Boston, Massachusetts Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in Boston and the surrounding area. It's the city to see an inside-out world globe (circa 1935), a giant milk bottle, and a statue of Edgar Allan Poe in one day. Traffic is murderously slow, but it's almost worth it to reach the deadly molasses flood memorial or the ether monument.

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  • The Mapparium

    The Mapparium

    Boston, Massachusetts

    The world turned inside out as a large glass sphere, for your geographic viewing pleasure.

  • The Witch Dungeon Museum

    The Witch Dungeon Museum

    Salem, Massachusetts

    Mixed dummy/live witch trial -- right where it all happened in 1692. Visitors tour a recreation of Salem's dungeon, complete with hanged corpses.

  • Irish Potato Famine Memorial

    Irish Potato Famine Memorial

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Statues of "before" and "after" famine victims: sad and emaciated in Ireland, well-fed and smiling in America.

  • Hannah Duston: The Mother's Revenge

    Hannah Duston: The Mother's Revenge

    Haverhill, Massachusetts

    Kidnapped and dragged to New Hampshire -- then Hannah had her revenge on her Indian captors. With a tomahawk.

  • National Monument to the Forefathers

    National Monument to the Forefathers

    Plymouth, Massachusetts

    A towering, heroic-scale, allegorical mess of a monument, the largest solid granite thing in the U.S.

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