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Top Boston Attractions: The Skywalk Observatory Ranks High on Boston Tourist Favorites List

7 Sep

High above the streets of Boston in the famed Back Bay Neighborhood, is a Boston Attraction that shows this city in a unique way. It’s the only Observatory in New England that offers full-circle panoramic views of Boston and beyond.

 

On a clear day, visitors can see up to 100 miles away to the beaches of Cape Cod to the south or the mountains of New Hampshire to the north. Visitors will also see the best Boston Attractions just below, including the historic Boston Common and Public Garden, the prestigious Harvard University, the winding Charles River, and countless Boston Landmarks that surround the Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory.

 

Open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. from March 11 through November 3 and from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. between November 4 and March 10, you’ll want to be aware of the occasions when the full 360-degree view won’t be available due to private functions or inclement weather. The Skywalk Observatory’s online calendar or a call from your Hotel’s Concierge can help determine what days may have some restrictions.

 

Because of the Skywalk Observatory’s stunning views, delightful cuisine, and fabulous city location close to the best Boston Hotels including Boston Park Plaza Hotel, the Observatory is a popular choice for social and corporate events and other celebrations.

 

Guests of the Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory will also discover engaging interactive exhibits that convey the distinct culture of Boston and its unique neighborhoods.

 

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The Dreams of Freedom Museum is the only Boston Attraction to provide an educational immigration experience. Included in the purchase of a ticket to the Skywalk Observatory, all visitors can enjoy the Dreams of Freedom Museum exhibits to discover the important role that immigration played in shaping this culturally diverse city that consists of 1 out of every 3 residents having been born abroad. In fact, the Boston population speaks more than 140 different languages.

 

Acoustiguide Opus Audio Tour handsets are available to visitors with 2 different versions: 1 for children and another for adults, and provide a personalized tour of Boston that details the city’s historic past and current sites.

 

The Skywalk Observatory also features a state-of-the-art movie theater that continually runs 2 short films: “Dreams of Freedom,” which provides a multimedia journey through time and “Wings Over Boston,” which gives viewers an up-close feel of the entire city.

 

The Prudential Center is located at 800 Boylston Street, less than 1.5 miles away and just minutes by walk or subway from Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers. Tickets to this popular Boston Attraction include the Audio Tour, Dreams of Freedom Museum and the multimedia theater. As of March 1, 2012, the rate for adults is $14,00, children in 6th grade and under is $9.00, and seniors ages 62 and older is $12.00. Active military personnel and Massachusetts teachers with the MTA card always receive free admission.

 

For those who care to spend more time enjoying the spectacular views, 2 floors above the Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory is Top of the Hub – a beautiful Boston Restaurant & Lounge that serves award-winning cuisine from brunch through dinner.

 

About Boston Park Plaza Hotel – A Boston Hotel

 

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is part of the rich history that defines Boston as one of the most beautiful cities in America and a top travel destination. This Boston Hotel is located in Back Bay, one of the most beautiful areas of the City – just yards from Boston Common, America’s oldest Public Park.

 

This Luxury Boston Hotel conveys class and elegance throughout its exceptional Concierge and Guest Services, 941 finely-appointed Guest Rooms and Guest Suites, premier Dining with 9 on-site Restaurants including Melting Pot and the Statler’s Lounge. Other Guest Services include a 24-hour Fitness Center, 24-hour Business Center, and 65,000-square-feet of exceptional Boston Meeting Space including the exquisite Boston Park Plaza Castle located across the street – one of Boston’s most recognized and renowned Landmarks used exclusively for Boston Social Functions.

 

Since opening in 1927, Boston Park Plaza Hotel is recognized as a member of the Historic Hotels of America and a preferred Boston Hotel.

 

From Boston Park Hotel’s ideal location, Business and Leisure Guests can easily access all that Boston has to offer including Funeuil Hall Marketplace, Boston’s Historic Landmarks, Boston Common, Boston’s Back Bay, world-renowned Newbury Street for Boston Shopping, Boston Attractions, and Boston Activities, and the Theatre and Financial Districts. Our Boston Hotel is located just 3 miles from Boston’sLogan International Airport.

 

 

View our current Boston Hotel Specials & Boston Vacation Packages or call toll free: 800.225.2008.

