There is a wealth of historically significant attractions
in Boston. Consider purchasing a 'Boston City Pass' and
thereby pay half price for most of the finest attractions.
Trail: The Freedom Trail is one of the most popular
walking tours in America. It covers approximately three
miles and is very easy to follow. The path is marked by
painted red lines or bricks set into the pavement. Each
site is identified by a marker or sign. The trail follows
the original path set by the colonists in the early days
of Boston. Most of the Trail is accessible only on foot
for this reason. The Trail is best started either at Boston
Common or at the USS Constitution (where there is free
parking). The easiest way is to leave the car behind and
take the subway (T) red or green line to Park Street.
Along the Freedom Trail
Site of Franklin’s Print Shop
South Meeting House
Site of Benjamin Franklin’s Birthplace
Site of the Boston Massacre
The Tea Party Ship
Paul Revere House
Saint Stephen’s Church (Hanover Street)
Old North Church (193 Salem Street)
Copp’s Hill (Hull and Snowhill Streets)
Constitution (Charlestown Navy Yard)
of the Liberty Tree (Washington & Essex Streets)
House (Beacon & Park Streets)
John Hancock’s House
The Beacon (The Monument behind the State House)
Street Church (Tremont & Park Streets)
Old Granary (Tremont St., near Park Street Church)
King’s Chapel Burying Ground
Benjamin Franklin’s Statue
The Old Corner Bookstore (3 School Street, Corner of Washington
Boston Irish Famine Memorial
50 Braintree Hill Office Park
Braintree, MA 02184
The Boston Irish Famine Memorial, along the city's Freedom
Trail, was unveiled in June, 1998 to commemorate the 150th
anniversary of the Irish Famine, an episode which sent
over 100,000 Irish refugees to Boston. It is also a tribute
to the memory of over one million Irish who died during
the Irish Famine (1845-1849) and a remembrance of people
still suffering famines in countries around the world.
All year round by reservation.
Walk the Freedom Trail with costumed, historic ambassadors
from Revolutionary times, discover or re-discover the
story of America! Explore the Trail with the Freedom Trail
Players as they re-tell the known and little- known tales
of the past, leading the way through city streets to the
actual sites of our American Heritage.
46 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02114
A walking tour of the history of Boston's Black community
between 1800-1900 on Beacon Hill. The tour includes: Meeting
House, Smith CourtResidences, Abiel Smith School, G. Middleton
House, Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, Phillips School, home
of John J Smith, Charles St. Meeting House, Lewis &
Harriet Hayden House, and Coburn's Gaming House. Historic
walking map available. All sites must be visited with
an arranged tour except those hours noted at specific
Lover's Dream Tour
Boston History Collaborative - Literary Trail
38 Burroughs St.
Boston, MA 02130
A guided walking tour of either Boston, Cambridge, or
Concord's delightful, private bookstores, followed by
tea and literary conversation in an elegant, historic
setting. Call for reservations.
Begin at the Boston Common Visitor Information booth to
start five guided walks through four centuries of Boston
women. The Downtown Walk highlights the search for equal
rights; the North End Walk explores the diversity of cultures;
the Beacon Hill Walk reveals the stories of writers, artists
and activists; the South Cove/Chinatown Walk celebrates
women's action for economic and social justice; and the
Back Bay Walk tells the tales of educators, artists and
social reformers. Follow the footsteps of some remarkable
Boston women and share their stories of heritage and freedom,
accomplishment and achievements as you "remember
the ladies." Pick up the 80-page illustrated book
"Boston Women's Heritage Trail" and begin at
the Boston Commons Visitors Information Booth.
Hill Walking Tours - Magnificent and Modest
Visit the elegant Federal style Otis House, stroll around
Beacon Hill; view the homes of well to do merchants and
then the modest dwellings on the North Slope where the
working class resided.
One of the most popular tours in and around Boston is
the legendary Duck Tours, showing you the best of Boston
with a combined land and sea tour. World War II vehicles
take you on a scenic drive around the most famous sites
and attractions in the city, and then onto the Charles
River for a delightful harbor cruise. With interesting
commentary, this novel tour is an enjoyable way to see
The Trolley Tours are taken in small bus-like trams that
drive around the city on a route that points out the best
known sites and landmarks. Travelers can step off at any
of the stops to look around and then catch the next trolley,
which will arrive shortly. An entertaining commentary
accompanies the tour. Check at your hotel for hours and
This 40-acre area is the nation's oldest public park.
