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Attractions in Boston, Massachusetts

Amusements

  • Museum of Science
    Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
    617-723-2500, With over 550 interactive exhibits, Boston's only 180-degree wrap-around movie screen, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, Theater of Electricity and more, science comes... more info

Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Abiel Smith School
    46 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02114
    617-739-1200, This historic structure housed the first public school for African American children.  more info  map

  • African Meeting House
    8 Smith Court, Boston, MA 02114
    617-742-5415, Built to house the first African Baptist Church of Boston and the first African American Baptist church created north of the Mason Dixon Line, the African Meeting House... more info  map

  • George Middleton House
    5 Pinckney Street, Boston, MA 02114
    A Site Along the Black Heritage Trail
    An early leader in Boston’s African American community, activist George Middleton began constructing a two-family residence with Louis Glapion in 1786. A typical... more info  map

  • Harrison Gray Otis House
    141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114
    617-227-3956, Tours are offered at this late Eighteenth Century home that was designed by Charles Bullfinch. The furnishings of this house museum represent the epitome of the high... more info  map

  • John C. Smith House
    86 Pinckney Street, Boston, MA 02110
    John J. Smith, a barber, abolitionist and a state legislator, lived here from 1878 to 1893. During the Civil War, Smith was a recruiter for Massachusetts African... more info  map

  • King's Chapel
    Corner of Tremont and School Streets, Boston, MA 02116
    617-227-2155, King’s Chapel was the first Anglican Church established in Boston; the original structure was built adjacent to Boston’s burying ground in 1688, and when this... more info  map

  • Lewis & Harriet Hayden House, The
    66 Phillips Street, Boston, MA 02108
    A Site Along the Black Heritage Trail
    "One of Boston’s most visible and militant African American abolitionists," Lewis Hayden and his family "routinely cared for self-emancipated African Americans at... more info  map

  • Massachusetts State House
    Beacon Streets, Boston, MA 02115
    617-727-3676, Weekday Tours of the Massachusetts State House are conducted.  more info

  • Old Corner Bookstore
    1 School Street, Boston, MA 02108
    617-367-4000, Now a Boston Globe store, this is one of the oldest surviving structures in Boston, having been built in 1712, and was the site of the publication of many important... more info  map

  • Old North Church
    193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113
    617-523-6676, Boston’s oldest church that is still in use, this church is famed for being the church where the lanterns were hung in order to convey the famous message to Bostonians... more info  map

  • Old South Meeting House
    310 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
    617-482-6439, Lectures and concerts are frequently offered at this historic meeting house that was an early Puritan house of worship.  more info  map

  • Old State House
    Corner of State and Washington Streets, Boston, MA 02109
    617-720-3290, The oldest public building in Boston, this structure was the seat of the Colonial government and the site of the debates that culminated in the war for independence from... more info  map

  • Park Street Church
    1 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108
    617-523-3383, This historic church is the site where William Lloyd Garrison gave his first anti-slavery addresses in 1829. more info  map

  • Paul Revere House, The
    19 North Square, Boston, MA 02113
    Located on the Freedom Trail
    617-523-2338, This National Historic Landmark is downtown Boston's oldest building and one of the few remaining 17th-century dwellings in a large urban area in the United States. ... more info  map

  • Phillips School, The
    Corner of Pinckney and Anderson Streets, Boston, MA 02114
    A Site Along the Black Heritage Trail
    617-742-5415, Prior to becoming a private residence, this building was used by the English High School before becoming a grammar school in 1844. Named after the first mayor of... more info  map

  • Pierce/Hichborn House, The
    29 North Square, Boston, MA 02113
    617-523-2338, One of the earliest remaining brick structures in Boston, this home's "elegant symmetrical style was a radical change from the wood-framed Tudor dwellings, such as the... more info

  • Smith Court Residences
    Smith Court, Boston, MA 02114
    617-742-5415, "The historic homes on Smith Court, along with the African Meeting House and the Abiel Smith School, are the best preserved physical locales available for understanding... more info

Historic Sites & Monuments

  • Boston African American National Historic Site
    14 Beacon Street, Suite 401 (Mail), Boston, MA 02108
    617-742-5415, A walking tour of this historic district reveals and explores the history of the African American community that populated this area of Boston in the 1800's. The area... more info  map

  • Boston Massacre Site
    Next to Old State House, Boston, MA 02114
    This is the infamous site that saw the deadly clash between British troops and an unruly mob of Colonials in 1770. more info

