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Fun Facts: Boston

Posted on Apr 12, 2017

A city of records and firsts, there’s a lot more to Boston than just die-hard sports fans, prestigious colleges and snowy winters. With renowned museums, award-winning theaters, boat tours and arguably the best clam chowder in America, The City on a Hill has something to intrigue even the most well-traveled tourist. Whether you’re planning a weekend of family fun or looking to fit some sightseeing into your next business trip, make the most of your experience while saving money with exclusive Boston travel packages from Vacations by Marriott.

While you’re probably well-versed on the Boston Tea Party, collect some other interesting facts that may help you add a few attractions to your upcoming itinerary:  

  1. The Christmas ban: While it’s hard to imagine this festive city any other way, Boston was once subject to a cruel law for Christians and children everywhere: the ban of Christmas. A group of devout Puritans who ruled the Massachusetts Bay Colony made public celebrations of the Yuletide holiday illegal from 1659 until 1681, arguing that the rowdy celebrations had become corrupt and there was no mention in scripture that encouraged the celebration. Today, it’s quite the opposite. With everything from tree lighting ceremonies at the Boston Common to performances of The Nutcracker by the Boston Ballet to the various holiday-themed 5Ks, there’s no shortage of celebrating in this winter wonderland. 
  2. Oldest public park: Speaking of Boston Common, the green urban escape is the oldest public park in America, dating back to 1634. In addition to hosting various seasonal festivals and celebrations, the historical grounds still offer an oasis of nature for locals and an exciting sightseeing opportunity for tourists looking to pose with the bronze statue of George Washington or the iconic Ether Fountain. 
  3. First public beach: Parks are not the only attractions Boston takes the lead in. Revere Beach, located about 5 miles north of Boston, was established in 1896 as the first public beach in the United States. While still a popular sunbathing and swimming destination as it was so many years ago, the 3 miles of sun-soaked sands now welcome countless tourists each summer with sand castle competitions, kite festivals and more. 
  4. Boston University Bridge: No, it’s not the first bridge in America, but it is the first of its kind. The Boston University Bridge (also known as the BU Bridge) is one of the only places in the world where a boat can sail under a train running under a car driving under a plane. Sound like a Dr. Seuss poem? It’s basically a steel truss bridge on the Charles River that crosses diagonally over a railroad-only bridge. 
  5. Ted Williams Tunnel: Keeping with the theme of unique transportation, Boston is home to the deepest tunnel in North America: Ted Williams Tunnel. This popular highway tunnel that connects South Boston with Logan International Airport is 90 feet below the surface and appears on the first episode of Discovery Channel’s Engineering Marvels. 

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