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Name Category Location
 
Acorn Street
Surely the most photographed street in the city, Acorn is Ye Olde...
Neighborhoods / Streets Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Appalachian Mountain Club
The bowfront mansion that serves as the headquarters of one of...
Educational Institutions Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Arlington Street Church
Opposite the Park Square corner of the Public Garden, this church...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Back Bay Mansions
If you like nothing better than to imagine how the other half...
Houses / Mansions Back Bay and the South End
 
Bay Village
This pocket of early-19th-century brick row houses, near Arlington...
Neighborhoods / Streets Back Bay and the South End
 
Beacon Street
Some New Englanders believe that wealth is a burden to be borne...
Architectural Sites Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School
This stop on the Freedom Trail commemorates the famous revolutionary...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Downtown Boston
 
Blackstone Block
Between North and Hanover streets, near the Haymarket, lies the...
Neighborhoods / Streets Government Center and the North End
 
Boston Athenaeum
It was William Tudor, one of the cofounders of the Boston Athenaeum...
Libraries Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Boston Center for the Arts
Of Boston's multiple arts organizations, this nonprofit arts-and-culture...
Arts / Performance Venues Back Bay and the South End
 
Boston Common
Nothing is more central to Boston than the Common, the oldest...
Parks Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Boston Common Visitor Information Center
This center, run by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors...
Information Centers Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Boston Massacre Site
Directly in front of the Old State House a circle of cobblestones...
Memorials / Monuments Downtown Boston
 
Boston Opera House
Originally the B. F. Keith Memorial Theatre in the days of vaudeville...
Arts / Performance Venues Downtown Boston
 
Boston Public Garden
Although the Boston Public Garden is often lumped together with...
Gardens / Arboretums Back Bay and the South End
 
Boston Public Library
This venerable institution is a handsome temple to literature...
Libraries Back Bay and the South End
 
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
After a lengthy renovation, the museum reopened in the summer...
Museums / Galleries Downtown Boston
 
Boston Tea Party Site
The Boston Tea Party occurred on Atlantic Avenue near Congress...
Memorials / Monuments Downtown Boston
 
Boylston Street
Less posh than Newbury Street, this broad thoroughfare is the...
Neighborhoods / Streets Back Bay and the South End
 
Brattle House
This 18th-century, gambrel-roof Colonial once belonged to the...
Houses / Mansions Cambridge
 
Brattle Theatre
Occupying a squat, barnlike building from 1890, the Brattle Theatre...
Arts / Performance Venues Cambridge
 
Bunker Hill Monument
Three misunderstandings surround this famous monument. First...
Military Sites Charlestown
 
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
This gravity-defying mass of concrete and glass, built in 1963...
Arts / Performance Venues Cambridge
 
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Though it looks a bit like a bank, St. Paul's is actually the...
Religious Sites Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Cathedral of the Holy Cross
This enormous 1875 Gothic cathedral dominates the corner of Washington...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Charles Street
Chockablock with antiques shops, clothing boutiques, small restaurants...
Neighborhoods / Streets Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Charlestown Navy Yard
A National Park Service Historic Site since it was decommissioned...
Nautical Sites Charlestown
 
Chestnut Street
Delicacy and grace characterize virtually every structure on...
Neighborhoods / Streets Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Children's Museum
Most children have so much fun here that they don't realize they're...
Museums / Galleries Downtown Boston
 
Chinatown
Boston's Chinatown may seem small, but it's said to be the third...
Neighborhoods / Streets Downtown Boston
 
Christ Church
This modest yet beautiful gray clapboard structure was designed...
Religious Sites Cambridge
 
Christopher Columbus Park
It's a short stroll from the Financial District to a view of...
Parks Downtown Boston
 
Church of the Covenant
This 1867 Gothic Revival church, a National Historic Landmark...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
City Hall
Over the years, various plans—involving gardens, restaurants...
Government Buildings Government Center and the North End
 
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
The mall that extends down the middle of the Back Bay's Commonwealth...
Promenades / Boardwalks Back Bay and the South End
 
Copley Place
Two modern structures dominate Copley Square—the John Hancock...
Stores / Malls Back Bay and the South End
 
Copley Square
Every April thousands find a glimpse of Copley Square the most...
Squares Back Bay and the South End
 
Copp's Hill Burying Ground
An ancient and melancholy air hovers like a fine mist over this...
Cemeteries Government Center and the North End
 
Dexter Pratt House
Also known as the "Blacksmith House," this yellow Colonial is...
Houses / Mansions Cambridge
 
Ebenezer Clough House
Built in 1712, this house is now the only local survivor of its...
Houses / Mansions Government Center and the North End
 
Elmwood
Shortly after its construction in 1767, this three-story Georgian...
Houses / Mansions Cambridge
 
