Taking photos in Boston, MA of the best Boston Photography Spots

75 Best Boston Photography Spots In 2023 (With Map)

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Looking for the best Boston photography spots? Whether you’re looking for photoshoot locations for weddings or graduations, Instagram photos, nature and wildlife photography, or city and street photography, you’ve come to the right place!

This guide is organized by neighborhoods, with separate sections afterwards on the most Instagrammable restaurants, bookstores and even a private photoshoot tour! Check the table of contents to find what you’re looking for.

Boston skyline and waterfront sunset photography with boats on the water

Map of the Best Boston Photography Spots

Best Boston Photography Spots: Downtown

Downtown Boston is full of iconic historic sites on the Freedom Trail, shopping, restaurants and pubs, the most photographed street in Boston and much more – so read on!

1. Best Boston Photography Spots: Downtown Crossing

Downtown Crossing is the intersection of Washington, Winter, and Summer streets, and it’s a mostly pedestrian-only shopping area. The street is really picturesque, so perspective shots down the street are the best (try from a low angle).

Besides the street itself, there are other photo spots here like the Paramount Theater.

Downtown Crossing is one of the best Boston photo spots for street photography and more.

2. Best Boston Photography Spots: Citizens Bank Opera House

Citizens Bank Opera House is a great spot for live performances, Broadway shows and more – plus, you can get some great photos of the ornate design both inside and outside the theater!

3. Best Boston Photography Spots: Archieโ€™s NY Deli

I love a NY-style deli, and Archie’s is a beloved presence in Boston… you can definitely take photos of the stuffed Reubens, for example!

Photo ops inclue:

  • Neon sign
  • Outside archway next to the store
  • Black-and-white checkered wall

4. Best Boston Photography Spots: Boston Common

Boston Common is the oldest park in the US (founded in 1634) and is part of the Freedom Trail. It was the site of many notable historical events during the Revolution, Civil War and anti-slavery movement, rallies against the Vietnam War, for Civil Rights, and many more.

Photo ops:

  • Frog Pond: winter ice skating and summer splash pad
  • Open green space for outdoor photoshoots

๐Ÿ“ธ Wednesday Addams Photoshoot Idea – based on the Netflix Show:

Boston Common was founded by William Blackstone (who the show’s Crackstone character is modeled after) and many Puritanical punishments took place here, with a whipping post, stocks and more, and there’s a statue of Mary Dyer because this is where she was hanged for her beliefs. It’s literally perfect.

5. Best Boston Photography Spots: Orpheum Theater

Boston's Orpheum Theater has multiple places for amazing photos, which is why it's one of the Best Boston Photography Spots!

The Orpheum Theater was built in 1852, making it one of the oldest theaters in the US. It was originally called Boston Music Hall and went from being used for the symphony orchestra, to vaudeville in 1900, then to a mixed-use theater today.

Photo ops:

  • Performances
  • Architectural details
  • Orpheum sign
  • Outdoor mural that says “The Corner Mall Retail & Food Court”
  • Inside building details

6. Best Boston Photography Spots: Old South Meeting House

The Old South Meeting House was a major site in the American Revolution. It was originally built in 1729 as a Puritan meeting house, and became a meeting place for public protests. Congregation members included Phillis Wheatley, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin and more.

Photo ops:

  • Clock tower
  • Winding staircase
  • Old meeting room
  • Paul Revere Bell
  • Wedding venue and Indoor photoshoot location

7. Best Boston Photography Spots: Marshall Street (Bostonโ€™s Blackstone Block)

Marshall Street is a historic Boston alleyway (on the Freedom Trail) with historic buildings from the 18-19 centuries.

The narrow alley is surrounded by modern buildings and you can see the skyscrapers in the background, but if you just go back into this small area you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time!

Photo ops:

  • Ebenezer Hancock House
  • The Boston Stone, which was used as a millstone for paint pigments, on the foundation of a building with the inscription “Boston Stone 1737”
  • Cobblestone streets

8. Best Boston Photography Spots: Observation Deck at Independence Wharf

The Observation Deck at Independence Wharf is a secret photo spot in Boston. It’s a free 14th-floor observation deck in an office building where you can get views – and photos – of the Boston Harbor, islands and even airplanes landing at Logan Airport.

Tip: You’ll need your ID on weekdays to get to the observation deck.

9. Best Boston Photography Spots: Union Oyster House

Boston's Union Oyster House is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the US and one of the Best Boston Photography Spots!

The Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the US. Take pictures where notable people involved in the Revolution ate, literally: the oyster bar and stalls haven’t changed position since it opened in 1826!

Union Oyster House is located in its original building on the Freedom Trail, which has been there for at least 250 years (predating the restaurant) and was the site of the oldest newspaper in the US.

Photo ops:

  • Neon sign
  • Private meeting and function rooms for groups
  • Outside architecture and sign, plus giant sign above the building
  • Interior original oyster bar and stalls

10. Best Boston Photography Spots: Boston Public Market & Pine Bar

The Boston Public Market is a year-round indoor market with various food vendors and artisans where you can eat and shop. It’s all locally produced.

Photo ops:

  • Indoor photoshoot location
  • Pine Bar
  • Cooking classes, workshops and festivals

Tip: Check hours for Boston Public Market and Pine Bar Here before you go.

11. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is a greenway that connects the waterfront with downtown, and it’s connected to many other parks.

Photo ops:

  • Outdoor photoshoots in the gardens and beer garden
  • Carousel and Fountains
  • Food Trucks
  • Public Art
  • Events and weekly market

12. Best Boston Photography Spots: Chinatown

Boston's Chinatown is one of the best in the country, and Boston for photography!

