The 2.5 mile long Freedom Trail is known for historic sites related to American Revolution. The path pass through downtown and includes locations marked with brick. Notable sites along the trail include museums, churches, parks, historic markets, burying grounds, and a ship. Places to visit along the trail are Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel and Burying Ground, Benjamin Franklin statue, Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, USS Constitution, and Bunker Hill Monument.
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is one of the largest art museum in the world with collection of nearly 500,000 works of art. The museum features art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, 8,161 paintings, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs. MFA collection include Art of Africa and Oceania, Art of the Americas, Ancient Egyptian artifacts, Art of Ancient Greece and Rome, Art of Asia, Contemporary Art, Art of Europe, Photography, Prints, Drawings, and Musical Instruments from around the world. The museum collection of Japanese art is the largest in the world outside of Japan.
Faneuil Hall, also referred as "The Cradle of Liberty" is a historic marketplace and meeting hall located in downtown. Faneuil Hall was a site of meetings, protests, and debate during Revolutionary-era. Today, it is one of the most visited tourist site on the Freedom Trail. Faneuil Hall Visitor Center is located on the first floor. The Great Hall is located on the second floor of the building.
Swan Boats is a boat ride in the Boston Public Garden pond. It is a popular tourist attraction which began operating in 1877. Tourist can enjoy the boat ride with a white swan at the rear. The boat is pedaled around the pond by driver and tour guide. It operates during Spring and Summer season. The ride lasts about 12-15 minutes. The 4 acres pond is the home of many ducks and swans.
Beacon Hill is a historic neighborhood where Massachusetts State House is located. The area has federal style rowhouses, brick sidewalks, and narrow gaslit streets. Beacon Hill has three sections: south slope, north slope and Flat of the Hill. The area attraction include Harrison Gray Otis House, Pair of houses, Beacon Hill Monument, and Chestnut Street row houses. Boston Common located near the Beacon Hill is the oldest public park in the United States.
Museum of Science (MoS) located in Science Park features science museum and indoor zoo. The museum has over 700 interactive exhibits, planetarium, and IMAX theater. The museum is also home to over 100 animals rescued and rehabilitated. Permanent exhibits of the museum include Arctic Adventure, Hall of Human Life, Engineering Design Workshop, Colossal Fossil, Dinosaurs, Brain Lab, Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, and Discovery Center. Other attraction of the museum are The Rock Garden, The Light House, Garden Walk, Insect Zoo, and New England Habitats.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum features replica ships of 18th century sailing vessels, historic artifacts and interactive exhibits. The museum collection include one of two known tea chests from the original event. Destruction of the Tea activity lets you dump the tea into the sea where the Boston Tea Party took place.
The central branch of Boston Public Library located at Copley Square is a National Historic Landmark known for its outstanding Beaux-Arts architecture. The historic central library consists of the McKim Building and Johnson Building. The McKim building is known for its renaissance-style architecture, murals by John Singer Sargent. The building has lavish decorations and central courtyard with arcaded gallery. Interior of Bates Hall has a coffered ceiling in a wide catena-arched barrel vault. The central library houses more than 21 million items as collections.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to life of 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy. Located on 10-acre park, the 9-story building features library and museum. The Library preserves materials in all formats that document the life, and career of John F. Kennedy. The Library houses collections of government and institutional records, photographs, audio, film, and video documents. Permanent exhibits of the museum include Campaign Trail, The Briefing Room, The Space Race, Attorney General's Office, The Oval Office, First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and The Kennedy Family.
Boston Public Garden located in the heart of city is a popular public park. Established in 1837, it was the first public botanical garden in America. The Victorians style park features pond, fountains, statues and structures. The garden include over 80 species of variety of plants. Swan Boats is the popular attraction of the park that paddle around the pond by a tour guide sitting within the swan.