Boston Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Beantown; our list of the best things to see, including Museum of Science, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Improv Asylum.
  • The best place in Boston: Museum of Science

    Museum of Science

    1 Science Park
    9AM-5PM daily (Summer until 7PM). $21 plus à la carte menu of attractions.
    Central food nearby
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    280 The Fenway
    Housed in a Venetian-style palazzo, the museum displays works by Titian, Michelangelo, Monet, Rembrandt and others.
    Fenway-Kenmore eat nearby
  • Improv Asylum

    Improv Asylum

    216 Hanover St
    Famous dinner and comedy club.
    Central restaurants nearby
  • The Paul Revere House

    The Paul Revere House

    19 North Sq
    Paul Revere is known for his midnight ride from Boston to Lexington, warning all the people along the way that the British were coming. He owned the home for over three decades and is Boston’s oldest building, dating back to the late 1600s. Admission for a tour of the house is $3 for adults and $1 for children. Tours are available seven days a week until 5 p.m. Located at 19 North Square. Phone (617)523-2338 Visit their Web site for more information [3].
    Central food nearby
  • Massachusetts Historical Society

    Massachusetts Historical Society

    1154 Boylston St
    Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM. Free and open to the public.. Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is the nation's oldest historical society. The collections of the MHS bring alive the stories of America's past through a series of changing exhibitions and public programs that are free and open to the public.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill eat nearby
  • Saks Fifth Avenue

    Saks Fifth Avenue

    800 Boylston Street
    www.saks.com
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill
  • Old State House

    Old State House

    206 Washington St
    (T: State or Government Center), ☎ 617-720-1713. 9 AM to 5 PM (4 PM in Jan, 6 PM in July and Aug). $7. The former seat of government in Boston, and the oldest surviving building. In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place just in front of the State House, and in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians from the balcony.
    Central food nearby
  • Adams National Historical Park

    Adams National Historical Park

    1250 Hancock St.
    Historic homes: Apr 19 through Nov 10. Daily 9AM-5PM; Visitor Center is open during the Winter Season: Tu-F 10AM-4PM. $5.00, under 16 free. Tours include the Old House and the Birthplaces. To see the historic homes, you must join a tour. The last tour leaves at 3:15PM. Site orientation is also available here, along with exhibits, a bookstore and the site's only public restrooms. The 14 acre (56,600 m²) park is comprised of the Birthplaces of John and John Quincy Adams, the Old House and the United First Parish Church. Reservations are required for groups of 8 or more, however, there is no group rate. You can also see the "Adam's Mansion," home of US President John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, within a short walking distance of the Quincy Center MBTA (redline) station.
    eat nearby
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston

    Museum of Fine Arts Boston

    465 Huntington Avenue
    (Museum of Fine Arts station, Green Line, E Train), +1 617 267-9300, [21]. ($22, Free for ages 7–17 after 3PM weekdays, all weekend, and public school holidays; entrance fees are optional on W from 4PM-9:45PM). Boston's largest and most comprehensive art museum, and also one of the pricier museums in the US. Currently undergoing an expansion project, it is also known for its impressive assortment of French Impressionist paintings, with the largest collection of Monet paintings outside of Paris; it also has the largest collection of Japanese art outside of Japan (there is also a branch of the museum in Nagoya, Japan), an extraordinary collection of Egyptian, ancient Greek, and Roman art, one of the most comprehensive collections of American art, and one of the largest and finest print collections in the United States. This Museum may be one of the best art museums in the entire country. If you’re visiting Boston and looking for a great place to bring the family the Museum of Fine Arts is a great place to go. The museum is full of great paintings and artifacts. Some of the more popular exhibits include the Egyptian exhibit that is home to multiple mummies, beautiful tombs and coffins. The paintings in the Museum are also very impressive and many of any the paintings portray famous historical American heroes like George Washington, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and much more.
    Jamaica Plain restaurants nearby
  • Nichols House Museum

    Nichols House Museum

    55 Mount Vernon St
    Admission: Adults: $7, Children under 12: Free.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill food nearby
  • Harvard Business School

    Harvard Business School

    Offering more than 60 programs preparing talented professionals from all over the world for new levels of leadership in their careers and within their organizations.
    Allston-Brighton eat nearby
  • Boston College

    Boston College

    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    ), 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA (Take the T's B Green Line train to the Boston College stop. It's the last stop on the route so don't worry, you won't miss it.). B.C. is a Jesuit, Catholic University known for its Collegiate Gothic architecture in the middle campus.
    Allston-Brighton restaurants nearby
  • Third Monday in April: Patriot's Day/Boston Marathon

