Boston Living - Places - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Boston has many neighborhoods, entertainment venues, museums, and other places with Web sites
  • Sites: Places such as parks, buildings, public gardens and zoos, notable buildings, libraries, interesting places; see also the listings for Venues, Museums, Neighborhoods, Dining, and Housing; see Activities for cultural centers; to locate a specific organization or type of organization not listed here, try yellow pages or keyword search tools
    • Arboretum: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; collection of living woody plants from around the world that are hardy in the Boston area
    • Art Galleries: Boston Art Dealers Association; list of art galleries
    • Aquarium: New England Aquarium; presents aquatic life and habitats, conservation; exhibits include Caribbean Coral Reef Exhibit, a 757 cubic meter tank with sharks, sea turtles, barracuda, moray, and exotic tropical fish
    • African Am NHS: Boston African American National Historic Site; 15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th century African-American community; African Meeting House, Black Heritage Trail; in Beacon Hill; National Park Service
    • Boston Harbor Islands: Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area; 34 islands in Boston Harbor; unit of the National Park System
    • Boston NHP: Boston National Historical Park; collection of sites important in America's history; Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown Navy Yard, USS Constitution warship; Freedom Trail connects sites; National Park Service
    • Buildings: Architecture of Boston; shows off notable architectural landmarks; section of Great Buildings Online, presented by Architecture Week Magazine
    • Cambridge: city across the Charles River from Boston; home of area institutions including Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; bills itself as "Boston's Left Bank" because of its cafes, bookstores, and boutiques
    • Christian Sci Ctr: World headquarters of the Christian Science Church
    • Downtown Crossing: Shopping, residential, work area
    • Emerald Necklace: Boston's Emerald Necklace linear park system; a 9.6 km linear system of parks in Boston and Brookline extending from Franklin Park to Back Bay
    • Farmer's Mkts: List of farmer's markets in Boston area
    • Freedom Trail: Freedom Trail Foundation; a 4 km red brick line linking historic sites between Boston Common and The Bunker Hill Monument; sites: Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church and Granary Burying Ground, Kings Chapel and Chapel Burying Ground, First Public School Site and Ben Franklin Statue, Former site of the Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Boston Massacre Site, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard, and Bunker Hill Monument
    • HarborWalk: 75-kilometer public walkway along the waterfront; parks, public art, seating areas, cafes, exhibit areas, interpretive signage, water transportation facilities, and other amenities; Boston Harbor Association
    • Harvard Square: Cambridge; restaurants, retailers, museums, entertainment venues, bookstores, architectural landmarks, and street performances
    • Historic: National Register of Historic Places; Historic Districts within Suffolk County; note that Suffolk County itself is historic as it no longer has any central government functions
    • Innovation Odyssey: Tour of sites involved in 400 years of Boston innovation; in biotechnology, education, finance, health care, and information technology
    • Libraries List: List of area libraries; provided by Libweb; gives link to official Web site and information link; includes academic, public, and special libraries
    • Library Athenæum: member library and cultural center
    • Library JFK: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library; and museum; Columbia Point
    • Library Public: Boston Public Library; established in 1848, the first publicly-supported municipal library in America
    • Library French: Boston French Center; The French Library and Cultural Center; The Alliance Française of Boston & Cambridge; promotes French culture and language; French library; classes, video and film resources; cultural events
    • Library Transport: State Transportation Library
    • Literary Trail: trail of literary heritage; sites related to authors and poets in Boston, Cambridge, and Concord
    • Maritime Trail: Tour of sites significant to Boston's maritime history
    • Massachusetts: Travel and Tourism across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Metro cities & towns: Boston metropolitan area; clickable map provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council; detailed description of over 100 cities and towns constituting the Boston metropolitan area
    • Newbury St: Newbury Street; shopping, restaurants, outdoor cafes, art galleries, and salons
    • Old N Church: Christ Church in the City of Boston; an active Episcopal church; played role in American Revolutionary War on April 18, 1775 when two lanterns in its steeple signaled Paul Revere
    • Old S Meeting House: Old South Meeting House; site of events significant to the American Revolution; built in 1729; National Historic Landmark
    • Olmsted NHS: Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site; Olmsted (1822-1903) was an American landscape architect and designed many public parks; this site is Fairsted, his design office; Brookline
    • Parking-Spot Hero: Parking spots around town; rent by the day or longer
    • Parks, City: City of Boston Parks Department
    • Parks, Metro: Metropolitan District Commission oversees Metropolitan Park System; more than 8,000 hectares of woodlands, wetlands, and urban parklands in 34 cities and towns in metropolitan Boston; includes Charles River Esplanade and the Blue Hills Reservation, sites and museums, bandstands, paths, pools, beaches, rinks, islands, parkways; agency also manages watershed and reservoir system; state government agency
    • Prudential Ctr Shops: Downtown shopping mall; Skywalk Observatory on top of Prudential Ctr; food court
