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  • 1. Acorn Street

    Beacon Hill | Neighborhood/Street

    Often called the city's most photographed passageway, Acorn Street offers its visitors an iconic image of "historic Boston." Short, steep, and...Read More

  • 2. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Jamaica Plain | Garden

    This 281-acre living laboratory, 6 miles from downtown Boston, established in 1872 in accordance with the terms of a bequest from New Bedford...Read More

  • 3. Boston Children's Museum

    Fort Point Channel | 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

  • 4. Boston Common

    Beacon Hill | City Park

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

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  • 5. Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

    Waterfront | Island

    Comprising 34 tiny islands and peninsulas, this is one of the city's best hidden gems—and it's literally out of sight. Stretching from South...Read More

  • 6. Boston Public Garden

    Back Bay | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    America's oldest botanical garden is replete with gorgeous formal plantings; a 4-acre lagoon, famous since 1877 for its foot-pedal-powered ...Read More

  • 7. Boston Public Library

    Back Bay | Library/Archive

    This venerable institution is a handsome temple to literature and a valuable research library, as well as an art gallery of sorts and you don...Read More

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  • 8. Boston Red Sox

    Kenmore Square

    The Boston Red Sox may be New England's most storied professional sports team of all time. For 86 years, the club suffered a World Series drought...Read More

  • 9. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Fort Point Channel | Museum/Gallery

    Situated at the Congress Street Bridge near the site of Griffin's Wharf, this lively museum offers an interactive look at the past in a place...Read More

  • 10. Bunker Hill Monument

    Charlestown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Two misunderstandings surround this famous monument. First, the Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breed's Hill, which is where the...Read More

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  • 11. Charles Street

    Beacon Hill | Neighborhood/Street

    You won't see any glaring neon, in keeping with the historic character of the area, but Charles Street more than makes up for the general lack...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Emerald Necklace Conservancy

    The Fenway | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The six large public parks known as Boston's Emerald Necklace stretch 7 miles from the Back Bay Fens to Franklin Park in Dorchester, and include...Read More

  • 14. Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Government Center | Historic District/Site

    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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  • 15. Fenway Park

    Kenmore Square | Sports Venue

    Fenway Park is Major League Baseball's oldest ballpark and has seen some stuff since its 1912 opening. For one, it's the home field for the...Read More

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  • 16. Harvard Art Museums

    Harvard Square | Museum/Gallery

    This is Harvard University's oldest museum and, in late 2014, it became the combined collections of the Busch-Reisinger, Fogg, and Arthur M...Read More

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  • 17. 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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  • 18. Harvard Square

    Harvard Square | Plaza/Square

    Tides of students, tourists, and politically charged proponents are all part of the nonstop pedestrian flow at this most celebrated of Cambridge...Read More

  • 19. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

    Seaport | Museum/Gallery

    The ICA mounts temporary exhibits by the contemporary art world's brightest talents, as well as curated pieces from its permanent collection...Read More

  • 20. 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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