Capital of the charming state of Massachusetts, Boston is a mid-sized American city that’s overflowing with culture, history and energy. There’s plenty waiting to be discovered in Boston, whether you’re interested in the historic sites along the brownstone-skirted streets, the renowned halls of Harvard and other major educational institutions, or the athletic achievements in Fenway Park and TD Garden.
Boston holds seemingly never-ending treasures for fans of early American history. It was one of the first large cities established by the Puritans in the 17th century and was a key location during the American Revolution – the site of the significant events such as the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party. Tourists can lose themselves for hours wandering the historic streets, trying to absorb all of the important events that have occurred right where they stand.
However, you don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate Boston. There are a number of exciting cultural experiences on offer, as the city is quickly becoming a mecca of sorts for emerging American artists, writers, playwrights and filmmakers. Art galleries, music venues, coffee shops, film festivals and nightclubs are popping up all over Boston, building on the cultural energy that the city is becoming internationally recognised for.
The Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, part of the CruisePort Boston facility, is located on the waterfront in South Boston. The terminal can be reached conveniently by public transport, and a number of museums, restaurants, breweries, sports venues and shopping centres are within walking distance.
Housed inside a renovated World War One military warehouse, the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal is a simple but modern terminal that services more than half a million cruise passengers each year.
- Two-storey air-conditioned terminal building
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Public transport access.
How To Get Around
Boston is a large city that does not benefit from the easily navigated, grid-like layout of many other American cities. The maze-like streets should deter most tourists from getting behind the wheel, especially when the complicated signage, unique road rules, lack of parking and a local proclivity for aggressive driving behaviour are also considered. Luckily, most of the major sites can be accessed on foot, by bus or via the inner city subway.
Travel times from the port:
- It is an 8 minute journey to downtown Boston
- It is a 7 minute journey to Boston Logan International Airport
- It is a 17 minute journey to Cambridge.
- It is an 18 minute journey to downtown Boston (with services departing every 12 minutes)
- It is a 29 minute journey to Boston Logan International Airport (with services departing every 10 minutes).
By water taxi:
- It is a 7 minute journey to Boston Logan International Airport.
- Currency - The currency in Boston is the United States dollar (USD). Coins are available in 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and USD$1 denominations. Notes are available in USD$1, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50, and USD$100 denominations.
- Time Zone - Boston uses Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight savings comes into effect between March and October – in this time the city is only four hours behind UTC.
- Weather – Boston is situated in an area that transitions between a humid subtropical climate and a humid continental climate, experiencing warm, humid summers and cold, rainy and snowy winters. Boston is warmest in July with an average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and coldest in January with an average temperature of -1.7 degrees Celsius.
- Freedom Trail - Winding through the charming streets of Beacon Hill, North End and the Financial District, the Freedom Trail is a popular urban walking trail that explores many important sites related to the American Revolution. Within just 4 kilometres, the walking trail visits 16 historically significant sites including Boston Common, Paul Revere House, Bunker Hill Monument and the Old South Meeting House.
- Fenway Park - Home of the famed Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park is Boston’s beloved baseball park and one of the few remaining old-style parks in America. If you’re lucky enough to score tickets, an afternoon watching the Red Sox play will not be soon forgotten. If you can’t get to see a game, a guided tour of the grounds is still interesting – taking tourists through the dugouts, the press box, and on top of The Green Monster (the signature leftfield wall).
- Harvard University - Founded in 1636, Harvard is America’s oldest and arguably most prestigious Ivy League school. The university counts eight US presidents and scores of Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners among its alumni. The grounds are extremely pretty, with tree lined paths intertwining between red brick buildings. There’s plenty to see on the campus even for those who aren’t academically minded – the Memorial Church, Science Centre, Tercentenary Theatre and Art Museum are all worthwhile attractions in their own right.