For those who love Boston, the walkability factor is among the many reasons. While the city in general is quite walkable, certain neighborhoods and nearby cities are amongst the areas most walkable places to live and visit. According to Walk Score, which is a real estate service that measures walkability, the following are the top ten most walkable neighborhoods in the region.
Home to Commonwealth Avenue Mall, the Back Bay neighborhood offers window-shopping along Newbury Street and a mostly pedestrian- and bike-friendly atmosphere.
The smallest official neighborhood in Boston, Bay Village is extremely compact at just barely six square blocks. Home to a number of historical sites, such as Edgar Allan Poe’s birthplace, Bay Village is characterized by quaint streets and an altogether pleasant atmosphere.
Characterized by one square mile of hilly streets and promenades, Beacon Hill is home to the Massachusetts State House and the northern edge of Boston Common and the Public Garden. While some intersections can be a bit tricky, the neighborhood is otherwise ideal for taking a stroll.
The neighboring neighborhoods of Chinatown and the Leather District occupy about 30 square blocks of Downtown Boston’s southern edge. Designed more for pedestrians than for cars, the district’s compact size and layout make it ideal for walking about.
The most walkable neighborhood in Somerville, Davis Square offers plenty of opportunities for eating and shopping. While it can become a congested nightmare for cyclists, it is a great location for those who wish to walk about.
Offering plenty of waterfront space that is ideal for strolling, Fort Point is home to the Boston Children’s Museum and the Boston Fire Museum. The tightly clustered neighborhood is easily one of the more pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhoods in the region.
Cambridge’s Harvard Square is the ideal spot for walkers and bicyclists. Home to Harvard University, Harvard Square also boasts plenty of parks and waterfront. It is also located near to other walkable areas in Cambridge, such as Central and Porter squares.
The North End
The North End is perfectly designed for walking as well as for sightseeing. Both compact and car-unfriendly, the North End boasts famous spots such as the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s house. This traditional Italian-American enclave is also home to a number of restaurants, delis, bakeries and more.
The South End
Despite its ongoing construction, the South End is a largely pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhood, particularly around Franklin and Blackstone squares.
The West End
Situated between Beacon Hill and the North End, the West End features a large amount of parkland as well as the Thoreau Path. Other than the busy area around North Station and TD Garden, the area is quite walkable and bikeable.