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Back Bay

Boston, MA (Back Bay)
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Ranked #43 of 214 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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USA
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670 reviews 670 reviews
164 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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152 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
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
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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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Boston
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6 helpful votes 6 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 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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54 helpful votes 54 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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