 

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers – A Historic Boston Hotel near Boston Trade Shows, Boston Events and Boston Activities. A Boston Hotel with world-class Guest Services. Reservations: 888.225.2008 For more information please visit:- http://www.bostonparkplaza.com/

 

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A Boston Landmark to Revere: The Paul Revere House

7 Sep

Originally built in 1680, the Paul Revere House is a 3-story colonial home at 19 North Square in Boston, Massachusetts in the city’s North End. As a National Historic Landmark, the house is operated as a nonprofit Boston Landmark and Museum by the Paul Revere Memorial Association, and welcomes more than 250,000 people each year.

What attracts so many visitors to the Paul Revere House?

The fascination, in part, is due to the house itself and its architecture, which, though typical of the time, is the only surviving public or commercial building of its style. Considered post-medieval in the era between 1620 and 1710, the Paul Revere House is crafted with unpainted post and beam construction. Gables and the overhanging 1st floor have decorative brackets and pendant ornaments. The casement windows have diamond panes and the doors expose decorative nail patterns.

Although it has undergone extensive restoration, the Paul Revere House retains its original framework. It was initially built as a 1-room plan with an end chimney that was 2-1/2 stories tall and the structure was placed on the Increase Mather Parsonage site.

When Paul Revere moved in almost a century later and resided there from 1770 to 1800, the Paul Revere House had likely been enlarged to 3 full stories. On April 18, 1775, when Revere embarked on his famous ride, the main portion of the house fronted the North Square, which was full of British soldiers, making his exit by the front door too dangerous.

Although the architecture and the attention to detail it took by architect Joseph Everett Chandler to restore and preserve the Paul Revere House as an example of a 17th-century urban house in 1908 adds to it being a treasured Boston Landmark, it was Revere himself who makes the house so noteworthy.

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Prior to his brave “Midnight Ride,” Revere was employed by the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the Massachusetts Committee of Safety as an express rider to carry news, messages, and copies of resolutions as far away as Philadelphia and New York.

Joseph Warren called upon the prosperous and prominent Boston silversmith to warn the Massachusetts Provincial Congress in Concord that there was likely to be troop movement by the British.

Under shadow, Revere slipped out of the Paul Revere House and met up with Robert Newman who he enlisted to send a signal to alert colonists in Charlestown by a lantern –“one if by land” – if the troops used the land route, or 2 lanterns – “2 if by sea” – if they used the Charles River. Revere then crossed the River by rowboat, landed safely in Charlestown and rode to Lexington, warning patriots along the route, many of whom set out on horseback to carry the warnings on.

The ride successfully allowed the militia to repel the British troops in Concord all the way back to Boston.

After the war, Revere remained in the Paul Revere House until 1800, after which years of hard use took their toll earning the house a description as “a quaint, dilapidated wooden house with queer chimneys and overhanging upper story…This is the oldest building in Boston gradually sinking into utter ruin.”

But it’s in near ruin no more. Carefully tended and restored, today the Paul Revere House is a revered part of American history and among the most treasured of Boston Landmarks.

About Boston Park Plaza Hotel – A Boston Hotel

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is part of the rich history that defines Boston as one of the most beautiful cities in America and a top travel destination. This Boston Hotel is located in Back Bay, one of the most beautiful areas of the City – just yards from Boston Common, America’s oldest Public Park.

This Luxury Boston Hotel conveys class and elegance throughout its exceptional Concierge and Guest Services, 941 finely-appointed Guest Rooms and Guest Suites, premier Dining with 9 on-site Restaurants including Melting Pot and the Statler’s Lounge. Other Guest Services include a 24-hour Fitness Center, 24-hour Business Center, and 65,000-square-feet of exceptional Boston Meeting Space including the exquisite Boston Park Plaza Castle located across the street – one of Boston’s most recognized and renowned Landmarks used exclusively for Boston Social Functions.

Since opening in 1927, Boston Park Plaza Hotel is recognized as a member of the Historic Hotels of America and a preferred Boston Hotel.

From Boston Park Hotel’s ideal location, Business and Leisure Guests can easily access all that Boston has to offer including Funeuil Hall Marketplace, Boston’s Historic Landmarks, Boston Common, Boston’s Back Bay, world-renowned Newbury Street for Boston Shopping, Boston Attractions, and Boston Activities, and the Theatre and Financial Districts. Our Boston Hotel is located just 3 miles from Boston’sLogan International Airport.