Emmanuel Church
Built in 1860, this Back Bay Gothic Episcopal church is popular...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Esplanade
Near the corner of Beacon and Arlington streets, the Arthur Fiedler...
Promenades / Boardwalks Back Bay and the South End
 
Exeter Street Theater
This massive Romanesque structure was built in 1884 as a temple...
Architectural Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Faneuil Hall
The single building facing Congress Street is the real Faneuil...
Historic Districts / Sites Government Center and the North End
 
Federal Reserve Tower
On Atlantic Avenue, across from South Station, is this striking...
Financial Institutions Downtown Boston
 
Fenway Park
For 86 years, the Boston Red Sox suffered a World Series dry...
Sports Venues The Fenway
 
First Baptist Church
This 1872 structure, at the corner of Clarendon Street and Commonwealth...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
First Church of Christ, Scientist
The world headquarters of the Christian Science faith mixes the...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
First Parish in Cambridge and the Old Burying Ground
Next to the imposing church on the corner of Church Street and...
Cemeteries Cambridge
 
Gibson House
Through the foresight of an eccentric bon vivant, this house...
Houses / Mansions Back Bay and the South End
 
Granary Burying Ground
"It is a fine thing to die in Boston," A. C. Lyons, an essayist...
Cemeteries Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Hanover Street
This is the North End's main thoroughfare, along with the smaller...
Neighborhoods / Streets Government Center and the North End
 
Harrison Gray Otis House
Harrison Gray Otis, a U.S. senator, Boston's third mayor, and...
Houses / Mansions Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Harrison Gray Otis House
If the name sounds familiar, it's because a Beacon Hill home...
Houses / Mansions Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Harvard Art Museums
In 2014, the combined collections of the Busch-Reisinger and...
Museums / Galleries Cambridge
 
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Many museums promise something for every member of the family...
Museums / Galleries Cambridge
 
Harvard Square
Tides of students, tourists, political-cause proponents, and...
Squares Cambridge
 
Harvard University
The tree-studded, shady, and redbrick expanse of Harvard Yard...
Educational Institutions Cambridge
 
The Haymarket
Loud, self-promoting vendors pack this exuberant maze of a marketplace...
Markets / Bazaars Government Center and the North End
 
Henry Vassall House
Brattle Street's seven houses known as "Tory Row" were once occupied...
Houses / Mansions Cambridge
 
Holocaust Memorial
At night its six 50-foot-high glass-and-steel towers glow like...
Memorials / Monuments Government Center and the North End
 
Hooper-Lee-Nichols House
Now headquarters of the Cambridge Historical Society, this is...
Houses / Mansions Cambridge
 
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
A spirited young society woman, Isabella Stewart came in 1860...
Museums / Galleries The Fenway
 
John F. Kennedy Federal Office Building
Looming at the northwest edge of City Hall Plaza, these twin...
Government Buildings Government Center and the North End
 
John Hancock Tower
In the early 1970s, the tallest building in New England became...
Financial Institutions Back Bay and the South End
 
Kenmore Square
Two blocks north of Fenway Park is Kenmore Square, where you'll...
Squares The Fenway
 
King's Chapel
Both somber and dramatic, King's Chapel looms over the corner...
Religious Sites Downtown Boston
 
King's Chapel Burying Ground
Legends linger in this oldest of the city's cemeteries. Glance...
Cemeteries Downtown Boston
 
Leather District
Opposite South Station and inside the angle formed by Kneeland...
Neighborhoods / Streets Downtown Boston
 
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
The crown jewel of the "Big Dig" construction project, the 1,432-foot-long...
Bridges / Tunnels Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
List Visual Arts Center
Local Boston-area artists and art students consider the List...
Museums / Galleries Cambridge
 
Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters
If there's one historic house to visit in Cambridge, this is...
Houses / Mansions Cambridge
 
Louisburg Square
One of Beacon Hill's most charming corners, Louisburg Square...
Squares Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity
One of the largest single collections by and about an American...
Libraries Back Bay and the South End
 
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Incorporated in 1811, MGH has traditionally been regarded as...
Hospitals Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Massachusetts Historical Society
The first historical society in the United States (founded in...
Libraries Back Bay and the South End
 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This once-tidy engineering school at right angles to the Charles...
Educational Institutions Cambridge
 
Memorial to the Irish Famine
A reminder of the rich immigrant past of this most Irish of American...
Memorials / Monuments Downtown Boston
 
MIT Museum
A place where art, science, and technology meet, the MIT Museum...
Museums / Galleries Cambridge
 
Mt. Auburn Cemetery
A cemetery might not strike you as a first choice for a visit...
Cemeteries Cambridge
 
Mt. Vernon Street
Mt. Vernon Street, along with Chestnut Street, has some of Beacon...
Neighborhoods / Streets Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Museum of African American History
Ever since runaway slave Crispus Attucks became one of the famous...
Museums / Galleries Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Museum of Fine Arts
Count on staying a while if you have any hope of seeing what's...
Museums / Galleries The Fenway
 
