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Photo provided by Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Escape to Back Bay! Enjoy its architecture, churches, and library.

Back Bay, now one of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods, was once a large swamp. Here gorgeous townhouses and historical sites stand alongside some of the trendiest shopping in town, as well as two of the city’s tallest towers. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon visit to this modern, chic and walkable area.

As you walk around the area, notice how the layout makes sense. In 1856, Arthur Gilman proposed a neighborhood plan based on the French model, with a flat orientation and a logically ordered street grid. Names of cross-streets are in alphabetical order. Notice the wide tree-lined boulevards inspired by Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s then-recent renovation of Paris, and a variety of beautiful stone townhouses. Back Bay’s lovely streets are perfect for strolling, stopping occasionally to admire the architecture or chat with residents.

Explore the neighborhood by getting to know its two great walking streets. Newbury Street, once home to stables for the area’s houses, is now a shopping destination, with European-style boutiques and restaurants as well as the iconic music store, Newbury Comics. By contrast, Commonwealth Avenue is a grand boulevard in true Parisian style, lined with charming Victorian brownstones and street-side cafés.

The diverse flavors and styles of Back Bay and downtown Boston are proudly displayed at nearby Copley Square, the neighborhood’s small but lively plaza. Take a seat and look around at a real marvel of architectural coexistence. Admire the proud Trinity Church of 1877, then see it again sumptuously reflected in the mirrored glass of the giant John Hancock Tower. The nearby Boston Public Library announces Boston as the “Athens of America” with its magnificent façade. Copley is also home to a smart fountain and a twice-weekly farmers market.

Use the subway to easily access Back Bay. After your visit, continue exploring the city’s many attractions: The Boston Public Garden, the Charles River Esplanade and the Prudential Center are all just a short walk away. Alternatively, stay in the area to sample some of the finest eating and drinking Boston has to offer.

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Shopping, Architecture and Cathedrals

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Top Hotels in Back Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
$178/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.1/5Very Good! (5,587 reviews)

Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden, and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,587 reviews)

"They were very accommodating. Arrived at 11am knowing that check in was at 3. They were able to get us into our room early."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Boston Park Plaza
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The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay
4 out of 5
120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
$278/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.3/5Excellent! (2,058 reviews)

Located in Back Bay, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Shops at Prudential Center and Copley Place. Boston Symphony Hall and Prudential Tower ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,058 reviews)

"We had easy access to nice restaurants and tours. Norman and Deneke were very accommodating to any of our requests such as luggage and transportaion needs."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay
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Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
39 Dalton St, Boston, MA
$210/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.2/5Excellent! (4,223 reviews)

Located in Back Bay, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Shops at Prudential Center, Hynes Convention Center, and Newbury Street. Prudential Tower ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,223 reviews)

"Location to Fenway Park. Within walking distance. Easy access to dining"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
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The Westin Copley Place, Boston, a Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
$223/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,522 reviews)

Located in Back Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Boston Public Library, Copley Place, and Hancock Conference Center. Copley Square and Newbury Street ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,522 reviews)

"Internet is not complimentary! Beds were nice as well as the views."…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

The Westin Copley Place, Boston, a Marriott Hotel
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Boston Marriott Copley Place
4 out of 5
110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
$189/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.3/5Excellent! (2,162 reviews)

Located in Back Bay, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copley Place, Newbury Street, and Boston Public Library. Hancock Conference Center and Prudential ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,162 reviews)

"The parking garage is connected to the mall and hotel. Very convenient and clean. We checked in early and was able to go to supper and then to our concert event. We walked to and from the event without any issues. We usually stay closer to Fenway Park, but will stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Boston Marriott Copley Place
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The Midtown Hotel
2.5 out of 5
220 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
$169/night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
3.6/5Good! (2,143 reviews)

Located in Back Bay, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Boston Symphony Hall, The Shops at Prudential Center, and Kenmore Square. Copley Place and Northeastern ...

3.6/5Good! (2,143 reviews)

"My room was really large and clean. It was very quiet in my room at night. The hotel is in a very convenient location. It's easily accessible by the MBTA subway. The subway stop (i.e., Symphony) is located at the end of the block. The hotel reservation clerk gave me detailed instructions on how to ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

The Midtown Hotel

Popular things to do in Back Bay

Prudential Tower
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Prudential Tower

No other building serves up finer views than this controversial and prominent landmark.

