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15 Most Instagrammable Spots in Greater Boston

Written by Zoe Dobuler and Maria Liang | Mar 25, 2019 5:59:13 PM

Boston is full of photogenic spots and scenic views ready to take your Instagram feed to the next level. From old favorites to hidden gems, this list has got you covered. 

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Scarlett O'Hara House

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A true hidden gem, the so-called Scarlett O'Hara House might seem like a surprising architectural choice for Beacon Hill — until you realize it's an optical illusion. Painted at the end of a private alleyway, the faux Greek Revival façade makes for a great conversation piece — and photo op.

Acorn Street

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No list of the most Instagrammable spots would be complete without the "most photographed street in the U.S." — Acorn Street. Nestled in Beacon Hill, this uber photogenic spot is complete with cobblestones, window boxes, and historic brick homes.

Boston Public Library

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Completed in 1895, the Boston Public Library's McKim Building is an architectural icon. From the cavernous Bates Hall to the majestic grand staircase and peaceful interior courtyard, a trip to the library is good for your brain and your 'gram.

Christian Science Reflection Pool 

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With the backdrop of one of the best skyline views in Boston, the Christian Science Reflection Pool is a peaceful reprieve from the bustle of Back Bay, as well as a great spot for photos.  

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

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The ultimate spot to escape the winter cold, the courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is one of the most unique architectural spaces in Boston. Filled with vibrant flowers that change almost every month, the courtyard garden is also home to a series of ancient Roman sculptures.

Weeks Bridge 

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Connecting Cambridge to Boston, the Weeks Bridge is great for photos in all seasons. We'd recommend snapping a few photos on the bridge, but also heading down river to catch the side view.

Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences, MIT

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Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Stata Center at MIT is unlike any building in Boston, or beyond. Built on the site of the legendary Building 20, where many of MIT's most legendary projects were born, the Stata Center is meant to embody "serious thinking about how people live and work," and at the same time "shout the joy of invention." 

Fan Pier

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It doesn't get more iconic and recognizable than the shot of the Boston skyline — framed on the left by old cobblestones and the harbor on the right — from Fan Pier. Head over to the Seaport for this quintessential Boston shot and then continue walking until you hit the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), where you'll have plenty more opportunities for the 'gram.

Charles River Esplanade

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Don't know about you, but we're definitely ready for summer, and for spending time on the Esplanade, a three-mile path and riverfront park that combines skyline views of Cambridge and Boston with the picturesque Charles River.

Graffiti Alley, Central Square

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Central Square's Graffiti Alley is one of the most unique art spaces in Greater Boston, an open-air gallery of constantly changing paintings by local and nationally-acclaimed street artists. Bonus points for catching an artist at work!

Bars of Color Within Squares, MIT

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One of our favorite public artworks in Greater Boston, artist Sol Lewitt's Bars of Color Within Squares is located in what seem like an unlikely place: MIT's Green Center for Physics. Covering 5,500 square feet with enormous geometric patterns, Bars of Color will definitely brighten up your feed.

Dewey Square

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Located at the end of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square Park is not only a great summer hangout, but also home to a massive mural installation that's great for photographs. Head there today to see Shara Hughes' monumental work, Carving Out Fresh Options.

Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex, Northeastern University

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The winner of the 2018 Harleston Parker Medal for “the single most beautiful building or other structure” in Greater Boston, Northeastern's Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex is a must for a list of most Instagrammable spots.  

Quincy Quarries Reservation 

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Well known to the local climbing, slacklining, and graffiti communities, Quincy Quarries — formerly the site of the Granite Railway, which is often credited as the first railroad in the US — is now a reservation that connects to the Blue Hills Reservation trail system. In addition to the colorful graffiti, the quarries offer a stunning view of the Boston skyline.

The View from Bunker Hill Monument 

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Everyone knows that the Bunker Hill Monument is a stop along the Freedom Trail. But did you know that, if you climb the 294 steps to the top, you'll get a picturesque view of the Boston skyline? So, take a stroll along the Freedom Trail, absorb some local history, and snap a photo for the 'gram while you're at it.