Museum of Science
With 15-foot lightning bolts in the Theater of Electricity and...
Museums / Galleries Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
New England Aquarium
This aquarium challenges you to imagine life under and around...
Zoos / Aquariums Downtown Boston
 
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Are you related to Miles Standish or Priscilla Alden? The answer...
Libraries Back Bay and the South End
 
Newbury Street
Eight-block-long Newbury Street has been compared to New York's...
Stores / Malls Back Bay and the South End
 
Nichols House
The only Mt. Vernon Street home open to the public, the Nichols...
Houses / Mansions Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Old City Hall
Just outside this site sits Richard S. Greenough's bronze statue...
Government Buildings Downtown Boston
 
Old Corner Bookstore Site
Through these doors, between 1845 and 1865, passed some of the...
Houses / Mansions Downtown Boston
 
Old North Church
At one end of the Paul Revere Mall is a church famous not only...
Religious Sites Government Center and the North End
 
Old South Church
Members of the Old South Meeting House, of Tea Party fame, decamped...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Old South Meeting House
This is the second-oldest church building in Boston, and were...
Religious Sites Downtown Boston
 
Old State House
This colonial-era landmark has one of the most recognizable facades...
Museums / Galleries Downtown Boston
 
Old West Church
Built in 1806 using the design of builder and architect Asher...
Religious Sites Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Park Street Church
If this Congregationalist church at the corner of Tremont and...
Religious Sites Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Park Street Station
One of the first four stops on the first subway in America, Park...
Transportation Sites Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Paul Revere House
Originally on the site was the parsonage of the Second Church...
Houses / Mansions Government Center and the North End
 
Paul Revere Mall
This makes a perfect time-out spot from the Freedom Trail. Bookended...
Squares Government Center and the North End
 
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
With one of the world's outstanding anthropological collections...
Museums / Galleries Cambridge
 
Pierce-Hichborn House
One of the city's oldest brick buildings, this structure, just...
Houses / Mansions Government Center and the North End
 
Prudential Center
The only rival to the John Hancock's claim on Boston's upper...
Stores / Malls Back Bay and the South End
 
Quincy Market
Not everyone likes Quincy Market, also known as Faneuil Hall...
Markets / Bazaars Government Center and the North End
 
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The famed women's college, situated around a serene yard, was...
Educational Institutions Cambridge
 
Rose Kennedy Greenway
The Rose Kennedy Greenway, a winding series of parks marking...
Parks Government Center and the North End
 
Rowes Wharf
Take a Beacon Hill redbrick town house, blow it up to the nth...
Marinas / Piers Downtown Boston
 
Rutland Square
Reflecting a time when the South End was the most prestigious...
Squares Back Bay and the South End
 
Salem Street
This ancient and constricted thoroughfare, one of the two main...
Neighborhoods / Streets Government Center and the North End
 
Semitic Museum
An almost unknown gem, this Harvard institution serves as an...
Museums / Galleries Cambridge
 
South Station
The colonnaded granite structure is the terminal for all Amtrak...
Transportation Sites Downtown Boston
 
St. Stephen's
Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy clan, was christened here...
Religious Sites Government Center and the North End
 
State House
On July 4, 1795, the surviving fathers of the Revolution were...
Government Buildings Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
State Street
During the 19th century State Street was headquarters for banks...
Neighborhoods / Streets Downtown Boston
 
Symphony Hall
While Boston's Symphony Hall—the home of the Boston Symphony...
Arts / Performance Venues Back Bay and the South End
 
TD Garden
Diehards still moan about the loss of the old Boston Garden...
Sports Venues Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Trinity Church
In his 1877 masterpiece, architect Henry Hobson Richardson brought...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
U.S. Custom House
This 1847 structure resembles a Greek Revival temple that appears...
Architectural Sites Downtown Boston
 
Union Oyster House
Billed as the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the...
Restaurants Government Center and the North End
 
Union Park
Cast-iron fences, Victorian-era town houses, and a grassy area...
Parks Back Bay and the South End
 
USS Cassin Young
From a later date than the Constitution, this destroyer saw action...
Nautical Sites Charlestown
 
USS Constitution
Better known as "Old Ironsides," the USS Constitution rides proudly...
Military Sites Charlestown
 
USS Constitution Museum
Artifacts pertaining to the USS Constitution are on display—firearms...
Museums / Galleries Charlestown
 
Vilna Shul
This historic treasure, one of the oldest synagogues in the region...
Religious Sites Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
 
Wadsworth House
On the Harvard University side of Harvard Square stands the Wadsworth...
Houses / Mansions Cambridge
 
Widener Library
The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library is Harvard University's...
Libraries Cambridge
 
William Hickling Prescott House
Now a modest but engaging house museum, this 1808 Federal structure...
Houses / Mansions Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End
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