Music, Dance, Theatre
Just Outside of Town
Back Bay is in the heart of Boston and it’s an easy hop on the T to get to any of the distinctive areas of the city. You can stroll to Beacon Hill and have a drink at Cheers, eat dinner in the North End (Boston’s Little Italy), take in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, shop in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, or cross the Charles River to Harvard Square to study in a coffee house, or hear the street musicians.
Boston is the birthplace of American freedom and boasts many historical landmarks. Follow a fully costumed guide by foot (or take the trolley tour) on the Freedom Trail to visit 16 historical sites, from the Boston Massacre to the USS Constitution. Or, take a harbor cruise to see the oldest continuously manned lighthouse and hear tales of famous revolutionary battles. A short distance out of town takes you to Lexington and Concord, where the first battles of the American Revolution were fought.
Boston is truly a college town, with one of the highest concentrations of colleges and universities in the world. In fact, at The New England College of Optometry, you will be among the more than 194,000 students between the ages of 20 and 34 from all over the world, who contribute to the vitality, diversity, and character of the city.
The city is filled with opportunities to learn. You can attend a seminar at a nearby college, or take skating lessons on Boston Common’s Frog Pond.
Experience Boston’s nightlife on Lansdowne Street, where playing pool at Jillian’s or listening to live music at the House of Blues are popular activities. Or, catch a show or hear music in a Harvard Square coffee house or even experience a new culture in Boston’s Chinatown (the third largest Chinatown in the country).
The city is also known for its beautiful open spaces. Stretching from Boston’s Back Bay to Franklin Park, the 1,000-acre Emerald Necklace, designed by the architect who designed New York’s Central Park, provides Bostonians with a bit of nature in the city.
Boston Common, the oldest park in the history of the U.S., is part of the Emerald Necklace, and provides students, residents, and visitors with a lush place to walk and relax, take a ride on the Swan Boats, or play ball in the park.
If you want to venture out of the city, you are an hour from the beaches of Cape Cod and Rhode Island and an hour or so from New England’s ski areas in New Hampshire and Vermont.