The Back Bay is one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Boston and is also recognized as one of he best-preserved examples of 19th-century urban architecture in the United States. It’s also home to some of the most architecturally significant buildings in the city such as the Boston Public Library. The neighborhood is an international shopping Mecca; including the trendy Newbury St. and Boylston St. as well as many of Boston’s tallest buildings.
The Back Bay Neighborhood Association considers it’s boundaries, the Charles River, Arlington and Park St, Columbus Avenue/The Mass Pike and Charlesgate East. Before the 19th Century, this neighborhood was actually under water until a major landfill project brought the area above sea level. It’s hard to think of The Back Bay not existing as it has become the heart of our city.
Whether you’re looking for a trendy restaurant, a hot boutique or an artistic event; chances are you’ll find it in The Back Bay. One can often tell if someone is from out-of-town if they don’t include ‘The’ before ‘Back Bay’; a common mistake among tourists. Even if you’re not looking to shop or dine, you can simply get off at any T spot in the area and walk around. You’ll be immersed in architecture, wide streets and sculptures. If you haven’t checked out The Back Bay in while, make it a priority this Spring – you’ll be glad you did!