Category Archives: Attractions

Welcome to the Most Beautiful Neighborhood in the US

What is often ranked as America’s most beautiful neighborhood is right in Boston: Beacon Hill. The elegant townhouses with their small courtyards and the real gaslamps on the streets are just a few of the things that make this neighborhood so memorable.

Just a few of the highlights include:

  • Beautiful blooms in the courtyards throughout the spring and summer
  • Stunning fall foliage
  • A fun neighborhood during trick or treating
  • Classy-looking Christmas decorations

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Irish Heritage Trail Highlights

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Boston has long been associated with Irish-American heritage. Irish immigration to Boston dates back to the 1700’s and continues to this day. One of the best ways to experience Irish-American culture in Boston is to tour at least some of the sites on the Irish Heritage Trail. Altogether, there are 70 sites in Boston and surrounding neighborhoods. The Boston Irish Tourism Association offers guided tours of the Trail, as well as many other valuable resources. Below is a list of five of the top landmarks you’ll find along the Trail within the city of Boston.

1. Rose Kennedy Garden

This garden pays homage to the mother of the late President Kennedy. The garden was formally unveiled by Boston officials to honor Mrs. Kennedy in 1987. The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway was dedicated in 2004. Both of these landmarks serve as a testimony to the Kennedys’ legacy.

2. Boston City Hall

City Hall is an important part of Boston’s Irish landscape due to the large number of Irish and Irish-American mayors who have served. Hugh O’Brien was the first Irish mayor in 1885. The next Irish-born mayor was Patrick Collins, who began his term in 1902.

3. Boston Irish Famine Memorial

At the height of the Famine, Boston became home to 100,000 new Irish immigrants. The memorial was expertly designed by Robert Shure and made public in 1998. Twin statues serve as a testament to the refugees. A series of eight plaques tell the story behind the Famine.

4. Old Granary Burying Grounds

Many are unaware of the fact that several important non-Catholic Irish are buried here. John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine, signers of the Declaration of Independence, are buried here. Patrick Carr, a Boston Massacre victim, is here, as is Governor James Sullivan.

5. Boston Public Library

This is the oldest public library in the U.S., founded in 1848. The library has an Irish collection that is comprised of over 13,000 items. Many are rare. The collection includes books, photos, microfilms of newspapers, and sheet music.

These are just a few of the historic sites found on the Irish Heritage Trail. If you’ve never been to Boston, these are certainly worthwhile places for you to see. Even if you’re from the area, you might just develop a new appreciation for these places.

Using Article Marketing to Attract Visitors to Historical Places

Most people wouldn’t readily equate one of the most modern forms of marketing with historic sites. However, article marketing serves an important three-fold purpose:

  1. Get more people interested in your attraction
  2. Establish it as a location that visitors need to see
  3. Encourage more people to visit your site’s website

The first thing you want to do is identify who is likely to visit your site and what they expect. Think of article topics that are relevant to your site that would attract the attention of a visitor searching online.  For example, if you house a collection of artifacts from the 18th century, focus on people searching for information on 18th century life.

Make sure your articles are well-written, or hire someone to write them for you. Articles should meet the following criteria:

  • 200 to 500 words
  • Catchy title
  • Introductory paragraph
  • 3 to 5 main points
  • Paragraphs with 2 to 5 sentences
  • Subheadings and bulleted lists make articles more reader-friendly
  • A closing paragraph that includes a call to action is most appropriate

Have a What’s New or similar page where you place brief snippets of your articles, along with a link to the rest of the article and an appropriate stock photo. Having a sampling of your site’s articles will increase visitors’ interest.

Don’t forget about social media sharing! Sharing via Facebook or Twitter often makes all the difference.

 

 

 

 

A Museum with a World of Wonders

The Museum of Science is one of Boston’s best attractions. It contains a number of fun exhibits that have entertained visitors for many years. Students of all grade levels visit the museum to learn more about science and technology. Member tickets are available for frequent visitors, and hotel packages are also offered through MOS’ website. A number of great exhibits offer something for every type of interest.

Exhibits

Many fun exhibits are featured at the museum. A few of the permanent exhibits are listed. A Bird’s World provides a tour of Acadia National Park, complete with authentic bird sounds. You’ll also find a New England Habitats exhibit that provides a good look at New England wildlife. The Bees exhibit features a real beehive where you can watch bees at work. The Butterfly Garden features free-flying butterflies in an enclosed setting with tropical plants.The Discovery Center provides hands-on activities for children up to age eight. Mathematica incorporates all aspects of math in an entertaining exhibit. To the Moon celebrates the space program, while Sun Power demonstrates how solar energy works.

The Charles Hayden Planetarium

The Planetarium has long been a favorite attraction at the museum. Friday night stargazing events are held on a seasonal basis. The Planetarium offers an ideal setting for seeing your favorite stars and constellations. Regular shows are run that offer fascinating glimpses into events in our universe. A show scheduled during January 2011 focused on cosmic collisions, while a show scheduled for February 2011 features the search for life beyond our solar system.

Mugar OMNI Theater

The OMNI Theater features a five-story IMAX screen. The theater’s sound system uses the latest digital technology. The movies reflect a variety of subjects, including nature. Film subjects during January 2011 included Australia, roller coasters, tornadoes and whales. Free shows are offered on Fridays through MathWorks.

3-D Digital Cinema

The cinema allows museum guests to experience 3D using more updated technology than many movie theaters offer. The projection system uses polarized light for a better, clearer picture. Some of the subjects of films show in the cinema have included bugs, dinosaurs and sharks.

Simulator

The simulator exhibit allows guests to enjoy fun experiences. The ride is full-motion, allowing you to easily feel like you’re actively involved in the scenario that you’re simulating. A variety of different films are run each day, with rides lasting about 5 minutes. Some of the simulator experiences include a submarine ride and a ride on the International Space Station.