Boston, first incorporated as a town in 1630, and as a city in 1822, is one of America’s oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. What began as a homesteading community eventually evolved into a center for social and political change. Boston has since become the economic and cultural hub of New England.
As the region’s hub, Boston is home to nearly 590,000 residents, many institutions of higher education, some of the world’s finest inpatient hospitals, and numerous cultural and professional sports organizations. Millions of people visit Boston to take in its historic neighborhoods, attend cultural or sporting events, and conduct business.
The city’s top attractions and destinations are all within easy walking distance of the Northeastern campusl:
- The Shops at the Prudential Center feature over 75 shops and restaurants including the panoramic Skywalk and starting point of Boston Duck Tours.
- The Hynes Convention Center.
- Symphony Hall, home of the Boston Orchestra, is two blocks away.
- The Christian Science Plaza and Mother Church.
- Boutique shopping, galleries and al fresco dining on Newbury Street .
- Fenway Park, the oldest MLB Stadium still in use and the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox.
- The newly expanded Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum.
- The campuses of Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Harvard University and MIT.
- Massachusetts General Hospital and the Longwood Medical Community are in close proximity.
- The scenic and historic neighborhoods, including the Back Bay, South End and Fenway including 18 miles of recreational trails along the Charles River and the Esplanade.
- With access to the subway, all of Boston’s historical sites are minutes away, including the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and the waterfront as well as other popular destinations such as the New England Aquarium, Children’s Museum, Museum of Science and the TD Garden, home to the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins and other special events.