To plan your Boston sightseeing experience, use the map and attractions guide on this page to locate top attractions, tours, events, and places to go in Boston, and plan your vacation experience.
Boston's compact size makes sightseeing easy because most of our top attractions cluster in just the few central neighborhoods shown on the map on this page.
Boston is a city of gorgeous neighborhoods - Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the North End, Fenway, the Waterfront.
Each neighborhood has its own personality, attractions, mouth-watering restaurants, and fascinating places to visit and things to do.
The best way to start planning your Boston travel itinerary, especially if you'll be here just for a short time, is to focus on the top attractions in your "must see" list, and then find other interesting places to visit located nearby.
Use our Boston sightseeing map to get started.
Most of Boston's top attractions, events, and historic sites are located in the city's central neighborhoods shown on this map
Want to know which sightseeing attractions are in a specific neighborhood? Click on it in the map, or scroll down to the neighborhood overview below.
Want to find out about the best hotels in each neighborhood? Check our Boston Hotel Guide.
To get an in-depth view of a particular area or an experience tailored to your special interests, take a look at these interesting tours led by professional guides:
And here are several walking tours to do on your own:
- Rose Kennedy Greenway Walking tour
- Walking tour of popular Boston attractions on Memorial Day
- Rainy day walking tour - Downtown Boston
Another good way to get to know Boston is to simply wander around and explore - easy to do because of the city's compact size.
- Beginning of the Freedom Trail
- Shakespeare on the Common
- Ice Skating on Frog Pond
- Garden of Flags on Memorial Day
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace / Quincy Hall
- Haymarket - Boston's Oldest Outdoor Market
- Boston Holocaust Memorial
- Irish Pubs and Historic Taverns
- Columbus Day Parade
- Paul Revere's House
- Italian Saints Feasts & Festivals
- Where to Enjoy Cappuccino & Cannoli
Seaport / South Boston Waterfront
- Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
- CruisePort - Boston's Cruise Ship Pier
- Boston ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art)
- Top Seaport Restaurants
- Boston Theatre District Shows Schedule
- Theatre District Hotels
- Comedy Clubs
- Best Restaurants for Dining before a Show
Federal and Art Deco buildings line the narrow streets of this tranquil, little-known neighborhood - one of Boston's "hidden secrets"
Want more information about Boston neighborhoods, including where to eat, stay, and shop? Check out our Boston Neighborhood Guide.
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Key Attractions and Events in Other Boston Neighborhoods
Although most tourist attractions cluster in Boston's central neighborhoods, a few are located in surrounding mostly-residential areas.
Here are the neighborhoods and areas where you'll find other key Boston sightseeing attractions, historic sites, cultural venues, entertainment, and tourism-related attractions and events.