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