Chinatown has a lot to offer in terms of photo opportunities and more (especially food):

  • Chinatown Gate
  • Chinatown Park (unique fountains, bamboo and cherry trees, chess and public art)
  • Restaurants and Boba Tea
  • Murals and Street Art
  • Festivals like the Lantern Festival and and Lion’s Parade for Chinese New Year, and the August Moon Festival

13. Best Boston Photography Spots: Leather District

The leather district is a great spot for industrial photoshoots and backdrops in Boston, with its 19th century buildings including brick-walled warehouses and buildings with cast iron and glass features.

Best Boston Photography Spots: Beacon Hill Neighborhood

Boston's Beacon Hill is full of some of the Best Boston Photography Spots!

There are a lot of Beacon Hill photo spots, since this is one of the most popular places in Boston for photography!

๐Ÿ“ธ Beacon Hill History + Scenic Photo Walking Tour (Small Group)

This photo tour of Beacon Hill will take you to the best photo spots while telling you the history:

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn more about this Beacon Hill History + Scenic Photo Walking Tour (Small Group)

14. Acorn Street

Acorn Street is the most photographed street in Boston and the US!

Acorn Street is the most photographed street in Boston, and the US! The cobblestone streets, historic townhouses and other historic buildings with unique architecture, gas lamps and American flag make it an icon.

๐Ÿ“ธ Tip: This narrow street is residential, so for professional photoshoots, contact the Acorn Street Association.

15. Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House is one of the Best Boston Photography Spots!

The Massachusetts State House, Boston’s capitol building, was built in 1798 and was designed by Charles Bulfinch.

Photo ops:

  • Gold leaf dome
  • Landscaped grounds
  • Statues of people like Daniel Webster, Horace Mann, Anne Hutchinson, Mary Dyer and more
  • Murals inside the building

16. Boston Public Garden

The Boston Public Garden is the oldest public botanical garden in the US, and there are tons of photo opportunities, including:

  • Footbridge
  • Lagoon and Swan boats
  • Landscaped nature (great for outdoor photoshoots)
  • Statues, including the iconic George Washington Statue
  • Sunrise photography and Boston city views
  • Weddings and Engagement photoshoots
Best Boston Photography Spots - Gorge Washington Statue in Boston Public Garden in Winter with Snow

17. Louisburg Square Area

Louisburg Square is a small, privately-owned grassy area that is not accessible by the public – it’s the surrounding area that we’re talking about. The neighborhood is one of the most expensive in the US, and its picturesque, historic feel makes for amazing photos!

Photo ops:

  • Historic houses covered in vines
  • Other historic Greek Revival-style houses
  • Statues

Best Boston Photography Spots: Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a collection of sites in Boston that take visitors through the story of the US Revolution and other history.

A guided tour is the best way to walk the Freedom Trail, because you’ll get an experienced tour guide who can make the history interesting, meet fellow travelers and only have to think about taking photos!

18. Top-Rated Guided Tours of Freedom Trail

๐Ÿ“ธ Photo Tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail with a Small Group

This Photo-Focused Tour of the Freedom Trail in Boston includes photo tips along with the history lessons. Plus, if you find other photographers whose photo styles you like, you can get them to take pictures of you, and vice-versa!

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn more about this Boston Freedom Trail History + Photo Walking Tour (Small Group)

๐Ÿ“ธ Fun History-Focused Tour with a Costumed Guide

This fun, history-focused Freedom Trail tour will give you all the photo ops to get on your own (and with the guide in costume) – plus, videos if you like with animated storytelling of Boston’s history!

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn more about this Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour with Costumed Guide

๐Ÿ“ธ Food-Focused Boston Freedom Trail Tour

This tour combines food with the Freedom Trail sites and history, so you can enjoy both at once – no worrying about getting hungry or bored. And, you can add the photo ops of both historic sites and food, which seems like a win-win to me!

Some of the food you’ll enjoy eating & photographing on this tour includes:

  • A hidden bakery’s baked goods
  • Food sampling as you walk, including a surprise
  • Italian salumeria

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn more about this Boston Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour

๐Ÿ“ธ Pub Crawl and Freedom History Tour with a Small Group

This pub crawl that combines the Freedom Trail with, of course, pubs, is an amazing chance for photography of both, plus it makes the history lessons even more fun (speaking from similar experiences abroad). If you’re looking to meet fellow travelers, this kind of tour is perfect!

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn more about these Boston Small-Group Freedom Trail History Tour Pub Crawls

Best Boston Photography Spots: Brookline

Brookline is its own town that borders six Boston neighborhoods, and has many of its own photo spots to check out. It’s a residential area close to Boston University.

19. Boston University Bridge

The Boston University Bridge connects Brookline with Cambridge over the Charles River.

Photo ops:

  • Metal design
  • Boston skyline from pedestrian walkway
  • Sunrise/sunset and nighttime photography
  • Photos of water-based activities like Boston University rowing teams practicing

You can also go on (and in) the Charles River with this Duck Boat Cruise:

Break out your underwater camera housing! A duck boat is a renovated WWII vehicle that will take you on a water-based Boston tour of multiple major sites with historical explanations, with a swim stop.

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn more about this Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River

Boston skyline photo at sunset

20. Fairsted and Olmsted Park

Fairsted is the place where Frederick Law Olmsted, the “founder of American landscape architecture” who designed many parks in the US including NYC’s Central Park, had his office. This was more than that too; it was the first landscape design office in the entire world, and it’s 100 years old!

Fairsted is a National Parks Site with a big red house that makes for amazing photos with the red contrasting with surrounding greenery and wisteria. The landscaped grounds make for even more great photo ops.

Olmsted Park was designed by Olmsted and is located in Boston and Brookline. There are ponds, the Babbling Brook, pathways and more. It’s an especially great spot during Autumn for outdoor photoshoots.

