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Things to do in Back Bay

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Back Bay. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Back Bay attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Back Bay to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Back Bay.

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  • Dress

    The name doesn’t lie: this chic women’s shop is the place to find a perfect party dress—as well as comfortable but stylish T-shirts. Beautiful piec... More
  • Emerge Spa & Salon

    Taking up an entire, five-story building in Boston’s fashionable Back Bay, this Newbury Street day spa features natural wood accents, fresh flowers... More
  • Envi

    At Envi, eco-friendly clothing designs from Stewart & Brown and Edun, and shoes by Terra Plana, prove that chic and green are not mutually exclusiv... More
  • Hancock Tower

    As the tallest building in Boston, the John Hancock Tower is hard to miss. Designed by Henry N. Cobb of IM Pei & Partners (now Pei Cobb Freed & Par... More
  • Louis Boston

    In an imposing Georgian mansion on Newbury Street, Louis Boston is a local institution with international import. With only four floors, the store ... More
  • The City Bar

    This clubby, sophisticated hotel bar is a singles hot spot—and Boston's best place to sample artisanal cocktails. Chef and sometime mixologist Robe... More

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