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The best places in the Boston area to break up with someone, mapped

From bustling spots such as South Station and Copley Square to quieter environs such as the Boston Public Library and the Arnold Arboretum, these are the choicest locations for moving on

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With Valentines Day approaching, what better time to update our exhaustive map of where to leave your lover? Yes, it's the last word in the best Greater Boston spots for having that last word with the one you once loved.

These options range from the cozily intimate to the deliberately public, from places such as libraries, where quiet is a must, to areas such as plazas, where the hustle of the masses will drown out the crying. When in doubt, pick a transit hub such as South Station—easy getaway.

It's not the most pleasant topic, we admit, but such a selection can come in handy.

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1. Encore Boston Harbor

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1 Broadway
Everett, MA 02149
(857) 770-7000
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You lost on love, but the odds are in your favor to find a new attraction: sculptures, spas, restaurants, a carousel, an attractive stranger. You never know.

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2. Logan Airport

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Boston Logan International Airport, 1 Harborside Drive
Boston, MA 02128
(800) 235-6426
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This is a no-brainer. If one of you has a plane to catch, this is one of the best places to let the world whisk that person away and out of the other's life forever.

Aerial view of security lines at Logan Airport. Boston Globe via Getty Images

3. The Liberty Hotel

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215 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 224-4000
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Why wouldn't you break up at a place that has such a poetically appropriate name (and that was once a jail—really)? Free your heart!

4. The Hong Kong

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65 Chatham Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 227-2226
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After you split that final scorpion bowl, you can go dance with a crowd. Or, more importantly, make sure there's karaoke happening so that you can sing "I Will Survive."

5. Massachusetts State House

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1 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

Because you need to make it official that it's over, you're going to need the government to back you up.

The exterior of the Massachusetts State House. The building is red brick and there is a gold dome. There are white columns on the facade. Glenn Leblanc/Getty Images

6. Old State House

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206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 720-1713

Make the end a historic one. This place helped with our country's independence, and it can be the stage for yours too.

7. Mariel

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10 Post Office Square #120
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 333-8776
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This place rekindles your wanderlust when your lust has wandered from your relationship.

A cozy restaurant with a mural on the wall. Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

8. Boston Common

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Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 635-4505
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This place is so expansive, you're bound to find a private spot where you can have a private conversation.

Leaves changing along a pathway in Boston Common. Shutterstock

9. Four Seasons Hotel Boston

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200 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-4400
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For a heart-to-heart, the lounge is a quiet place to do it with dignity.

10. South Station Bus Terminal

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700 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Break up, but not before you check the bus schedule for an approximate idea of when the conversation can end.

A darkened, low-ceilinged bus depot with several doors off it, Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

11. South Station

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Break up. Catch the next train out. Done.

An aerial view of the floor of a busy train station. Craig F. Walker/the Boston Globe via Getty Images

12. Trinity Church

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206 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116

When you're about to have a deeply emotional moment, sometimes it's best to be in a place that nurtures soul-searching. Regardless of your religious affiliation (or lack thereof), you can keep your head down in a private pew and enjoy the quiet.

A pedestrian square with a grand church on one side and a modern skyscraper on another. Shutterstock

13. Boston Public Library

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700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-5400
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If you don't like scenes, and your soon-to-be-ex-significant-other is a rule follower, head to a place that forbids yelling.

A long, capacious room with several rows of tables and people sitting quietly at those tables. Shutterstock

14. Copley Square

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Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02130

This location is a perfect point of departure to head your separate ways—to Newbury Street or the mall for retail therapy, to a salon or a spa for a pick-me-up, to the library for quiet contemplation or down any random street to think.

An open public square with buildings around it and people in it. Shutterstock

15. Sonsie

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327 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 351-2500
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The steady din and good-looking crowd provide the perfect backdrop for The Talk and The Aftermath. If you're up for it, scope out the most eligible bachelor or bachelorette in the room.

Diners in an open-window restaurant along a busy street. Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

16. Dunkin' Donuts

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Boston University, 530 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 236-7673
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If you don't know exactly where the deed needs to be done, don't worry—there's a Dunkin’ on most every corner. Head here for an uncomplicated break-up. Just the way you like it. Get a donut ready for that jolt of sugar to book it outta there.

The exterior of a one-story donut shop on a street corner. Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

17. Lucky Strike Social Boston

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145 Ipswich St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 437-0300
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Instead of a pool of tears, just focus on a good game of pool. And check out the scene of many partiers up for a good time.

18. Harpoon Brewery

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306 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 456-2322
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You’re going to need that beer afterward (or before).

The front of a brewery, with a long cylindrical tower with “Harpoon” painted on it. Shutterstock

19. Time Out Market Boston

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401 Park Dr
Boston, MA 02215
(978) 393-8088
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You’re gonna need comfort food.

