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Back Bay

Boston, MA (Back Bay)
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As featured in 3 days in Boston
Ranked #43 of 208 attractions in Boston
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Type: Neighborhoods
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... more » 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. « less
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Boston
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The Back Bay is a really cool secton of town that has some of the best shopping for hundreds of miles. The Prudential Center and the Coply Place Malls are interconnected and easially found on the local subway the MBTA or also called the " T " Its next to Back Bay staton on the ORANGE LINE or COPLEY on... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Boston's back bay is a delightful place to stroll, people watch, find a hidden treasure in a funky little shop, sample delicious treats, and soak in the international ambiance.

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Melbourne, Florida
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110 reviews 110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I walked over the bridge from Cambridge into Back Bay on the first day of my trip. I found a great place for lunch where I could watch the pedestrians. I found a fantastic wine shop, a consignment shop, a cupcake shop, a very cheap jewelry/accessories shop, and many fabulous designer boutiques. So I decided to go back a second... More

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Birmingham UK
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144 reviews 144 reviews
110 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Nice walk along Boylston leads through Back Bay to the Fens area of Boston. Lots of places to eat,drink and shop here

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Midwest USA
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110 reviews 110 reviews
55 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Stayed here on an extended holiday weekend and spent a significant amount of time on Boylston and Newbury Street. The area definitely deserves it's reputation and is a highlight of Boston. There is something for everyone with history, churches, parks, squares, libraries, bars, restaurants and shopping. I feel like a tourist really can't visit Boston without spending some serious time... More

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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130 reviews 130 reviews
38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Just an area with a lot of shopping, dining, a few bars. Pretty up scale neighborhood with some expensive luxuries. I would go to something hear, rather than go hear as my adventure.

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

From the Back Bay you can find the two largest malls in Boston as well as Newbury Street meca for shopping. Here you have it all within walking distance; window shopping, tourist attractions, excellent dining and entertainment choices and if you can't find it in this neighborhood, Back Bay Station takes you anywhere within Boston and its suburbs.

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