View our current Boston Hotel Specials & Boston Vacation Packages or call toll free: 800.225.2008.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers – A Historic Boston Hotel near Boston Trade Shows, Boston Events and Boston Activities. A Boston Hotel with world-class Guest Services. Reservations: 888.225.2008 For more information please visit: – http://www.bostonparkplaza.com

 

Things to do in Boston: Best Museums

7 Sep

The Most Popular Boston Museums You Should Include in Your Trip

A trip to Boston will take you to one of the oldest cities in the US, a place breathing history through all its pores, and the biggest city located in New England. Among the most important Boston attractions that you should not miss, you will find a large variety of museums, from the Museum of Fine Arts to the Museum of Science. The best part is that Boston museums have something to offer for everyone, regardless of age or preferences. Here are some of the most loved and popular museums in Boston that you should include in your journey to the historical city.

Museum of Science

Undoubtedly among the most popular Boston attractions, Museum of Science should be included in your trip, especially if you are traveling with older children. The museum features no less than 500 interactive exhibits, and live presentations are shown on a daily basis. Children are allowed to touch some of the animals exhibited here, they can learn about how lighting is created, and many other fun facts about science and nature.

Museum of Fine Arts

If you are taking a tour of Boston museums, you are not allowed to skip the Museum of Fine Arts. With 450,000 art exhibits and over one million visitors yearly, this is one of the most appreciated museums across all US.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library

Among the Boston attractions you should not miss, you will also find the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library. Overlooking the fascinating Boston skyline, the museum allows you to roam the place to your heart’s content, no matter if you are interested to learn more about the Cuban Missile Crisis, or about Jacqueline and other prominent family members.

Isabella Stewart Garden Museum

When you step foot in this museum, you will certainly be impressed with the architecture of the building housing it, as the place was erected as a Venetian palace. The exhibits, however, will be the ones to take your breath away, in a location that combines nature and art in an original, unique way. Here is a fun fact, as well: if you happen to be named Isabella, you will not have to pay an admission fee.

U.S.S. Constitution Museum

A tour of Boston attractions would be incomplete without a visit to the U.S.S. Constitution Museum. Here you will learn about why the Old Ironsides remained undefeated in battle through interactive presentations, as well as about the lives of the sailors that served the ship. A great aspect of visiting this Boston museum is that guides are active duty sailors that can give you any information you want not only about this historical ship, but about ships in general, as well.

Boston Fire Museum

Among Boston museums, this one also has a very practical purpose. Besides exhibiting fire fighting memorabilia, the museum is also dedicated to teaching visitors about fire safety. The museum is housed by an old firehouse, and part of the funds received are invested in preserving and restoring the historic landmark.

Nichols House Museum

If you want to learn more about how Bostonians used to live one century ago, there is no better place to visit than the Nichols House Museum. Located in Beacon Hill, a famous Boston neighborhood, the museum will show you all you want to need about how a typical family used to live at the end of the 19th century.

About Boston Park Plaza Hotel – A Boston Back Bay Hotel:

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is part of the rich history that defines Boston as one of the most beautiful cities in America and a top travel destination. This Boston Hotel is located in Back Bay, one of the most beautiful areas of the City – just yards from Boston Common, America’s oldest Public Park.

This Luxury Boston Hotel conveys class and elegance throughout its exceptional Concierge and Guest Services, 941 finely-appointed Guest Rooms and Guest Suites, premier Dining with 9 on-site Restaurants including Melting Pot and the Statler’s Lounge. Other Guest Services include a 24-hour Fitness Center, 24-hour Business Center, and 65,000-square-feet of exceptional Boston Meeting Space including the exquisite Boston Park Plaza Castle located across the street – one of Boston’s most recognized and renowned Landmarks used exclusively for Boston Social Functions.

Since opening in 1927, Boston Park Plaza Hotel is recognized as a member of the Historic Hotels of America and a preferred Boston Hotel.

From Boston Park Hotel’s ideal location, Business and Leisure Guests can easily access all that Boston has to offer including Funeuil Hall Marketplace, Boston’s Historic Landmarks, Boston Common, Boston’s Back Bay, world-renowned Newbury Street for Boston Shopping, Boston Attractions, and Boston Activities, and the Theatre and Financial Districts. Our Boston Hotel is located just 3 miles from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

View our current Boston Hotel Specials & Boston Vacation Packages or call toll free: 800.225.2008.