A busy, multi-level food market. Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

20. Arnold Arboretum

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125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-1718
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What better way to heal thine heart post-breakup than to wander with nature in this 281-acre preserve?

Spring comes to Arnold Arboretum. Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

1. Encore Boston Harbor

1 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149
A multistory casino building on a waterfront. Boston Globe via Getty Images

You lost on love, but the odds are in your favor to find a new attraction: sculptures, spas, restaurants, a carousel, an attractive stranger. You never know.

1 Broadway
Everett, MA 02149

2. Logan Airport

Boston Logan International Airport, 1 Harborside Drive, Boston, MA 02128
Aerial view of security lines at Logan Airport. Boston Globe via Getty Images

This is a no-brainer. If one of you has a plane to catch, this is one of the best places to let the world whisk that person away and out of the other's life forever.

Boston Logan International Airport, 1 Harborside Drive
Boston, MA 02128

3. The Liberty Hotel

215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

Why wouldn't you break up at a place that has such a poetically appropriate name (and that was once a jail—really)? Free your heart!

215 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114

4. The Hong Kong

65 Chatham Street, Boston, MA 02109

After you split that final scorpion bowl, you can go dance with a crowd. Or, more importantly, make sure there's karaoke happening so that you can sing "I Will Survive."

65 Chatham Street
Boston, MA 02109

5. Massachusetts State House

1 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108
The exterior of the Massachusetts State House. The building is red brick and there is a gold dome. There are white columns on the facade. Glenn Leblanc/Getty Images

Because you need to make it official that it's over, you're going to need the government to back you up.

1 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

6. Old State House

206 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02109

Make the end a historic one. This place helped with our country's independence, and it can be the stage for yours too.

206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109

7. Mariel

10 Post Office Square #120, Boston, MA 02109
A cozy restaurant with a mural on the wall. Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

This place rekindles your wanderlust when your lust has wandered from your relationship.

10 Post Office Square #120
Boston, MA 02109

8. Boston Common

Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
Leaves changing along a pathway in Boston Common. Shutterstock

This place is so expansive, you're bound to find a private spot where you can have a private conversation.

Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108

9. Four Seasons Hotel Boston

200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

For a heart-to-heart, the lounge is a quiet place to do it with dignity.

200 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

10. South Station Bus Terminal

700 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02111
A darkened, low-ceilinged bus depot with several doors off it, Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Break up, but not before you check the bus schedule for an approximate idea of when the conversation can end.

700 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

11. South Station

Boston, MA
An aerial view of the floor of a busy train station. Craig F. Walker/the Boston Globe via Getty Images

Break up. Catch the next train out. Done.

12. Trinity Church

206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116
A pedestrian square with a grand church on one side and a modern skyscraper on another. Shutterstock

When you're about to have a deeply emotional moment, sometimes it's best to be in a place that nurtures soul-searching. Regardless of your religious affiliation (or lack thereof), you can keep your head down in a private pew and enjoy the quiet.

206 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116

13. Boston Public Library

700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
A long, capacious room with several rows of tables and people sitting quietly at those tables. Shutterstock

If you don't like scenes, and your soon-to-be-ex-significant-other is a rule follower, head to a place that forbids yelling.

700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

14. Copley Square

Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02130
An open public square with buildings around it and people in it. Shutterstock

This location is a perfect point of departure to head your separate ways—to Newbury Street or the mall for retail therapy, to a salon or a spa for a pick-me-up, to the library for quiet contemplation or down any random street to think.

Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02130

15. Sonsie

327 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
Diners in an open-window restaurant along a busy street. Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The steady din and good-looking crowd provide the perfect backdrop for The Talk and The Aftermath. If you're up for it, scope out the most eligible bachelor or bachelorette in the room.

327 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115

16. Dunkin' Donuts

Boston University, 530 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
The exterior of a one-story donut shop on a street corner. Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

If you don't know exactly where the deed needs to be done, don't worry—there's a Dunkin’ on most every corner. Head here for an uncomplicated break-up. Just the way you like it. Get a donut ready for that jolt of sugar to book it outta there.

Boston University, 530 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

17. Lucky Strike Social Boston

145 Ipswich St, Boston, MA 02215

Instead of a pool of tears, just focus on a good game of pool. And check out the scene of many partiers up for a good time.

145 Ipswich St
Boston, MA 02215

18. Harpoon Brewery

306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
The front of a brewery, with a long cylindrical tower with “Harpoon” painted on it. Shutterstock

You’re going to need that beer afterward (or before).

306 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

19. Time Out Market Boston

401 Park Dr, Boston, MA 02215
A busy, multi-level food market. Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

You’re gonna need comfort food.

401 Park Dr
Boston, MA 02215

20. Arnold Arboretum

125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Spring comes to Arnold Arboretum. Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

What better way to heal thine heart post-breakup than to wander with nature in this 281-acre preserve?

125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130