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Top 30 Boston Sights, According to VisitingNewEngland

Boston Travel and Vacation Attractions for the Whole Family!

,A view of Boston, Massachusetts from the Public Garden.A view of Boston from the Boston Public Garden.

Article, photos by Eric Hurwitz -- created for on 12/16/2022. @newenglandinfo

These travel list type of posts can be so subjective but with that in mind, here our our top personally favorite top 30 sights in Boston...

1. Catch a game at Fenway Park, home of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.

Cannolis and more from Mike's Pastry in the North End of Boston, MA.
Homemade baked goods from Mike's Pasty in the North End.

2. Take a walk through the Italian-flavored North End neighborhood of Boston. Experience some of the world's best pastries at Mike's, buy some fresh bread at Bova's, and eat an authentic Italian meal at Al Dente!

3. See the entire Boston skyline (and beyond) at the 52nd floor Prudential Building Skywalk Observatory.

4. Take a walk or jog along the scenic Charles River at Storrow Dr. It's like an oasis in this bustling city with nice water views, seemingly fresher air, and even uptight people more relaxed, courtesy of the green landscapes and placid water! You can also walk or jog Memorial Drive, on the other side of the Charles, where the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are just a few steps away!

5. Visit one of the best science museums in the country: the Boston Museum of Science with its IMAX films, Planetarium shows and more than 700 interactive exhibits.

6. Experience the European flavor of Newbury Street, with its shops and cafes.

7. See historic Boston sites by walking the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail.

8. Eat pizza at a local Boston landmark -- Santarpio's in East Boston where the fresh Italian pizza has people lined out the door!

9. Try some delicious clam chowder (and seafood dinners) at the Union Oyster House (41 Union St., Boston, MA, 617- 227-2750) -- America's oldest restaurant established in 1826.

10. Admire the more than 100 galleries of art at the world-famous Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

11. Come the 250-year-old, beautifully restored Faneuil Hall Marketplace where shopping and dining opportunities abound in a historical setting.

12. Walk the beautiful Brownstone neighborhoods of Beacon Hill.

Acorn Street at Beacon Hill in Boston, Mass.
Acorn St. at Beacon Hill.

13. Take a tour of the Boston State House including its marble floor corridors and the "Hall of Flags" where Massachusetts Soldiers are honored and remembered.

14. See the first public botanical garden in the United States at the spectacular 24-acre Boston Public Garden. It is part of the beautiful Boston Common, the oldest public park in the United States! In the winter, make sure to check out the Common's Frog Pond for ice skating!

15. Take a seasonal swan boat ride at the Public Garden lagoon.

Swan Boats of Boston ride, Boston, Massachusetts. Swan Boat ride.

16. Visit the Paul Revere House (19 North Sq Boston, MA, 617-523-2338, the oldest building in downtown Boston built in 1680. It's located in the North End.

17 Attend the legendary Boston Marathon, typically held every April on Patriots Day.

18. Visit the beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Museum (280 Fenway Boston, MA, 617-566-1401) where three floors of art surround a stunning year-round indoor garden.

19. Enjoy an old school Boston neighborhood restaurant: The Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale (4515 Washington St.). The focus is on great comfort food (particularly the pizza), drink, atmosphere and service. The Pleasant Cafe has only gone through one ownership change since opening in 1937!

20. Check out the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops at the grand Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, 617-266-7575).

World-class cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing at the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston, MA.
Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing at the BSO.

21. Shop the 75 stores at the upscale shops at Prudential Center (800 Boylston St.), including Saks Fifth Avenue, Legal Seafoods, Eataly and Barnes and Noble. A walkway connects to Copley Place for more shops and restaurants!

22. Experience the Theater District, which includes the Boch Center-Wang Center, Wilbur Theater and Shubert Theater.

23. Enjoy Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins games and other events at the TD Garden (a sports and entertainment complex at 1 Fleetcenter Pl Boston, MA, 617-624-1050).

Boston Celtics playing the the TD Garden in Boston MA.
Boston Celtics playing at the TD Garden.

24. Admire the magnificent landscapes and 7,000-plus plants at the Arnold Arboretum (125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA,, 617-524-1718). It's the oldest public arboretum in North America, but timeless!

25. Go on a Boston Duck Tour. This is a great way to learn more about Boston through narrated tours by the most significant attractions in a World War II amphibious-like vehicle that, at one point of the tour, submerges into the Charles River!

26. Visit the New England Aquarium (1 Central Wharf, Boston, 617-973-5200) featuring a 200,000 gallon Carribean Corral Reef Tank. The 200,000 gallon tank is the centerpiece of the New England Aquarium, and it is one of the region's most popular underwater exhibits. The reef accommodates not only sharks, sea turtles, barracuda and moray, but also hundreds of smaller exotic tropical fishes, and it is one of the most detailed and scientifically accurate recreations of its kind.

27. Catch a comedy shop at the long-time favorite Nick's Comedy Stop (100 Warrenton St., Boston, MA, 617-482-0930) in the Theater District.

28. Take a seasonal tour of Fenway Park.

29. For the kids, the Boston Children's Museum features many activities and exhibits centered around science, culture, the arts, literacy, the environment and health. It is the second oldest children's museum in the United States!

Castle Island, Boston, MA.
Castle Island.

30. Go to Carson Beach/Castle Island in South Boston -- myriad recreational opportunities include walking, picnicking, jogging, fishing and swimming. Bostonians often travel hours to idyllic destinations in Vermont or New Hampshire to arrive at scenes like this when, in fact, this kind of Christmas magic resides barely beyond the Route 128 loop.

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