Here are the top 199 tourist attractions to see in Boston:

1. Freedom Trail Boston

4.5 /5

1,540 km
from city center
1 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Freedom Trail is a famous 2.5-mile red line which recites the story of bygone times to its visitors. With 16 official sites, Freedom Trail has a lot to offer, especially to history buffs. These sites range from meeting houses and burying grounds to Churches and Chapels. You can either opt for a paid guided tour or get a map of the train and explore the sites on your own. The highlights of Freedom Trail are Faneuil Hall, Bunker Hill monument, Old State House Museum and the Old North Church.

2. Museums in Boston

4.3 /5

4 km
from city center
2 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

The city of Boston is known for its tremendous contribution to revolutionary American history. The history of this is preserved in highly well kept in the museums in Boston to carry on the legacy of patriots, artists and revolutionaries. The museums in the city are a worthwhile watch for not only the visitors but also the locals of the city.

3. Fenway Park

4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
3 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

One of Boston's oldest baseball fields built-in 1912 the Fenway Park is still one of the jewels where the Major Baseball League is held. The home ground of the Red Sox the ballpark is a great representation of the little but significant evolution of things. Fenway Park has an atmosphere full of enthusiasm and excitement before the start of any game. The park also offers visitors guided tours around the 9 acres of the stadium.

4. Castle Island

107 km
from city center
4 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

An extremely popular attraction among locals and tourists alike, Castle Island, formerly known as Castle William Island, is an island turned peninsula on the Boston Harbor. The site of the historical Fort Independence, it’s quite close to the city centre and is the perfect destination for a day’s outing for people of all age groups. The beach, playground, scenic view, historical monuments and trails make it a fitting destination for an excursion.

5. USS Constitution

10 km
from city center
5 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Also referred to as Old Ironsides, the USS Constitution happens to be the oldest commissioned vessel belonging to the United States Navy that remains afloat and in service. Right across from the vessel, in Building 22, is the USS Constitution Museum that offers the public a chance to learn in depth about its history and legacy.

6. Faneuil Hall

0 km
from city center
6 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

A popular site linked by the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall is a meeting hall as well as a marketplace. Often called “the Cradle of Liberty,” it is a part of the Boston National Historical Park and played a key role in the country’s independence from the British during the 18th century.

7. Boston Common

1 km
from city center
7 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Often referred to as “the Common,” Boston Common happens to be a central public park in downtown Boston and a part of the Emerald Necklace. The 50-acre piece of land is the oldest city park in the country and is surrounded by Tremont Street, Park Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street and Bolyston Street.

8. The Paul Revere House

1 km
from city center
8 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Paul Revere House in downtown Boston is the oldest standing structure in the city and happens to be one of the 16 sites linked by the Freedom Trail. Once home to Paul Revere, an American patriot, the House is now run by the Paul Revere Memorial Association as a non-profit museum.

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9. Old North Church

1 km
from city center
9 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

The Old North Church in Boston, often referred to as Christ Church, is the oldest worship house in the city that continues to remain in function. One of the 16 sites linked by the Freedom Trail, this National Historic Landmark is frequently visited by large crowds that not only wish to partake in the worship but also wish to know more about its history.

10. Massachusetts State House

9 km
from city center
10 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Situated in Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts State House is the state capitol along with being the seat of the government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It houses several key government offices including that of the state’s Governor and the Massachusetts General Court or the State Legislature. Owing to its gorgeous Federal style of architecture, the building became a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

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11. New England Aquarium

1,040 km
from city center
11 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Boston’s oldest and largest non-profit aquarium, the New England Aquarium, is home to a wide range of underwater species. The aquarium area also has an IMAX theatre as well as a whale watch centre which is open for specific months in the years. Located at the Central Wharf in Boston the New England Aquarium houses more than 20,000 animals of 600 exotic species of animals. The main aquarium building has several exhibits like the Indo-Pacific coral reef, Atlantic harbour seals, penguins and the Amazon forest.

12. Park Street Church

14 km
from city center
12 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

The tallest building in the country between 1810-1828, Park Street Church, also known as “Brimstone Corner,” in Downtown Boston is a Conservative Congregational church. Established by members of the Old South Meeting House, the church has been the site of many firsts for the country since its establishment.

13. Old South Meeting House

37 km
from city center
13 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

One of the 16 sites on the Freedom Trail, the Old South Meeting House in downtown Boston is a former Congregational church turned museum. It is an extremely popular building not just in Boston but in the country since it is associated with a number of historical events, including the beginning of the Boston Tea Party.

14. Boston Public Garden

12,604 km
from city center
14 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Established in 1837 the Boston Public Garden is not only Boston’s oldest but also largest garden that has a total area of 64 acres. The park has a wide range of flora and vegetation on display for the visitors. The garden also has a pathway for people to walk and patches of luscious green grass around the park. There are also historical statues and figures of revolutionary American patriots who gave their lives for the country.

