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Back Bay

Boston, MA
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This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in Boston--started as a bay. The bay was filled in during the 19th century to create the area now known by the name Back Bay. The area is known for its Victorian brownstones, the Boston Public Library, shopping, office high rises and upscale hotels.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed the dining, shopping and activities of Back Bay. Nice place to walk. Interesting architecture.

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Love this area, easily accessible and nice to walk around. Lots to see. One of my favorite spots in Boston.

Thank JuliiaHWashington_DC
Reviewed 3 days ago

Still a nice place to walk on a pretty day, but all the old boutiques and galleries are turning into chain stores. The block of Boylston from Arlington to Berkeley in particular is nearly bare now.

Thank Northern_Traveler00
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Back Bay area of Boston is a wonderful area of town with high-end stores, hotels and restaurants mixed with cute shops and small eateries. It is a very walkable area with access to lots of transportation and is near Fenway Park. We felt very...More

Thank aeropom
Reviewed 4 days ago

We came here when we were visiting college in April. I'm glad I had my jacket on because near the water it is a little breezy and cool.

Thank Sheryl T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Back Bay was one of my favorite areas in Boston. We started off the day eating and touring the Boston City Library, then moved on to Newbury Street. There is shopping galore in old brownstones. I read about it before we visited and my site...More

Thank Alicia N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rented a condo in Back Bay area for the the family. Very quiet, clean and close to Boston Public Garden and Newbury street. Second time in this area, highly recommend it.

Thank loretta061
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to talk a walk in Boston. Beautiful street with lots of trees and nice house. It's the best thing walking along Charles river, the view is heavenly beautiful in all seasons.

Thank emilybsb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Back Bay is an upscale residential and commercial/shopping district. It includes some of the City's best places to walk: The walk from Kenmore Square to the Public Garden is beautiful, and high end shopping and restaurants and bars abound on Newbury and Boylston Streets.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many locations in Boston to stay fro a few days holiday but Back bay is very centrally located and within easy walk of all the sites and places to visit.

Thank Mike M
Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the
heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and
the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable
skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock
Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit
Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques
– as well as every other kind of store imaginable –
all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice
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Hi Sandra, Any and all info regarding where we can watch our cousin in the marathon this weekend would be a tremendous help. I hear there's bleachers somewhere for spectators, and fun things for the crowd to get involved. Any clue about any of this, or where exactly it is in Back Bay? Thanks!
13 April 2016|
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Response from JoeP2794 | Reviewed this property |
This year the Back Bay route is very short. On Commonwealth Ave from Mass Ave to Hereford right on Hereford to Boylston and then on to the finish line. You wont be able to get close to the finish line so I suggest either on... More
I'd like to go to Trinity Church for a service Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Is this even possible for an out-of-towner?
5 October 2015|
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Response from Nikos T | Reviewed this property |
Check the website and maybe give them a call.