Boston Neighborhoods


Back Bay

An affluent neighborhood known for its shopping, Back Bay features great boutiques and name brands in the Prudential Center and Copley Square. The Boston Public Library is worth a visit, home to the first free municipal library in the country.

Beacon Hill

Home to beautiful public gardens known as Boston Common, featuring walking trails and the famed swan boat rides, Beacon Hill is a tony residential neighborhood with historic townhouses. The neighborhood features the Massachusetts State House, boutique shopping and the Museum of African American History.

Cambridge

Technically not a neighborhood, Cambridge sits across the Charles River from Boston. It’s home to both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Its neighborhoods­—Harvard Square, Kendall Square and Porter Square—are hip spots for shopping, small restaurants, and people watching.

Charlestown

History buffs will want to spend some time in Charleston, where much of the nation’s history was made. Attractions include Boston National Historical Park and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum.

Fenway/Kenmore

Take yourself out to a ballgame by visiting Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, where tours are offered all year. It’s also home to Symphony Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

North End

Boston’s Little Italy is also its oldest neighborhood and home to some of the best Italian food in the country. If there’s a line out the door, it’s usually worth the wait. It’s also home to the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House.

Waterfront

Boston Harbor is an active port that played an instrumental role in the American Revolution. The New England Aquarium is here as is the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum.

West End

A densely populated neighborhood is also home to the Museum of Science and TD Garden, home to the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.