21. Temple of Love at Larz Anderson Park

If you’re looking for a perfect spot for photoshoots for engagements, weddings, prom and more, look no further than this dreamy spot in Larz Anderson Park surrounded by reflective water, a nearby foot bridge and more romantic features, including:

  • Fountain, pathways with benches and trellis
  • Larz Anderson Carriage house and Auto Museum (oldest automobile collection in the US) – the Carriage house looks like a castle
  • Putterham School (historic one-room schoolhouse)
  • Fall photoshoots
  • Winter outdoor skating rink

22. The Dutch House

Want a photo in front of a building that will make it look like you took a trip abroad? The Dutch House is a brick building that was built in the 1800s as an exhibition hall for a cocoa company at the 1893 World’s Fair.

The Dutch House is a copy of the Franeker City Hall in Friesland, Netherlands, and has features like a door frame with stone animals. It was relocated to Brookline, and the outside makes a fabulous backdrop for outdoor photoshoots! The inside is also ornate, but the building itself is residential.

23. Coolidge Corner (Intersection of Harvard and Beacon Streets)

Coolidge Corner is a pedestrian-friendly area with photo-worthy cafes, independent shops, restaurants and historic sites that are great spots for photoshoots and Instagram pics, like:

  • The S.S. Pierce Building (Tudor Style with a clock tower)
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre (Art Deco Style)
  • Weekly Farmer’s Market

Best Boston Photography Spots: Back Bay Neighborhood

Back Bay is one of the most iconic Boston neighborhoods and one of the most expensive places to live.

From the beginning, it was planned to be based on Baron Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris. This created a block system reminiscent of Western European styles – as you can imagine, photo opportunities abound in Back Bay!

Some main highlights for photos:

  • Victorian Brownstones (Marlborough Street, Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street)
  • Restaurants, shops and bars
  • Boston Architectural College

24. Copley Square (Art Square)

Copley Square is a public square that hosts entertainment. It’s also the location of many of Boston’s iconic historical buildings.

Photo ops:

  • Trinity Church (Romanesque Revival Style)
  • John Hancock Tower (Tallest building in New England)
  • Old South Church (Venetian Gothic Revival Style)
  • Boston Public Library
  • Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
  • Fountain

25. Skywalk Observatory (Prudential Center)

Skywalk Observatory is one of the best places to get 360-degree views of Boston!

26. Charles River Esplanade 

The Charles River Esplanade is an area for runners and bikers, and has a lot of photo spots!

Photo ops:

  • Boston Skyline photos
  • Charles River – Swans and boat rides
  • Nature photography
  • Hatch Shell

27. Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Commonwealth Avenue Mall is a park in the middle of a street, and both the greenery and the surrounding area have amazing photo spots, including:

  • Fall photoshoots
  • Commonwealth Avenue Mansions
  • Spring Magnolia blossoms
  • Winter holiday photos with light displays
  • Statues and Memorials, like the Boston Women’s Memorial
  • Instagrammable sidewalk cafes and restaurants
  • Symphony Hall and the Public Garden

Best Boston Photography Spots: Boston Harbor & Islands

Boston Harbor is one of the Best Boston Photography Spots!

The Boston Harbor is a US National Park, an important harbor in the US Revolution and since. There is so much to discover in the area for photography – from photoshoot spots, to nature and wildlife, to island adventures and more, the harbor has it all!

28. Boston Harborwalk

Boston Harborwalk is amazing for sunrise and sunset photos, plus engagement photoshoots.

The Boston Harborwalk is a 43-mile public park along the shoreline that connects Boston’s parks, paths, sites and museums, and more. There’s also access to swimming and fishing.

Photo ops:

  • City views
  • 9 Public Beaches & Waterfront views
  • Sandbar between Quincy’s Squaw Rock and Thompson Island (amazing city views)
  • Envoy Hotel‘s rooftop bar and more restaurants
  • Views from Clippership Wharf
  • Public Art and Exhibitions

29. Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park

Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is made up of 34 islands and peninsulas, all accessible by ferry from Boston!

Photo ops:

  • Camping, picnicking and outdoor activities
  • Historic sites, including multiple forts and Boston Light (oldest continuously-manned lighthouse in the US)
  • Wildlife and nature photography
  • Boston skyline views

Another way to see Boston Harbor and the Islands is from the water, on a dinner cruise, sailing tour, etc! Here are some of the top-rated experiences to check out:

๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธ ๐ŸŒ‡ Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise

This evening cruise is a relaxing and fun way to get the best sunset photos of the Boston Harbor and surrounding sites!

๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธ ๐ŸŒ‡ Learn more about this Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise

โ›ต Sightseeing Day Sail around Boston Harbor

A sailboat tour is a great way to get photos of Boston from the water!

This Boston Harbor sailboat adventure lets you on-board a replica of a pilot schooner to sail through Boston Harbor photographing sights like the coast and landmarks on surrounding islands!

โ›ต Learn more about this Sightseeing Day Sail around Boston Harbor

Best Boston Photography Spots: North End Neighborhood

Boston’s North End is the โ€œHeart of Boston”. With its narrow streets, amazing eateries, bars and markets, you’re sure to find some great photo spots! Here are some of the best ones:

30. Little Italy and Historic Freedom Trail Sites

The best Little Italy is in Boston, and besides the obvious – amazing Italian food – the buildings make for some great photo spots, too!

North End Freedom Trail Sites to visit and photograph:

  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church
  • Coppโ€™s Hill Burying Ground
  • Hanover Street
  • Faneuil Hall 

The best ways to see the best North End photo spots and try the best food in Little Italy are to wander on your own, or to join a tour!

