Boston is famous for its tea party and baked beans, but the city’s true charm can be found at these lesser-known sites. Explore a few during Life@50+ and discover the character of this historic city.
See also: Boston fun facts.
Make Way for Ducklings Statues
This set of bronze sculptures by Nancy Schön was created in 1987 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Public Garden. It pays tribute to Robert McCloskey’s popular children’s book of the same name, written in 1941.
The Swan Boats
Public Garden lagoon
For over 130 years, the Swan Boats have been a signature of Boston and have been plying the waters of this beautiful botanical garden ever since the Paget family introduced them to the city in 1877. The Paget family still owns and operates them (April through September).
George Washington Statue
The first equestrian statue in Boston was unveiled in 1869.
New England Holocaust Memorial
Between Union Street and Congress Street
Each of the six towers of the memorial represents one of the death camps the Nazis set up to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe. Each tower is inscribed with 1 million numbers, representing that the 6 million people killed in the camps who did not have names to their captors. The smoke seen rising from the base of each tower represents the smoke rising from the chimneys where their bodies were cremated. Inside each tower, stories of camp survivors are inscribed on the glass. The reason this busy site was selected is to reflect the fact that while these six camps existed, everyday life was going on all around them.
Irish Famine Memorial
Corner of Washington and School streets
In 1845, a quickly spreading mold began to destroy potato plants in Ireland, unleashing what is now known as the Irish Potato Famine. The Irish Famine Memorial was dedicated in 1999 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the famine during which many died of starvation and many others sought refuge in America. One sculpture depicts a starving family in Ireland begging for help and the other depicts a family arriving in America full of hope.
The Boston Stone
This stone has been a local landmark since 1737. It was originally thought to have been used as a milestone marker, setting mileage distances from Boston to outlying areas. However, the true story is that it was brought over from England in the early 1700’s by a local painter. He used it to grind pigments for paints.