The dual jewels of the Emerald Necklace, the city’s historic park system, perfectly reflect the vision of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The Public Garden is a lovely place to stroll, with pathways designed for promenading. The seasonal Swan Boats are adored by children and adults. Across Beacon Street is the Boston Common, where, depending on the season, you can ice-skate on the Frog Pond, play softball or tennis, or lounge with a book on a grassy knoll.
From storied landmarks to world-class museums, the top Boston attractions offer a range of experiences both indoors and out. You could spend the better part of a day exploring the Art of the Americas wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, or a couple days checking out all the historical sites along the Freedom Trail. For a more intimate cultural experience that’s unique to Boston, visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or a short walk along the Emerald Necklace. For those with little ones, check out the best things to do with kids in Boston. One big bonus about these Boston attractions? They’re all close to some of Boston’s best restaurants—so make a day, or night, of it.
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