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Boston Public Library

Not just a grand building with shelves of ancient tomes, the famed Boston Public Library is a celebrated landmark. It’s also right across the street from the hotel. Step through the giant bronze doors of this Italian palazzi-inspired 1852 monument, past murals, marble, ornate lanterns and Renaissance busts, and you’ll appreciate Boston’s moniker the “Athens of America.” Particularly cherished is the Bates Hall Reading Room with its dramatic coffered ceiling soaring 50 feet up. Housing 24 million volumes, the 1848 library is the largest of its kind in the country and home to many firsts. Go to see the paintings of John Singer Sargent, take a free guided tour or just sit and soak in the splendor. All programs and exhibits are gratis.

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Old Town Trolley Tours

Jump onto the long-running, old-time trolley for an engaging bus tour of Boston best hits. You’ll get a compelling mix of trivia, history and entertainment on the live tour of Old Town without needing to walk long distances.
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Boston Common

Picture the Puritans strolling along the pastures back in the early 1600s at American’s very first public park. Colonists bought the original 44 acres from European settlers in 1634 to establish downtown’s Boston Common, an icon just a short walk from the hotel, also the start of The Freedom Trail.
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Boston Public Garden

Large and leafy, this beloved community space dates to 1837 as the first public botanical garden in the U.S.