    Third Monday in April: Patriot's Day/Boston Marathon

    The oldest marathon in the world, the race started in 1897 and is always run on the holiday that commemorates Paul Revere's ride in 1775 and the ensuing battles at Lexington and Concord (suburbs of Boston) that started the Revolution. The race runs from Hopkinton to the finish line in Copley Square. The halfway point is the wealthy suburb of Wellesley, where students from Wellesley College (America's leading institute for all-women's education) form the "Scream Tunnel" to cheer on runners (who are in turn encouraged to "Kiss a Wellesley Girl for good luck!"). Parts of Commonwealth Avenue outbound from there and surrounding streets are closed for the race. Elsewhere, Paul Revere's ride and the battles are re-enacted each year in front of thousands of people. Arrive early to get a good spot. Finally, the Red Sox always have a home game on this date, which starts at 11AM to accommodate the crowds who watch the Marathon as it goes by Fenway Park. This is the only Major League baseball game that starts before noon local time during the season. Other than St. Patrick's/Evacuation Day this is the only time that you will find huge crowds at bars early in the morning.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill food nearby
  • TD Garden

    TD Garden

    Causeway St
    The home of the Boston Celtics basketball team [57] and Boston Bruins hockey team [58]. The site was previously occupied by the Boston Garden, a smaller venue, and the existing structure was previously called the FleetCenter and later the TD Banknorth Garden. The arena may be called by any of these names, or simply The Garden. Accessible on the Green Line or Orange Line at North Station, which is underneath the Garden.The TD Banknorth Garden is home to two of Boston’s most historic sports team the Boston Celtics and the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions the Boston Bruins. If you’re a sports buff visiting Boston and one of these two teams is playing it is a must that you stop by a catch a game. Whether you're sitting up high or down low finding a bad seat in the Garden is pretty hard for any sport even in last row you will still be able to see an exciting game in a very exciting atmosphere where history is made. Another notable annual sports event is the Beanpot college hockey tournament [59], held on the first two Mondays of February and featuring the men's teams of Boston College (see below), Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University.
    Central eat nearby
  • Symphony Hall

    Symphony Hall

    301 Massachusetts Ave
    Welcome to the facebook home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra! www.bso.org
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill restaurants nearby
  • Institute of Contemporary Art

    Institute of Contemporary Art

    100 Northern Ave
    The much-anticipated new building designed by starchitects Diller+Scofidio, the ICA is on Fan Pier on the South Boston Waterfront.
    East Boston food nearby
  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum

    JFK Presidential Library and Museum

    Columbia Point
    00, Seniors (62 and over) and Students (with valid college ID) $10.00, Ages 13-17 $9.00, Children 12 and under are free. A museum dedicated to President John F. Kennedy, focusing on his 1960 presidential campaign and his time in office. A worthwhile visit for anyone with an appreciation of American history. The museum is not large: you can see the entire thing in half a day.
    North Dorchester eat nearby
  • Faneuil Hall

    Faneuil Hall

    0 Faneuil Hall Sq
    M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. This plaza with its conglomeration of shops, a variety of restaurant types, and bars across several buildings is quite popular with tourists. Outdoor performance artists are common.
    Central restaurants nearby
  • The Garment District

    The Garment District

    50/pound clothes where you can sift through piles of randomness. The other parts of the store include a vintage/mid-end designer consignment store and women's shoes in man's sizes.
    Area Iv
  • Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Mary Baker Eddy Library

    200 Massachusetts Ave
    10 am to 4 pm Tuesday-Sunday. General Admission - $6.00. Since 1935, more than 10 million people have traversed the thirty-foot glass bridge that spans the Mapparium, taking visitors to a unique spot: the middle of the world. This world-famous, three-story, painted-glass globe is one of the key attractions at the Library.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill eat nearby
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    26 Oxford St
    Drawing from the University's vast natural history collections, the HMNH displays the famous Blaschka 'Glass Flowers' collection, dinosaurs (the world only mounted 42-ft. long Kronosaurus), minerals, meteorites, gemstones (a 1,642 lb. amethyst geode), and hundreds of 'stuffed' animals and birds. Fun for the whole family. It's an 8 minute walk across the historic Harvard Yard from Harvard Square (Red Line MBTA). Lectures & educational programs for all ages.
    Aggasiz-Harvard restaurants nearby
  • MIT Museum

    MIT Museum

    265 Massachusetts Ave
    (Central Sq), Phone: +1 617-253-4444 [18]. Has a huge collection of holography, a hall of hacks (practical physical jokes that get placed around the institute -- like the police car that once graced the top of the great dome is in the hall of hacks), plus rotating exhibits. Great hands-on exhibits for kids, including moving sculptures and a shadow room.
    Area Iv food nearby
  • New England Aquarium Whale Watch

    New England Aquarium Whale Watch

    1 Central Wharf
    M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa Su 9AM-6PM. Home of what was until recently the world's largest fish tank, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Great fun for kids of all ages. Whale watching tours available, too. $20.95, Students $18.95, Senior 60+ $18.95, Ages 3–11 $12.95.
    Central eat nearby
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre

    Coolidge Corner Theatre

    290 Harvard St
    and Harvard St.. "Commercial and cultural Mecca of Brookline."
    Allston-Brighton restaurants nearby
  • Boston Children's Museum

    Boston Children's Museum

    308 Congress St
    $12, Ages 2–15 $12, Age 1 free.
    Central food nearby
  • Brattle Theatre

    Brattle Theatre

    40 Brattle St
    The Brattle Theatre has been operated by the non-profit Brattle Film Foundation since 2001.
    Allston-Brighton eat nearby
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