    • Quincy Mkt: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market; adjacent to historic Faneuil Hall are the shops of Quincy Market and North and South Market; popular with many visitors and some residents
    • Skyscrapers: Skyscrapers of Boston; shows information about Boston's office and other buildings
    • State House: Massachusetts State House Tours; state capitol building
    • Trinity: Trinity Church; notable architectural landmark by H. H. Richardson in a dramatic setting in Copley Square; National Historic Landmark
    • Visitors: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
    • Women's Heritage: Boston Women’s Heritage Trail; self-guided walks about women's role in Boston history
    • Zoo NE: Zoo New England; operates the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts; Franklin park Zoo is 29 hectares in Boston's Franklin Park and includes a farm, savannah, and tropical forest
  • Neighborhoods: Areas of town with a distinct identity or official status as a business improvement district (BID), neighborhood association, or other designation; this section includes link lists that will connect you to the Web sites of the many neighborhood associations
    • City List: City of Boston list of neighborhoods; links to individual neighborhood association Web site where available
    • Link: Neighborhood Link; neighborhood and nonprofit group information
    • Alliance: Alliance of Boston Neighborhoods; federation of resident-based civic organizations in Boston; works for public process in planning, zoning, development, licensing, and transportation; site includes links to member neighborhood organizations
    • IDist: Innovation District; along South Boston's waterfront; live, play, and work in an environment
    • NN News: Neighborhood Network News; Web site for tv show on the local community access cable television channel covering Boston neighborhoods
  • Venues: Places for performances, concerts, athletics, conventions, tradeshows, gatherings
    • BA Pavilion: Bank of America Pavilion; open-air amphitheater on Boston Harbor; formerly called FleetBoston Pavilion
    • Berklee Ctr: Berklee Performance Center at Berklee College of Music; performing arts center
    • Citi Ctr: Citi Performing Arts Center; community arts center downtown; Wang Theatre seats 3,700, Shubert Theatre seats 1,600; formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts
    • Fenway Park: Baseball stadium; opened in 1912, 33,000+ seats; home of the Boston Red Sox
    • Gillette Stadium: 68,000 seat sports stadium in Foxborough; home of New England Patriots National Football League team and New England Revolution Major League Soccer team; in Foxborough, approximately 30 km southwest of Boston
    • Hatch Shell: Hatch Shell outdoor stage; Esplanade on Charles River; outdoor concerts, movies; Earth Day concert in April; Fourth of July Boston Pops show
    • Jordan Hall/NEC: Jordan Hall and the New England Conservatory of Music; Jordan hall has 1,013 seats and opened in 1903 and is a National Historic Landmark; other halls also at the conservatory
    • Loeb Drama Ctr: Harvard; headquarters of the American Repertory Theatre
    • MCCA: Massachusetts Convention Center Authority; owns and oversees the operation of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, The MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA and the Boston Common Garage
    • Memorial Hall: Harvard's Memorial Hall and Lowell Hall Complex; information on Memorial Hall, including Sanders Theatre and Annenberg Hall
    • Symphony Hall: Historic performing arts hall; home of Boston Symphony Orchestra
    • TD Garden: Arena; sports and entertainment arena; hosts NHL's Boston Bruins and NBA's Boston Celtics, concerts, sporting events, family shows, wrestling, and ice shows; formerly called the YourGarden, TD Banknorth Garden, FleetCenter, Boston Garden, Shawmut Center, and other names; aka The Garden, The Boston Garden
  • Housing: Find a place to stay or live in Boston
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    • BeanTown: Boston Apartment Rentals; apartments for rent in the greater Boston area
    • Boston City Properties: real estate brokerage; located in the heart of Copley Square in Downtown Boston; search Boston apartments, condos, & real estate in the metropolitan area; listings include addresses, photos, and virtual tours
    • First Boston: apartments, condos, and commercial; Boston luxury apartment ,luxury residential sales, rentals, property management and high-end commercial development in the Boston area
    • Housing Authority: Boston Housing Authority; public housing; rental assistance
    • Just Property: condominiums, homes and buildings for sale in the greater Boston area
    • myCityApartment: urban apartment, condo and townhouse rentals; create and schedule showings by adding apartments and finalizing your tour; speak directly with an agent
    • No Fee: Boston Realty Partners; apartment information
    • On Market Boston: Boston Apartments; search an up-to-date, comprehensive inventory of available apartments in the Boston metro region
    • Perfect Units: rentals for Boston apartments; Boston area rental site that helps college students and renters find the best apartments and rentals for their situation
    • Rentals: Boston real estate rentals; apartments for rent & properties for sale throughout Massachusetts
    • -USA Housing-: National lodging and housing directories; there are national directories you can use to locate area lodging or housing
  • Dining: Find a place to eat in Boston
    • Boston Chefs: Menus and food photos; search for restaurants; see information about chef, menu, and photos of food
    • Boston Mag: Boston Magazine restaurant reviews
    • Hidden: Boston's Hidden Restaurants; locally-known and little-known restaurants in Boston and the rest of New England
    • Matt's Menus: Boston-area menus and information
    • Mayor's Food Ct: Official city records; shows reports of incidents or problems at restaurants
    • Menupix: Restaurants with menus in Boston; browse restaurants by area, neighborhood, cuisine, delivery, etc.