Check out these two top-rated tours – one is history and photo-focused, and the other is food-focused with different spots for photos, too:

๐Ÿ“ธ Boston’s North End-Little Italy History + Photo Walking Tour (Small Group)

This North End tour is focused on photography, so you’ll get historical explanations and photo suggestions! This one also takes you through the historic sites on the Freedom Trail in the North End, including:

Hanover Street, Paul Revere’s House, North Square, Paul Revere statue, Old North Church, Salem Street and hidden gems off-the-beaten path.

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn more about Boston’s North End-Little Italy History + Photo Walking Tour (Small Group)

๐Ÿ“ธ Boston Public Market & North End Foodie Tour with Local Guide

This North End food + more tour takes you to different places than the previous ones, including Haymarket, Boston Public Market, Union Oyster House, Rose Kennedy Greenway, New England Holocaust Memorial and the Paul Revere House:

๐Ÿ“ธ Boston Public Market & North End Foodie Tour with Local Guide

31. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park & Rose Garden

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park in Boston is one of the Best Boston Photography Spots!

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park gets busy, but there are a few great photo spots that make it worth coming early or staying late for – plus, this park is just a short walk from Faneuil Hall.

Photo ops:

  • Rose Garden (June)
  • Carousel (small fee to ride)
  • Long trellis area, which has vines and is lit up at night for the holiday season

Best Boston Photography Spots: Charlestown Neighborhood

Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston and is at the end of Freedom Trail. You can get amazing photos with the brownstones and pastel homes, as well as skyline views!

The colorful houses in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood make for a great photo op!

Here are some of the best places to go for photos:

32. Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast at the Charlestown Marina

The Green Turtle is a great way to get a liveaboard experience on the Charlestown Marina on the Boston Harbor (at Boston’s top-rated B&B), and to catch the sunrise for amazing photo ops, like:

  • Waterfront Boston skyline views
  • Historic Charlestown Navy Yard
  • You can take a water taxi from Logan Airport to this B&B
  • Short walk from major attractions and dining

๐Ÿ“ธ Check Prices at the Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast

33. USS Constitution, Museum and Constitution Wharf

The USS Constitution is the oldest serving navel vessel in the world, and has been recently restored. There’s a museum, wharf and more photo ops.

๐Ÿ“ธ Boston Historic Sightseeing Harbor Cruise with Up-Close View of USS Constitution

This sightseeing cruise tour allows you to see the USS Constitution, Boston Light, Harbor Islands National Park Area, and more sites for amazing pics from the water!

๐Ÿ“ธ Boston Historic Sightseeing Harbor Cruise with Up-Close View of USS Constitution

34. Bunker Hill Monument

Bunker Hill Monument in Boston has panoramic city views from the top!

Bunker Hill is a National Parks Site, and one of the best spots to get 360-degree photos of Boston – once you walk the 294 steps to the top of the granite obelisk! There’s a museum and lodge at the bottom of the obelisk with history of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

35. Warren Tavern

Warren Tavern, which is across the street from the Bunker Museum, first opened in 1780 – making one of the oldest taverns in the US, and the oldest in Massachusetts.

Paul Revere and George Washington frequented this tavern, so it’s definitely worth a photo (and a beer)!

Best Boston Photography Spots: Fenway-Kenmore Neighborhood

The Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood is mostly known for Fenway Park, but there are also historic brownstones, restaurants and bars where students flock, museums and more – read on for details!

36. Back Bay Fens Park

Back Bay Fens Park is another park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and there are a lot of spots for outdoor photoshoots and nature photography including:

  • The Kelleher Rose Garden & Archway
  • Fountain with statues
  • Basketball courts
  • 17th century Japanese Temple Bell
  • Pathways & bridge

37. Fenway Park

People taking pictures at Boston's Fenway Park, one of the Best Boston Photography Spots!

Fenway Park is the famous ballpark of the Boston Red Sox, and an icon in Boston and for baseball fans.

๐Ÿ“ธ Tour of Historic Fenway Park

If you want photos of or in the park for one of these reasons, getting this tour is a great way to see everything and get explanations:

๐Ÿ“ธ Check out this Tour of Historic Fenway Park

38. Reflecting Pool

This large reflecting pool runs from the Prudential Center to the Christian Science Center. It looks straight out of Venice, Italy and is a great place for photos, including:

  • Skyline photos reflected in the pool
  • Landscaped area around the pool
  • Food trucks and nearby restaurants
The reflection pond is one of the best Boston photo spots!

39. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Courtyard

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a 15th-century Venetian Palace and art gallery. Isabella was an international traveler who kept travel journals and collected art for the museum, which opened in 1903.

The museum is famously the site of a 1990 stolen art mystery that remains a mystery.

Photo ops:

  • Gorgeous landscaped garden courtyard
  • European, Asian, and American Art
  • Music performances and events

Best Boston Photography Spots: Seaport District

Boston’s Seaport District is an up-and-coming neighborhood for tech start-ups and innovative living. It has restaurants and shops, street art, museums and views of the waterfront.

40. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum attracts visitors from all over the world because of its innovation and interactivity! The American Revolution comes to life with actors, there are full-size ship replicas and visitors can be a part of the re-enactment, too!

Tip: This museum is popular, so it’s best to get admission in advance – or you’ll need to arrive super early or wait in line! You can book advance tickets with a tour guide here:

๐Ÿ“ธ Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Admission

41. Fan Pier Park

Boston skyline photo from Fan Pier Park

Fan Pier Park is one of the most iconic viewpoints for photos of Boston, popular with photographers and publications.

