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  • 1. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Jamaica Plain | Garden/Arboretum

    This 281-acre living laboratory established in 1872 in accordance with the terms of a bequest from New Bedford merchant James Arnold contains...Read More

  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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

  • 4. Boston Public Library

    Back Bay | Library/Archive

    This venerable institution is a handsome temple to literature and a valuable research library. The Renaissance Revival building was opened in...Read More

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  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Crane Beach on the Crane Estate


    The 1,200-acre Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, an hour's drive to the north of Boston in the 17th-century village of Ipswich, has 4 miles of...Read More

  • 8. 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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  • 9. Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Harvard Square | Museum/Gallery

    The Harvard Museum of Natural History (which exhibits specimens from the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Herbaria, and the...Read More

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  • 10. Harvard Square

    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 this most...Read More

  • 11. Massachusetts State House

    Beacon Hill | Government Building

    On July 4, 1795, the surviving fathers of the Revolution were on hand to enshrine the ideals of their new Commonwealth in a graceful seat of...Read More

  • 12. 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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  • 13. Museum of Science

    Old West End | Educational Institution

    With 15-foot lightning bolts in the Theater of Electricity and a 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex model, this is just the place to ignite any...Read More

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  • 14. 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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  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. USS Constitution

    Charlestown | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Better known as "Old Ironsides," the USS Constitution rides proudly at anchor in her berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The oldest commissioned...Read More

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  • 18. USS Constitution Museum

    Charlestown | Museum/Gallery

    Artifacts pertaining to the USS Constitution are on display—firearms, logs, and instruments. One section takes you step by step through the...Read More

  • 19. Boston National Historical Park

    Information Center

    A 7,400-square-foot NPS visitor center at Faneuil Hall features history exhibits, a film-screening area, and a bookstore. It's the starting...Read More

  • 20. Castle Island Park

    South Boston | 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 from along...Read More

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