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One of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Boston, Back Bay is famous for its architecturally significant buildings, including a series of Victorian brownstone homes. Back Bay is considered one of America’s most desirable areas, and it’s not uncommon to spot celebrities along the prime shopping streets. With that, one of the best ways to explore the neighborhood is to book a Back Bay photography tour, which will take you to the most important and significant buildings.

Some of the most exclusive real estate in Boston is located in Back Bay, which was once just a stagnant pool of water behind the Public Garden. Newbury Street, Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue are now among the most popular spots in the area.

Be sure to visit the Boston Public Garden, the largest and oldest botanical garden in the country, established in 1837. It's where many visitors start their tour of Back Bay. Another landmark to visit is the Old South Church at Copley Square, which holds local historical significance as one of the original meeting places of the Sons of Liberty during the Revolutionary War period, and it’s also an important example of classic Northern Italian Gothic architecture. Other buildings worth visiting in Back Bay include Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library, and the neighborhood is also home to the John Hancock Tower and Prudential Center, the two tallest buildings in Boston’s skyline. For shopping, hit Newbury Street, which runs the length of the entire neighborhood. This street is where you will find the historic brownstones and lots of shopping and restaurants.

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The easiest ways to visit Back Bay in Boston is on the subway via the Orange and Green lines. It is highly recommended you don’t drive in Back Bay as traffic can be a nightmare, especially on Newbury Street. 
Address: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Tales of the Back Bay: Art, Architecture and Urban DesignPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Tales of the Back Bay: Art, Architecture and Urban Design

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Boston's Back Bay neighborhood is one of the most visited places in the city. I am the ideal guide to show you around this remarkable place. On our tours, I share a bit about what makes this corner of this fascinating city so unique, including the architecture, the urban design, the public art, and the people we see around us. I've taught urban studies at area colleges for the past decade and I know what it takes to hold the attention of young people and the young at heart. I lead all of the tours myself and we always have a good time. Hope to see you on one of my tours. Max
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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour PLUS Beacon Hill to Copley Square, Back Bay Architecture Tours

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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour PLUS Beacon Hill to Copley Square, Back Bay

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Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses, and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
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Boston City View Bicycle Tour: See Fenway Park, North End, Back Bay, and MoreBike & Mountain Bike Tours

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Boston City View Bicycle Tour: See Fenway Park, North End, Back Bay, and More

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Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
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Bustling Back Bay Pedicab TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Bustling Back Bay Pedicab Tour

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Experience Boston’s trendy and historic Back Bay on a private pedicab tour with your group of up to three adults or two adults and two children. Marvel at the neighborhood’s beautiful Victorians as you explore with a flexible itinerary tailored to your interests. Skip the walking and let a local pedal you past destinations like Fenway Park, Copley Square, the restaurant from Cheers, and the Newbury Street shopping district.
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Boston's Back Bay Wine Tasting Guided Walking TourDining Experiences

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Boston's Back Bay Wine Tasting Guided Walking Tour

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Experience the best of Boston’s burgeoning wine scene on this 2-hour wine-tasting tour at some of the Bay Bay's finest restaurants. Learn about the historic area while sipping delicious wine varietals and enjoying tasteful food pairings. An expert guide will advise on what wine to select and what foods to pair each with. Tour numbers are limited to ensure an intimate experience.
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"Boston in One Day" Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Experience the best of greater Boston’s top attractions in one day on this guided sightseeing tour around the city. Visit the historic towns of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Then see Boston’s best spots, like Beacon Hill, the North End, the Seaport District and some of the historic locations along the Freedom Trail, including the USS ‘Constitution.’ Travel in an air-conditioned luxury coach with an expert guide who will detail the day’s events. Downtown Boston hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking TourArchitecture Tours

