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Boston Common

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Both are endorsed by expert reviewers. Overall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum scores significantly higher than Boston Common. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ranks #2 in Boston with recommendations from 11 reviews including Lonely Planet, concierge.com and Fodor's.

Both are endorsed by expert reviewers. Overall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum scores significantly higher than Boston Common. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ranks #2 in Boston with recommendations from 11 reviews including Lonely Planet, concierge.com and Fodor's.

tripexpert score
88
#12 in Boston
location

Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park & Boylston Streets, Boston, MA 02108

endorsements
  • 7 endorsements
  • 8

    Condé Nast Traveler

    A green, 50-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Boston, the Common is the oldest park in the United States (first laid out as a pasture for cattle grazing in 1634). Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Nothing is more central to Boston than the Common, the oldest public park in the United States and undoubtedly the largest and most famous of the town commons. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 35

    In 1634, when their settlement was just 4 years old, the town fathers paid the Rev. William Blackstone £30 for this property. In 1640 it was set aside as common land. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    The Boston Common has served many purposes over the years, including as a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War and as green grass for cattle grazing until 1830. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 53

    The Public Garden is quiet and contained, the adjacent Commons is open and bustling. Full Review →

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97
#2 in Boston

280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

  • 13 endorsements
  • 8

    Condé Nast Traveler

    Often over-shadowed by the Museum of Fine Arts next door, the museum is packed with more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries. The Palm Courtyard is one of the prettiest places in town. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Today, it's probably America's most idiosyncratic treasure house. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    The pièce de résistance is the magnificent skylit courtyard, filled year-round with fresh flowers grown by the museum's horticultural staff. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    The Gardner is filled with almost 2000 priceless objects, primarily European, including outstanding tapestries and Italian Renaissance and 17th-century Dutch paintings. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    Isabella Stewart Gardner built Fenway Court, which resembles a 15C Venetian-style palace, to showcase her magnificent art collection in an intimate setting. Full Review →

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