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Back Bay

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Address: Boston, MA
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in...

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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This area is SO walkable. Lots of different shops, Newbury street, Boylston, prudential towers shopping. Very safe area and lots of shopping variety. Trident bookstore is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ann H
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This area is SO walkable. Lots of different shops, Newbury street, Boylston, prudential towers shopping. Very safe area and lots of shopping variety. Trident bookstore is amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely area, we came by train from NYC and found walking the best way to travel here. Newbury st close by and Back Bay restaurants and shops were are great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful area of Boston, with tree-lined streets and brownstone residential buildings, and lots of great restaurants, bars and shops. And upscale stores can be found in the Prudential Center shops, or on Newbury Street, an iconic shopping area for the discerning buyer. And the famous Boston Commons is nearby, and is another "must see" attraction in Boston.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

if you go on winter you wont enjoy it, so try go on summer, nice place excelent view you will love it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Summer fun, boating and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. A quiet stroll or loud events(street festival) this place has much to offer as a Bostonian community.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We recently stayed in the Copley square hotel in back bay and we had a great time in this area .. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants ...there are excellent shopping choices , ranging from the very fancy prudential centre to the very hip and funky stores if Newbury street . It is also only two stops on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I lived here for years, it is a wonderful neighborhood. It is very expensive to have a nice place here that is the only reason I ever left. Fun place to walk around. Don't miss the Bostom Common and public gardens

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Take a walk down the ever-hopping Newbury street. See the shops, coffee bars, and everything! Great people watching. Be a part of the downtown Boston scene. Great architecture all around you.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Trendy suburb which really is a nice place to walk through. Quirky restaurants as well as the chains. Old and modern buildings not much high rise. Lots of hotels as well go down Newberry street and have breakfast or coffee there. There are also fancy boutiques and Copley Square as well as Copley mall. Not cheap. Lots of churches and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Back Bay is definitely a must-see neighborhood. Boylston is the backbone of the area and is chock full of stores, restaurants and hotels. However, take time to explore some of the side streets like Newbury which have numerous unique and independent stores and restaurants. You'll also find some great architecture.

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Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
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