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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 - Tours and Excursions

Boston By Foot

8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02109 617-367-2345

Description: NORTH END. Since 1976, Boston by Foot walking tours have been leading locals and visitors alike through some of the city's most famous historical attractions. Volunteer guides are well trained and ready to offer insight into local culture and historical sites. Tours are regularly scheduled from May to October, and custom and private tours can be arranged during the off-season. Tours offered include Literary Landmarks, The Dark Side of Boston and Beacon Hill, among others.
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Boston Duck Tours

4 Copley Pl, Museum of Science, Boston, MA 02116 617-723-3825

Description: WEST END. This exciting and fun tour is an adventure that takes place on land and by sea. Duck tours take you through the streets of Boston and into the Charles River in an authentic World War II amphibious landing vehicle. Guides, appropriately called "conDUCKtors," tell about the historical significance of different sites around Boston in an animated way. Quacking the whole way, adults and children alike can't help but laugh at all the fun. Tourists can find two departure points: one at the Museum of Science and the other at Prudential Center.
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Boston Food Tours

50 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113 617-523-6032

Description: NORTH END. Since 1994, founder Michele Topor has been leading interactive walking culinary tours of Boston. Choose from the North End Market Tour, which explores the shops, restaurants and markets of "Little Italy" or the Chinatown Market Tour, which introduces patrons to regional cuisines, dim sum etiquette and a Chinese Herbal market. Whichever tour you choose, be sure to bring your walking shoes and a healthy appetite -- both include tastings and lunch.
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Boston's Freedom Trail

148 Tremont St, Visitor Information Center, Boston, MA 02111 617-357-8300

Description: DOWNTOWN. This self-paced excursion lets visitors lead themselves on one of the best walking tours of Boston. The well-marked red brick trail winds 2.5 miles through the city and features 16 official historical sites, including the Old State House, Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution. The best part is that you can leave and pick up the trail whenever you want -- perfect for exploring hidden sites or spreading your tour over a few days.
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Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215 617-236-6666

Description: FENWAY DISTRICT. Boston Red Sox players and fans call this home. It is one of the smallest and oldest baseball parks in the major leagues. Built in 1912, this park still has real grass on the field as well as the famed Green Monster. Tickets to games may be purchased at the park, though some games may be more difficult than others to get good seats. Guided tours are offered year around.
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Harvard University

1350 Massachusetts Ave, Holyoke Center Arcade Information Center, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-495-1573

Description: CAMBRIDGE. The country's oldest institution for higher learning, founded in 1636, was named for its first patron, Reverend John Harvard. Initially conceived as a seminary, the university now features ten graduate and professional schools. Notable alumni include eight United States presidents and more than 45 Nobel Laureates. Audio and mobile campus tours are available for download at www.harvard.edu.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02142 617-253-4795

Description: CAMBRIDGE. One of the most well known and respected universities in the world, MIT is at the top of its game when it comes to 21st century technology. The school's first students walked through its doors in 1865 marking the culmination of an effort led by natural scientist William Barton Rogers. Over 57 Nobel Prize winners are associated with the school, 23 of which are alumni and ten who are currently on staff. Today, the river front campus continues to expand and keep pace with the evolving times. Restaurants, bars and a vibrant urban neighborhood are lovely places to kick back when you're done soaking up the intellectual vibes.
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Old Town Trolley

380 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127-2407 617-269-7010

Description: DORCHESTER. Board the trolleys while a guide provides running commentary while guests ride in open-air cars and take in the sites and sounds of the town. These tours leave from many convenient locations throughout Boston and are an excellent way to become acquainted with the city. Sixteen stops and unlimited reboarding allow customers to get off and have lunch or shop at stores that are of particular interest.
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Beacon St & Park St, Boston, MA 02108 617-851-2273

Description: Many Boston walking tours encourage patrons to take photos, but this tour goes further, providing guests with creative photo-taking tips and a camera full of interesting pictures at the end of the 90-minute walk. Tours offered include Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Freedom Trail and North End, Public Garden and Waterfront. The historical information provided on all tours guarantees that even those without cameras will learn something new. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
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Sightseeing Boston Tours

Boston, MA 781-899-1454

Description: DOWNTOWN. Hop into an air-conditioned coach and enjoy the entertaining tour guide's commentary. Visits numerous historical sites including the Charlestown Navy Yard, Paul Revere's House, and Harvard University. Stops are made along the way so tourists can explore the many historical areas. One and a half hours are provided for lunch and shopping opportunities. Tours last about six hours.
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