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  • 1. Boston Common

    Beacon Hill | Park/Playground

    Nothing is more central to Boston than the Common, the oldest public park in the United States and undoubtedly the largest and most famous of...Read More

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  • 2. Boston Public Garden

    Back Bay | Garden/Arboretum

    The Public Garden is America's oldest botanical garden, and is replete with gorgeous formal plantings. Keep in mind that the Boston Public Garden...Read More

  • 3. Faneuil Hall

    Government Center | Information Center

    Faneuil Hall has always sat in the middle of Boston's main marketplace and, to be clear, the single building facing Congress Street is the real...Read More

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  • 4. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    The Fenway | Museum/Gallery

    A spirited society woman, Isabella Stewart came in 1860 from New York to marry John Lowell Gardner, one of Boston's leading citizens. "Mrs....Read More

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  • 5. Museum of Fine Arts

    The Fenway | Museum/Gallery

    Count on staying awhile if you have any hope of seeing what's here. Eclecticism and thoroughness, often an incompatible pair, have coexisted...Read More

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  • 6. Old North Church

    North End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At one end of the Paul Revere Mall is a church famous not only for being the oldest standing church building in Boston (built in 1723) but for...Read More

  • 7. Quincy Market

    Government Center | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Quincy Market, also known as Faneuil Hall Marketplace, is not everyone's cup of tea; some people prefer grit to polish, and disdain the shiny...Read More

  • 8. Boston Athenaeum

    Beacon Hill | Library/Archive

    It was William Tudor, one of the cofounders of the Boston Athenæum, who first compared Boston with Athens because of its many cultural and...Read More

  • 9. Esplanade

    Back Bay | Promenade/Boardwalk

    Near the corner of Beacon and Arlington Streets, the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge crosses Storrow Drive to the 3-mile-long Esplanade and the Hatch...Read More

  • 10. Granary Burying Ground

    Beacon Hill | Cemetery

    It is a fine thing to die in Boston," A. C. Lyons, an essayist and old Boston wit, once remarked, alluding to the city's cemeteries, among the...Read More

  • 11. Harvard University

    Harvard Square | Educational Institution

    The tree-studded, shady, and redbrick expanse of Harvard Yard—the very center of Harvard University—has weathered the footsteps of Harvard students...Read More

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  • 12. Louisburg Square

    Beacon Hill | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    One of Beacon Hill's most charming corners, Louisburg Square (proper Bostonians always pronounce the "s") was an 1840s model for a town-house...Read More

  • 13. Museum of African American History

    Beacon Hill | Museum/Gallery

    Ever since runaway slave Crispus Attucks became one of the famous victims of the Boston Massacre of 1770, the African American community of...Read More

  • 14. Paul Revere House

    North End | House/Mansion/Villa

    Originally on the site was the parsonage of the Second Church of Boston, home to the Rev. Increase Mather, the Second Church's minister. Mather...Read More

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