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 24

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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

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Government Center 8

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Boston Outskirts 8

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Brookline 2

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Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

This stop on the Freedom Trail commemorates the famous revolutionary and inventor. His likeness also marks the original location of Boston...

Boston Massacre Site

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Directly in front of the Old State House a circle of cobblestones (on a traffic island) marks the site of the Boston Massacre. It was...

Boston Opera House

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Originally the B. F. Keith Memorial Theatre in the days of vaudeville, this venue was designed in beaux arts style by Thomas Lamb and...

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

After a lengthy renovation, the museum reopened in the summer of 2012 at the Congress St. Bridge where Griffin's Wharf was, the actual...

Boston Tea Party Site

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

The Boston Tea Party occurred on Atlantic Avenue near Congress Street. The area was once a wharf—further evidence of Boston's relentless...

Children's Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Most children have so much fun here that they don't realize they're actually learning something. Creative hands-on exhibits demonstrate...

Chinatown

  • Neighborhood/Street

Boston's Chinatown may seem small, but it's said to be the third largest in the United States, after those in San Francisco and Manhattan.

Christopher Columbus Park

  • Park/Playground

It's a short stroll from the Financial District to a view of Boston Harbor. This green space bordering the harbor and several of Boston's...

Federal Reserve Tower

  • Financial Institution

On Atlantic Avenue, across from South Station, is this striking aluminum-clad building, designed in 1976 by Hugh Stubbins and Associates.

King's Chapel

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Both somber and dramatic, King's Chapel looms over the corner of Tremont and School streets. Its distinctive shape wasn't achieved entirely...

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