The art of a roadside attraction is nothing new. It’s a form of advertising that emerged primarily during the 1940s and 50s, designed to attract – via billboards or other high-visibility advertisements – freeway traffic and the curious along a city’s major roadways. Boston has its own roadside attractions for visitors and passersby on their way through the city; here are just a few of the best and most notable in the area.
(Photo credit: Museum of Sceience/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Museum of Sceience/Facebook)

Boston Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 723-2500

Boston’s Museum of Science is always a popular attraction and destination for both locals and visitors alike, but the museum holds a particular place for the curious traveler via its easy-on, easy-off location right on the Charles River. The Boston Museum of Science always has great exhibits on display every month, while everyday fan favorites like the planetarium keep bringing in the public and the curious on a weekly basis to get a bit of information and culture along with their entertainment.

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Photo credit: Mary Baker Eddy Library

Photo credit: Mary Baker Eddy Library

The Christian Science Plaza
210 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 450-2000

The Christian Science Plaza over on Massachusetts Avenue in the city of Boston has an architectural beauty all its own, making it a perfect roadside attraction for any of the multitude of Bostonian visitors who greet the city on a daily basis. This plaza – located near Symphony Station, in between Norway Street and St. Stephen Street – provides plenty of charm and beauty with its church, museum and famous Mapparium, making it a welcome spot for visitors and locals alike.

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(Photo from NEAQ/Facebook)

New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 973-5200

New England is famously known for many of its marine aspects, from its bustling seaport to our legendarily fresh and delicious seafood. Chalk up the New England Aquarium amongst those bullet points, for this Waterfront area city staple has been bringing in foot traffic and cars off the road for years, thanks primarily to its reputation for breathtaking exhibits and a fun, explorative style. Kids have always been a particular focus here at the New England Aquarium, making this a great place for the family to meet sharks, penguins and all sorts of marine life in person.

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Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston
3 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 269-7150

Why not veer off the highway, stop the car for a bit and enjoy a fun, leisurely tour of the legendary, historical city of Boston via one of the area’s Old Town Trolley Tours? This is a perfect day’s destination for visitors driving through the city, looking to do a little, unashamed “touristy” type fun. Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston takes its passengers along all of the famous city streets and historical destinations most strangers to our city would love to see. It’s a fun, leisurely day out that combines information and fun for an affordable price.

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Boston National Historical Park
Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 242-5642

The Boston National Park provides plenty of local color and flavor within its daily tours of the city’s shipyards and seaports, as well as an informative tour of the city’s legendary Freedom Trail with plenty of stories and information from the Historical Park rangers and tour guides on duty. A good city is nothing without its great history, and the Boston National Historical Park makes it a point to teach its visitors on a daily basis.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at