Photo ops:

  • Nighttime, sunset and sunrise photos of the Boston skyline
  • Pavilion rooftop viewpoint (Open until 10pm and free to the public)
  • Cobblestone walkway and metal chains
  • Ships (docking and out on the water)
  • Outdoor fire pits
  • Really popular for engagement photoshoots

42. Kings Seaport Arcade

Kings Seaport Arcade is a fabulous spot for entertainment and retro-themed photoshoots – there’s separate areas for bowling and retro video games, shuffleboard and more, and a bar with award-winning food and beer.

43. Institute of Contemporary Art

The Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)‘s architecture is super photogenic, both on its own and contrasted with the water and the rest of the Boston skyline.

Photo ops:

  • Building and skyline
  • Waterfront amphitheatre
  • Modern art exhibits
  • Wooden boardwalk

Best Boston Photography Spots: Fort Point

The Fort Point neighborhood is an art community with restaurants, museums and more. The neighborhood was a fort in colonial times, and is located by Fort Point Channel, which has many photo ops as well including bridges and water activities like kayaking and SUP.

44. The Museum of Science

Boston's Museum of Science is a fantastic spot for photos!

The Museum of Science is one of the best in the US, and besides the amazing exhibits and daily presentations, there are tons of photo ops here for photoshoots and more, including:

  • Parking garage views of the Boston skyline
  • Museum building and Art Deco tower
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Optical Illusion House
  • Theater of Electricity
  • Life-size dinosaur models
  • Planetarium… and many more exhibits and halls

45. The Hood Milk Bottle

The Hood Milk Bottle is a giant milk bottle and ice cream shop in Boston, MA!

The Hood Milk Bottle is a giant milk bottle originally built in 1930. It’s located in front of the Boston Children’s Museum, on the Hood Milk Bottle Plaza. It has an ice cream stand and snack bar inside.

Sometimes the museum projects movies on the 40-foot tall bottle for events!

Best Boston Photography Spots: Cambridge

Here are the best photo spots in Cambridge, MA, another city right next to Boston that fits into any visit or photo tour of the area. Besides the sites Cambridge is known for – like Harvard and MIT – it’s a great spot for Boston skyline photos.

46. Leonard P. Zakim Bridge

Leonard P. Zakim Bridge in Boston, MA is super photo-worthy!

The Leonard P. Zakim Bridge is a suspension bridge that is an iconic landmark in Boston. It’s great to photograph from North Point Park as well as other locations.

Photo ops:

  • Night photography
  • View of the bridge from Paul Revere Park

47. Best Harvard University Photo Spots

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

Harvard University is the oldest university campus in the US, and it makes for an amazing photoshoot spot with its historic architecture, statues, landscaping and more (especially Fall photoshoots).

Photo ops:

  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Harvard Art Museums
  • Harvard Square
  • Harvard Yard
  • Memorial Hall
  • John Harvard Statue (3rd most photographed statue in the US)

๐Ÿ“ธ Harvard U Walking Tour

This Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour is led by current Harvard students, and will take you around campus to Harvard Yard, Harvard Square, Memorial Hall and more to learn the history and get some great photos!

๐Ÿ“ธ Join this Harvard University Guided Walking Tour

48. Lechmere Canal Park

Lechmere Canal was built in 1895 as a seaport, and was active until the 20th century. The neighborhood then went through revitalization and the park was landscaped, making it a fabulous spot for outdoor photoshoots!

Photo ops:

  • Greenspace with paths, amphitheater and pavilion
  • Circular canal basin with fountain
  • Docking on the water and moveable tables and chairs
  • Retail and office buildings surround the park, giving it an urban feel

49. MIT Sailing Pavilion

The MIT Sailing Pavilion is a fantastic Cambridge photo spot! The MIT sailing team isn’t active in the winter, but you can get great photos throughout the year of:

50. Longfellow Bridge

Longfellow Bridge is a steel rib arch bridge that goes across the Charles River and connects Cambridge to Boston’s Beacon Hill.

Photo ops:

  • Panoramic view of Boston’s skyline – you can also see this when taking the Red Line over the bridge
  • Viking ship sculptures on the main piers (2 piers with 4 towers) that commemorate a voyage thought to have been taken by Leif Eriksson in 1000 AD
  • City seals of Boston and Cambridge carved into the stone piers
  • The bridge is also great for photo backgrounds from a distance, with its 11 steel arch spans, piers and more

Best Boston Photography Spots: Most Instagrammable Places

Taking a smartphone photo in Boston, MA

Besides the photo spots already listed (which include many Instagrammable spots) some of Boston’s best Instagram spots are in places like bookstores, restaurants and cafes, bars, street art and hotels.

Here are the places to visit in Boston for the best Instagram photos!

51. Instagrammable Bookstores & Libraries in Boston

๐Ÿ“š The Boston Athenรฆum

The Boston Athenรฆum is a secret photo location, and the oldest library in Boston! It’s private, so visitors need a day pass to enter (but it’s worth the $40 or so for amazing library photos).

Photo ops:

  • White bookshelves and other architectural and design elements that are perfect for photography
  • Sculptures and art
  • Patio with Boston skyline view
  • Iconic green study lamps
  • Programs (like “Speakeasy Cocktail Party”) and exhibitions

๐Ÿ“š Beacon Hill Books & Cafe

Beacon Hill Books & Cafe is exactly what the name declares: a bookstore and cafe in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. There are excellent photo ops in the cute shop and even outside, where you can find nearby homes of famous writers including Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott and more!

The shop is well-decorated with a fireplace, statues, reading nooks and comfy furniture (that also looks nice for photos).

๐Ÿ“š Boston Public Library

Check out the Boston Public Library for classic library photos!

Boston Public Library is one of the best places for book-themed photoshoots, Instagram pics and more in Boston – it’s even been called the “most gorgeous library in America” because of its classical architecture that includes grand ceilings, statues, murals and much more.

