Sights & Attractions in Boston

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Things to Do in Back Bay and the South End

Sights Overview
Name Category Location
 
Arlington Street Church
Opposite the Park Square corner of the Public Garden, this church...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Back Bay Mansions
If you like nothing better than to imagine how the other half...
Houses / Mansions Back Bay and the South End
 
Bay Village
This pocket of early-19th-century brick row houses, near Arlington...
Neighborhoods / Streets Back Bay and the South End
 
Boston Center for the Arts
Of Boston's multiple arts organizations, this nonprofit arts-and-culture...
Arts / Performance Venues Back Bay and the South End
 
Boston Public Garden
Although the Boston Public Garden is often lumped together with...
Gardens / Arboretums Back Bay and the South End
 
Boston Public Library
This venerable institution is a handsome temple to literature...
Libraries Back Bay and the South End
 
Boylston Street
Less posh than Newbury Street, this broad thoroughfare is the...
Neighborhoods / Streets Back Bay and the South End
 
Cathedral of the Holy Cross
This enormous 1875 Gothic cathedral dominates the corner of Washington...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Church of the Covenant
This 1867 Gothic Revival church, a National Historic Landmark...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
The mall that extends down the middle of the Back Bay's Commonwealth...
Promenades / Boardwalks Back Bay and the South End
 
Copley Place
Two modern structures dominate Copley Square—the John Hancock...
Stores / Malls Back Bay and the South End
 
Copley Square
Every April thousands find a glimpse of Copley Square the most...
Squares Back Bay and the South End
 
Emmanuel Church
Built in 1860, this Back Bay Gothic Episcopal church is popular...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Esplanade
Near the corner of Beacon and Arlington streets, the Arthur Fiedler...
Promenades / Boardwalks Back Bay and the South End
 
Exeter Street Theater
This massive Romanesque structure was built in 1884 as a temple...
Architectural Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
First Baptist Church
This 1872 structure, at the corner of Clarendon Street and Commonwealth...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
First Church of Christ, Scientist
The world headquarters of the Christian Science faith mixes the...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Gibson House
Through the foresight of an eccentric bon vivant, this house...
Houses / Mansions Back Bay and the South End
 
John Hancock Tower
In the early 1970s, the tallest building in New England became...
Financial Institutions Back Bay and the South End
 
Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity
One of the largest single collections by and about an American...
Libraries Back Bay and the South End
 
Massachusetts Historical Society
The first historical society in the United States (founded in...
Libraries Back Bay and the South End
 
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Are you related to Miles Standish or Priscilla Alden? The answer...
Libraries Back Bay and the South End
 
Newbury Street
Eight-block-long Newbury Street has been compared to New York's...
Stores / Malls Back Bay and the South End
 
Old South Church
Members of the Old South Meeting House, of Tea Party fame, decamped...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Prudential Center
The only rival to the John Hancock's claim on Boston's upper...
Stores / Malls Back Bay and the South End
 
Rutland Square
Reflecting a time when the South End was the most prestigious...
Squares Back Bay and the South End
 
Symphony Hall
While Boston's Symphony Hall—the home of the Boston Symphony...
Arts / Performance Venues Back Bay and the South End
 
Trinity Church
In his 1877 masterpiece, architect Henry Hobson Richardson brought...
Religious Sites Back Bay and the South End
 
Union Park
Cast-iron fences, Victorian-era town houses, and a grassy area...
Parks Back Bay and the South End
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