Back Bay is a walkable, business-friendly neighborhood with convenient options for restaurants and bars. Part of the neighborhood's charm is its college atmosphere. Broaden your horizons with some local theater. Back Bay has hotels and accommodation to suit everyone's tastes, and makes a great home base for exploring the sights in and around Boston.
Sightseeing around Back Bay
The museums and theaters provide some cultural flavor, while the monuments and historic sites offer insight into local lore. You can buy tickets to live performances at Boston Symphony Hall, Hatch Shell, and Charles Playhouse. For cultural attractions, head to Mary Baker Eddy Library, Mapparium, and Wang Theater. Monuments like Samuel Eliot Morrison Statue, Old South Church, and Prudential Tower honor the area. Learn about the local history at Gibson House Museum, Nichols House Museum, and Boston African American National Historic Site. Take a tour of campus around Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, or Emerson College. Bring the family to New England Aquarium, Artisans Asylum, and Franklin Park Zoo.
Many visitors like to do some shopping while in town, but there are a number of other activities. Charles River Esplanade, Boston Public Garden, or Back Bay Fens are ideal spots to enjoy the outdoors. For retail therapy, consider Copley Place, The Shops at Prudential Center, and Cambridgeside Galleria, and seek out the perfect souvenir. Fenway Park, TD Garden, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace are other spots for some local fun.
A few of the most popular sights in the area include Boston Common, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Boston University. You can also stop by Copley Square, Trinity Church Boston, and John Hancock Tower.
Getting around Back Bay
If you want to get around the city, Copley Station is the closest metro stop. Others nearby include Prudential Station and Hynes Convention Center Station.
Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) is the closest major airport, 3.3 miles (5.4 km) from Back Bay.