The land was set aside for public use in 1634 (originally
as a cow pasture and training ground. The Commons also
has a longstanding tradition as a place where demonstrators
can exercise their right to freedom of speech without
the hassle of getting a permit. Free.
seasonal tours. Call (617) 523-3383 to learn more.
This church is best known for its location at "Brimstone
Corner" (named for its use as a gunpowder storage
area during the War of 1812) and as the setting of William
Lloyd Garrison's first anti-slavery speech.
The first of the three burying grounds on the trail, Granary
is notable as the final resting place of John Hancock,
Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.
Chapel and Burying Ground
Famous for its architectural beauty, King's Chapel became
the first Unitarian Church in the U.S. after the American
Revolution. Donations accepted. For more information,
call (617) 227-2155.
of First Public School/Ben Franklin Statue
This Freedom Trail stop features a statue of Ben Franklin
and the site of Franklin's alma mater: the Boston Latin
School (built in 1635).
This brick building, where legends like Longfellow, Emerson,
Hawthorne and Thoreau gathered, was once the literary
center of Boston.
South Meeting House
Much of the discussion and debate that led to the Boston
Tea Party and other events connected to the American Revolution
took place in the old South Meeting House. Call (617)
482-6439 to learn about the lectures and programs on American
history and culture offered by the Old South staff.
A simple circle of cobblestones marks the site where five
colonists were killed by British soldiers in 1770. The
brutality of this incident helped spark the anti-British
rage that ultimately led to the American Revolution. Free.
"Old North," Boston's oldest church building,
is located in the city's Italian North End. The church
played an important part in the American Revolution by
acting as a signal (via two lanterns hung in its steeple)
of British troop movement. Donations accepted. (617) 523-6676.
Hill Burying Ground
The last Freedom trail site on the south side of the Charles
River, Copp's Burying Ground is the resting place of thousands
of merchants, artisans and free blacks. Free. Not wheelchair
A tall granite obelisk commemorating the 1775 Battle of
Bunker Hill (which actually took place on Breed's Hill)You
can climb this monument's 294 steps for a panoramic view
of Boston. (No elevator). During the summer, visitors
also can observe free musket firing demonstrations and
"battle talks." Free.
Central Wharf, Boston, 02110
(617) 973 5200
In addition to over 7,000 fish, aquatic mammals and also
penguins, the interior centerpiece is the massive 200,000
gallon 'Giant Ocean Tank', encircled by a four-story spiral
ramp. The tank is home to a replica of the Caribbean coral
reef and a collection of many different sea creatures,
including several huge turtles, barracudas, stingrays
and sharks. The New England Aquarium also offers whale-watching
tours with indoor and outdoor seating and seal or walrus
Charlestown Navy Yard
Constitution Rd, Charlestown, Boston, 02129
617- 426 –1812
November to April - 10:00 to 17:00
May to October - 09:00 to 18:00
Launched over 200 years ago in 1797, the USS Constitution
is the world's oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy
and undefeated in battle. Often referred to as 'Old Ironsides,
' the USS Constitution is located in Charlestown Navy
Yard, the last stop on the Freedom Trail. Visitors can
board the ship daily. Free guided tours are available.
Active-duty sailors guide visitors around the ship.
666 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston
(617) 536 5400
Built in 1848, the Boston Public Library was the first
free publicly supported municipal library in America,
the first public library to lend a book and the first
with a children's room. On the National Register of Historic
Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free,
publicly-supported municipal library in America, setting
a precedent for grand scale urban libraries. The fine
building is reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance palace
surrounding an open courtyard. With more than 650,000
photographs, 100,000 prints (some by Rembrandt and Toulouse-Lautrec)
and 250 different papers in the 'Newspaper Room', the
library now has Internet access, two restaurants and an
on-line store with reproductions of its priceless artwork.