  • Boston Women's Heritage Trail
    22 Holbrook Street, Boston, MA 02130
    617-522-2872, During a trip on this enlightening trail, one will pay honour to and learn about the contributions and achievements made by women in such divergent roles as patriot,... more info  map

  • Forest Hills Cemetery
    95 Forest Hills Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
    617-524-0128, This one-hundred-fifty-year-old garden cemetery encompasses more than two hundred fifty acres and is the final resting place of such luminaries as playwright Eugene... more info  map

  • Freedom Trail-Boston Nat'l Historical Park
    15 State Street, Boston, MA 02109
    617-242-1542, On this walking tour, one can take a leisurely, informative and illustrative stroll through three hundred fifty years of American history by following a red line on the... more info  map

  • Granary Burying Ground
    Park and Tremont Streets, Boston, MA 02114
    This historic cemetery, founded in 1660, is the third oldest burying ground in Boston proper. Granary Burying Ground is the final resting place of such notable... more info

  • Irish Famine Memorial
    Washington and School Streets, Boston, MA 02108
    Boston, MA
    This memorial commemorates the great migration to America by the Irish who were fleeing the Great Hunger of 1847 that threatened to decimate all of Ireland. more info

  • New England Holocaust Memorial
    Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
    Near Faneuil Hall
    617-457-0755, These luminous towers stand as beacons of hope that humanity may learn to treat fellow human beings and the world with compassion; the towers also stand as stark... more info

  • Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial
    Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02114
    A Site Along the Black Heritage Trail
    617-742-5415, Located across Beacon Street from the State House, this Augustus Saint-Gaudens-designed memorial commemorates the first African American regiment that served in the... more info

  • Site of First Public School and Franklin Statute
    School Street, Boston, MA 02114
    This site commemorates the first public school in the United States, which opened in 1635 and had pupils such as Samuel Adams and Benjamin Franklin; at a later date it... more info

Libraries & Research Centers

  • Boston History Library
    15 State Street, Third Floor, Boston, MA 02109
    617-720-1713, Run under the aegis of the Bostonian Society, the Boston History Library includes a vast array of textual and visual material, with over seven thousand books, thirty... more info  map

  • Boston Public Library
    700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
    Boston
    617-536-5400, Situated in a gorgeous Italian Renaissance style building, with a courtyard, sculptures, murals and paintings, the Boston Public Library was established in 1848 as the... more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • Boston Children's Museum
    308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
    617-426-6500, This museum for children features fun, entertaining, hands-on exhibits and programs that encourage learning and acquisition of knowledge about the world and science in... more info  map

  • Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
    Congress Street Bridge, Boston, MA 02210
    Boston, MA
    617-338-1773, This ship and museum is a replica of the ship that was the site of the notorious protest against taxation that took place on December 16, 1773, and became known as the... more info

  • Captain Forbes House Museum
    215 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186
    617-696-1815, Designed by Boston architect Isaiah Rogers in 1833, this Greek Revival mansion was the home of Captain Robert Bennet Forbes, an internationally known China Trade... more info  map

  • Christian Science Church Center
    175 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
    617-450-3790, This Modern-style building designed by architect I.M. Peiis is the International Headquarters of Christian Science. Public tours are available. more info  map

  • Dreams of Freedom Cultural Exhibit Center
    International Institute of Boston/ 1 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109
    Boston, MA
    617-695-9990, This museum takes one through a multimedia journey that explores the disparate experiences of a wide array of cultures that went through the often arduous process of... more info

  • First Church of Christ Scientist
    175 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
    617-450-3793, The most outstanding feature of this church structure is a thirty-foot stained glass globe room that offers visitors a view of the earth from the inside. more info  map

  • Gibson House Museum
    137 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116
    617-267-6338, Dating from the middle of the Nineteenth Century, this house museum preserves in pristine form the elegance of well-to-do Victorian families in Boston; as well as having... more info  map

  • Institute of Contemporary Art
    955 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115
    617-266-5152, Since 1936 this museum has brought the best of contemporary art to Boston, including works by such now famous names as Picasso and Warhol; the museum today continues the... more info  map

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
    617-566-1401, With a flower-filled courtyard, this museum is located in a Fifteenth Century Venetian-style building and features changing exhibits of traveling exhibitions, as well as... more info  map

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
    Columbia Road, Columbia Point, MA 02125
    617-514-1600, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum was designed to help preserve the memory of the 35th President. Displays, multi-media exhibits, period settings, and... more info  map

  • Longyear Museum
    1125 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
    617-278-9000, Longyear Museum offers exhibits, publications, and programs on the life of one of America's most noted women, Mary Baker Eddy. Mrs. Eddy discovered Christian Science in... more info  map

