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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Brattle House

  • House/Mansion/Villa

This 18th-century, gambrel-roof Colonial once belonged to the Loyalist William Brattle. He moved to Boston in 1774 to escape the patriots'...

Brattle Theatre

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Occupying a squat, barnlike building from 1890, the Brattle Theatre is set improbably between a modern shopping center and a colonial...

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

  • Arts/Performance Venue

This gravity-defying mass of concrete and glass, built in 1963 to contrast with the now-defunct and more traditional Fogg Art Museum...

Christ Church

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This modest yet beautiful gray clapboard structure was designed in 1761 by Peter Harrison, the first architect of note in the colonies.

Dexter Pratt House

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Also known as the "Blacksmith House," this yellow Colonial is now owned by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. The tree itself...

Elmwood

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Shortly after its construction in 1767, this three-story Georgian house was abandoned by its owner, colonial governor Thomas Oliver.

First Parish in Cambridge and the Old Burying Ground

  • Cemetery

Next to the imposing church on the corner of Church Street and Mass Ave., a spooky-looking colonial graveyard houses 17th- and 18th-century...

Harvard Art Museums

  • Museum/Gallery

In 2014, the combined collections of the Busch-Reisinger and Fogg museums (which closed in 2008) and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum (which...

Harvard Museum of Natural History

  • Museum/Gallery

Many museums promise something for every member of the family; the vast Harvard Museum complex actually delivers. In 2012, Harvard University...

Harvard Square

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Tides of students, tourists, political-cause proponents, and bizarre street creatures are all part of the nonstop pedestrian flow at...

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