    • Phantom: Phantom Gourmet; restaurant reviews from anonymous restaurant critic
    • Globe: Boston Globe Dining/Food section
    • -USA Dining-: National Dining directories; you can use this link to locate restaurants in the area that may not be listed in the local guides
  • Museums: Displays of objects; includes planned educational activities related to art, history, culture, or science
    • Afro Am Hist: Museum of Afro American History; presents the contributions of African Americans during the colonial period in New Englan
    • Anatomical: Warren Anatomical Museum; collection of anatomical and pathological specimens given by Dr. John Collins Warren (1778-1856)
    • Ancient Honorable: Museum of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts; displays artifacts reflecting its mission to preserve historic and patriotic traditions; originally chartered in 1638 by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony for militia training; museum on the 4th Floor Faneuil Hall
    • Art Gardner: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; three floors of art galleries surrounding a garden courtyard; paintings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts
    • Art Harvard: Harvard University Art Museums; Fogg Art Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum
    • Art ICA: Institute of Contemporary Art; new building opened in 2006 is cantilevered design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro on South Boston waterfront
    • Art MFA: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; major art museum presenting art from millennia of human history; notable colonial New England, impressionist, and ancient Egyptian collections
    • Art McMullen: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; permanent collections include art from Europe, Asia, and the Americas
    • Art Point: Arts on the Point; collection of large-scale outdoor sculpture on 80 hectares at Harbor Point on the grounds of the University of Massachusetts Boston Campus
    • Children's: Children's Museum; interactive exhibits focusing on early childhood development the three themes: arts, culture, and science
    • Gibson House: Gibson House Museum; presents urban domestic life in Back Bay neighborhood in Victorian times (corresponding to the reign of Britian's Queen Victoria, who ruled from 1837 to 1901); founded by Charles Hammond Gibson, Jr. (1874-1954); opened as a museum in 1957; National Historic Landmark
    • Commonwealth: Massachusetts Commonwealth Museum; presents the history of Massachusetts
    • Harvard: Harvard Museums portal page; presents an overview of and links to Harvard's many museums open to the public; includes art museums (Busch-Reisinger, Fogg, Sackler, Straus Center), natural history (Botanical, Mineralogical & Geological, Comparative Zoology), Arnold Arboretum, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Fisher Museum at the Harvard Forest, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Semitic Museum, and Warren Anatomical Museum
    • History: Bostonian Historical Society & Museum; library and museum collections dating from the 1630s; programs for adults and children
    • Holocaust: New England Holocaust Memorial; built to foster memory of and reflection on the Holocaust in which millions of people were murdered by Nazis, collaborators, and supporters between 1933 and 1945; the United States didn't enter World War II until 1941
    • Longfellow: Longfellow National Historic Site; home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from 1837 to 1882; Cambridge; National Park Service
    • Longyear: life of Mary Baker Eddy; founder and leader of Christian Science
    • MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; art, artifacts, drawings, photographs, and holograms; Science and Technology Collection, Hart Nautical Collection, Holography Collection
    • Natural Hist: Harvard Museum of Natural History; public museum of Harvard University's three natural history institutions: the Botanical Museum, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum; presents science and nature; affiliated with and connected to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
    • Nichols House: historic Beacon Hill townhouse; presents 19th and early 20th century Bostonian life
    • Revere House: Paul Revere Memorial Association; Paul Revere house, at 19 North Square, is the wooden home where Paul Revere lived on the night of his famous ride of April 18, 1775 and is Boston's oldest building; also Pierce/Hichborn House, early brick structure
    • Science: Museum of Science; works to stimulate interest and understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society; includes The Computer Museum, Hayden Planetarium
    • Historic: Historic New England; includes museums and historic sites
    • Sports: The Sports Museum; presents the sports heritage of New England through artifacts, multimedia, and art; Boston Garden Penalty Box, Boston Celtics Locker Exhibit
    • Tea Ship: Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum; commemorates the December 16, 1773 event in which American patriots dumped tea overboard from East India Company ships to protest taxation which the British Parliament had imposed on colonial tea
    • USS Constitution: USS Constitution Museum; dedicated to the heritage of the frigate USS Constitution, called "Old Ironsides," commissioned in 1798; museum is located adjacent to the USS Constitution itself in Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston
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