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Boston’s must-see places – The Daily Free Press

From stunning city views to relaxing parks, Boston has something for everyone. When you get the chance, venture out of Comm. Avenue and enjoy all that Boston has to offer. Even beyond the main town, there are smaller towns and neighborhoods worth exploring. Here’s a rundown of 15 places you must see while in Boston.

Boston Township

In the center of the city is Boston Common. Its vast lawns are the ideal place to picnic and enjoy the sun. There, you can grab a hot dog, take in the view from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, play with dogs at the open-leash dog park, and go ice-skating at Frog Pond during the winter. Accessible via Boylston or Park Street station on the green line. SAMANTHA BETSKO/DFP STAFF

boston public garden

boston public garden
Just across the Common from Arlington Station is the Boston Public Garden. Dotted with majestic willows, beautiful flower arrangements and cheerful buskers, the public garden is a great place to unwind on a peaceful stroll. Take a ride on the Swan Boats and admire the statue of George Washington. CLARE NGO/DFP COLLABORATOR

beacon hill

beacon hill
Right next to the Boston Common and Public Garden and a short walk from Park Street Station is the Beacon Hill neighborhood. This quaint residential neighborhood is lined with rustic brownstone homes straight out of a romantic comedy. Stroll through this neighborhood to see the iconic Acorn Street (pictured) or visit Charles Street for its shops and restaurants. CLARE NGO/DFP COLLABORATOR

Fenway Park

Fenway Park
An iconic Boston landmark and a must-see for baseball fans is Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. Right next to Kenmore Station, Fenway Park is extremely close to the Boston University campus! Head there for a game day and see the whole area come alive with food vendors and people decked out in their Red Sox pride. ELIZA NUESTRO/DFP STAFF

Commonwealth Avenue Shopping Center

Commonwealth Avenue Shopping Center
Nestled between two rows of brownstones, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall is a mile-long straight path that will take you from Massachusetts Ave to the Boston Public Garden. Comm Ave Mall is a great place to run and take in the fall colors and brownstones. You can get there from the Hynes Convention Center station or walk 15 minutes from BU’s East Campus. CLARE NGO/DFP COLLABORATOR

Newbury Street

Newbury Street
Parallel to the Commonwealth Avenue Mall is Newbury Street, one of the best places to shop and eat in Boston. It runs from Hynes Convention Center station to Arlington station and is home to stores like UNIQLO, Nike, ZARA, H&M and many restaurants and cafes. CLARE NGO/DFP COLLABORATOR

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library
If you want to make studying for finals a little less strenuous, the Boston Public Library is your friend. The public library is conveniently located next to Copley Station and is home to stunning architecture and millions of books. Bates Hall (pictured) and McKim Court are must-sees. CLARE NGO/DFP COLLABORATOR

Charles River Esplanade

Charles River Esplanade
Cross the bridge over Storrow Drive from BU Beach to walk along the Charles River. Walk further east and you’ll reach the Charles River Esplanade, a riverside park with stunning views. Long expanse of greenery with the river on one side and the city on the other, the Esplanade is not a park like the others. CLARE NGO/DFP COLLABORATOR

Chinese district

Chinatown Gate
In downtown Boston, near Boylston Station, is Chinatown. Here you can choose from various Asian cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine. Check out the Chinatown Gate (pictured) while you’re there. HUI-EN LIN/DFP STAFF

Faneuil Hall Market

Hall of Fanueil
Just a five-minute walk from Government Center station, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a great place to shop and eat. The area includes Faneuil Hall Visitor Center, Quincy Market, and North and South Markets. Constantly bustling and a tourist hotspot, it’s a great place to pick up Boston souvenirs. CLARE NGO/DFP COLLABORATOR

North end

North end
Also known as Little Italy, the North End is Boston’s Italian neighborhood. Spend an afternoon exploring its nooks and crannies, indulge in a classic Italian dinner, and admire the romantic brick-built shops. While there, visit the historic Paul Revere House and the Old North Church. CLARE NGO/DFP COLLABORATOR

Seaport district

Port area
Known for its seafood, quaint piers and nightlife, the Port District is one of the most modern and stylish neighborhoods in this historic city. While you’re there, visit the Institute of Contemporary Art, Fan Pier Park and, in December, the Snowport Holiday Market. Accessible via the T stop at Gare du Sud. HAIYI BI/DFP STAFF

Cambridge – Harvard Square

Harvard Square
Home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge is a quiet college town just across the river. Get off at Harvard Station on the Red Line to see Harvard Square, the square in the heart of the city. Discover the small shops, cafes and bookstores and forget the big city for a day. MAGGIE WEN/DFP STAFF

Brookline

Brookline Coolidge
Just steps from West Campus is the charming town of Brookline. Check out the retro Coolidge Corner Cinema, Brookline Booksmith, Buffalo Exchange thrift store, and the various small parks littering the neighborhood. ELIZA NUESTRO/DFP STAFF

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
This Venetian-style art museum is right next to the Longwood Museum of Fine Arts and Medical Station. Its courtyard (pictured) has a beautiful garden and is a great place for photos. Tickets are discounted for college students and free for anyone named Isabella! ANNIE MAYNE/DFP STAFF