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Commonwealth Avenue

Visit the heart of Victorian Boston while strolling along the city's Grand Boulevard

Commonwealth Avenue

Tour Description

Take a walk through the heart of Victorian Boston on this tour of Commonwealth Avenue!

Boston's grand boulevard, Commonwealth Avenue, provides an enduringly popular stroll. The tour parallels the 19th century filling and development of the Back Bay from its origin at Arlington Street down the seven blocks along the tree-lined, grassy Mall. See how careful effort over 150 years has preserved the "grandness" of the Avenue.

Tour Information

tour duration

90 minutes

tour distance

1.5 miles

tour terrain level 1

mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide at the George Washington statue in the Public Garden, at the corner of Arlington Street & Commonwealth Avenue. Note: The Public Garden by the George Washington Statue is under construction through June 2024. While the statue is blocked off, please meet your guide across the street in the Commonwealth Mall, intersection of Arlington Street and Commonwealth Ave.

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Arlington (Green Line)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of 314 Commonwealth Avenue, corner of Hereford Street.

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Hynes Convention Center (Green Line)