When planning a vacation for travelers over 50, it is important that the chosen locale is worthy of their attention and intellect. This is why a trip to Boston, Massachusetts is so worthwhile. This city features history, sports and the arts. With the largest concentration of colleges in North America, Boston is known as the “Athens of America.” Between its array of walking tours, shopping venues and museums, it is no wonder that visitors to Boston never experience a dull moment.
Boston is proud to be a “walking city.” Areas to enjoy a stroll include the Boston Common and the Boston Garden, with its lovely swan boats that set sail from Spring through Autumn. With streets lined up in alphabetical order, guests to the city are free to walk on their own to discover architectural gems and cultural landmarks. Travelers will ideally want to stop by Fanueil Hall and the adjoining Quincy Marketplace. Here everyone is free to shop, dine or merely relax and people watch.
When weather or distance limits one's walking, Boston's public transportation system (the “T”) is convenient and wheelchair-accessible. Best of all, much like most of the attractions in Boston and neighboring Cambridge it provides discounts for seniors to save whenever possible. City visitors that prefer not to take public transit systems, will find ample taxi cabs and private car services to get them on their way.
Students of modern American history can easily spend a full day at the John. F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. This museum documents the life and times of our 35th President, native son and member of Massachusetts first family. Of special interest to history buffs is a collection devoted to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and a recreation of the White House Oval Office. Films, artifacts and special exhibits change on a frequent basis.
Admirers of the arts adore Boston for its preservation of antiquity and devotion to modern art. The Museum of Fine Arts has galleries dedicated to Early American art and furniture, as well as collections from around the world. In the Back Bay, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum never ceases to amaze. Staged in an Italian palazzo, “the Gardner” houses paintings and musical performances around the interior of its exquisite courtyard. On Boston's waterfront, the Institute of Contemporary Art presents the works of artists like Georgia O'Keefe, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, among others.
Sports enthusiasts who visit Boston during the warm weather months, will want to catch a game at Fenway Park. As the oldest park in the Major League, this baseball diamond is home to the Boston Red Sox and its legion of diehard fans. Meanwhile, fans of the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins should make a pilgrimage to the Boston Garden. Not only are professional sports prized in Boston, but top collegiate teams play at stadiums, hockey rinks and university sports venues around the city.
The waterfront area of Boston is known for such attractions as the New England Aquarium and the many day cruises that leave from its docks. Cruises around Boston Harbor depart daily. Boat trips include tours of Boston, and trips to Provincetown and the Harbor Islands. Sunset cruises that feature drinks and gourmet dinners, are a wonderful way to cap off a visit to the “hub” of New England.