15. Granary Burying Ground

0 km
from city center
15 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Situated next to Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street is one of the oldest cemeteries in Boston and was built in order to meet the city’s growing population after King’s Chapel Burying Ground ran out of space. The cemetery is where a lot of historical figures, including participants of the American Revolution were laid to rest.

16. Old State House

650 km
from city center
16 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

One of the oldest remaining buildings in Boston, and the seat of the Massachusetts General Court, the Old State House is a National Historic Landmark and one of he 16 Freedom Trail sites. The building is now a museum that not only attracts visitors for its architecture but also for its involvement in government proceedings and its association with the Boston Massacre and the country’s freedom.

17. Old Corner Bookstore

221 km
from city center
17 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Located at the corner of School Street, Old Corner Bookstore is a commercial building of great historic significance built in the early 18th century. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, the bookstore was once occupied by some major publishing houses.

18. Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

1 km
from city center
18 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

One of Boston’s oldest burial grounds, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground dates back to the mid-17th century and is where notable historical figures were buried. Spread out over an area of about 2 acres, the cemetery is one of the 16 sites on the Freedom Trail.

19. Museum of Science

12,519 km
from city center
19 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

One of America’s largest science museums, the Museum of Science in Boston has not only a dynamic science Museum but also an indoor zoo created with the aim of spreading knowledge and developing science amongst the visitors. In addition to the obvious museum exhibits, the Boston Science Museum showcases 4D and Omni films, planetarium shows, and live presentations.

20. Benjamin Franklin Statue

152 km
from city center
20 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

On the Freedom Trail lies the bronze Benjamin Franklin statue on land that was previously occupied by the Boston Latin School, an institute that provided education to boys. While the school was the oldest public school in the country, the statue was erected in order to pay tribute to one of America’s Founding Fathers and inventors.

21. Site of the Boston Massacre

5 km
from city center
21 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

One of the most frequently visited locations in the city and on the Freedom Trail, the site of the Boston Massacre commemorates not only the historic event that later led to the American Revolution but also those who lost their lives in the bloody massacre.

22. King's Chapel and Burying Ground

0 km
from city center
22 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

King’s Chapel and King’s Chapel Burying Ground on Tremont Street are popular sites on the Freedom Trail that are of architectural, religious and historical significance. While both were established in the 17th century, the Burying Ground was built before the church.

23. Long Island Boston

9 km
from city center
23 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Located at the centre of the Boston Harbor, Long Island is a historic island that is no longer open to the public. The island is home to a number of different structures, social service programs and one of the three Harbor lighthouses added to the NRHP, while having served as an important location for colonial tenant farmers and for several wars, including the Revolution.

24. Malibu Beach Boston

6 km
from city center
24 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Adjacent to Savin Hill Beach, Malibu Beach in Boston’s Dorchester neighbourhood is a great option for a day out. Visitors would find themselves just south of the city and can have a fun time swimming, playing, walking or simply resting while taking in the view of the Dorchester Bay Basin and the city.

25. Canobie Lake Park

1,106 km
from city center
25 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Located in Salem, New Hampshire the Canobie Lake Park is a part of America’s very few trolley parks that are yet functioning. The Canobie park is most prominently known for its beautiful and unique botanical gardens. In addition to the gardens, they also have thrill rides, family rides, children's rides, and water rides.

26. Boston Public Library

13,490 km
from city center
26 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

The Boston public library was founded in 1848 and later on became the third largest public library in the United States. The library is currently run by 3 families who look after the growth and maintenance of the entire library. The Boston Public library is also known as the Library of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where all adult members borrow and renew anything of the 24 volumes of books present in the library.

27. Six Flags New England, Boston

616 km
from city center
27 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

The Six Flags amusement park is located in Agawam, a western suburb to the city of Springfield in Massachusetts. The 59-year-old amusement park is spread over 235 acres of land filled with extremely exciting and thrilling roller coaster rides. The park is also known as the thrill capital of New England because of its high speed and frantic rides.

28. Museum of Fine Arts

4 km
from city center
28 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Museum of Fine Arts is a public museum in Boston that houses over 450,000 pieces of art work and happens to be the world's 17th largest museum. With a large number of collections like Arts of Africa and Oceania, Art of the Americas, Egyptian artefacts, photographs, musical instruments, jewellery etc., the museum garners over a million visitors every year.

29. Beacon Hill

1 km
from city center
29 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Beacon Hill in Boston is a historic neighbourhood lined with residential buildings representative of different architectural styles. Located close to sites such as Boston Common, Charles River Esplanade, Boston Public Garden amongst others, this area, made up of three sections (north and south slopes, Flat of the Hill) attracts a significant amount of crowd throughout the year.