  • Mary Baker Eddy Historic House
    400 Beacon Street, Newton, MA 02467
    617-278-9000, Tour Mary Baker Eddy's last home, a large stone building originally built for a Boston family in the 1880s. When she moved here, Mrs. Eddy was the recognized leader of a... more info  map

  • Museum of African American History
    46 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02119
    Beacon Hill
    617-725-0022, New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period... more info  map

  • Museum of Fine Arts
    465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
    617-267-9300, The largest art museum in New England, the museum of Fine Arts features a world-renowned collection of art; with the goal of representing diverse cultures and disparate... more info  map

  • Nichols House Museum
    55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108
    617-227-6993, This house museum preserves and elucidates both its Federal Period origins and the lifestyle of the occupants that used the structure at the turn of the Twentieth... more info  map

  • Sports Museum of New England
    Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114
    Fleet Center
    617-787-7678, With a wide array of displays that trace the history and defining moments of various sports, this museum takes as its main mission the use of sports to “ teach the... more info

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

  • Boston Common
    790 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
    617-723-3825, This tour company conducts both land and water cruises aboard amphibious vehicles. Thought at first to be a crazy idea in the Boston area, these tours have continued to... more info

  • Boston Knolls Park
    107 Weathervane Lane, Boston, MA 02125
    A forested walkway provides a chance to relax with nature within the city limits of Boston; the park also features a playground with swings, a softball diamond, a tennis... more info

  • Franklin Park Zoo
    1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121
    617-442-2002, The Franklin Park Zoo covers seventy two acres within Boston’s historic Franklin Park, and features exhibits of animals that reflect and explore such diverse environs... more info  map

  • North Park
    3595 Grafton Road, Boston, MA 02125
    Holiday Hills
    330-273-8040, This park is comprised of approximately fifty-seven acres, inlcuding a five-acre lake that provides the chance for aquatic studies of reptiles, amphibians, birds, and... more info

  • Public Garden
    Between Arlington and Charles Streets, Boston, MA 02114
    The Boston Public Garden features formal gardens, rare trees, and the new addition of a sculpture of a mother duck followed by her train of ducklings. more info

Science & Technology

  • Boston Harbor Islands
    408 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 228, Boston, MA 02110
    617-223-8666, Operated under the aegis of the National Park System, the Boston Harbour Islands Park includes ten islands, a learning centre, a park store, and chances for exploration,... more info  map

  • New England Aquarium
    Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
    617-973-5200, Situated on the Central Wharf in Boston, this aquarium features over two thousand species of exotic fish, sharks, sea turtles, a penguin colony, sea lion shows, and a... more info

  • Skywalk Observatory
    800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
    Prudential Tower, 50th floor
    617-236-3318, Located on the fiftieth floor of the Prudential Tower, the Skywalk Observatory offers the only three-hundred-sixty-degree panoramic view of Boston. more info  map

Tours & Cruises

  • A C Cruise Line
    290 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
    617-261-6633, This cruise line offers maritime cruises and tours in the vicinity of Boston. more info  map

  • Authentic Gondola Tours of Boston
    Located on the Charles River at The Esplanade
    617-876-2800, Boston's only authentic gondolas, straight from Venice, Italy. All tours are private - meaning you will have the gondola exclusively to your party. Live accordion... more info  map

  • Beantown Trolley
    781-986-6100, This company offers narrated trolley tours of Boston. more info

  • Ben Franklin's Boston
    1 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02108
    781-648-0628, One can explore the Boston of Benjamin Franklin by taking this tour along the Freedom Trail. more info  map

  • Boston Adventures
    Back Bay, Box 541, Boston, MA 02116
    617-430-1900, This guided walking tour begins at the Boston Common. more info

  • Boston by Foot
    617-367-2345, These walking tours explore such areas as the Freedom Trail, the Back Bay, the North End, and Beacon Hill. more info

  • Boston by Sea
    60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
    617-542-8000, A fun, fascinating, one-of-a-kind cruise that tells in story and song how Boston Harbor helped shape the history of the city and a nation. more info  map

  • Boston Duck Tours
    790 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
    617-723-3825, This tour company conducts both land and water cruises aboard amphibious vehicles. Thought at first to be a crazy idea in the Boston area, these tours have continued to... more info  map

  • Boston Harbor Cruises
    One Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
    White Ticket Center
    617-227-4321, Boston Harbour Cruises offers whale watching cruises, harbour site seeing tours, ferries to functions, private charters, and entertainment.  more info  map