Photo ops:

  • McKim building: Puvis de Chavannes Gallery, Grand Staircase, Courtyard, Bates Hall, Abbey Room, Sargent Gallery etc.
  • Iconic green study lamps
  • Wedding, event and reception venue
  • Concerts in the courtyard

๐Ÿ“š Brattle Book Shop

The Brattle Book Shop was founded in 1825, making it one of the oldest and biggest antique bookstores in the US, and a great spot for photos.

Photo ops:

  • Book Murals
  • Staff available to help decorate sets, etc. with books
  • Events
  • 3 floors of books, including one with rare books
  • Outdoor alleyway with shelves and carts of books
  • Photoshoots for weddings, engagements and more purposes

Most Instagrammable Restaurants & Cafes In Boston

These restaurants and cafes have photo ops that range from city views, to food and decor and more, so read on!

52. Boston Burger Company

Boston Burger Company is an award-winning burger joint (there’s a location in Boston and one in Cambridge), with tons of amazingly unique burgers that customers rave about – plus, the photo ops are exactly what any traveler and/or Instagrammer dreams of:

Photo ops:

  • Huge, stacked burgers – including ones called “the kitchen sink” and “WTF?”
  • Desserts – their Freak Frappes are basically an art form:

53. Night Shift Brewing – Lovejoy Wharf

Night Shift Brewing is right next to TD garden and, besides the food, brews and TV screens, there are a lot of photo ops to find while you’re enjoying this place:

  • Patio with Boston Harbor views including the Zakim Bridge, Charlestown and other sites
  • Architecture
  • Beer-inspired decor include wall murals, and a functioning brewery
  • Inside bar with colorful chairs and geometric light fixture

54. Lookout Rooftop Bar at The Envoy Hotel

The Lookout Rooftop Bar has some of the best panoramic views of Boston’s skyline and the harbor! You can come here to eat and drink, plus enjoy fire pits, heaters and igloos in cold months.

Note: The Rooftop Bar is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Tip: You can also choose to stay in the hotel, which has great reviews – plus, you can get that panoramic view for sunrise/sunset or nighttime photos throughout your stay!

Check out this review made in February 2023 by Mimimama2004:

Staycation FABULOUS!
We are from the Suburbs of Boston and every now and again love to stay in the city. We have stayed in many Boston hotels and this was a very memorable time – the perfect refresher not too far from home!

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Read More & Check Prices at The Envoy Hotel

55. Tatte Bakery & Cafe

Tatte Bakery (pr. tah-tay) is one of the most aesthetic cafes in Boston, and there are multiple locations to choose from – all equally photogenic!

The cafe, a favorite of Boston and its other locations, started in the home of founder Tzurit Or, a self-taught pastry chef from Tel Aviv (Israel is known for its amazing pastries)!

56. Six West Terrace View

Six West is a Boston restaurant located near Downtown Boston over the Broadway Bridge.

Photo ops:

  • Photogenic decor
  • Terrace with an amazing view of Boston for outdoor photoshoots
  • You can have private events here
  • Really photogenic bar, and the cocktails make great props for photos on the rooftop!

57. Life Alive Organic Cafe (Brookline location)

Live Alive is a vegetarian cafe with multiple Boston locations – but Brookline is the best for photos of the cafe’s interior. The dishes are also great for food photos.

58. Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s Quincy Market

Quincy Market in Boston, MA is a great photo spot!

Quincy Market Food Hall is the oldest one in the US, and it’s famous around the world for its amazing local food vendors. It’s located in Downtown Boston near the waterfront.

You’ll find tons of photo ops here, from the food, to the architecture, exhibits and art, street performers, shopping, events and more!

59. High Street Place Food Hall

High Street Place Food Hall is another great choice for tons of local food and photo ops! The outdoor courtyard area, with plants, tables and the sign, is a perfect photo spot to get started in.

They also have events and participatory classes that make great photo ops.

60. Cafe Susu by Suitsupply

Cafe Susu is a popular spot for coffee, cocktails, wine and photos.

Photo ops:

  • Retro decor, including murals, lights and wallpaper
  • Unique lattes, wine and cocktails
  • Tailors altering suits (it’s in a suit store!)

61. Alibi Bar & Lounge

Alibi Bar & Lounge is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood in the old Charles Street Jail in what is now the Luxury Liberty Hotel. It’s a great spot for nightlife, and has a lot of photo ops, including:

  • Original bluestone flooring, cell walls from the old jail and other photo-worthy decor
  • Photos of celebs and “alibis”
  • Private Events
  • Live music
  • Summer outdoor patio with seasonal offerings
  • “What’s Your Alibi?” neon sign with greenery wall
  • Bar, cocktails and more

๐Ÿ‘‰ The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston

The Liberty Hotel is one of the best-rated luxury hotels in Boston. The building is also a National Historical Landmark built in 1851 and it’s in a fantastic location.

Photo ops:

  • Alibi Bar & Lounge
  • Pool & Patio
  • Live Entertainment
  • Ocean and city views

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Check Prices at The Liberty Luxury Hotel Boston

Check out this review of The Liberty Hotel by SariMichele:

A+ Visit, Weโ€™ll be back!
Great hotel, will visit again! Everything was enjoyable, very cool vibe, lobby bar and overall decor beautiful! Rooms were immaculate and nicely appointed, great housekeeping. Breakfast at Clink was delish! Customer service was an A+, the current state of our nation-cranky unprofessional staff and not enough help, was not an issueโ€ฆgood job Marriott! Valets and doormen terrific friendly personalities!

62. Ice Cream from Taiyaki NYC Boston

Taiyaki NYC has multiple locations across the US, including Boston Seaport. They’re famous for Japanese street food, specifically their super-cute dessert creations, so if you love that kind of photo (and desserts, hello) it’s worth stopping by!

