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BOS­TON COM­MON CAROUSEL Mount a Bradley and Kaye horse and take a spin on this artful, clas­sic carousel fea­tur- ing 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-6 pm. Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict, 617.523.1300.

FENWAY PARK Cen­tury-old Fenway Park has seen the likes of the Babe, Cy and Ted. The left-field 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

Science Mon­i­tor. Ad­mis­sion: $4-6. Open Tu-Su 10 am-4 pm. 200 Mas­sachusetts Ave., 617.450.7000.

MIT MU­SEUM This mi­cro­cosm of sci­en­tific strides at­tracts vis­i­tors from around the world. Ex­hi­bi­tions change fre­quently and fo­cus on sub­jects like emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and ges­tu­ral sculp­tures. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Im­ages of Dis­cov­ery: Com­mu­ni­cat­ing Science through Pho­tog­ra­phy,” through Aug. 31. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $510. 265 Mas­sachusetts Ave., Cam­bridge, 617.253.5927.

MU­SEUM OF AFRICAN AMER­I­CAN HIS­TORY New Eng­land’s largest African-Amer­i­can his­tory mu­seum. This month: “Pic­tur­ing Fred­er­ick Dou­glass: The Most Pho­tographed Amer­i­can of the 19th Cen­tury,” through July. Open M-Sa 10 am-4 pm. Ad­mis­sion by do­na­tion. 46 Joy St., 617.725.0022.

MU­SEUM OF SCIENCE A com­pelling tech­nol­ogy and science-based des­ti­na­tion. Per­ma­nent ex­hibits study the weather, math­e­mat­ics, space, the hu­man body and other “minds-on” top­ics. Ad­mis­sion: $20-25. Open Sa-Th 9 am-5 pm, F 9 am-9 pm. 1 Science Park, 617.723.2500.

MU­SEUM OF THE AN­CIENT AND HON­OR­ABLE AR­TILLERY COM­PANY OF MAS­SACHUSETTS Char­tered in 1638 as the New World’s first or­ga­nized mil­i­tary. Head­quar­ters have been in Faneuil Hall since 1746. To­day, the space is a mu­seum fea­tur­ing ar­ti­facts from ev­ery war Amer­ica has been a part of. Open M-F 9 am-3:30 pm. Faneuil Hall, 617.227.1638.

PAUL S. RUS­SELL, MD MU­SEUM OF MED­I­CAL HIS­TORY AND IN­NO­VA­TION This med­i­cal mu­seum tells the rich story of Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal’s two cen­turies of his­tory. Learn about the hos­pi­tal’s im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions to the med­i­cal field and see how these discoveries and ad­vance­ments have shaped the pre­sent. Open M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free ad­mis­sion. Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, 2 North Grove St., 617.724.8009.

PE­ABODY ES­SEX MU­SEUM Col­lec­tions in­clude Amer­i­can art and ar­chi­tec­ture, mar­itime art and his­tory, Na­tive Amer­i­can art, Asian ex­port, African, Oceanic and con­tem­po­rary art, pho­tog­ra­phy and the fas­ci­nat­ing Yin Yu Tang house. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Lu­nar At­trac­tion,” through Sept. 4. Great hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties, tours, con­certs, classes and fam­ily pro­grams. Open Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: Adults $20, se­niors $18, stu­dents (with ID) $12; Free for youth (un­der 16) and Salem res­i­dents (with ID). 161 Es­sex St., Salem, 866.745.1876.

SALEM WITCH MU­SEUM This pop­u­lar mu­seum brings the Witch Tri­als of 1692 to life, re­cre­at­ing the drama of ac­cusers and ac­cused, court pro­ceed­ings and the ex­e­cu­tion of 20 vic­tims. On ex­hibit: “Witches: Evolv­ing Per­cep­tions.” Multilingual trans­la­tions avail­able. Ad­mis­sion $9 – 12, free un­der age 6. Open daily 10 am – 5 pm. 19 1/2 Wash­ing­ton Square North, Salem, 978.744.1692.

THE PE­ABODY MU­SEUM OF AR­CHAE­OL­OGY AND ETHNOLOGY Of­fers col­lec­tions of hu­man cul­tural his­tory from Africa to Europe and South Amer­ica. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons Across Cul­tures,” through 2017.” Ad­mis­sion: $8-12. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. 11 Di­vin­ity Ave., Cam­bridge, 617.496.1027.

THE USS CON­STI­TU­TION MU­SEUM Lo­cated be­side where Old Iron­sides is berthed, the mu­seum teaches about the his­toric war­ship named by Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton. Sug­gested $3-10 do­na­tion. Open daily 9 am-6 pm. Charlestown Navy Yard, 617.426.1812.

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