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Places to Visit in Boston

Fenway Park
There's no place like Fenway. Whether you're a Red Sox fan or not, Fenway Park is a must-see. Built in 1912, it's the oldest baseball park in the country, and boasts the legendary Green Monster, which towers 37 feet in the air, threatening home run hopefuls. The manually-operated scoreboard paired with peanuts, Fenway Franks and historic fans, make this ballpark an epic timepiece. Can't make a game? Take a tour May through September.

South End
Brimming with the city's hottest new restaurants, the South End is known for being a culinary haven and a cultural draw. Historic row houses line the streets, posh boutiques sell everything from athletic clothing to baby books, and a thriving gay scene makes this neighborhood eclectic and rich. Try Hammersly's Bistro for an upscale dining experience; the Beehive for live jazz and diverse fare, and Coppa for a funky Italian spin on pastas, small plates, and cocktails.

Boston Public Garden
Travelers entering the Boston Common will see Beacon Hill to the north, bustling Tremont Street to the east, Emerson College to the south, and gated greenery to the west. Beyond those gates is a well-manicured, but still approachable public garden. Lagoons, walking paths, bridges, statues and flowers galore make it the perfect spot for an afternoon stroll (or simply a path from the Common to Newbury Street). If you're looking for things to do with the kids, take the Swan Boats, and check out the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the northeast corner.

Castle Island
In the summer, Castle Island fills with runners, cyclists, dog walkers, fishers, strollers, and Bostonians of all ages. An outdoor gathering place, Castle Island hosts a historic fort that sits atop a green hill. From it, watch the boats pass through the harbor, airplanes take off from Logan, children play on the swings, and brave souls take a dip in the chilly shore. One of Boston's most revered greasy spoons, Sullivan's is a take-out food joint onsite that serves burgers, fries and ice cream.

Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill is beautiful and old without being artificial. A historic neighborhood that houses politicians, statesman, wealthy families and a handful of lucky college students, it is a regal mash-up of what makes Boston so poignant. Charles Street exists as its main hub, and boasts gourmet bistros, cafes, hotels and shops. The Freedom Trail begins here, the Boston Common lies at its feet, and the Real World Boston firehouse on Mt. Vernon St. still stands - now owned by a nonprofit organization.

Charles River Esplanade
The rest of Boston's green spaces have nothing on these 17 miles of riverside walkways. Stroll along Memorial Drive for a glimpse of Boston's skyline, cross the Mass Ave bridge for a windy panorama, and trail the beautiful corridors that flow along Storrow Drive. On summer nights, free concerts at the Hatch Shell – an outdoor music venue – set the scene for nighttime picnics.