A list of all the dazzling places in Boston could extend further than gridlock on I-93 during rush hour! However, we’ve narrowed it down to include some of our city’s fairest landmarks, buildings, and green spaces. See how many of these 14 sublime spots you’ve already visited:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Boston Public Library
Visually stunning and intellectually stimulating, BPL never ceases to amaze visitors with its ornate stonework, vivid murals, and Italian-inspired courtyard... not to mention all of the books!
Address: 700 Boylston Street, Boston
If a three-story high globe crafted from stained glass doesn't impress you, we don't know what will! The Mapparium is truly awe-inspiring.
Address: 200 Massachusetts Avenue,
3. Boston Public Garden and the Common
At Boston Public Garden, weeping willows dip their branches into a lagoon, spanned by a charming bridge. An abundance of flowers line pathways that are perfect for strolling. Continue your walk through Boston Common, where you can soak in Beacon Hill's architecture.
4. Boston Harbor Islands
Explore 34 diverse islands and parks that collectively form the biggest recreation area in this half of the state. Whether you're gazing back at the Boston skyline or appreciating the natural beauty of these green spaces, the Harbor Islands are an unmissable destination.
5. Holocaust Memorial
This thoughtfully designed, memorial compels us to remember the lives lost in the Holocaust and to prevent such an atrocity from happening again. There's something especially moving about the way the sunlight plays on the glass.
Address: 126 High Street,
6. Arnold Arboretum
Whether you wander through the meadow, savor the wooded tranquility of Peters Hill, or view the bonsai collection, you'll be struck by the diverse natural beauty of this arboretum.
Address: 125 Arborway,
7. Trinity Church
The artistry and craftsmanship that went into the creation of Trinity Church is breathtaking. While the outside is dramatic, it's the inside of this Romanesque Revival-style church that'll blow you away.
Address: 206 Clarendon Street, Boston.
8. Fenway Park
Come for a game, come for a tour. Either way, the oldest ballpark in the MLB is a must-see spot for sports lovers.
Address: 4 Yawkey Way,
9. Mount Auburn Cemetery
You'll only find a cemetery an odd choice if you haven't yet had the opportunity to view Mount Auburn. Boasting 700 species of trees, this place also serves as an arboretum. With a pond, a tower that provides lovely city views, and delicately-carved monuments, this is one cemetery where you'll actually want to hang out.
Address: 580 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
10. Wang Theatre
There's as much drama in the design of the Wang Theatre as there is on the stage during its productions. The Wang has gone through several names - the Metropolitan, the Music Hall - but throughout the years, the appearance of this 1925 theatre has continued to impress. Channeling a Louis XIV palace, the venue showcases the type of grandeur you'll never forget.
Address: 270 Tremont Street, Boston
What's not to like about 43 miles of stunning waterfront?
12. Isabella Stewart Gardner
Although the museum's incredible art collection is a big draw, the spectacular courtyard within is a place you'll never want to leave.
Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston
13. Acorn Street
This is one of the most photographed streets in the nation - and for good reason. History and charm combine to form a quintessential New England scene.
14. The Esplanade
Bike, kayak, or join a fitness class in one of Boston's most spectacular playgrounds. This 3-mile-long park lines the Charles River and is the ultimate city oasis.
Which places around the city do you feel best represent its beauty? To be honest, we’re spoiled for choices!