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“Architecture, shopping, dining”
Review of Back Bay

Ranked #16 of 420 things to do in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed September 18, 2017

Fantastic architecture throughout the area. Great shopping and dining on Newbury Street. If you have extra time while near Boston Common, take an easy walk along these streets.

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"newbury street"
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"charles river"
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"beautiful area of boston"
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"great area to stay"
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"mass ave"
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"boston public library"
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"prudential center"
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"great neighborhood"
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"trinity church"
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"high end shopping"
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"old south church"
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"copley place"
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"great place to walk"
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"walk around"
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"fenway park"
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"public gardens"
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Reviewed September 17, 2017

We stayed at the Eliot Hotel on the edge of the Back Bay Area and loved it. The Eliot is a classy elegant boutique hotel. This hotel puts you in easy walking distance to Newbury St, Boylston St, the Prudential Center, and more. We so enjoyed the restaurants, shopping, and architecture of the area. Boylston around the Prudential Center has lots of nice sidewalk style restaurants. Newbury St is a combination of boutiques and sidewalk cafes. Both easy to walk down and enjoy.

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Reviewed September 13, 2017

Before a 19th century filling project, the Back Bay area of Boston was literally a bay where, 5,200 years ago, Native Americans built fish weirs. Today, along with neighboring Beacon Hill, the 340-acre Back Bay area is one of Boston's two most expensive residential neighborhoods. Bounded by the Charles River on the North, Arlington Street to Park Square on the East, Columbus Avenue to the New York New Haven and Hartford right-of-way, Huntington Avenue, Dalton Street and the Massachusetts Turnpike to the South and Charlesgate East on the West, Back Bay is considered one of the best preserved examples of 19th century urban design in the United States. Located between Fenway Park, Boston Common and Beacon Hill, it is most famous for rows of elegant Victorian brownstone homes, many on Paris-inspired Commonwealth Avenue. Along Newbury Street and Boylston Street, there are designer boutiques, fashion chains, art galleries and patio cafes. The affluent community is a shopping and dining destination for Bostonians and tourists. Expansive Copley Square is flanked by 1800s landmarks Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. Back Bay also includes the Prudential Center and Copley Place malls, the Hynes Convention Center and some of Boston's tallest buildings and major hotels. Among other sites to visit are Old South Church; the John Hancock Tower, New England's tallest building at 60 stories; First Church of Christ, Scientist, the centerpiece of the Christian Science Plaza; Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy's Library and Mapparium; and the 52-story Prudential Tower. Back Bay was added to the National Register of HIstoric Places in 1973.

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Reviewed September 11, 2017

Got a great last minute deal on a room at the Colonnade Hotel right in the heart of the action. Walking distance to most of the top attractions in Boston, some excellent restaurants and shopping.

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Reviewed September 11, 2017

Interesting history and architecture in the Back Bay. Enjoyed a tour of the Back Bay and would recommend doing a tour to fully understand the history and points of interest.

Thank Denise S
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