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  • 1 Museum of Fine Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    465 Huntington Ave. USA - Boston, MA 02115

    One of the country's leading museums, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) contains a comprehensive collection of more than 350,000 artworks organized in eight departments-Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania an..

  • 2 Old North Church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    193 Salem St. USA - Boston, MA 02113

    Built in 1723, "Old North" earned its place in history during the Revolution. Here, on the evening of April 18, 1775, the sexton displayed two lanterns in the steeple to signal the departure of the British from Boston to Lexington by boat, ..

  • 3 Freedom Trail Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    USA - Boston, MA

    The popular 2.5mi walk, beginning at the 50-acre park, Boston Common, and ending at Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, includes most of the urban sites related to Boston's 18C and 19C history, particularly those that played major roles in the Revol..

  • 4 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    280 The Fenway USA - Boston, MA 02115

    When you step inside this treasure trove of art, you'll see a wealth of furnishings, textiles, paintings and sculpture collected by a woman who truly relished beauty, creativity and life. Isabella Stewart Gardner built Fenway Court, which resembles a..

  • 5 New England Aquarium Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Central Wharf USA - Boston, MA 02110

    The dimmed light gives the illusion of an underwater world. Fish, invertebrates, amphibians and other aquatic animals are divided up according to their different natural habitats, which are represented over four floors and set out around a 700 000-li..

  • 6 Old South Meeting House Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    310 Washington St. USA - Boston, MA 02108

    Built in 1729, plain brick "Old South" remains a cherished Boston landmark. It was from the pulpit here that noted orators Samuel Adams and James Otis inspired the colonists to take arms against the British. Sparse decoration, compass windo..

  • 7 Old State House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    206 Washington St. USA - Boston, MA 02109

    Boston's oldest public building (1713), this stately brick edifice headquartered British officials until the Revolution. The Boston Massacre took place outside the building in 1770, and on July 18, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read from ..

  • 8 Trinity Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Copley Square USA - Boston, MA 02116

    Recognized as the masterpiece of architect Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-86), this imposing granite and sandstone pile (1877) initiated the popular style known as Richardsonian Romanesque. A massive central tower dominates the church, but it is the w..

  • 9 Quincy Market Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Faneuil Hall USA - Boston, MA 02298

    Behind Faneuil Hall stands a trio of long, two-story buildings. Officially called Faneuil Hall Marketplace, it is often referred to as Quincy Market, the name of its 1826 Greek Revival centerpiece. This complex of restaurants, outdoor cafes and shops..

  • 10 Public Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Boston, MA 02298

    This stunning 24-acre rectangular park, bounded by a handsome cast-iron fence, was reclaimed from the swampy Back Bay in the 1830s to create a botanical garden. Today it's a popular retreat, charming visitors with lush plantings, footpaths, statuary ..

  • 11 Beacon Hill Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Boston, MA

    Beacon Hill started off as the province of Boston's high society, known as the Boston Brahmins, as well as the first community of African Americans. Virtually undisturbed by the passage of nearly two centuries, the "Hill" today remains one ..

  • 12 Copley Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Boston, MA

    Named for painter John Singleton Copley, this is Back Bay's main public square; it shows off some of Boston's most celebrated architectural treasures, like Trinity Church, the John Hancock Tower and the Public Library.

  • 13 Faneuil Hall Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dock Square USA - Boston, MA 02109

    Built and donated to the city of Boston in 1742 by the merchant Peter Faneuil (pronounced FAN-yul), this revered landmark was enlarged by preeminent Boston architect Charles Bulfinch in 1806. It was called "the cradle of liberty" because of..

  • 14 Boston Public Library Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    700 Boylston St. USA - Boston, MA 02116

    Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first in the country to lend books. The handsome Renaissance Revival-style building became the BPL's home in 1895. Before you enter, admire the granite facade's wrought-iron lanterns, relief pa..

  • 15 Children's Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    300 Congress St. at Museum Wharf USA - Boston, MA 02210

    Conceived exclusively for children, the museum is a wonderland of learning and play, recently upgraded and expanded to include exhibit areas with a multicultural twist, such as the Japanese House, where visitors can kick off their shoes and visitt a ..

  • 16 Christian Science Center Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    175 Huntington Ave USA - Boston, MA 02115

    This stunning ensemble of three bold concrete structures, surrounding an enormous reflecting pool (670 feet by 100 feet), houses the world headquarters of the Christian Science church. The grand Mother Church Extension (1906), facing Massachusetts Av..

  • 17 Boston Museum of Science Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 Science Park USA - Boston, MA 02114

    A kaleidoscopic array of exhibits in this mammoth structure overlooking the Charles River features cutting-edge, interactive displays that encourage kids and adults to think through thorny scientific problems. More than 600 interactive exhibits inclu..

  • 18 Louisburg Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    À l’angle de Mount Vernon St. et Willow St. USA - Boston, MA

    The square was named in honor of the victorious siege of the French fortress at Louisbourg (Nova Scotia, Canada) led by the Massachusetts militia in 1745, this enclave epitomizes Beacon Hill's refined lifestyle. The appearance of the elegant Greek Re..

  • 19 City Hall Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 City Hall Square USA - Boston, MA 02201

    This top-heavy concrete structure with a brick base has been one of Boston's controversial architectural statements since its completion in 1968. The building recalls the works of architect Le Corbusier and helped to bring the so-called Brutalist sty..

  • 20 Commonwealth Avenue Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 Commonwealth Avenue USA - Boston, MA

    It's easy to imagine yourself in late-19C Paris when you see this 200-foot-wide thoroughfare. "Comm Ave.," as the locals call it, recalls the grand boulevards laid out during Napoleon III's reign; it remains a coveted address today. Lined w..

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