Boston South End

Boston, Massachusetts

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With its picturesque architecture and wonderful mix of tolerant people, the South End is uniquely Boston. More than most neighborhoods, it is a community created by its residents to reflect their wide range of economic means, levels of social activism, and ethnic and racial backgrounds. This walk through the heart of the South End will give you a sampling of its vibrant streets and culture. Much of what you’ll see was designed in the mid-nineteenth century to attract Boston’s wealthy merchant class. Home to the largest concentration of Victorian brick row houses in the country, the South End also contains grand homes, elegant parks, and mid-Victorian bow-front architecture reminiscent of England. Look for by windows, brownstone stoops, scrolled cast-iron railings, grand staircases, and ornate details. This walk will take you through the community that residents have worked so hard to create. As you stroll along, appreciate the beauty of the big boulevards, sample some of Boston’s best restaurants and jazz clubs, and be sure to wander down side streets. This is a great place to live and—of course—a great place to walk.
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Walk Boston

by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

With its picturesque architecture and wonderful mix of tolerant people, the South End is uniquely Boston. More than most neighborhoods, it is a community created by its residents to reflect their wide range of economic means, levels of social activism, and ethnic and racial backgrounds. This walk through the heart of the South End will give you a sampling of its vibrant streets and culture. Much of what you’ll see was designed in the mid-nineteenth century to attract Boston’s wealthy merchant class.

Home to the largest concentration of Victorian brick row houses in the country, the South End also contains grand homes, elegant parks, and mid-Victorian bow-front architecture reminiscent of England. Look for by windows, brownstone stoops, scrolled cast-iron railings, grand staircases, and ornate details. This walk will take you through the community that residents have worked so hard to create. As you stroll along, appreciate the beauty of the big boulevards, sample some of Boston’s best restaurants and jazz clubs, and be sure to wander down side streets. This is a great place to live and—of course—a great place to walk.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Boston
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Boston South End

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