  • Boston Private Tours
    48 Cerdan Avenue, Boston, MA 02131
    978-771-4471, Tailored tours by retired teachers of Greater Boston. Small to large personalized group tours of Boston, Lexington, Concord, Plymouth, Salem and more. Themes include... more info  map

  • Boston Spirits
    781-235-7149, This unique supernatural walking tour takes one on a ninety minute journey to the most infamous of Boston’s haunted locations.  more info

  • Boston Tours By Season
    617-876-2800, Tour Boston and Massachusetts all year. Boston, Massachusetts, is the heart of New England and offers four great seasons of attractions and events. While most tours... more info

  • Boston Walks
    617-489-5020, The walking tours offered by this organization explore ethnic histories and neighbourhoods, with tours that emphasize such ethnicities as Irish, Italian and Jewish. more info

  • Brush Hill Tours of Boston
    16 South Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116
    781-986-6100, Tours of Boston, Salem, Plymouth, Cape Cod, Newport, Maine and New Hampshire are offered by this operation. more info  map

  • Free Tours by Foot - Boston Tours
    119 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
    617-299-0764, Informative and dynamic walking tours that take you through many of Boston's legendary neighborhoods. These tours are offered free of charge. Guides work only for tips. more info  map

  • Ghosts of Boston Walking Tours
    Boston Common
    617-605-3635, Take a thrilling 90 minute fully-narrated tour through Boston's historic district. You will hear tales of hauntings, heroes, witches, pirates, sea captains, political... more info  map

  • Innovation Odyssey
    50 Beacon Street, Suite 403, Boston, MA 02215
    617-350-0358, On these tours one may ride into the stories of the inventors and visionaries whose creations established Boston as a Mecca of innovation; one may travel the route of... more info  map

  • Liberty Fleet: Boston's Tall Ship Adventures
    67 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02210
    617-742-0333, Come aboard the Liberty Clipper, a 125' schooner reminiscent of the classic wind-driven coastal schooners of the mid-1800's. It is available for sailing tours and such... more info

  • Literary Trail of Greater Boston
    650 Beacon Street, Suite 403, Boston, MA 02215
    617-350-0358, This twenty-mile trail winds through some of the most fertile literary terrain in the country; the lives of some of the greatest poets and authors of Nineteenth Century... more info  map

  • Maritime History Trail and Walking Tour
    650 Beacon Street Suite 403, Boston, MA 02111
    Custom House Concierge Desk
    617-350-0358, These maritime tours, led by costumed guides, explore two hundred years of Boston’s rich waterfront history. In addition, a walking tour of the Long Wharf, and a... more info  map

  • MassBay Lines
    60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02210
    617-542-8000, Among the most popular of the many cruises offered by this company is the narrated harbour tour aboard a paddlewheel steamboat replica; with eight vessels from which to... more info  map

  • Odyssey
    Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02210
    617-654-9700, Lunch and dinner yacht cruises, with live music and dancing, are offered by Odyssey cruises; any size party can be accommodated, from a party of two, to an event for... more info

  • Old Town Trolley
    617-269-7010, Old Town Trolley offers narrated trolley tours of historic sections of Boston. more info

  • On Location Tours
    139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
    Boston Common
    212-209-3370, On Location Tours runs TV and movie sightseeing tours in Boston and New York City. Take the Boston TV & Movie Sites bus tour or Boston Movie Mile walking tour to see... more info  map

  • PhotoWalks
    617-851-2273, PhotoWalks offers five guided walking tours of Boston presented with historic commentary and creative photography tips. All ages and skill levels welcome. Advance... more info

  • Spirit of Boston
    164 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
    617-748-1499, The Spirit of Boston features narrated lunch cruises and dinner cruises with Broadway-style shows. more info  map

  • Tall Ship Excursions
    Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
    Located at Waterboat Marina
    617-262-1119, Each sail of the traditional square-rigged tall ship Formidable includes a presentation relating to museum displays in the salon. more info  map

Vineyards, Wineries & Breweries

  • Boston Beer Company
    One Design Center, Suite 850, Boston, MA 02130-2312
    Samuel Adams Beer
    The Boston Beer Company is America's leading brewer of handcrafted, full-flavored beers. Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch, brews Samuel Adams® beers using the time-honored,... more info  map

  • Samuel Adams® Brewery
    30 Germania Street, Boston, MA 02130
    Located in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood
    617-368-5080, Tours at the brewery are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., Fridays at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00... more info  map

  

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