Boston Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Boston - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Back Bay and the South End 29

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Back Bay 24

South End 5

Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End 26

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Beacon Hill and Boston Common 20

The Old West End 6

Cambridge 23

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Brattle Street/Tory Row 9

Harvard Square 11

Kendall Square/MIT 3

Downtown Boston 22

Government Center and the North End 18

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Government Center 8

The North End 10

Boston Outskirts 8

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Brookline 2

Dorchester 3

Jamaica Plain 1

South Boston 2

Charlestown 5

The Fenway 4

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Arts/ Performance Venue 5

Beach–Sight 5

Bridge/ Tunnel 1

Building/ Architectural Site 3

Cemetery 5

Educational Institution 4

Financial Institution 2

Garden/ Arboretum 2

Government Building 4

Historic District/ Site 2

Hospital–Sight 1

House/ Mansion/ Villa 17

Information Center 1

Library/ Archive 6

Marina/ Pier/ Dock 1

Market/ Bazaar 2

Memorial/ Monument/ Tomb 6

Military Site 2

Museum/ Gallery 16

Nautical Site/ Lighthouse 2

Neighborhood/ Street 12

Park/ Playground 5

Plaza/ Square/ Piazza 6

Promenade/ Boardwalk 2

Public Art (Mural/ Sculpture/ Statue) 1

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 17

Restaurant–Sight 1

Sports Venue 2

Store/ Shop/ Mall 3

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) 2

Zoo/ Aquarium 2

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Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

  • Garden/Arboretum

This 281-acre living laboratory is somewhat incongruously set in a dense urban area. Established in 1872 in accordance with the terms...

Castle Island Park

  • Park/Playground

South Boston projects farther into the harbor than any other part of Boston except Logan Airport, and the views of the Harbor Islands...

Dorchester Heights Monument and National Historic Site

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

In 1776 Dorchester Heights hill commanded a clear view of central Boston, where the British had been under siege since the preceding...

Franklin Park Zoo

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Lion and tiger habitats, the Giraffe Savannah, and a 4-acre mixed-species area called the Serengeti Crossing that showcases zebras, ostriches...

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

  • Historic District/Site

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) is considered the nation's preeminent creator of parks. In 1883, at age 61, while immersed in planning...

Institute of Contemporary Art

  • Museum/Gallery

Housed in a breathtaking cantilevered edifice that juts out over the Boston waterfront, the ICA moved to this site in 2006 as part of...

John F. Kennedy Library & Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Chronicling a time now passing from memory to history, the library-museum is both a center for serious scholarship and a focus for Boston's...

John F. Kennedy National Historic Site

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

This was the home of the 35th president from his birth on May 29, 1917, until 1921, when the family moved to nearby Naples and Abbottsford...

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