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  • 1. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This lively museum offers an interactive look at the past in a place as close as possible to the actual spot where the Boston Tea Party took...Read More

  • 2. Children's Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The country's second-oldest children's museum has always been ahead of the curve with creative hands-on exhibits, cultural diversity, and problem...Read More

  • 3. New England Aquarium

    Downtown | Zoo/Aquarium

    With one of the world's largest ocean-reef tanks in the world and exhibits covering every sea creature imaginable, this aquarium is a must for...Read More

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  • 4. Old State House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This colonial-era landmark has one of the most recognizable facades in Boston, with its State Street gable adorned by a brightly gilded lion...Read More

  • 5. Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School

    Downtown | 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 Latin...Read More

  • 6. Boston Massacre Site

    Downtown | 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 on the...Read More

  • 7. Boston Opera House

    Downtown | 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 modeled...Read More

  • 8. Boston Tea Party Site

    Downtown | 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 expansion...Read More

  • 9. Chinatown

    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. Beginning...Read More

  • 10. Christopher Columbus Park

    Downtown | 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 restored...Read More

  • 11. Federal Reserve Tower

    Downtown | Financial Institution

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

  • 12. King's Chapel

    Downtown | 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...Read More

  • 13. King's Chapel Burying Ground

    Downtown | Cemetery

    Legends linger in this oldest of the city's cemeteries. Glance at the handy map of famous grave sites (posted a short walk down the left path...Read More

  • 14. Leather District

    Downtown | Neighborhood/Street

    Opposite South Station and inside the angle formed by Kneeland Street and Atlantic Avenue is a corner of Downtown that has been relatively untouched...Read More

  • 15. Memorial to the Irish Famine

    Downtown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    A reminder of the rich immigrant past of this most Irish of American cities consists of two sculptures by artist Robert Shure, one depicting...Read More

  • 16. Old City Hall

    Downtown | Government Building

    Just outside this site sits Richard S. Greenough's bronze statue (1855) of Benjamin Franklin, Boston's first portrait sculpture. Franklin was...Read More

  • 17. Old Corner Bookstore Site

    Downtown | Local Interest–Sight

    Through these doors, between 1845 and 1865, passed some of the century's literary lights: Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry...Read More

  • 18. Old South Meeting House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This is the second-oldest church building in Boston, and were it not for Longfellow's celebration of the Old North in "Paul Revere's Ride,"...Read More

  • 19. Rowes Wharf

    Waterfront | Marina/Pier/Dock

    Take a Beacon Hill redbrick town house, blow it up to the nth power, and you get this 15-story Skidmore, Owings & Merrill extravaganza from...Read More

  • 20. South Station

    Downtown | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The colonnaded granite structure is the terminal for all Amtrak trains in and out of Boston as well as commuter trains originating from the...Read More

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