House Sitting in Boston Can Be Mind-Opening
The spearhead of the American Revolution, Boston has gained prominence worldwide as a center for education and learning. House sitting in Boston will bring you into contact with the oldest public school system in the United States which includes Boston Latin School (the first public school in the USA); English High (the oldest public high school) and the Mather School (the oldest public elementary school). Among the city's more than 100 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area are Roxbury Latin School (America's oldest school); Boston University; New England School of Law (America's first all-female law school); Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A compact city with an area of only 232 square kilometers (half of which is water), Boston is part of the Greater Boston region with a population of 4.5 million people. It is one of the most expensive cities in the USA but ranks 36th worldwide in quality of living. In spite of its size, however, Boston offers world-famous sights and sounds for its residents and visitors.
The Arts - Music plays a major role in Boston, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera Company, Opera Boston, Handel and Haydn Society (one of the country's oldest chorale groups) and Boston Ballet. First Night, a major artistic event starts in the afternoon and lasts until midnight on New Year's Eve featuring music, dance, comedy, art and fireworks. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park is the site of the yearly Boston Arts Festival, while the Fourth of July sees many Italian summer feasts and the Harborfest festivities which last an entire week. Performances of the musical groups are staged at one of the many picturesque theaters like the Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston Opera House, Citi Performing Arts Center, Colonial Theater and Orpheum Theatre. By contrast, Boston is one of the cities that gave birth to hardcore punk with third wave ska and ska punk finding a home in many Boston neighborhoods.
Historical Sights and Museums - Boston National Historical Park preserves the sites that have played a prominent part in Boston's role during the American Revolution. These include the Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown Navy Yard, Faneuil Hall (which alone attracts over 20 million visitors annually), Old North Church and Paul Revere House. Many of these are found along Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile red path leading to 16 historic sites in downtown Boston.
Prominent museums in the city include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the only such place where the building, art collection and installation were the work of one person. The museum also holds concerts, lectures and community programs. Other museums include the John F. Kennedy Library at the University of Massachusetts campus; Boston Athenaeum, one of the oldest independent libraries in the USA; Boston Children's Museum, the second oldest in the country; Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium.
Dubbed “The Walking City” and ranked the third most walkable city in the country, Boston offers other attractions in the area of physical activity and sports. However, it is in its facilities to open the mind that Boston stands out as a house sitting choice.