All exhibits are free, open to the public and books are
only the beginning.
of Afro-American History
46 Joy St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 725-0022
Hours: Daily 10-4, Memorial Day-Labor Day; Mon.-Sat. 10-4,
rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25
museum includes the African Meeting House, dedicated in
1806 and said to be the oldest standing African-American
church building in the United States, and the Abiel Smith
School. Changing exhibits are displayed in the gallery.
Guided gallery tours are available. The museum's Black
Heritage Trail walking tour links 14 historic sites; maps
and guided tours are available
of National Center of Afro-American Artists
300 Walnut St.
Roxbury Boston, MA 02119
An art museum dedicated to the promotion, exhibition,
collection and criticism of the Black visual arts heritage
worldwide. Programs are offered in 5 areas, as well as
publications, research and education.
and Finch Pub - Home of Cheers
84 Beacon Street, Boston
(617) 227 9605
The facade of this world-famous pub is instantly recognizable
as the inspiration for the American television show, 'Cheers'
and is situated opposite the Public Garden. This hugely
successful sitcom ran for many years, with well-known
characters including Sam, Diane, Norm, Frasier and many
more. Although the exterior is the same as on television,
the inside is completely different, being made up of several
smaller rooms. However, although unexpected, this is not
a real disappointment as the busy pub is full of a selection
of Cheers memorabilia. The menu serves typical bar food,
including burgers, nachos and chicken wings and is very
popular with tourists.
Franklin Park Road, Boston, 02121
(617) 541 5466
Founded in 1911, this large urban zoo covers an area of
more than 72 acres / 29 hectares. Filled with a good selection
of animals, including gorillas, leopards, hippos and many
free-flying birds, this is a popular family attraction.
200 Clarendon Street,
St. James Avenue and Trinity Place, Boston
This is New England's tallest building. It was designed
by renowned architect I.M. Pei. It towers high above Copley
Square and away from Boston's downtown high-rise area.
The outside of the building is covered by mirror-like
glass and Boston’s historic buildings are often
reflected with subtle distortions of color and shape.
This image of old and new side by side, together with
the reflections, is often a popular subject for photographers.
After terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon, the popular 60th floor observatory was permanently
closed due to security concerns.
206 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02109 USA
Daily 9-5; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25
Old State House is at Washington St. at the head of State
St. (T: State). The building is on the site of the old
1657 Town House. The present structure, built in 1713,
is considered to be Boston's oldest public building. Royal
governors and provincial representatives presided at the
town house before the Revolution. The Boston Massacre
occurred at the east front in 1770, and the Declaration
of Independence was read to Bostonians on July 18, 1776,
from the balcony. In 1780 John Hancock was inaugurated
at the state house as first governor of the Commonwealth.
The Bostonian Society maintains the building as a museum
of Boston history.
River Dam Visitor Information Center
250 Warren Avenue
(617) 727 5114
Guided tours and a short presentation explain the history
of the dam and how it actually operates. The Charles River
is the stretch of water that separates Cambridge from
19 North Sq.
Boston, MA 02113 USA
Hours: Daily 9:30-5:15, Apr. 15-Oct. 31; daily 9:30-4:15,
Apr. 1-14 and Nov.-Dec.; Tues.-Sun. 9:30-4:15, rest of
year. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25
Revere House, 19 North Sq. (T: Haymarket), was built about
1680 and is the oldest house in downtown Boston. The restored
home, which Paul Revere owned 1770-1800, contains 17th-
and 18th-century furnishings and Revere memorabilia including
silver. A Colonial herb garden and Revere-made bell are
on the grounds.
4 S. Market St.
Boston, MA 02109
Hours: National Park Service Rangers give historical talks
every half-hour daily 9-5. Museum open Mon.-Fri. 9-3.
Marketplace open Mon.-Sat. 10-8, Sun. 10-6, third Mon.
in Apr.-Dec. 24; daily 10-6, rest of year.
State Street or Government Center).
1742 building was given to the city by Peter Faneuil.
It burned in 1761, was rebuilt in 1763 and was enlarged
in 1805. The upper story served as a meeting hall, the
scene of many gatherings during the Revolutionary movement.
British officers used the building as a theater during
their occupation of the city. Known for its grasshopper
weather vane, the hall contains a military museum and
paintings of notable battles.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace includes North and South Markets,
Faneuil Hall and the adjacent Quincy Market, a renovated
19th-century complex containing more than 125 restaurants,
boutiques, produce stands and retail pushcarts. Street
performers entertain continuously.
