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

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