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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 - Shopping - Shopping Centers

CambridgeSide Galleria

100 CambridgeSide Pl, Cambridge, MA 02141 617-621-8666

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Hip, contemporary CambridgeSide Galleria has all the shops you love ­ Ann Taylor, Gap, Victoria's Secret, Best Buy, Banana Republic, Old Navy, LOFT ­ along with several sit-down restaurants, a selection of quick-bite places, and a variety of service-oriented businesses. Wheelchair and stroller rentals are available, as is a gift-wrapping center. Check with customer service on the second floor for more information.
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Copley Place Mall

100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 617-262-6600

Description: BACK BAY. Copley Place Mall, located in the Back Bay, offers high-end stores with a variety of quality merchandise. Shop at Williams-Sonoma, Barneys New York, Christian Dior, Neiman Marcus, and many other favorite retailers. The mall's two spacious floors feature shops, restaurants, a cinema, and two hotels. A great spot to while away time shopping for yourself or a gift for someone special.
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109 617-523-1300

Description: FANEUIL HALL/GOVERNMENT CENTER. A Boston social and commercial centerpiece since 1742, Faneuil Hall was originally established as a market for merchants, fishermen and vendors. It later hosted inspirational appearances by prominent figures like Samuel Adams and George Washington, which earned it the nickname "Cradle of Liberty." In the 1970s, a major renovation to the aging structure transformed it into one of America's premiere urban marketplaces. Now, it boasts more than 50 shops, 14 restaurants, and 40 food stalls. Some folks (and publications) refer to the retail component as Quincy Market.
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Mall at Chestnut Hill

199 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-965-3038

Description: WEST METRO. If you're looking to spend an afternoon shopping while in Boston, The Mall at Chestnut Hill is the place to go. Visitors here peruse merchandise from classic retailers, including Coach, Gymboree, Bloomingdale's, Crate & Barrel, Banana Republic and L'Occitane. It's this diverse mix of goods and a pleasant, distinctly urban atmosphere that keeps trendy patrons coming back. There are also three restaurants on-site, and on occasion, live jazz musicians delight shoppers with impromptu performances.
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The Shops at Prudential Center

800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199 617-236-3100

Description: BACK BAY. Billed as one of the Northeast's top shopping destinations, the exclusive Prudential Center offers well over 75 retail establishments, including Barnes & Noble, Saks Fifth Avenue, Vineyard Vines, Lacoste, Lord & Taylor, and Club Monaco. The mall also has a pleasant food court where shoppers can grab a quick bite between stores. For truly great views, the Prudential Tower's Skywalk Observatory offers an unparalleled 360º perspective of the city and beyond. (Tickets are available from the kiosk located on the arcade, and the observatory closes at 8pm Nov-Feb, 10pm Mar-Oct.)
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