Back Bay, Boston

4.5 out of 5 stars 20 Reviews

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • The entrance is intricately embellished enough
    The entrance is intricately embellished...
    by Tijavi
  • The church is just around the corner on Copley Sq
    The church is just around the corner on...
    by Tijavi
  • A portion of genteel Back Bay
    A portion of genteel Back Bay
    by Tijavi
  • Finagle a Bagel World Headquarters – Free Factory

    by foodlover143 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    77 Rowe Street
    Auburndale, Mass 02466
    617-213-8400
    Free Tour of Finagle’s Bagel-Making Facilities
    Tour our facility and see the bagel dough being made fresh every day. Enjoy our self-guided tour through the facility and learn the histories of both the bagel itself and Finagle a Bagel. From our start in Faneuil Hall in 1982 as Julian’s Cheesecakes, Inc. to our new bakery & dough facility and retail locations today, you will see how we have grown, our connection to the community, how we make the words best bagles, and what makes us one of the best places to eat in Boston for fresh sandwiches, bagels, soups and salads.
    Self guided tours are available Monday – Friday, 8 am – 2 pm. The best times to view mixing are on Monday, Wednesday & Friday and the best times to view baking are on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
    Groups are welcome to a free guided tour of the facility by contacting us in advance to set up an appointment, 617-213-8428
    Bagels are available for purchase from the factory at 77 Rowe St. in Newton by the bag (of six-one flavor per bag) from 1pm – 4pm. $3.00 per bag.
    Bagel flavors are subject to availability and may only be available frozen. Cash only.


    This information has been posted by Leary PR for Finagle a Bagel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo

    Boston Public Library

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Bates Hall is most awe-inspiring
    4 more images

    Across Copley Square from Trinity Church is another must-see Boston sight of a rather secular in nature - the Boston Public Library. Its status as the first metropolitan public library in the USA speaks volumes about Boston's inherent affection for knowledge, the motto "Free to All" above the entrance, a powerful declaration of the belief that knowledge is a public good, and therefore be made accessible to everyone.

    Inside, you'd be amazed at the workmanship of the murals, and marble and wood, thanks mainly to the highly skilled Italian workers who built the palazzo style building. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring is the high barrel-vaulted ceiling in the main reading room - the Bates Hall. The feeling of space and freedom of movement is overwhelming.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo

    The view from the Pru

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Gorgeous fall colors on Charles River
    4 more images

    For sublime views of Boston, Prudential Center (a.k.a The Pru) in Back Bay is the place to go. Its Skywalk observatory on the 50th floor offers 360-degree views of this beautiful city, including the Emerald Necklace, an 8-kilometer stretch of parkland and greenery that includes the Boston Common and the Public Garden.

    At the time of my visit, half of the Skywalk - with views of Cambridge and Fenway Park :( - was closed to public visitors for some private event. The only consolation was that entrance was 50% off.

    More pictures from the Pru in the travelogue, View from the Pru.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo

    Newbury Street

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    1 more image

    Arguably, Newbury St is Boston's most fashionable lane. It is lined with both a mix of well-known brand stores as well as quirky local favorites, as well as dozens of cafes and restaurants and galleries. From the looks of it, this is the haunt of Boston's old rich. It is sad, however, to see that the credit crunch has not spared Newbury St. Some stores had closed down, while others look like they are on the way to going out of business.

    Even if you are not a serious shopper like me, Newbury St is still worth seeing for the architecture and for the cafes and the restaurants.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo

    New Old South Church

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    New Old South Church from the Pru
    3 more images

    The name may sound confusing and a struggle to maintain an identity, but there is no struggling about the thought that this is one of Back Bay's unmissable landmarks. Constructed along Italian-Gothic lines, it got its name as a sequel to the Old South Meeting House when its congregation moved to Back Bay in 1874. There are regular jazz worship services open to the public, which would have been interesting, but I didn't get the chance to attend one.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo

    Back BAy Area

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Back Bay is S/west of Boston Common
    1 more image

    I did not venture to far into this area because it seemed "seedy" started to walk into the theater/opera house district; part of the BAy area. Then I realized that the culture of the people on the streets appeared to be not want you would relate to theater. Hip hop and low hanging pants and showing off with the shuffle is not for me. I moved on. The city should do something about the potential "powder keg" for the this area, but I heard it is norm and not much can be done. No reason to tour back here.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Helga67's Profile Photo

    Trendy neighborhood

    by Helga67 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Copley Square
    4 more images

    Back bay was built on a stretch of land that was once a smelly marsh. Now it is a bustling neighborhood with beautiful brownstone houses in Commonwealth avenue, trendy restaurants, fashionable shops in Newbury Street and a lovely square "Copley Square", where you can sit down on a sunny day and look at the two tallest buildings of Boston, the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower. Two other buildings on the square that are architectural treasures are the Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • jasperdo's Profile Photo

    Wonderful Neighborhood

    by jasperdo Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Back Bay
    4 more images

    If I had to live in Boston, I would definately pick the Back Bay. It may not have the quirkyness of The North End, or the historic beauty of Beacon Hill, but it more than makes up for that with style and charm. It's the newest of the Downtown Boston neighborhoods...if you can call 1850 new. It was built on landfill, primarily the leftover dirt from when some of the hills on Beacon Hill were leveled. As a result, the Back Bay has straight, level streets, which is a rarity in Boston. And rising from the landfill is block after block after block of elegent brownstones. Stand on Beacon Street, or Marlborough Street, or Commonwealth Avenue, and the Back Bay brownstones march down the street for as far as the eye can see.