Copley Square
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Copley Square

Explore some of Boston’s finest buildings, educational and arts institutions, and shopping, or simply find a patch of grass and relax.

Newbury Street
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Newbury Street

Stretching between Massachusetts Avenue and Boston Public Gardens, this upscale street is one of Boston’s most popular shopping and dining destinations.

Old South Church
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Old South Church

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Old South Church in Boston. Experience the acclaimed theater scene or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.

Boston Common
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Boston Common

The oldest public park in the United States has been the stage for centuries of drama. These days it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Top activities in Back Bay

Boston Duck Tours
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Boston Duck Tours

$47

Explore Beantown with a hilarious ConDUCKtor® in a newly built amphibious vehicle. Ride the DUCK by downtown landmarks like Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail, and then ease into the water for a scenic cruise along the waterfront of the Charles River.

Boston CityPASS: Save on Boston's 4 Best Attractions
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Boston CityPASS: Save on Boston's 4 Best Attractions

$64

Boston CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to Boston’s top attractions at a signicant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. Extra perk: CityPASS travelers skip most main-entrance ticket lines.

Full-Day Boston Tour Plus Cambridge, Concord, & Lexington
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Full-Day Boston Tour Plus Cambridge, Concord, & Lexington

$89

See the top sights of Boston and Middlesex County in 1 day on this narrated sightseeing tour. Explore the city and the the surrounding areas as you scope out everything from historic battle sites and ships in the Navy Yard to shops in charming neighborhoods.

Cape Cod Full-Day Explorer- Harbor Cruise & Pirate Museum
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Cape Cod Full-Day Explorer- Harbor Cruise & Pirate Museum

$95

Travel to scenic Cape Cod through the quaint town of Sandwich. Breathe in the salty sea air, and enjoy the sparkling beaches, lighthouses, cottages, and sailboats. Bask in the summer sun as you cruise and view the stunning Kennedy family compound.

Historic Discovery Bus Tour
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Historic Discovery Bus Tour

$89

Spend the day touring Boston with your friendly/expert tour guide, visiting historic towns – of Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord, historic spots - like Beacon Hill, the North End, the Seaport District, and historic locations along the Freedom Trail, including the USS Constitution.

Private Chauffeured Sedan Service in Boston
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Private Chauffeured Sedan Service in Boston

$20

Skip the taxi line and treat yourself like a VIP! Relax as your professional chauffeur drives you to your destination in style. We know that traveling can be complicated and stressful, that is why we try to make ordering a chauffeur as easy as possible.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Back Bay

America’s Favorite Cheap Places to Eat
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America’s Favorite Cheap Places to Eat

Savoring America’s melting pot of cheap eats and unique treats

5 Historic Cities with Famous American Namesakes
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5 Historic Cities with Famous American Namesakes

Celebrate America’s origins in some of the historic cities its names come from

Cheap Eats in Boston
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Cheap Eats in Boston

Finding the best cheap eats in Boston

Other neighborhoods in Boston

Downtown Boston
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Downtown Boston

Historical Buildings, Aquariums, Urban

The heart of America’s revolutionary history lies in the center of this city. Uncover the story of the nation and enjoy excellent arts and dining venues.

Seaport District
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Seaport District

Ports, Urban, Skyscrapers

Join excited crowds enjoying harbor-side views, Revolutionary War-era landmarks, as well as superb restaurants and museums along this thriving waterfront.

Fenway–Kenmore
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Fenway–Kenmore

Baseball, Sports, Culture

Art galleries, museums, and historic sites highlight some notable features of Fenway–Kenmore. Make a stop by Fenway Park or Boston Museum of Fine Arts while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Museum of Fine Arts Station or Fenway Station to get around town.

North End
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North End

Churches, Dining, Cathedrals

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to North End. A stop by Old North Church or Paul Revere House might round out your trip.

Waterfront
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Waterfront

Aquariums, Ports, Boating

The popular aquarium and captivating waterfront views are just a few popular features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by New England Aquarium or Boston Harbor while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Aquarium to get around town.

Dorchester
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Dorchester

Sports, Basketball, Universities

Spend some time visiting places like John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum while getting to know Dorchester, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Fields Corner Station or Shawmut Station to see more of the area.