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.