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.
Shopping, Architecture and Cathedrals
No other building serves up finer views than this controversial and prominent landmark.
Explore some of Boston’s finest buildings, educational and arts institutions, and shopping, or simply find a patch of grass and relax.
Stretching between Massachusetts Avenue and Boston Public Gardens, this upscale street is one of Boston’s most popular shopping and dining destinations.
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.
Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.
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.
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® 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.
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.
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.
Designer labels and killer deals await just an hour outside of downtown Boston. Stroll through this New England-style shopping village and find name-brand outlet stores, including Burberry, Coach, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Tory Burch, that offer incredible discounts on retail prices.
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Visitors to South End enjoy its cafés, and if you want to do some exploring, Calderwood Pavilion is worth a stop.
From Broadway musicals to the ballet to the Blue Man Group, you have a wide selection of performances at your fingertips in Boston’s premier cultural district.
Lose yourself in the charming streetscapes, historic buildings and village-like atmosphere of Boston’s oldest and wealthiest suburbs.
Theaters and historic sites are notable features of Chinatown. You might consider a stop by Wilbur Theatre while you're exploring the neighborhood.
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.
The stunning river views and popular shops are just a few reasons to visit East Cambridge. If you want to do some sightseeing, Cambridgeside Galleria is a top attraction, and you might jump aboard the metro at Lechmere Station to see more of Cambridge.