Does just the term "tourist attraction". cause feelings of anxiety? While there certainly are some attractions that you are better off driving on by, there are plenty of good ones too. Our Boston 10Best list can help you sort the worthwhile from the worthless, ensuring only good memories are created this trip.

Boston Public Library

The first public library in the United States, Boston's institution not only houses a wide variety of literary works (over 6 million), but also displays the creations of visual artists. Many works remain permanently in the library while others...  Read More

This rapidly growing 72-acre zoo is full of a variety of different animals great and small. Special exhibits include Bongo Congo with bongo antelopes and ostriches. The African Tropical Forest contains over 50 types of animals wandering in a...  Read More

Site of Boston's annual Fourth of July gala, the Esplanade runs along the southern bank of the Charles River, creating a delightful landscape of manicured lawns, gardens, and children's playgrounds. The city's impressive skyline provides a...  Read More

Commonwealth Avenue Mall

An 8-plus acre mall runs along beautiful Commonwealth Avenue (aka "Comm Ave"). Numerous statues of well-known figures from Boston's past are framed by stately elms. A large granite statue of Alexander Hamilton rests in the park, along with a...  Read More

Marine-themed exhibits, programs, and demonstrations take place throughout the day at this spectacular, above-ground aquatic extravaganza. Seals, penguins, sharks, and other creatures reside at the aquarium, and a massive, four-story,...  Read More

Fenway Park

Boston Red Sox players and fans call this home. It is one of the smallest and oldest baseball parks in the major leagues. Built in 1912, this park still has real grass on the field as well as the famed Green Monster. Tickets to games may be...  Read More

Boston Public Garden

Take an afternoon stroll through the oldest botanical garden in the United States and get a feel for Boston's charm and grace. The park's pond has been famous since 1877 for its swan boats, which offer leisurely cruises during warmer months. If...  Read More

Arnold Arboretum

The development of this beautiful park was funded by James Arnold, who left it to Harvard University upon his death. After selling the park to the city, Harvard regained possession of it and pays only $1 a year (for 1000 years) for it. Today,...  Read More

Boston Irish Famine Memorial

This million-dollar memorial park was unveiled in 1998 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine. The memorial exists thanks to the tireless efforts of Boston's Irish community. Its bronze statues depict dedicated, enduring Irish...  Read More

Old Town Trolley

Board the trolleys while a guide provides running commentary while guests ride in open-air cars and take in the sites and sounds of the town. These tours leave from many convenient locations throughout Boston and are an excellent way to become...  Read More