The best of Boston

Posted on: 28 May 2015 by Gareth Hargreaves

Don't miss the essential sights with this guide to Boston's highlights.

Acorn Street, Boston

Boston offers a wealth of attractions that draw visitors. The city is rich with historic neighbour­hoods, fine Federal architecture, examples of late 19th-century opulence, and treasures such as the Harvard Museums. A selection of Boston's best sights is featured here.

Historic Boston

Old State House

Built in 1713, this example of exquisite colonial architecture was the seat of the British Colonial government.

Old South Meeting House

Built in 1729, this venue was a crucible for free-speech debates and taxation protests during the colonial era.

Old North Church

This church played a role in revolutionary history when Paul Revere ordered lanterns to be hung in the belfry to warn patriots in Charlestown of the departure of British troops.

Massachusetts State House

Completed in 1798, the "new" State House is arguably Charles Bulfinch's pièce de résistance and is one of the city's most distinctive buildings.

Boston Tea Party Ships And Museum

Three replicas of the ships involved in the Boston Tea Party in 1773 commemorate one of the acts of American defiance against British Colonial rule.


The Harvard University Museums

Several museums feature art, natural sciences, and anthropology.

The Museum Of Fine Arts

The M.F.A. boasts some of the most extensive collections of Asian and Impressionist works of art.

Institute Of Contemporary Art

Reopened on Fan Pier in 2006, the I.C.A champions cutting-edge 21st-century art.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

This museum houses 2,500 works of art, including Italian Renaissance master ­ pieces, such as Titian’s Rape of Europa.

Culture And Entertainment


Boston's Chinatown is one of the most populous in the U.S. Numerous restaurants, food markets, curio shops, and dispensers of Chinese medicines line Beach Street.

Opera House

The white Spanish Baroque styled theatre is primarily used for touring Broadway musicals.

Shubert Theater

The 1,650-seat Shubert Theater stages major pre-Broadway musical productions and select Boston Ballet shows.

Wang Theater

The 3,600-seat Wang hosts touring productions from Broadway and London's West End. The Boston Ballet often perform here.

Boston Public Library

Founded in 1848, this is the oldest publicly-funded library in the country. Guided tours offer insights into the building's history.

Berklee Performance Center

The largest independent music school in the world, Berklee hosts frequent jazz and pop concerts by alumni and faculty.

Family Fun

Boston Common And Public Garden

Swan boats drift beneath willows, children splash in fountains, and a bronze George Washington oversees proceedings at this pretty park.

New England Aquarium

Get up close to penguins and harbour seals, and many other creatures of the deep at this aquarium with its 200,000 gallon (900,000 litre) Giant Ocean Tank.

Children's Museum

This interactive museum for kids features giant soap bubbles and a maze in an outdoor park.

Museum of Science and Science Park

A favourite family destination, this museum has more than 550 interactive exhibits that explain the laws of nature.

This extract is taken from DK Eyewitness Travel Boston Pocket Map & Guide, which you can purchase at all good book shops or online from Amazon.

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Photos: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

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