63. Hecate Speakeasy

Hecate is a mystical-themed bar right under Kasi, which is also a bar worth visiting! Hecate is named for the Greek goddess of magic, so it’s fitting for those Instagram-worthy pics of the magical cocktail creations and decor!

64. Arcade Speakeasy

Retro vibes? Check. Color and neon? Check. Feeling like a child as an adult? Check. Pretty cocktails and local brews? Double check!

Arcade Speakeasy is located behind Roxy’s Grilled Cheese (through the freezer door). From Pacman to pinball, to a bar inspired by Tetris, you’ll love everything about this place and all its photo ops!

๐Ÿ“ธ Fun Photoshoot Idea: Watch some episodes of Stranger Things (this list is really fitting in with Netflix shows, not my fault haha), and get inspired for those throwback ’80s vibes!

65. Most Instagrammable Murals, Signs + More In Boston

For the best street photography in Boston, look no further than this list of iconic signs, murals and more locations to find for inspiration!

  • Love Wall at the Street Chestnut Hill: 33 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
  • Hello Boston Wall at The Primark: 10 Summer Street Boston MA 02110
  • The Encore Statue Garden: 1 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149
  • Paramount Theater Sign: 549-563 Washington Street
The Paramount Theater sign in Boston is a great place for an Instagram photo!
  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library Globe: 210 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
  • Boston City Hall Plaza BOSTON Letters: 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02203
  • The Underground at Ink Block: 90 Traveler St, Boston, MA 02118

66. More of the Best Instagrammable Hotels In Boston

Obviously, Boston is full of some of the best photo spots in the US (I mean, it does fit with one of the oldest US cities…) and while some hotels have been mentioned already, there are more!

๐Ÿ“ธ citizenM Boston North Station Hotel

This hotel boasts some of the BEST views of the Boston skyline. They’re located on top of the TD Garden Arena, close to the metro and train and in walking distance from Downtown Boston and other major sites.

The rooms have rain showers, smart TVs, controls for the lights and more!

Photo ops:

  • Views from the rooftop terrace and rooms
  • Colorful living room area with art and books
  • Breakfast buffet with barista service

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Check Prices at citizenM Boston North Station Hotel

๐Ÿ“ธ Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

This historic – and iconic – luxury hotel is located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. It first opened in 1912

Photo ops:

  • OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
  • Nearby sites, including the public library, Copley Plaza and more
  • Ornate interior decor
  • Bridal Suite

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Check Prices at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

๐Ÿ“ธ Battery Wharf Hotel Boston Waterfront

The Battery Wharf Hotel sits right on the waterfront with amazing views to photograph! The luxury boutique hotel has contemporary design and is right on the HarborWalk, with bars and restaurants, a spa, and more nearby sites to photograph.s

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Check Prices at The Battery Wharf Hotel

67. Boston Private Photoshoot Tour

Boston has a private photoshoot tour so you can have your own photographer for the day!

This tour features your own private photographer, who will do a photoshoot with you at each location, plus tell you about the history. You’ll receive 30-40 edited pictures 3-10 business days after the tour, that you can use on your Instagram, to frame and share with family and friends!

Whether you’re looking for photoshoots for engagements, graduation or more events, or just some top-notch Instagram shots, this is the tour for you.

Photoshoot places:

  • MA State House
  • Acorn Street
  • Make Way for Ducklings Statues
  • Swan Boats
  • Boston Common Carousel
  • Frog Pond
  • Parkman Bandstand
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Old State House

๐Ÿ“ธ Boston Massachusetts Private Photography Tour

68. Best Boston Festivals and Events to Photograph

Taking smartphone fireworks photos at the Boston 4th of July celebration

There are events throughout the year in the North End, Christmas markets all over the city, and more – here are some of the annual events to look for while you’re visiting:

  • First Night (New Year’s Eve) – decorations all over the city
  • St. Patrickโ€™s Day Parade
  • Boston Marathon (April)
  • Boston Calling Music Festival (May)
  • Boston Dragon Boat Festival (June)
  • Cambridge Dance Party (June)
  • Boston Pizza Festival (June)
  • Eurekafest! (June)
  • 4th of July celebration on the Charles River
  • Boston Harborfest & Chowderfest (July)
  • Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival (July)
  • Boston Puerto Rican Festival (July)
  • The Fishermanโ€™s Feast (August)
  • Chinatown August Moon Festival (August)
  • South Boston Street Festival (September)
  • Boston รคhts (Arts) Festival (September)
  • The Big E – one of the biggest fairs in the US (Sept-Oct)
  • Head of the Charles Regatta – Cambridge rowing teams competition (October)
  • Boston Christmas Festival  (November)
  • Boston Japan Festival (Nov-Dec)
  • The Boston Pride Festival and Parade (it’s been cancelled so far, so keep an eye out for its return!)
  • Boston Wine Festival – Boston Harbor Hotel

Best Boston Photography Spots: Day Trips

If you live around Boston, or if your trip is long enough, there are multiple opportunities for day trips that will add even more to your photo goals!! Here are some of the best ones, with tours that make any day trip a breeze:

69. Martha’s Vineyard

This day trip to Martha’s Vineyard island allows you the option to explore on your own so you can take photos at your own pace! Martha’s Vineyard has the most picturesque, quaint houses and more photo ops that you can easily fill up a day finding, while also shopping, eating and exploring the beaches!

Photo ops:

  • Cruise to Martha’s Vineyard
  • Option to get a guided tour of the island
  • Beaches
  • Shops and restaurants
  • Upgrade option to visit Edgartown and Gay Head Cliffs (both have lighthouses)

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn More About this Martha’s Vineyard Day Trip from Boston

Martha's Vineyard view of the highway over the water, aerial photography

70. Cape Cod

Cape Cod is the peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic and is on the way to Martha’s Vineyard. This beaches, boats and more attract summer crowds, and there are plenty of amazing photo opportunities here and things to do!

