Boston’s Back Bay

Have you ever wondered why the solid land southwest of Boston is called Back Bay? You’ll soon find out as you walk the streets artificially created as one of America’s greatest engineering feats.  Although Boston is one of America’s oldest cities, it was one of the great boom towns of the 19thcentury. This new city canvas attracted some the most famous architects of the day to build up Back Bay as a gold mine of Romanesque, French and high Victorian architecture.

Come and explore Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood with Free Tours By Foot. See the sites and hear the stories of American history in Boston during the momentous 1860s-1880s. We’ll cover tales of abolitionists, industrialists, artists and the struggle of Boston’s immigrants. You’ll see the picturesque Boston Public Garden, Copley Square, and Trinity Church; you’ll learn about Boston’s tallest skyscraper, and the architecture and history of a neighborhood that was once under water.

Sites we’ll cover on the Boston Back Bay Tour:Boston Back Bay Tour

  • George Washington’s Statue
  • Boston Public Garden
  • Hamilton’s Statue
  • Ames Family Mansion
  • Winthrop’s Statue
  • New Old South Church
  • Copley Square
  • Boston Public Library
  • Trinity Church
  • John Hancock Tower
  • And much more!
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: We will meet at the northwest corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets next to the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston Street (map). This location is right next to the Arlington T stop off of the Green Line (image).

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)

When: Check out our full tour calendar.  We often list more times than what is below.

  • Jan. to Feb.: No Tours
  • March: Saturdays and Sundays 2pm (1400)
  • April to May:  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm (1400)
  • June to October: Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays 2pm (1400)
  • Oct. to December:  No tours (exceptions for holidays, please check calendar for more details) 2pm (1400)

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

Save even more money with a Boston tourist discount pass.