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Back Bay

Boston, MA (Back Bay)
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Ranked #37 of 196 Attractions in Boston
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Walking
Fee: No
Owner description: This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Walking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Sept Iles, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Back Bay is my favorite district in Boston. I love the beat of this district I really fell in love !

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Lincoln
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105 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Back Bay covers a large area and many notable building and landmarks. However one afternoon we simply walked down Massachusetts Avenue to Harvard Bridge - some lovely old iconic/typical Boston buildings on the way. Then we took a really lovely walk along The Esplanade and by Storrow Lagoon and the Charles River. Plenty of seats and I could have stayed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A treat for the eyes, legs and body. Great food, shopping, monuments and churches, the river, skyline, tree lined neighborhoods, and spots to sit and inhale it all in. Stop a local and they will gladly steer you. Friendly people abound.

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USA
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180 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I love to walk around and look at all the buildings. It's rich with character and history. It's a great way to explore Boston.

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Burlington, Vermont
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14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The Back Bay is my favorite part to visit when in Boston. If you're going to stay overnight/for several days in Boston, make sure to book a hotel in the Back Bay! The Lenox, Fairmont Copley, and The Taj are my favorites. The area is very classy with many nice shops, botiques, and great restaurants! The famous Newbury Street is... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We visited about 10 churches unfortunately only 2 were open, if we had visited Trinity and New Old South it would have been 12 churches and 4 open. Probably best to do a little research and make sure days and times open. We incorrectly assumed being Boston they would all be open for tours. Sunday might be the best day.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place over and around The Prudential Center has a lot of high-end shopping and lots of happening bars & restaurants ... recommended if this is what you are looking for on a visit to Boston!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We love to stay in Back Bay. The area is great and there is so much to do from there. There are so many great restaurants along Boylston and Newbury. The shopping is great at the Prudential and Copley. Its also a great place to be to access popular Boston attractions f/e Freedom Trail/Duck Tours/Aquarium etc.

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Toronto
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I loved going through this area and seeing it both via Duck Tour and on foot. The architecture was really great. If you're in Boston visiting, check out the Back Bay area - it's one of the nicest places I experienced in the city.

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Minnesota
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

Walking through all the various streets was just a great experience. The row housing was very London like and Newbury street was loaded with boutique ships and interesting dining choices. Take a walk down Commonwealth Ave and Marlborough St.

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