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Introduction to Back Bay's Attractions 

Acorn Street: Take a step back in time and grab a few pics of the city as it appeared back in the 19th century. Narrow cobbled streets ooze charm in this neighborhood and make a great pic.

Boston Common: Explore Boston and the nation's oldest municipal park that offers playground, concert venues, jogging paths, picnicking, and the famous Swan Boats.

Address: 139 Tremont Street

Website: https://www.boston.gov/parks/boston-common

Boston Common Visitor Information Center: Pick up city walking maps, find information for your visit, board a Duck Boat, or use the restroom. Open to visitors during the day

Address: 139 Tremont St.

Phone: 617-536-410

Central Burying Ground: Located at the southern end of Boston Common along Boylston Street, this graveyard was established in 1756 to alleviated overcrowding in other nearby cemeteries.

Address: Boylston Street in the Boston Common

Website: https://www.boston.gov/cemeteries/central-burying-ground

Phone: 617-635-7361

Louisburg Square  A private square of elegant homes hidden in the bustle of the city. The owners of the square maintain the beautiful garden, its wrought iron fences, and the homes.

Address: 10 Louisburg Square, Boston

Museum of African American History: Includes the African Meeting House and one of the first black public schoolhouses in the nation, the museum documents the African-American experience from the 18th through the 19th century.

Address: 46 Joy Street

Website: https://www.maah.org/

Phone: 617-725-0022

Appalachian Mountain Club: The headquarters for the world-renowned club is responsible for the maintenance of the Appalachian Hiking Trail that travels the length of the Eastern Seaboard. 

Address: 10 City Square

Website www.outdoors.org

Phone: 617-391-6634

Beacon Street: Known as one of the most desirable addresses in Boston, Beacon Street passes by the State House and begins its long path out of the city into the suburbs.

Address: Beacon Street, Boston

Boston Athenaeum:  One of the nation's oldest independent libraries and art museums, it is open to the public on limited days to enjoy its wealth of beauty and knowledge.

Address: 10 1/2 Beacon Street

Website: https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/

Phone: (617) 720-7604

Cathedral Church of St. Paul: The Episcopal cathedral was built in 1819 and still provides weekly worship opportunities in its historic building.

Address: 138 Tremont Street

Website: https://www.stpaulboston.org/

Phone: 617-482-5800

Charles Street: Shop to your heart's content when you Explore Boston in a wide variety of exclusive boutiques and sidewalk cafés.

Chestnut Street: Just two blocks off the Boston Common, this quiet neighborhood is convenient to the State House and local upscale shops.  :

 

Harrison Gray Otis House: The last surviving mansion of Bowdoin Square built by Charles Bulfinch in 1796, it is an architectural gem of Beacon Hill. Call to book a tour.

Address: 141 Cambridge Street

Website: https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/otis-house/

Phone: 617-994-5920

Mt. Vernon Street: One of the more desirable streets in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, premium condominiums line the streets along with small restaurants and shops.

Nichols House: A stately home designed by Charles Bulfinch and serves as a unique museum highlighting the changes in city lifestyles from the 18th to 21st centuries.

Address: 55 Mount Vernon Street

Website: https://www.nicholshousemuseum.org/

Phone: 617-227-6993

Park Street Church: Founded in 1804, the historic church serves as a Conservative Congregational Evangelical house of worship to this day. Weekly attendance averages over 2,000.

Address: 1 Park Street

Website: https://www.parkstreet.org/

Phone: 617-523-3383

Park Street Station: Part of the MBTA transit system, the station built in 1897 provides easy access to Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and area shops.

Address: Tremont and Winter Street

Website: https://www.mbta.com/stops/place-pktrm

Phone: 617-222-3200

Massachusetts State House: An example of the architecture of Charles Bulfinch, the State House is the home of the Massachusetts Legislature and the Governor's Office.

Address: 24 Beacon Street

Website: https://malegislature.gov/statehouse/visit

Phone: 617-727-676

Vilna Shul: A historic landmark building in Beacon Hill, the synagogue was built in 1919 by Lithuanian immigrants of the Jewish faith. It now serves as the Boston Center for Jewish Culture

Address: 18 Phillips Street

Website: https://vilnashul.org/

Phone: 617-523-2324

William Hickling Prescott House: Take a tour of one of the best-known examples of Federal Architecture in this mansion still standing on the edge of Boston Common.

Address: 55 Beacon Street

Website: https://nscdama.org/william-hickling-prescott-house/

Phone: 617-742-3190

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