How could you miss the opportunity to visit the United States' first large, municipally funded library? Like Fenway, it has a great location near other attractions in Copley Square near Trinity Church. The outside is breathtaking and even intimidating in its appearance, and the inside offers Internet connection and a map collection in addition to tons and tons of books.
If you've been saving up for the purchase of something special during your trip to Boston, then Back Bay is the place to go to buy it. We're talking an eight-block stretch of stores that increase in fanciness and pricing. They begin with downmarket stores and culminate the most high-end of stores like Chanel and Cartier. The residential areas near this stretch are also quite the sight and worth a visit.
Taking a stroll around the nation's most coveted and prestigious university is quite the experience. Take time to admire the buildings and the small but fantastic museums in the area such as the Peabody Museum or Sackler Art Museum. Once you're finished there are plenty of cheap, tasty restaurants waiting for you outside of the gates.
If you're downtown then you're near the Public Garden in the heart of the city. The park has a great view of the skyline of Boston's financial district. It also features the always popular swan boats in the warmer seasons which are, funny enough, accompanied by flocks of swans that choose to call the pond in the park their home. There are a lot of lovely gardens and statues to peruse while you're here- the equestrian statue of George Washington, John Quincy Adam Ward's and Mary E. Moore's "small child fountain" are among the notable ones.
"ICA" stands for Institute of Contemporary Art, and Boston's is nothing short of fantastic. The museum itself is a beautiful piece of artwork, being made all from glass and jutting out at stunningly sharp angles. Work up an appetite walking through the museum's exhibits and then catch lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants that have recently opened up in this area.