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

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