 

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers – A Historic Boston Hotel near Boston Trade Shows, Boston Events and Boston Activities. A Boston Hotel with world-class Guest Services. Reservations: 888.225.2008 For more information please visit:- http://www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Boston Public Garden is one of the most famous – and free – Boston Attractions

23 Jun

The Boston Public Garden is often referred to as one in the same as Boston Common. But they are actually 2 distinctly different areas – and like Boston Common, Boston Public Garden deserves its own story to be told.

 

The Boston Public Garden, or simply Public Garden, holds the distinction of being America’s oldest botanical garden, having been established in 1837 by philanthropist Horace Gray. Gray was a Boston-born and raised American jurist who eventually served on the U.S. Supreme Court and helped temper political resistance to attempts made to sell the land before settling the issue by devoting it as a Public Garden in 1856.

 

In 1860, architect George Meacham was commissioned to plan the park. Meacham presented a plan that clearly included intricate floral patterns in the many Gardens many beds. His vision for the style of the park was decidedly Victorian and Meacham won $100 as a prize for the public design competition for the Garden.

 

In the early days, critics found the showy annuals and greenhouse-grown plants in blazes of color to be too unnatural and garish for being within the bounds of good taste.

 

However, for the most part, the Victorian traditions are maintained today, and the Garden is one of the greatest of Boston’s Attractions.

 

In 1859, the lake was completed and the perimeter wrought iron fence was erected in 1862. Spanning 24 acres, the land that was once a salt marsh was completely transformed with paths and flowerbeds, fountains and statues.

 

The 1st statue was installed of Edward Everett by William Wetmore Story in 1867, and that same year the signature suspension bridge was erected over the middle of the lake. It’s been described as the world’s smallest suspension bridge and was designed to cross the lake at its narrowest point.

 

A bronze statue of George Washington by Thomas Ball dominates the west side of the park and was dedicated in 1869. Washington is depicted in a triumphant pose as liberator, looking over a scene that, years earlier when the living Washington stood with his cannons at Dorchester Heights, would have included an immense stretch of blue water, but that has since filled in to be what is Boston’s Back Bay.

 

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Today, the Public Garden has the finest formal plantings in central Boston. The flowerbeds along the main walkways are replanted biannually for spring and summer. Permanent flower plantings include roses, bulbs, and flowering shrubs. All together, the plantings are supplied by 14 greenhouses the city operates through Boston Parks & Recreation Department for this specific purpose.

 

The lake has been famous since 1877 for its Swan Boats, which are powered by foot by a captain. The boats were inspired by the German opera, “Lohengrin,” in which a knight of the Grail crosses a river in a boast pulled by a swan.

 

Real ducks and swans flock to the irregular shaped lake, which is intended to appear from any perspective along its banks as much larger than it is, which is nearly 4 acres.

 

When visiting Boston, be sure to stroll the Boston Public Garden for yourself and admire the many monuments and fountains, the bright and unusual collection of plants, the lake, and of course the ever-relaxing Swan Boat rides amidst the swans themselves.

 

About Boston Park Plaza Hotel – A Boston Back Bay Hotel

 

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is part of the rich history that defines Boston as one of the most beautiful cities in America and a top travel destination. This Boston Hotel is located in Back Bay, one of the most beautiful areas of the City – just yards from Boston Common, America’s oldest Public Park.

 

This Luxury Boston Hotel conveys class and elegance throughout its exceptional Concierge and Guest Services, 941 finely-appointed Guest Rooms and Guest Suites, premier Dining with 9 on-site Restaurants including Melting Pot and the Statler’s Lounge. Other Guest Services include a 24-hour Fitness Center, 24-hour Business Center, and 65,000-square-feet of exceptional Boston Meeting Space including the exquisite Boston Park Plaza Castle located across the street – one of Boston’s most recognized and renowned Landmarks used exclusively for Boston Social Functions.

 

Since opening in 1927, Boston Park Plaza Hotel is recognized as a member of the Historic Hotels of America and a preferred Boston Hotel.

