South End Tours

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 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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Address: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Guided Bike Tour of Boston

Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive 2.5- to 3-hour 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, Fenway Park and Quincy Market. Ride along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. It’s a classic tour and a great overall introduction to Boston.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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South End Wine Tasting and Walking Tour

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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