The 7 Most Beautiful Places in Boston According to the Locals

September 21, 2022 by

Updated on September 21st, 2022

With all of its history, there’s no denying that Boston has its share of beautiful spots. You can find all sorts of sights in this New England city at any time of year. From its harbor and natural landscape to its small brick suburbs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You may find yourself taking out your camera to keep this city’s charm with you every chance you get – and if you need some recommendations, we’ve got you covered. 

Whether you’ve bought a new house in Brookline, moved to an apartment in Cambridge, or want to explore the city, here are the most beautiful places in Boston.

Boston city with fall trees

#1: Boston Public Gardens

As one of the first public botanical gardens in America, Boston Public Gardens is full of Victorian charm. Its beauty stretches from the vibrant flowers and swan boats to the historic bridges and monuments, and it’s sure to blow away anyone who visits. Located near downtown in the neighborhood of Beacon Hill, this park is the perfect getaway for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Painting of a boat with a swan

Photo courtesy of Dianne Panarelli Miller

“I love to paint in the Boston Public Gardens, a true jewel in Boston,” says painter Dianne Panarelli Miller. “People are always so civil and friendly, and I love meeting people from all over the world. The lovely surroundings always give me something to paint.”

Couple embracing under a tree

Photo courtesy of Piper Brown Photography

“Working in the gardens gives couples pictures a perfect blend of a romantic garden setting with edgy street energy. In addition, the gardens are home to many tourist attractions that lend authentic Boston flavor to couples’ portraits,” says photographer Morayo Sayles. “Nestled in the heart of the gardens is the historic footbridge. The suspension bridge is an iconic, unmistakably Boston structure and a perfect backdrop for pictures.”

Ballet dancer in the garden

Photo courtesy of Tara Starr Photography

Photographer Tara Starr recommends checking out the ducklings in the park. “Just behind the beautiful dancer, you can see the small island made famous in Robert McCloskey’s 1941 beloved children’s picture book, ‘Make Way For Ducklings.’ The book tells the story of a pair of mallards who travel with their ducklings from the Charles River to the Public Garden in search of the perfect home to raise their family. The classic storybook is memorialized on the other side of the park with a beautiful bronze sculpture by Nancy Schön that all have enjoyed since 1987.”

#2: Boston Common

Located near the Public Garden, Boston Common is the oldest public park in America. This historic park has many monuments and fountains, giving you a peek into its past. Those that visit this park will enjoy it all year round with its beautiful scenery and trees. 

Boston Common bridge with fall foliage

Photo courtesy of Jackie Vlahos

“One of my favorite picturesque places in Boston to photograph is Boston Common,” says local photographer Jackie Vlahos. “No matter how often you take a picture, you can always find a new and unique angle. Especially with the different seasons and fall foliage. I am always drawn to focal points where the buildings or bridges reflect off the water.”

#3: North Bridge

Northwest of downtown Boston, you can find the North Bridge in Concord. This historic site was once the scene of the American Revolutionary War and worth checking out.

Couple walking over Concord Bridge

Photo courtesy of Andre Toro Photography

Andre Toro, an award-winning family photographer, loves shooting on North Bridge in Concord. “The North Bridge is my favorite historic site in the Boston area. Here is where the American Revolutionary War began – you can close your eyes and transport yourself to 1775. It’s an arched wooden pedestrian bridge with the most epic views of endless open fields, a boat house, gorgeous trees, and the famous Concord River. It’s a picturesque place in Boston with so much history associated with it.”

#4: Acorn Street

Although there are plenty of insta-worthy streets in Boston, Acorn Street is one of the most popular. Once you step foot down this street, you’ll be transported back to colonial Boston with vines, brick, and cobblestone. You’ll find this street and other picturesque places in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Couple on Acorn Street in Boston

Photo courtesy of Vail Fucci Photography

“A trip to Boston simply isn’t a trip to Boston unless you took a stroll down historic Acorn Street,” says local photographer Vail Fucci. “This hidden gem in Boston is the most photographed street in the country, and it’s for a good reason. Not only does it perfectly capture the feeling of old-school Boston, but the light on the street is also absolute perfection. Don’t be surprised if when you go there, it’s flooded with tourists, but no need to worry; wait a minute or two, and they will clear out, and you will be able to get the shot you have been dreaming of with ivy-covered walls, cobblestones, and a patriotic flag in the background.”

Couple crossing the street

Photo Courtesy of BKB & CO

Brittany Blando, a local wedding photographer shares, “Beacon hill has its share of historic brownstones combined with colorful window boxes. It’s nestled in between the State House and Back Bay. You may even recognize the area from the new series on Showtime, “City on a Hill.” This show captures the architecture and affluent feel of this area. From a photographic standpoint, a favorite photo spot is Acorn Street, a unique stone street that is the most photographed area in the city.”

#5: Boston’s historic homes

From the alluring architecture in Newbury Street in Back Bay to the lovely brownstones in South End, Boston’s historic homes are some of the most beautiful places in the city.

Couple with their dog outside their townhome

Photo courtesy of Caryn Scanlan Photography

“My favorite place to photograph is outside my clients’ front doors,” says photographer Caryn Scanlan. “Boston is an incredible city with architecture dating back to 1661. The quintessential brownstones make for a wonderfully unique backdrop that tells the great part of your story when you live there. You never have to look far for great photoshoot locations at all.”

#6: Fan Pier Park

Are you looking for a waterfront view of Boston? Then Fan Pier Park is the perfect spot. With views of the city, Tobin bridge, and the Logan Airport, there’s much to see and do in this marina park. Located in the Seaport neighborhood, you’ll find an ideal backdrop for any occasion.

Wedding photo of a couple with the skyline behind them

Picture courtesy of The Joyner Co.

Boston photographers Megan and Barrett recommend their favorite park, Fan Pier Park. “Along the water in South Boston, there is an incredible park called Fan Pier Park. It has sweeping skyline views of the Boston Harbor & The New England Aquarium. There is also a well-lit and accessible walkway that goes along the water as you take in the views.”

Wedding photo walking on the Boston harbor

Photo courtesy of Whiting Photography

Stephen of Whiting Photography agrees. “My favorite place to photograph in Boston is Fan Pier Park in Boston’s seaport district. The area has undergone major upgrades over the last ten years, but this area still has the old cobblestone path along the water. With sweeping views of Boston harbor and the skyline, it’s the perfect spot for great photos.”

Boston Marina

Photo courtesy of Iryna’s Photography

“Harborwalk Lookout Terrace near Fan Pier Park in Seaport is a historic waterfront with the most beautiful view of Boston,” says Boston photographer Iryna Melnyk. “You’ll find many locals jogging, walking, biking, and relaxing. The waterfront has so many restaurants, shops, and coffee shops. You can also take a water taxi to Charlestown and enjoy the views.”

#7: Charles River via Cambridge 

The Charles River is a beautiful place in Boston itself, but throw in the skyline on the Cambridge side, and you’ve got a whole other beauty.

Couple under a tree with the Boston skyline behind

Photo courtesy of Carrie Captures

“The Cambridge side of the Charles provides a great vantage point to capture the city, backdropped by some amazing sunsets. I love this spot for visitors and clients who want to showcase their hometown,” shares local photographer Carrie Califano.

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