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Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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Explore elegant neighborhoods, historic streets, and American landmarks on a Boston walking tour from the Back Bay to Beacon Hill and downtown portions of the Freedom Trail. Learn about Boston’s history and culture as you stroll brownstone-lined avenues and walk the shady paths of the Boston Public Garden. Step into Boston’s Revolutionary history in the churches, cemeteries, and battlegrounds of the American struggle for independence.
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Boston Private City TourHalf-day Tours

Boston Private City Tour

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See all Boston's most important sights in a four hour, private, guided city tour, in a comfortable luxury vehicle. If you value, time, privacy, comfort and would like to have a good overview of the city of Boston at your own convenience and pace, we are the right choice for you. We will drive by or stop and wait at the sights you are most interested in. Our tour is totally customizable and our priority is to please you, not keep a schedule.
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Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tourHalf-day Tours

Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

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Private tours are priced per GROUP, not per person. This amazing tour is for those who want more than a driving tour but not a ton of walking.(aprox. 90 minute walk) Stroll through the historic North End. Have a snack from a famous North End pastry shop. Go inside the Old North Church and see Paul Revere's house, Explore Copp's Hill Burial Ground and learn about the "Spite House", the "Brink's Job" robbery. and the Great Molasses Flood. Visit the USS Constitution, and go up Bunker Hill where the first organized battle of the Revolutionary war took place. Learn how the Colonists lost that battle but won at the same time. Ride through Downtown, up Beacon Hill, The Back Bay, Fenway and over to Cambridge to see Harvard & MIT. You will see the entire city in half a day. ​Learn all about our history as well as what makes Boston such a great 21st century city. We can confirm tour start time after booking is complete. Weekday tours during the school year tours can only start after 2:30PM
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Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tourHalf-day Tours

Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour

This tour will begin at your home, hotel or cruise ship and take you past the most interesting places in Boston including the Paul Revere House, the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Battle Monument, Copley Square and Fenway Park. Along the way you’ll see the historic homes and churches of the Back Bay, the South End, and Beacon Hill. You’ll hear the stories behind Paul Revere’s ride, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. You’ll see Boston’s most prominent buildings and neighborhoods as well as some lesser-known points of interest. This is the best way to see as much of Boston as possible in a brief time and do so at a pace you will enjoy.
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Boston to New York Private Chauffeur ServicePrivate Transfers

Boston to New York Private Chauffeur Service

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Door-to-door Boston to New York City "flat rate" service is easy and affordable. Forget about dealing with traffic and paying for parking, when you can book our Point to Point service for close to the same cost. Time is money, start traveling in style and get some work done on the way or just enjoy the scenery. *Flat rates are available for most Transfers, depending on drive time and geography, only hourly rates may be available. THIS VOUCHER COVERS THE BASE FARE PLUS 20% GRATUITY AND $3.00 STC FEE. FOR A ONE WAY TRIP FROM BOSTON TO NEW YORK CITY.
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Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

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Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s fall beauty on this guided, 4-hour, small-group bike tour around the North End of the city. Explore the historic Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in Boston and Brookline. Visit the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue, the shores of Jamaica Pond, and the popular, winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Also, see the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston’s newest public park; the famous Charles River Esplanade; the Boston Common and Public Garden and much more.
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Boston Fall Foliage Guided Bicycle TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Boston Fall Foliage Guided Bicycle Tour

The Boston Fall Foliage bike tour is an amazing way to see Boston’s most famous spaces with their Autumn leaves - you may forget you are in the heart of the city! Discover Frederick Law Olmsted’s famous system of parks on this bicycle tour of the historic Emerald Necklace. From the boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue to the popular shores of Jamaica Pond to the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum, this route is a fabulous way to experience Boston's park system. The route is a favorite among locals! The parks are gorgeous any time of the year, but the foliage peaks in color between mid October and early November. This tour is up to 4 hours long and covers at least 15 miles, with several hills. Riders must be comfortable spending that much time on a bike and covering that distance. This ride covers many hidden gems in Boston.
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