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1. Faneuil Hall. The hall was built in 1742 and is known as the "Cradle of Liberty" owing to the many speeches made there calling for freedom and independence during the Revolutionary movement. Extensively renovated in 1992, the fourth floor contains The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. This museum holds paintings of famous battles and military weaponry. Enjoy fun, causal dining in Quincy Market during your visit.
2. New England Aquarium. The aquarium houses the world's largest ocean tank with a coral reef and over 2,000 aquatic creatures, including sharks, giant sea turtles, and moray eels. Also see penguins and venture out on a whale watch.
3. Old North Church. This is the oldest church building in Boston, dating back to 1723. It was from its spire that Robert Newman hung the lanterns that sent Paul Revere on his ride. The window itself was bricked over and then rediscovered and restored in 1989. Sunday church services 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
4. Boston Common. The oldest public park in America is an excellent spot for picnics, outdoor concerts and sports.
5. Boston Public Garden. The oldest botanical garden in America, this garden is located across from the hotel and the Boston Common. This oasis houses the world famous swan boat rides and Make Way for Ducklings statues.
6. Freedom Trail. This two-and-a-half mile red-brick path begins in the Boston Common and passes the city's most famous historic sites such as Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution.
Four Season Hotel Boston's location is right in front of one of Boston's most popular attractions: the Boston Public Garden and the abutting Boston Common. Nearby the hotel is historic Beacon Hill; there, the State House gleams and the cobblestone sidewalks lead to some of the city's best restaurants and boutique shops. Newbury Street, which is home to the best luxury retailers, spas and private boutiques, is a short walk from the hotel. A little farther down the road is the Esplanade, Boston's green space along the Charles River. Here, Fourth of July celebrations, free concerts and endless jogging and bike routes transpire. If you like a walk, head through the gardens and Boston Common toward the State House and over the hill, where you'll come upon Faneuil Hall, Boston's outdoor marketplace, full of endless shopping and dining. Continue past Faneuil Hall and you'll end up in the North End, Boston's Little Italy and home to the best Italian restaurants in the city. Also in the North End is the Old North Church and Paul Revere's House, favorites among history buffs. Four Seasons Boston puts you almost in the center of the attraction universe — when it comes to Boston, anyway.