Boston Living - Places - Sites - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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
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