Attractions & Culture
On every block of Boston’s Back Bay, you’ll find Boston’s most compelling cultural institutions and libraries and most charming outdoor attractions. The Back Bay Association is at the center of this thriving cultural scene, encompassing the dynamism and heart of a world class city.
The Hatch Shell on the Esplanade
The Hatch Memorial Shell is an iconic outdoor concert venue located on the Charles River Esplanade. It is most widely known for hosting the Fourth of July Celebration and concerts from the Boston Pops and Boston Landmarks Orchestra.
Prudential Center Skywalk
Visit the Skywalk Observatory at the top of the Prudential Center, Boston’s only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond. Let your eyes and ears do the walking as you experience the exclusive state-of-the-art Acoustiguide audio tour, available in English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Japanese and Mandarin.
Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library or “BPL”, was the first free public library in the United States. Originally located on Mason Street, the Central Library now sits at the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets.. Offering something for everyone, the BPL holds an impressive 6.1 million books, offers 1.2 million rare manuscripts and rare books, and attracts over 2.2 million visitors every year. Experience the Abbey Room, the Sargent Gallery, the Chavannes Gallery, Bates Hall, or opt for an interactive experience with a library tour guide.