to this very day. Together with neighboring Cambridge, they form the two most walkable cities in the United States)
  • Beantown (in reference to the deliciously delectable Boston baked beans
  • The Olde Towne (because Boston IS one of the oldest cities in the United States).
To historians, Boston is also known for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. And if that sounds like you, visiting The Peabody Essex Museum along Essex Street in downtown Boston is a MUST.

Although the trials were similar to the ones happening in Europe around the same time, the Salem Witch Hunt was more popularized and known throughout the world. The Peabody Essex Museum holds more than 550 original and replicated documents relating to the crucial trials as well as a massive collection of Asian art; at the total count, it has more than 1.3 million pieces of artwork and is ranked amongst the top 20 art museums in the United States. Masterpieces of thought-provoking artists like Charles Osgood, Robert Salmon, Clifford Warren Ashley, James Bard and Michele Felice Corne are also found in its galleries.

Take your time going to restored historic mansions like the John Tucker Daland House, Plummer Hall (which was formerly the Salem Athenaeum), Derby-Beebe Summer House and Ropes Mansion, amongst the many others. The historic buildings will transport you to another era and shine some light on some of Boston’s most significant traditions.

Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-9500

Discovering Boston’s Little Hidden Secrets For Yourself

Walking tours are incredibly popular amongst tourists and so are their guided Heritage tours; the list includes the Women's Heritage Trail, Black Heritage Trail, Irish Heritage Trail, Walk the JFK Trail, Walk the Boston Sports Trail, Rose Kennedy Greenway Walking Tour and the Walk to the Sea tour. There's also a whole host of museums dedicated to the history and culture of the city run by the Commonwealth Museum, Boston Society of Architects Space, French Cultural Center, Historic New England, Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of African American History, etc.

And along the tours, you’ll also be discovering your own little nuggets of information about the city of Boston for yourself.

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