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Back Bay

Boston, MA (Back Bay)
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As featured in 3 days in Boston
Ranked #55 of 207 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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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
63 helpful votes 63 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
104 helpful votes 104 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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24 helpful votes 24 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Newbury Street is wonderful for people watching and shopping. The homes on Commonwealth Ave are impressive. In the winter, the trees along Commonwealth are lit, which I just love. A walk along the Esplanade is refreshing and offers some of the best views of the Cambridge and Boston. Parking is a nightmare, but the subway is great. Lots of places... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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282 reviews 282 reviews
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375 helpful votes 375 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Reclaimed from the Muddy Charles River in the 19th century, it has streets full of magnificent residential buildings. Good for strolling. It has fine shopping. It's next to the River, for views and jogging. And near many fine restaurants. Unlike the financial district, this neighborhood does not shut down at night.

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South Easton, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I love Back Bay. The Brownstones, the shopping, the dining (Deux Ave), and the galleries. If you haven't been to Back Bay, you haven't been to Boston.

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