Boston Attractions

Boston is the cultural center of New England and has many attractions for visitors to enjoy. From museums to zoos to sports venues, there’s no lack of fun things to do in Boston, day or night.

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The following is a list of popular tourist attractions in Boston:

Boston Aquariums/Zoos:

Franklin Park Zoo, a 72-acre zoo in Boston’s historic Franklin Park that features hundreds of exotic animals from around the world.

New England Aquarium, an aquarium that features thousands of species of aquatic animals and fish.

Boston Museums:

Boston Children’s Museum, a museum on Children’s Wharf at Fort Point Channel that is dedicated to the education of children.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, an interactive history museum that features live reenactments, multimedia exhibits and a tea room.

Edward M. Kennedy Museum for the United States Senate, a specialty museum dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in the United States government.

Institute of Contemporary Art, an art museum dedicated to modern art

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, an art museum that features an expansive collection of European, Asian and American Art housed in a replica Venetian palace.

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, a library and museum dedicated the legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

Mapparium, a three-story tall globe made of stained glass that visitors view from the inside of the globe.

Museum of Fine Arts, an art museum established in 1876 and is home to nearly 450,000 works of art.

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Museum of Science, a science museum and indoor zoo that features live presentations, a planetarium, a domed Imax theater as well as over 100 animals.

Boston Historic Sites:

Bunker Hill Monument, a monument built on the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill which took place during the Revolutionary War.

Charles Street Meeting House, a historic church built in 1807.

Dorchester Heights Monument, a 115-foot Georgian white marble tower that commemorates the Battle of Dorchester Heights, which took place during the Revolutionary War.

Faneuil Hall, a historic marketplace and meeting hall built in 1743 that later became an important meeting place during the American Revolution.

Gibbon House Museum, a historic Victorian rowhouse built in 1860.

Granary Burying Ground, a historic cemetery that contains the graves of many notable historic figures such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock as well as the five victims of the Boston Massacre.

Old City Hall, a historic municipal building built in 1860.

Old North Church, a historic church built in 1723 that became the location from which the famous “One if by land, two if by sea” signal was sent during the American Revolution.

Old South Meeting House, a historic church built in 1729 that became the organizing point for the Boston Tea Party.

Old State House, a historic municipal building built in 1703 that was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court and later became the site of the Boston Massacre during the American Revolution.

William Hickling Prescott House, a historic house museum built in 1808.

Massachusetts State House, a historic municipal building built in 1798.

Lewis and Harriet Hayden House, a historic house that was home to African-American abolitionists Lewis and Harriet Hayden and served as a stop on the Underground Railroad during the 19th century.

USS Cassin Young, a historic WWII-era U.S. Navy destroyer.

USS Constitution, a historic 18th-century naval vessel that gained fame during the War of 1812.

Warren Anatomical Museum, a historic museum founded in 1847 that features a collection of anatomical and medical specimens from the Harvard medical school.

Paul Revere House, a historic 17th century house that was the home of Paul Revere during the American Revolution.

Harrison Gray Otis House, a historic house built in 1795 for Massachusetts politician Harrison Gray Otis.

Nichols House Museum, a historic house designed by the architect Charles Bulfinch and built for Massachusetts politician Jonathan Mason in 1804.

Custom House Tower, a historic skyscraper built in 1837 to serve as Boston’s Custom House but is currently home to the Marriott Custom House hotel.

Smith Court Residences, a series of historic homes that were the center of the African-American community in the 19th century.

Philips School, a historic school built in 1824 that became one of the first integrated schools in the city after a desegregation law was passed in 1855.

Museum of African-American History, a history museum that features two historic buildings, the Abiel Smith School, a historic school for African-American children founded in 1835, and the African American Meeting House, a historic African-American church built in 1806.

Boston Parks:

Arnold Arboretum, a 281-acre aboretum founded in 1827 by Harvard University that was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

Boston Common, a historic 50-acre public park founded in 1634, making it the oldest city park in America.

Boston Public Garden, a 24-acre botanical garden founded in 1837, making it the first public botanical garden in America.

Boston National Historical Park, a 43-acre historical park that features eight national historical landmarks: Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown Navy Yard, Dorchester Heights, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Paul Revere House.

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, a 1,482 acre recreation area that is made up of a collection of islands in Boston harbor.

Charles River Esplande, a state-owned park on the Charles River basin.

Rose Kennedy Greenway, a 17-acre linear park that sits on the land created from the demolition of the John F. Kennedy Expressway during the Big Dig.

Boston Performing Arts Center:

Boston Opera House, a historic performing arts venue built in 1928.

Citi Performing Arts Center, a performing arts venue formerly known as the Wang Center for Performing Arts

Cutler Majestic Theatre, a historic theater built in 1903.

Jordan Hall, a concert hall at the New England Conservatory.

Symphony Hall, a historic concert hall built in 1900 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Boston Restaurants & Pubs:

Cheers, formerly known as the Bull & Finch pub, is a pub that is best known as the exterior of the bar seen in the t.v. show Cheers.

Green Dragon Tavern, a pub in the North End that was named after the original Green Dragon Tavern where many notable patriots met and planned various events of the American Revolution.

Union Oyster House, a historic restaurant that opened in 1826, making it the oldest operating restaurant in America.

Boston Sports Arenas & Stadiums:

Agganis Arena, a multi-purpose arena on the campus of Boston University.

Fenway Park, a historic baseball park built in 1912 for the Boston Red Sox.

Harvard Stadium, a college football stadium owned and operated by Harvard University.

Nickerson Field, an athletic stadium for Northeastern University.

TD Garden, a multi-purpose arena for both sporting events and live entertainment.

Boston Shopping Areas:

Copley Place, an upscale shopping center in the Back Bay.

Downtown Crossing, a pedestrian shopping zone in downtown Boston.

Newbury Street, a shopping district on Newbury Street.

Prudential Center, a 23-acre shopping district that includes a 620,000 square foot mall at the base of the Prudential Tower.

Quincy Market, a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall that was built in 1824.

Boston Tours:

Black Heritage Trail, a self-guided tour of African-American historical sites in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile self-guided tour of 16 historical sites related to the American Revolution.

Boston By Foot, private tours of Boston’s historical and cultural sites.

Boston Duck Tours, private land and boat tours of Boston’s historical and cultural sites.

Boston HarborWalk, a public walkway that features art installations and historical signs.

For more info on Massachusetts, check out this article on Massachusetts attractions.

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