 

From Boston Park Hotel’s ideal location, Business and Leisure Guests can easily access all that Boston has to offer including Funeuil Hall Marketplace, Boston’s Historic Landmarks, Boston Common, Boston’s Back Bay, world-renowned Newbury Street for Boston Shopping, Boston Attractions, and Boston Activities, and the Theatre and Financial Districts. Our Boston Hotel is located just 3 miles from Boston’sLogan International Airport.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers – A Historic Boston Hotel near Boston Trade Shows, Boston Events and Boston Activities. A Boston Hotel with world-class Guest Services. Reservations: 888.225.2008 For more information please visit:- http://www.bostonparkplaza.com/

The Boston Museum of Science is a Shining Star in the Collection of Boston Museums

23 Jun

In Science Park in Boston, Mass., is the Museum of Science with more than 400 interactive exhibits just waiting to be explored. This popular destination for locals and visitors alike is wonderful for singles, couples, family, friends, and anyone with a curious mind.

 

And you don’t have to be a science geek to appreciate the selection of permanent and traveling exhibits. Learning at the Museum of Science has as fun and engaging as we only wish it had been at school. From natural history, technology and astronomy to the oceans, skies, and wildlife, the Museum of Science offers something for everyone.

 

And while you’re busy learning whether you intend to or not, the Museum of Science is committed to playing a leading role in transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology.

 

The Museum includes and IMAX theater, 3-D Digital Cinema, Planetarium, Live Presentations, and a Simulator Experience. Of course, the Museum of Science didn’t always have such elaborate Features and Exhibits.

 

In 1860, 6 men interested in natural history established the Boston Society of Natural History through which they could pursue their common scientific interests. The organization collected and studied natural history specimens and displayed these collections in a variety of temporary locations until 1864, when it opened the New England Museum of Natural History in Boston’s Back Bay.

 

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The New England Museum of Natural History is today known worldwide as the Museum of Science.

 

After World War II, the Society sold the building, changed the name to the Boston Museum of Science (although, eventually Boston was dropped from the official name), and signed a 99-year lease with the Metropolitan District Commission for the land that is now known as Science Park.

 

In 1948, the Museum erected the 1st traveling planetarium to promote the development of a new building. In 1951, the 1st wing of the new Museum of Science building was officially opened, comprising 1,400-square-feet of exhibit space and becoming the first Museum to embrace all sciences under one roof.

 

During the next 2 decades, the Museum of Science greatly expanded and the Charles Hayden Planetarium opened in 1958. By the early 1970s, the Museum’s West Wing was completed and the Theater of Electricity – a 2-story tall, high-voltage electricity generator – opened in 1980.

 

In 1999, the Museum incorporated The Computer Museum; in 2001, it opened its Gordon Current Science & Technology Center; and in 2004, the Museum of Science launched the National Center for Technological Literacy.

 

With the continual growth and expansion of the Museum of Science to include more innovative and interactive Exhibits, state-of-the-art film technology Shows, live Presentations and to facilitate an appreciation for science and technology to visitors worldwide, Museum of Science is sure to be a Boston Attraction you want to return to again and again.

 

 

About Boston Park Plaza Hotel – A Boston Back Bay Hotel

 

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is part of the rich history that defines Boston as one of the most beautiful cities in America and a top travel destination. This Boston Hotel is located in Back Bay, one of the most beautiful areas of the City – just yards from Boston Common, America’s oldest Public Park.

 

This Luxury Boston Hotel conveys class and elegance throughout its exceptional Concierge and Guest Services, 941 finely-appointed Guest Rooms and Guest Suites, premier Dining with 9 on-site Restaurants including Melting Pot and the Statler’s Lounge. Other Guest Services include a 24-hour Fitness Center, 24-hour Business Center, and 65,000-square-feet of exceptional Boston Meeting Space including the exquisite Boston Park Plaza Castle located across the street – one of Boston’s most recognized and renowned Landmarks used exclusively for Boston Social Functions.

 

Since opening in 1927, Boston Park Plaza Hotel is recognized as a member of the Historic Hotels of America and a preferred Boston Hotel.

 

From Boston Park Hotel’s ideal location, Business and Leisure Guests can easily access all that Boston has to offer including Funeuil Hall Marketplace, Boston’s Historic Landmarks, Boston Common, Boston’s Back Bay, world-renowned Newbury Street for Boston Shopping, Boston Attractions, and Boston Activities, and the Theatre and Financial Districts. Our Boston Hotel is located just 3 miles from Boston’sLogan International Airport.

 

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers – A Historic Boston Hotel near Boston Trade Shows, Boston Events and Boston Activities. A Boston Hotel with world-class Guest Services. Reservations: 888.225.2008 For more information please visit:- http://www.bostonparkplaza.com/