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16 Fun Facts About Boston

Here are some fun facts about Boston you may not have known.

Now that you're an official resident of Boston, how much do you know about your city? Here are 15 interesting facts about Boston and the surrounding area.

1. The Boston Common has been around since 1634 and is the oldest public park in the country.

boston common

Image source: Marriot

2. Similarly, Revere Beach was the country’s first public beach.

Revere Beach

Image source: The Boston Globe

3. In 1897, Boston built America’s first subway — the Tremont Street Subway.

tremont street subway

Image source: Wikimedia

4. Quincy, MA is home to the first Dunkin Donuts, located on Hancock Street.

country first dunking donuts

Image source: Panoramio

5. Our nation’s first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.

first thanksgiving in boston

Image source: UC Davis

6. The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue is one of the only places in the world where a boat can sail under a train going under a car that is driving under a plane.

boston university bridge

7. The Ted Williams Tunnel, which runs about 90 feet underground, is the deepest tunnel in North America.

ted williams tunnel bosotn

Image source: Wikipedia

8. Boston’s first mayor with a car, James Michael Curley, used the number of letters in his name to choose the license plate number “576”. The plate number is still used for the mayor of Boston’s official car.


9. The iconic Citgo Sign’s neon tubing stretches over 5 miles in length.

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10. The largest art theft in history took place in Boston on March 18, 1990. There were 12 paintings worth a total of $500 million which were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by two thieves posing as police officers.

louisa stewart gardener museum heist

Image source: Huffington Post 

11. The 60-story tall John Hancock Tower houses 13 acres of glass.

John Hancock Building Boston

Image source: Boston Geology 

12. Candlepin bowling was invented in Worcester in 1880.

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13. Fenway Park opened in 1912 and is the oldest original Major League Baseball stadium still in use.

fenway park

Image source: Beatdown Sports

14. The Boston Cream Pie was invented at the Omni Parker House in Boston and is now the official dessert of the state.

boston cream pie

Image source: Betty Crocker 

15. A golden pine cone sits on top of the gold dome of the State House and symbolizes the importance of logging to Massachusetts in the 18th century.

massachusetts state house

Image source: Wikimedia

16. 3.8 million people visit the Longwood Medical Area each year.

That figure includes visitors to patients in the hospitals, cultural institutions and conference centers.

facts about boston

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