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Built as a tribute to real-estate developer Norman B. Leventhal, Norman B. Leventhal Park is nothing less than an oasis of Boston. The park occupies the famous Post Office Square; its winding paths are lined with a canopy of trees while the ground is covered in a carpet of carefully manicured grass. The setting is perfect for a quiet evening in solitude but the park has plenty of amenities for groups as well. It has free WiFi, an endearing library, a beautiful fountain and many other hidden gems waiting to be explored. In addition, Norman B. Leventhal Park regularly hosts a variety of health and exercise programs, lawn games and many more activities. There's also a cafe on site where you can enjoy scrumptious baked goods and a cup of well-brewed coffee while appreciating the park's verdant landscapes.
Granary Burying Ground, a historic cemetery established in 1660, is the final resting place of many notable figures of the American Revolution. Besides famous patriots such as Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, the graves of the Boston Massacre victims (and Elizabeth "Mother" Goose herself) are among the more renowned in the graveyard. Located on the Freedom Trail across from the Park Street Church, this cemetery is a piece of Boston's varied history, and worth a visit. Wander the haphazard rows and see if you can recognize some of the thousands of names.
Quite possibly the city's most exclusive library, you'll find one of the most valuable book collections in the world, in this architecturally stunning building. Established in 1907 by the Boston Anthology Society, this is one of the oldest libraries. Exhibitions, concerts, seminars are regularly organized at the Boston Athenaeum. Though it is open only to members, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 3p reserved tours for non-members are available for part of the library. The collections located here gave rise to the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) is New England's favorite opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and which feature emerging operatic talent. Its mainstage productions at the Shubert Theatre, live broadcasts on WGBH radio and its traveling production of a fully staged, one-hour English version of a popular opera for schools and families reach some 200,000 people a year. Boston Lyric Opera has featured timeless classics such as Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Mozart's "Don Giovanni."
Located near historic Faneuil Hall, this plaza honors one of Boston's old-time city bosses, James Michael Curley. Curley's notorious exploits and scrapes with the legal system spawned many a local legend. So relax in the plaza, perhaps while reading a copy of Edwin O'Connor's The Last Hurrah, believed to be a fictional account of Mayor Curley's life.