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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.