Photo ops:

  • Ferry views
  • Art galleries
  • Shops and restaurants
  • Historic landmarks
  • Amazing beaches

The best way to get to Cape Cod for a day trip is to take this high speed ferry (takes around 90 minutes each way) from Boston.

๐Ÿ“ธ Provincetown & Cape Cod High Speed Ferry to/from Boston

71. Plymouth & Quincy

Plymouth, known for the Mayflower landing, and Quincy are two Massachusetts towns that will add to the history of Boston. There are a lot of historical sites as well as amazing beaches and harbor.

Photo ops:

  • Tour of the Mayflower II
  • Harbor and coast
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • 2 former US Presidents’ homes
  • National Monument to the Forefathers
  • Plimoth Patuxet Museum
  • Scituate Lighthouse
  • More historic sites

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn More About this Boston to Plymouth & Quincy Day Trip

72. Newport, RI

Newport, Rhode Island is only a day trip from Boston! Newport has been called “America’s First Resort”. It’s a quaint town on the coast that has a lot of historic and interesting places that make excellent photos, including:

  • Breaker’s and Elms Mansions
  • Marble House (featured in The Great Gatsby movie)
  • Cliff Walk
  • Touro Synagogue – oldest in the US
  • Ocean Drive Historic District
  • St. Mary’s Parish
  • US Naval War College and Fort Adams
  • Time to explore and photograph on your own

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn More About this Boston to Newport Small Group Day Trip

73. Lexington & Concord

This tour of Lexington and Concord from Boston is focused on continuing the history of the American Revolution. You’ll go with a history expert as guide, and stop at sites like:

  • Lexington
  • Minute Man Visitor Center
  • Battle Road Trail
  • The Old North Bridge

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn More About this Tour of Lexington and Concord from Boston

๐Ÿ‘‰ Private Excursion to Literary Concord

If you’re into famous authors and want photos at places like Walden Pond, this tour of Concord is for you!

Photo ops:

  • Orchard House, home of Louisa May Alcott
  • Walden Pond
  • The Old North Bridge
  • The Old Manse
  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn More About this Private Excursion to Literary Concord

74. Salem & Marbelhead Half-Day Tour

Salem is the notorious historical place of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. It’s also where the Puritans first settled after arriving from England. Both Salem and Marblehead are amazing photography spots!

Photo ops:

  • Mansions that have been preserved
  • Salem Witch Museum and Witch Trials Memorial
  • Beautiful waterfront views
  • Historic sites like the Customs Building
  • Marblehead, a favorite place for photographers

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn More About this Private Half-Day Tour to Salem and Marbelhead from Boston

75. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

This Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran is the best way to get photos of whales at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary from the water! You can see humpback and fin whales, Atlantic white-sided dolphins and more, plus you’ll have a naturalist as your guide on board.

Also, whale sightings are Guaranteed on this tour, or you receive a free voucher for another cruise!

Boston Whale Watching Photo

๐Ÿ“ธ Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

How To Get Around Boston

๐Ÿ‘‰ Boston CityPASS

A great way to see Boston’s museums and sites with overall admission savings is to get the Boston CityPASS! It’s valid for 9 days in a row from the time you first use it, and you get entry to places like:

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Boston Harbor Cruises
  • Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium
  • And more

๐Ÿ“ธ Learn More About the Boston CityPASS Here

๐Ÿ‘‰ City Transportation: It’s easy to get around the city by walking, taking the T/MBTA public transit system that includes subways, and there’s Uber and Lyft.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Flights: WayAway is a flight aggregator that helps you find the cheapest flights. Use the code MUKI-TRAVELS for 10% off WayAway Plus.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Rent a car in Boston: Expedia.com is a great tool to use to find the best deals.

๐Ÿ›๏ธ VRBO is a great place to find vacation rental houses for yourself or a whole group to have the entire place to yourself.

What to Consider for the Best Boston Photography Spots

๐Ÿ‘‰ Time of year. Boston has summer highs up to the low 80sยฐF, but winters are cold and snowy. For photography, consider what kinds of photos you want, or if you’re more concerned about the weather. Boston is one of the best places in the US for photos of Fall leaves, as well as for photos of snow-covered historic sites. It’s also beautiful in the summer, so you really can’t go wrong here – just pack accordingly for the weather!

๐Ÿ‘‰ Type of Lens needed. Boston has a lot of photo ops that a wide angle, or telephoto lens, could be used for; consider what kind of photos you want to bring the right equipment! If you’re whale-watching, you’ll want a telephoto lens; if you’re looking to get cityscapes and landscapes, bring the wide angle.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Weather protection. Make sure your camera has weather-sealing, as well as your lens. However, if you’re going to be taking photos in or on the water, when it’s snowing or raining, make sure to have more than that, including a weather-proof bag for carrying equipment like this one:

๐Ÿ“ท Get the DSLR Waterproof Camera Insert Case

And a rain cover sleeve like this one:

๐Ÿ“ท Get this DSLR Mirrorless Camera Rain Cover Sleeve

For outdoor photography in the sun, it’s also a good idea to bring these UV Protection Lens Filters, which protect lens and cameras from the sun, like sunscreen!

All In All: Best Boston Photography Spots

Boston is a city of firsts in the US: first public park, first subway system, and even the oldest continuously operating restaurant! It makes sense – it’s one of the oldest cities in the US, founded in 1630 and a center of the events of the American Revolution.

Boston’s key draw is likely its history, but it’s the people, who have restored, maintained, and added to Boston’s charm, that allows it to have so many great options for all kinds of photography!

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