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Last updated: 4/13/17

Back Bay Walking Tour

Learn how the Back Bay, once an actual body of water, became one of America's richest collections of art and architecture.

Unlike the casual, chaotic way in which early Boston was laid out, the streets of Back Bay are arranged in an orderly grid.  Renowned for its elegant homes, the architectural marvels of Copley Square, and its signature stately boulevard, Commonwealth Avenue, the Back Bay is one of Boston’s most charming neighborhoods.

On this tour you will learn how the Back Bay was filled in and developed in the mid-1800s to become one of America's richest collections of art and architecture. The treasures of the Back Bay tour include Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, Old South Church and the grand Back Bay townhouses.

Boston By Foot offers the "Back Bay" tour every Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and on Sundays at 10 a.m. The tour is free for Boston By Foot members, otherwise there is a fee. Visit the Boston By Foot website for fee details.