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From New York City: Boston in One Day Tour

1. From New York City: Boston in One Day Tour

Come discover beautiful Boston. Have your transportation and itinerary taken care of your while your only job is to sit back and enjoy this stunning city. Explore the best Boston has to offer including: Fenway Park stadium, home to the Boston Red SoxHarvard University Main campus: Harvard Yard, Old Yard, John Harvard Statue, Johnston Gate, Harvard souvenir store.Copley Square: Trinity church, Fairmont Copley Hotel, Boston Public Library, John Hancock Tower, “End line” to Boston MarathonBoston Common and the public gardens  Freedom trail: Massachusetts State house, Old state House, Granary Burying ground, Kings chapel, Faneuil hallQuincy Market Start your day in New York City, where your tour guide will share stories of different places on your journey to Boston. Once in Boston, begin your tour at Copley Square, have lunch at Quincy Market and visit Harvard University's main campus.

Boston: 2.5-Hour City View Bike Tour

2. Boston: 2.5-Hour City View Bike Tour

The Urban AdvenTours Boston City View Bicycle Tour offers a classic ride for those looking to get a great overall introduction to the city. During the 2.5-hour tour you’ll get to know the city and find neighborhoods that you can explore in greater depth later. Discover the unique character and charm of each area you visit up close, in person, and only possible by bicycle. This comprehensive tour covers all of Boston’s best sites, including: • Historic Fenway Park • The Christian Science Center • Boston Common • The beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End • The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston’s newest public park • The Charles River Esplanade • The North End, Boston’s oldest residential, Italian neighborhood • Copley Square, where you’ll see the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, and the John Hancock building Take advantage of a tour that includes an individually-fitted bike, helmet, water, and a friendly and knowledgeable guide who will lead you on your travels. The tour covers 10-12 miles, from the bustling streets of downtown to the serene bike paths along the Charles River.

Boston Hunt: 'Record Breaker' Exploration Game

3. Boston Hunt: 'Record Breaker' Exploration Game

Imagine you’re a professional record-setter who aims to be the first in everything you do, but how do you become the first at everything? Simple. You race to be the first person to visit every "first" in a country, a feat you can only accomplish in one place - Boston. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Up for a fun challenge? Start at Boston’s Public Library. The game will take you around 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Union Oyster House. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phone. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 170 reviews

This tour was great! The guides (we had three riding with us) had a lot of personality. They kept us safe, such as stopping traffic at certain intersections. They were very knowledgeable of the areas we went through and threw in some quirky facts along the way. The ride itself was easy... only one hill where I had to walk my bike up. The ride along the Charles River was so scenic! All in all, a wonderful, fun tour -- great guides, easy to handle bikes, and some exercise!

Excellent tour with fun, knowledgeable, professional guides. If you're looking for something to do in Boston don't miss this bike tour. Pell and Austin are experienced bike riders and know their city's rich history. Two thumbs up. 10 out of 10 for sure.

Millie is an awesome tour guide, my husband and I greatly recommend her tour. She has takes care all of her guests and she is very, very knowledgeable. And as a plus, she even recommends great restaurants with good food! Thank you, Millie!

This was an awesome tour of Boston. Austin our guide was so knowledgeable and made the ride so much fun.

The guides were great and the ride was fun. We were able to see a lot of the city. Very nice!