30. Mystic Lakes

10 km
from city center
30 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Flowing through three different towns in the state of Massachusetts, the meromictic Mystic Lakes are known to be great for recreational activities such as swimming, rowing, sailing, fishing and picnics, especially since Shannon Beach is located at Upper Mystic Lake. The Mystic River Reservation includes the eastern shore of the lakes while Mystic Lakes were previously part of Charlestown and Boston’s drinking water supply.

31. Franklin Park Zoo

7 km
from city center
31 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Opened in 1912 the Franklin Park Zoo is one of Boston’s most unique Zoo with myriad species of animals, birds, and reptiles. The well-maintained zoo is now looked after by the New England Zoo. Currently home to an exotic range of wild species of animals the Franklin park zoo boasts a collection of well-crafted exhibits with animals from different continents and regions of the world.

32. Sky Zone Trampoline Park

13 km
from city center
32 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Boston is essentially a trampoline parks chain appropriate for all ages. It is an ideal choice for those looking for amusement since the many attractions, events and programs make for a day’s worth of exercise but also fun. The pricing policy varies depending upon the age group, the hours spent, whether it is a Day Pass or whether it is a reservation for an event.

33. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

4 km
from city center
33 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is an art museum that was previously home to the philanthropist, collector and art patron of the same name. The museum’s construction began in 1896 and it houses a massive collection of art works, many of which were owned by Isabella Stewart. Besides its impressive collections, the museum is known to organise a number of exhibitions, as it has done over the years.

34. Trinity Church

722 km
from city center
34 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

The holy metropolitan Trinity Church is one of Boston’s oldest Romanesque style churches. Trinity Church has intricate details in its sculptures and paintings. The church is easily accessible by public transports and has parking spaces in and around the friendly neighborhood. The beautiful church is a representation of not only the ancient style of architecture but also shows the practice of religion back in the days.

35. Boston Children's Museum

920 km
from city center
35 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

The second oldest children’s museum in the United States, the Boston Children’s Museum is one of Boston’s most renowned and loved museums by all children who visit it. The Children’s Museums has a range of simple but informative exhibits. The museum has programs related to culture, performance arts, and literary arts to showcase the flourishing talent of children who visit.

36. Museum of African American History

9 km
from city center
36 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

The Museum of African American History is one of the country's largest museums. It is solely dedicated to telling the story of African Americans throughout the colonial period, during the 19th century. The museum's basic aim is to show the visitors the hardships of life and culture of the African Americans during the 19th century.

37. Stone Zoo, Boston

1,712 km
from city center
37 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Stone Zoo, previously known as Middlesex Fells Zoo, is a 26-acre zoo that houses around 800 animals and birds. It is one of the two major zoos located in Boston and is maintained by the New England Zoo. Stone Zoo boasts of over 87 different species and has an array of exhibits as well as seasonal attractions. A key highlight of this century-old zoo is the African Spurred Tortoise encounter and feeding experience.

38. Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

1 km
from city center
38 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum provides an excellent opportunity for anyone who wishes to learn in depth about all that transpired in 1773 following the Tea Acts imposed by the British Government. It is known for its exhibits, interactive reenactments, display of historic artefacts and restored tea ships, all of which elicit an impression of being back in that era, during the historic events of the Boston Tea Party.

39. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

5 km
from city center
39 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Built for the country’s 35th President, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is situated at Columbia Point in Boston. It was dedicated to late John F. Kennedy in 1979 by Jimmy Carter and Kennedy family members and houses many documents, books, artefacts, artwork etc. and is open to the public 7 days a week.

40. Boston Opera House

1,961 km
from city center
40 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Also known as the Citizens Bank Opera house the beautifully standing opera building was originally a theatre made in memory of B.F Keith. The Opera House is currently an active opera house that showcases diverse performances. They have elegant ballet dances, cultural dances, and concerts that play on a scheduled basis in the theatre. The Opera can pass as a sight that looks at showcasing talent and putting up marvelous acts for its audience.

41. Spectacle Island

17,527 km
from city center
41 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Located in the midst of multiple islands in the blue Boston Harbor is the beautiful spectacle island. Showcasing a panoramic view of the tranquil Atlantic ocean the island is home to a renowned lifeguarded swimming beach as well as a marina for the private jets. The island has been the soul location of not only the agricultural industry but also the hotel and the housing industry. Today the island is known for its exciting recreational activities and comfortable facilities to provide an ideal day for its visitors.

42. Sam Adams Brewery

954 km
from city center
42 out of 199
places to visit in Boston

Samuel Adams Brewery was founded in 1984 by Jim Koch. The company was founded with the name, Samuel Adams, one of the founding members of the United States of America. Jim Koch made the first batch of the beers in his kitchen. ‘Jim had a belief: that beer drinkers deserved a better American beer option than what was available at the time.

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Boston is a walk-friendly city. Unless you need to go away from the city center, you can cover the distance on ¾foot. For distant locations, the subway system (known as "T") is the best option. Along with subway system, the MBTA also provides bus and water shuttle services.Other ways to get around some parts of the city include using a taxi or water taxi.
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