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Boston South End Tours

Boston South End
The South End neighborhood of Back Bay in Boston is where you will find the famous Victorian row houses. It is northwest of South Boston, north of Dorchester, northeast of Roxbury and southwest of Bay Village.

Bow-front row houses are the star of the Boston South End. These are aesthetically uniform rows of buildings that date back to the 19th century and are typically five-story red-brick residential and commercial structures that showcase various styles of architecture including Renaissance Revival, Italianate and French Second Empire, Queen Anne Gothic Revival, Greek Revival and Egyptian Revival. Although there are varying styles, these row houses maintain their uniformity through the use of similar materials—red brick, slate, granite or limestone trim and cast iron railings.

Bay Village is one of the highlights of the South End section of Boston. It encompasses about six blocks around Piedmont Street and is the hub for Boston’s gay community. Art lovers should check out the Boston Center for the Arts, while those looking for shopping will be delighted with South Ends increasing number of retail shops. The neighborhood’s commercial space is full of unique stores, including a few dedicated to items for dog owners.

South End has seen a surge in restaurants wanting to open in the neighborhood, especially on Washington and Tremont Streets. Tremont is often called “Restaurant Row” and includes a variety of ethnic influences. Look for French, Ethiopian, Indian, Italian, Peruvian and Brazilian cuisines, among others. Although many restaurants in South End can be on the pricey side, it’s definitely worth exploring the best eats. Consider a South End food and walking tour to learn about the history and diverse cultures that have helped shape South End’s current culinary scene. 

Practical Info

As with the entire Back Bay area, is it recommended you don’t drive in the neighborhood. Heavy traffic and gridlock can make travel by car very frustrating. Instead, take the subway (either the Green or Orange Lines), take a city bus or catch a cab. 
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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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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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Boston's South End Wine Tasting Guided Walking TourDining Experiences

Boston's South End Wine Tasting Guided Walking Tour

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The South End is one of Boston’s most vibrant neighborhoods, filled with Victorian brownstones, bustling restaurants, and a thriving bar scene. On this wine-centric walking tour you can experience some of the area’s best dining and drinking spots, dig into small plates, and learn how to taste, pair, and buy wine. The tour also offers a smooth dining experience, with a reserved table at each location and wait staff standing by to serve pre-selected wines.
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Sweet & Savory South End Neighborhood Food TourHalf-day Tours

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Sweet & Savory South End Neighborhood Food Tour

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Discover the South End in a fun and memorable way with this Sweet & Savory Food Tour. Make your way through this iconic Boston neighborhood, stopping for treats like Venezuelan appetizers and French-Cambodian cuisine. As you walk, admire the architecture and learn about the area’s rich cultural history. Your guide will share insider knowledge and point out hidden gems along the way.
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