Why Choose to Retire Amongst America's History in Boston
Boston's history, culture, and native beauty are well-known. If you're already retired or just looking forward to retirement, you might want to consider retiring to Boston, affectionally called “Beantown”. There are plenty of things for active seniors to do in this vibrant city. You can spend your days sightseeing, shopping and dining out with your friends. If you're a history buff, there are countless historical sites to explore and museums to visit. Food lovers will rejoice over the delicious New England seafood like lobster, cod, and clams. Del Webb also has a number of over 55 communities in Boston ready for you to visit if you're in the area.
With all the activities for seniors to do in Boston, exploring our nation's history is probably the biggest draw. After all, Boston is one of the oldest places in America as one of the original Thirteen British Colonies and a major influence in the Revolutionary War. Founded in 1630 by Puritans, its historical roots are evident in the architecture and museums in the area. It's a city teeming with historical facts about the founding of America.
If you're a history buff, three words sum it up–The Freedom Trail. You will find a 2 1/2 mile pedestrian walking trail that passes by all of the famous historical sites that led the United States to independence from Britain. Here is a list of the historical sites on the Freedom Trail.
- Boston Common
- Massachusetts State House
- Park Street Church
- Granary Burying Ground
- King's Chapel and Burying Ground
- Benjamin Franklin statue
- Old Corner Bookstore
- Old South Meeting House
- Old State House
- Site of the Boston Massacre
- Faneuil Hall
- Paul Revere House
- Old North Church
- Copp's Hill Burying Ground
- USS Constitution
- Bunker Hill Monument
Boston Museums & Cultural Activities
In addition to the history and awe-inspiring architecture, retirees will fall in love with the variety of cultural exhibits in Boston. Since over 19 million people visit Boston annually, you know there are plenty of things to do and see around the city. Here are three of the most popular:
- Museum of Science - This museum as over 700 interactive exhibits, some with simulators that take you through space, the ocean, or the skies.
- North End Tour - In the middle of Boston, you'll find a neighborhood of Italian influence. The city's oldest continuously inhabited residential community originally settled in the 1630s. Take a tour and get a modern-day glimpse of Colonial life.
- Boston Pops - Take in a symphony at Symphony Hall and see this world-famous orchestra perform live on stage.
When it comes to activities for retirees or those looking forward to retirement, a trip to the city wouldn't be complete without a visit to the sea. Massachusetts is a coastal town in the northeastern United States, and Boston is located right on the shore in the harbor.
Here are some highlights you need to experience when you visit the seaside.
- Boston Harbor - You can tour one of the seventy lighthouses, do some sea kayaking, go sailing, and attend a local clambake.
- New England Aquarium - view the breathtaking marine life in the aquarium and check out the attractions at the New England Aquarium including the Simons IMAX Theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch.
- Boston Tea Party and Ships Museum - This is a floating museum that reenacts the Boston tea party. After seeing the show, tea is served.
- Institute of Contemporary Art - Located on the waterfront, the ICA identifies important emerging artists and displays their works, bringing them to the world.
- Seafood - Feast on New England seafood at venues like Yankee Lobster, The Barking Crab, The Oyster Club, and countless others.
Living in Greater Boston
Whether you’ve been retired for a while or you’re just dreaming about retiring, choosing a location like Boston is exciting. Along with exploring our US history firsthand, you can also experience the top universities in the world, while enjoying the incredible scenery, and making new friends.
Contributed to The 55+ Society by Carol Youmans
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