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Things to Do in Boston & Attractions

Discover sightseeing attractions and things to do in Boston Massachusetts

With Hotel Commonwealth as its grand cornerstone, Kenmore Square is a charming neighborhood of the Back Bay and the true gateway to the many things to do in Boston. In addtion to being the landmark of historic site Red Sox Fenway park, Kenmore Square provides close proximity and easy access to Boston’s many neighborhoods as well as cultural, historic and leisure attractions, the area has an allure all its own.

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

Overlooking historic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect choice for baseball fans and is within a short walking distance from the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston University:  Hotel Commonwealth's Avenue Neighbor

Home of the Boston Terriers, Boston University is the largest university in the city, founded in 1839. With over 16,000 full time undergraduates and over 8,500 full time graduate students, as well as a faculty of nearly 4,000, the University spans more than 13 acres right in the heart of Boston. 

With more than 100 colleges and universities located within its metropolitan area, Boston has been appropriately dubbed, "The Athens of America". Boston area schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. 

World Renowned Hospitals and Medical Centers

The Boston area is world renowned for its state-of-the-art hospitals and medical facilities. From teaching hospitals associated with the area's most prestigious universities, to community health centers, Boston offers the cutting-edge treatment and research that breaks new medical ground and expertly delivers successful patient care. 

Recognized as one of Boston's most upscale neighborhoods and attractions, the Back Bay stretches from the Charles River on the north to Newbury Street on the south and encompasses some of the city's most historic homes, businesses and high-end shopping and dining destinations.

Guide - Attractions - Parks

Boston Common

Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park & Boylston Sts, Boston, MA 02108 617-426-3115

Description: DOWNTOWN. Established in 1634, Boston Common is the country's oldest park and the starting point for the Freedom Trail. The 50-acre green space is also the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks in Boston. Although once a place for grazing local livestock, today the park is filled with visitors enjoying a picnic or tossing a Frisbee. If in the city during winter, be sure to go ice-skating on the park's Frog Pond!
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Boston Esplanade

Storrow Dr, Boston, MA 02108 617-227-0365

Description: BACK BAY. Site of Boston's annual Fourth of July gala, the Esplanade runs along the southern bank of the Charles River, creating a delightful landscape of manicured lawns, gardens, and children's playgrounds. The city's impressive skyline provides a backdrop, and joggers, walkers, and cyclists flock to the park for scenery and exercise. Free concerts and a wide range of public festivals add further energy to this portion of the parks system known as Boston's "Emerald Necklace."
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Boston Irish Famine Memorial

School St at Washington St, Boston, MA 02108 781-849-4444

Description: DOWNTOWN. This million-dollar memorial park was unveiled in 1998 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine. The memorial exists thanks to the tireless efforts of Boston's Irish community. Its bronze statues depict dedicated, enduring Irish families and offers a nod to the fortitude of the Irish in America. Since the dedication, the memorial has attracted in excess of three million visitors.
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Boston Public Garden

Charles St at Beacon St, Boston Common, Boston, MA 02108 617-522-1966

Description: BACK BAY. America's first public garden, created in 1837, offers plenty of activities for kids staying in Boston. The park is great for picnics, walks or just letting the kids run off some extra energy, but you don't want to miss taking a ride on the swan boats, as well, some of the most popular attractions in the city. The duckling statues, built in honor of Robert McCloskey's beloved "Make Way for Ducklings" book, are another must-see.
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Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Commonwealth Ave, Arlington St to Mass Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Description: BACK BAY. An 8-plus acre mall runs along beautiful Commonwealth Avenue (aka "Comm Ave"). Numerous statues of well-known figures from Boston's past are framed by stately elms. A large granite statue of Alexander Hamilton rests in the park, along with a memorial to nine firefighters who lost their lives in a fire that consumed Hotel Vendome in 1972. Today, residents enjoy the pleasant surroundings as they take leisurely strolls or invigorating runs amidst 3-5 story high Victorian style residences.
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