    The Back Bay is bordered by the Best of Boston as well. Go north and you come to the Charles River Esplanade. Head east and you wind up in The Public Gardens. South takes you to Newbury Street and Copley Square. And to the west is legendary Fenway Park. Anyway you look at it, the Back Bay is one special place.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • garridogal's Profile Photo

    Copley Plaza

    by garridogal Updated Apr 4, 2011

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    La Plaza

    A nice spot, in the center of the city to sit down, people watch and enjoy the good weather while we have it. In the Summer there are weekly Classical Music and Rock concerts.

    The church is currently being worked on, however, I believe it's still open to the public. It has a square Cupola. You don't see that ever day. Oh, and it's just covered in Gargoyles and other neat carvings!

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo

    Gentility in the Back Bay Neighborhood

    by yooperprof Updated Apr 4, 2011

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    John Hancock rises in the background

    I can just imagine the character of Charlotte Vale in the film "Now Voyager" living in one of these proper Bostonian mansions. This neighborhood has done a wonderful job of preserving its characteristic appeal for well over a hundred years.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • GuanYu's Profile Photo

    Shopping, shopping, and just more shopping

    by GuanYu Updated Apr 4, 2011

    wow, newbury street is the best there is out in boston. it is just basically a half of a mile long street with shops everywhere. don't expect anything but big brand names and expensive shops everywhere. bring your credit card because you will need it. alot of girls hang out here and shop. also located in the back bay area is the boston public library. so if you want to check that out it's cool too. there is also the prudential, the trinity church (church in boondock saints) and much more. this is the happening place in boston.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo

    Trinity Church

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 8, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Reflection against a modern Boston building
    4 more images

    Trinity Church is definitely one of Boston's must-see buildings for its glorious architecture designed by Henry Richardson along Romanesque lines and completed in 1871. The church is considered one of America's 10 finest buildings.

    In terms of size, Trinity Church is no match against those in Europe. What it lacks in size is made up for in its beautiful interiors - delicate stained glass windows, well-crafted bas reliefs - and intricate exteriors sumptuously embellished with sculptures of saints and other biblical figures. The red-tiled bell tower is said to have been inspired by the Renaissance cathedral in Salamanca, Spain.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Religious Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • sfwinegirl's Profile Photo

    1-Day Boston: Back Bay

    by sfwinegirl Written Sep 11, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Back Bay neighborhood runs along the Charles River on the opposite side of Cambridge. This trendy neighborhood contains upscale shopping, boutiques, art galleries, and fabulous restaurants. The area is home to Copley Place, Prudential Center and The John Hancock Tower, Trinity Church, and shopping along Newbury Street.

    Related to:
    • Food and Dining
    • Family Travel
    • Business Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • acemj's Profile Photo

    Back Bay

    by acemj Updated Sep 20, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    1 more image

    The streets of Back Bay include gorgeous homes with undulating facades and welcoming steps. There are cafes with outdoor seating and plenty of shops to keep you interested. Trees are everywhere and red brick is the dominant, but not exclusive color. This might be my favorite neighborhood to stroll through and admire. I remember thinking how great it would be to actually live here, but one quick look at the real estate listings would change that as prices are sky high.

    You have to visit the Back Bay while in Boston. Granted, it's probably a neighborhood that I'll never be able to afford, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it as a visitor! I took this photo from the Prudential Center's skywalk.
    The homes, shops and restaurants in Back Bay are great. If you want to walk around and shop or just people watch, Newbury Street is the place to go. You'll find great boutiques, lots of restaurants, and if the weather is good, tons of people.

    If you're looking for a quieter walk, head for Commonwealth Avenue and stroll its center walkway lined with trees and monuments.

    Was this review helpful?

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo

    have a bowl of New England...

    by goingsolo Updated Mar 4, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Clam chowder

    Clam Chowder is famous in New England and Boston is no exception. Every year, the city holds a clam chowder festival and selects the best of the bunch.

    To get a bowl of great clam chowder, ask a local resident for his/her suggestion on the best place for chowder. Enjoying a steaming bowl of chowder is something not to be missed, especially in winter.

    Places to get clam chowder:

    Joes American Bar and Grill: 279 Dartmouth St (listed as a previous award winner. At least, that's what the sign in the window said)*

    Captain Parker's Pub, Route 28, West Yarmouth, MA

    Atlantic Fish Company, 751 South Boylson Street

    Related to:
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Boston

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

71 travelers online now

Comments

Hotels Near Back Bay
4.0 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews
0.2 miles away
Show Prices
4.0 out of 5 stars
8 Reviews
0.3 miles away
Show Prices
4.0 out of 5 stars
7 Reviews
0.3 miles away
Show Prices

View all Boston hotels