St. & Park St.
Boston, MA 02133 USA
Phone: (617) 727-3676
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-5; closed holidays.
Free. Guided tours by appointment.
New State House is on Beacon St. at the head of Park St.
(T: Park Street). The golden dome, which is one of the
city's best known landmarks, marks the political center
of Boston. Completed in 1795, the "new" State
House was designed by architect Charles Bulfinch, who
later planned the Capitol in Washington, D.C. The original
brick front section, completed in 1798, remains almost
unchanged. Statues, historical paintings, transparencies
of battle flags and war relics are displayed inside. Across
the street, Shaw Memorial, a bronze bas-relief of Col.
Robert Gould Shaw by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, recalls the
first black regiment to serve in the Civil War.
of Fine Arts
The MFA is located in the Fenway area, one mile west of
Copley Square. It is easily accessible via public transportation
by taking the Orange Line to the Ruggles stop or the Green
Line E trolley to the Museum of Fine Arts stop.
Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 AM to 4:45 PM; Wednesdays,
Thursdays and Fridays, 10 AM to 9:45 PM (West Wing only
Thurs. and Fri. after 5); Saturdays and Sundays, 10 AM
to 5:45 PM
The Japanese Garden is open Tuesdays through Sundays,
10 AM to 4 PM
Admission: charged. Admission reduced by $2 on Thursdays
and Fridays after 5 PM.
finest and most comprehensive art museum is a world unto
itself: art galleries from all periods and cultures; three
restaurants; two gift shops; lecture and film series;
gallery talks; concerts all season ; and exceptional special
exhibits. The museum is especially well known for its
collections of European paintings, European and American
decorative arts and furnishings, Egyptian sculpture, and
Asian fine and decorative arts.
Museum of Fine Arts is so vast and the collections so
extensive that several visits are required to really enjoy
and appreciate its wonders. The galleries are laid out
in the shape of a two-story figure eight, with two courtyards
in the middle.
of the highlights:
room of French Impressionists. The MFA has a particularly
large and fine collection, including one each in Monet's
"haystacks", "Rouen Cathedral" and
"water lilies" series. These are presented in
a large, bright gallery which highlights their color.
collection of Egyptian sculpture and artifacts is unsurpassed
outside of Egypt. Children are drawn to the mummies, and
the figurative sculpture and tomb artifacts.
collection of musical instruments (open only weekdays
2-4 PM and weekends 1-5 PM) is a delightful catalog of
the ways in which people have made music in all cultures
and through all centuries.
wing devoted to Asian art, with its rich wood trim, shoji
screens, and subdued lighting,
"period" rooms, which include an early 19th
century mansion from Peabody thought to have been designed
by Samuel McIntyre, and the wood carving in the rooms
from Hamilton Palace, a Scottish castle.
Church of Christ Scientist
world headquarters of the Church occupies 14 acres of
Boston’s Back Bay and is a remarkable structure.
Most notable is the Mary Baker Eddy Library and the Mapparium.
The Mapparium, on the first floor of the extension, is
a huge, ,brightly colored stained glass globe. By walking
inside it, you can stand at the center of the world. It
shows the political boundaries of the 1930s (the time
at which it was constructed) . Each of the 608 panels
making up this impressive structure, covers 10 degrees
of latitude and longitude.
church itself is a huge open space which seats over 3,000.
It is dominated by one of the world’s largest organs,
which is played at every service. The basilica type, impressively
domed structure is actually an extension of the original
small granite building which was outgrown within a few
years of the church’s founding in 1892.
Boston Stock Exchange
100 Franklin St.
Take a tour of Boston's stock exchange! The glass-enclosed
viewing area above the trading floor offers an area for
self-guided tours. Exhibits and multi-media displays trace
the close links between the Exchange's role as an early
source of capital, the development of New England's economy
and the growth of Boston's financial services industry.
Online access to breaking financial news and stock market
data are available.
Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02125
Located in the heart of the South End, easily accessible
by public transportation and within walking distance from
Chinatown, Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the Theatre District,
the Center features programs in the historic Cyclorama,
exhibitions in the Mills Gallery, theater performances
in three small theaters and offers studio space for artists.