CITY SIGHTS

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BOS­TON COM­MON CAROUSEL

Mount a Bradley and Kaye horse and take a spin on this art­ful, clas­sic carousel fea­tur­ing oak floors, beveled glass mir­rors and stan­dard pie top. Tick­ets: $3. Open Su-Th 10 am-6 pm, F-Sa 10 am-8 pm. Bos­ton Com­mon Frog Pond.

CHRIS­TIAN SCIENCE PLAZA

The plaza’s 686-foot-long re­flect­ing pool mir­rors the ar­chi­tec­ture of the First Church of Christ, Sci­en­tist. And the Chris­tian Science Mon­i­tor, Mary Baker Eddy Li­brary and Map­par­ium are lo­cated nearby. 250 Mas­sachusetts Ave., 617.450.2000.

FANEUIL HALL

Bos­ton mer­chant Peter Faneuil had this build­ing con­structed in 1742 and gave it to the city of Bos­ton. It be­came known for be­ing the breed­ing ground of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion, and thus called “The Cra­dle of Lib­erty.” To­day, Faneuil Hall re­mains a sym­bol of free­dom and houses a vis­i­tor cen­ter, the Great Hall and an ar­mory mu­seum. Free ad­mis­sion. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Fi­nan­cial District, 617.523.1300.

FEN­WAY PARK

Cen­tury-old Fen­way Park has seen the likes of the Babe, Cy and Ted. The left­field wall, dubbed the Green Mon­ster, is a for­mi­da­ble tar­get for bat­ters. Park is open for tours year-round and games in sea­son. 4 Yawkey Way 617.226.6000.

FORT WAR­REN & GE­ORGES IS­LAND VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER

This Civil War-era fort oc­cu­pies most of Ge­orges Is­land and is open to vis­i­tors. Daily ranger tours of­fer facts about the fort. Vis­i­tor cen­ter fea­tures ex­hibits and a short film. Open daily. Ge­orges Is­land, 617.223.8666.

THE FREE­DOM TRAIL

Fo­cused on the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion, from the Colo­nial pe­riod to the War of 1812, this 2.5-mile, red-painted and bricked path con­nects 16 his­toric sites, each of which has its own story. 617.357.8300.

HAR­VARD SQUARE

Har­vard Square pulses as the heart of Cam­bridge, Bos­ton’s sis­ter city here in the Hub. The square is noted for its great peo­ple watch­ing, dozens of spe­cialty book stores, eclec­tic shop­ping op­tions, and also mu­sic clubs known for reg­u­larly host­ing leg­endary tal­ent. Har­vard Square, Cam­bridge, 617.491.3434.

JOHN ADAMS COURT­HOUSE

His­toric, 19th-cen­tury build­ing op­er­ates as the home base for Mas­sachusetts Supreme Ju­di­cial Court and con­tains the old­est law li­brary in the U.S. Take a tour or at­tend a court ses­sion. Le­gal his­tory ex­hibits in the Great Hall. Open M-F 8 am-8 pm. 1 Pem­ber­ton Square, 617.557.1000.

LAWN ON D

Let the kids loose at this twoplus-acre art-filled play­ful out­door green space in the Sea­port District. There’s al­ways some­thing go­ing on, from Swing Time (cir­cu­lar swings that change color when you move) to clas­sic lawn games, live con­certs and ever-chang­ing over­sized art in­stal­la­tions. No pets. Open daily 7 am-10 pm. 420 D St..

LEGOLAND DIS­COV­ERY CEN­TER

Kids ages 3-10 go ab­so­lutely crazy for this place, and its Assem­bly Row en­trance marked by a gi­ant yel­low LEGO gi­raffe. Not only can chil­dren build to their hearts’ con­tent they can tum­ble, climb and slide in LEGO City Play Zone or catch a movie at the 4D Cinema. Tick­ets: $18.95-$29.95. Open Su-Th 10 am-7 pm, F 10 am-8 pm, Sa 9 am-8 pm. 598 Assem­bly Row, Somerville, 866.228.6439.

LONG WHARF

Lit­er­ally, Bos­ton’s long­est wharf. In the 18th cen­tury, John Han­cock had his of­fices on the dock (which you can visit while din­ing at Chart House restau­rant). To­day,

yachts, fer­ries and tour boats weigh an­chor here. Long Wharf.

LOUISBURG SQUARE

Bea­con Hill ad­dress that’s been home to some of Bos­ton’s rich­est res­i­dents like Louisa May Al­cott and the Kennedys. Many of the Greek Re­vival row houses re­main sin­gle-fam­ily homes and sur­round a pri­vate, gated green. Be­tween Pinck­ney and Mount Ver­non streets.

NEW ENG­LAND AQUAR­IUM

Ex­plore the world’s waters from the Ama­zon rain for­est to the Gulf of Maine. Come see the Gi­ant Ocean Tank, a Caribbean coral reef en­vi­ron­ment boast­ing 2,000 sea crea­tures! Ad­mis­sion: $18.9526.95. Open M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-6 pm. NEAq’s IMAX Theater screens films daily; tick­ets: $7.95-9.95. 1 Cen­tral Wharf, 617.973.5200.

THE NEW ENG­LAND HOLO­CAUST ME­MO­RIAL

Evoca­tive of a meno­rah, the mon­u­ment re­calls the six main Nazi death camp chim­neys. Its tow­ers are etched with 6 mil­lion num­bers, a haunt­ing re­minder of the Jews who per­ished in the Holo­caust. Union Street near Faneuil Hall, 617.457.8755.

NEW­BURY STREET

New­bury Street is a hot des­ti­na­tion for shop­pers. Part posh (the lower end of New­bury fea­tures lux­ury brand bou­tiques from Chanel to Valentino) and part hip (the up­per end of New­bury boasts in­de­pen­dently owned shops and in­ter­na­tional flag­ships stores). New­bury Street at Ar­ling­ton Street. Map 5, F4; New­bury Street at Mas­sachusetts Av­enue.

OLD CITY HALL

This deca­dent struc­ture was built 1862-1865 as one of the first build­ings in the French Sec­ond Em­pire ar­chi­tec­tural style in the U.S and is now one of the only ones that sur­vives. This is ac­tu­ally Bos­ton’s third city hall, and it saw the ser­vice of 38 may­ors through 1969, in­clud­ing Josiah Quincy and James M. Curley. 45 School St., 617.523.8678.

OLD SOUTH MEET­ING HOUSE

Built in 1729 as a Pu­ri­tan meet­ing­house, this site is well known as the place of mass protest gath­er­ings that led to the Bos­ton Tea Party. Fa­mous for­mer con­gre­gants in­clude Sa­muel Adams and Ben­jamin Franklin. Ad­mis­sion: $1-$6. Open daily 9:30 am-5 pm. 310 Wash­ing­ton St., 617.482.6439.

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