If you want to take a drive around the city to see some fun sites, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 14 cool Boston roadside attractions you can see from your car.
Boston Irish Famine Memorial
Dedicated to the Great Famine of 1845-1852, this memorial park is located between Washington Street and School Street.
The Rainbow Swash is a liquified natural gas storage tank operated by National Grid and located in Dorchester. It holds the claim of being the largest copyrighted work of art in the world. Ask a local and they’ll tell you the profiles of Fred Flintstone can be found in the paint.
Hood Milk Bottle
Located in Fort Point near the Tea Party Museum and the Boston Children’s Museum, this multi-functioning attraction serves as an ice cream stand, snack bar, and advertisement for Hood, the beloved Massachusetts dairy company.
Democratic Donkey, Republican Footprints
Old City Hall
In the courtyard outside of Boston’s Old City Hall is a statue of some guy named Ben who went to school on this site. But a few steps away is bronze statue of a donkey, the symbol of the Democratic Party, and a pair of footprints with the plaque that reads “stand in opposition.”
63 Court St.
At 63 Court Street near City Hall, a large golden teapot hangs above the entrance to a Starbucks. Originally used to draw customers into a tea company, the teakettle has been steaming up since 1871.
Teddy Bear Statue
750 Washington St.
Driving past Tufts Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children in ___, you might get the feeling that you’re driving by an iconic toy store. That’s because in front of the hospital is a teddy bear statue that was used by FAO Schwarz before it closed in 2004.
Edgar Allan Poe statue
Across the street from the Boston Common, you’ll find a bustling statue of Edgar Allan Poe. Built in 2014, the statue alludes to a few of Poe’s works and serves to memorialize the macabre poet and author who had a notorious dislike for the people of Boston and this city where he was born.
Museum of Science Dinosaur
1 Science Park
Guarding the doors outside the Museum of Science stands a life-size T-Rex. In keeping with these pandemic times, this coelurosaurian theropod from the Cretaceous period is currently sporting a hygenic face mask.
The Partisans – Bony Horsemen Statue
World Trade Center Ave
In front of the Silver Line Station on World Trade Center Ave in the Seaport is a harrowing sculpture of four bony horsement riding atop skinny worn-out horses. The statue was created by Polish sculptor, Andrzej Pitynski, as a tribute to freedom fighters and partisans.
All Saints Way
You can’t drive a foot in the North End without seeing something that celebrates the neighborhood’s religious and festive atmosphere. Drive down Battery Street and you’ll find a quirky photo opportunity in the form of a mosaic of Catholic Saint imagery.
Scarlett O’Hara House
In the neighborhood of Beacon Hill, drive slowly down Revere Street past the tiny alley of Rollins Place. You’ll think you took a wrong turn and ended up in the Antebellum Era of the Deep South – but don’t blink or you’ll miss this optical illusion.
Museum of Modern Renaissance
Across the river from Boston, Somerville has some quirky spots of its own. One in particular, is the eclectic hidden gem and art gallery known as the Museum of Modern Renaissance. Fun fact: this building is where yoga was first introduced to America.
Golden Grasshopper Weathervane
Perched on top of Faneuil Hall sits a golden grasshopper, given as a gift in 1742. The belly of the weathervane is used as a time capsule, where mayors can preserve historical coins, newspapers, and messages.
Leif Erikson Statue
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
In the Commonwealth Avenue Mall a bronze statue of Leif Erikson stands atop a red sandstone pedestal. The monument was erected in 1887 and marks the first-ever statue of the famed Norse explorer in the New World.
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