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Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

1. Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Climb aboard Boston’s charming orange and green Old Town Trolley and visit more than 100 points of interest in the city at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to hop on or off all day and discover the Cradle of Liberty’s many sights and attractions. From December to March, choose between the 1-day (silver), 2-day (gold), or 3-day (platinum) ticket options. From April until November, choose between the 1-day (silver), 1-day with harbor tour (gold) or 2-day with harbor tour (platinum) options. What better way to see Boston than by both land and sea? The Boston Trolley tour covers all the major areas including downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the theater district, and the waterfront. Friendly conductors narrate the tour, offering a fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. There are 18 stops conveniently located close to over 100 points of interest in Boston, these are: • New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace • Historic North End • USS Constitution/Charlestown Navy Yard • North Station/TD Banknorth Garden • Trolley Stop Store/ Theater District • Cheers 'The Original' • Copley Square/ Newbury St. Boutiques • Christian Science Plaza/ Symphony Hall • Copley Place Shopping Galleries • Back Bay and Hynes Convention Center • Charles Street/ Antique Row • Boston State House/ Boston Common • South Station/Boston Tea Party • Boston Convention and Exposition Center • Liberty Wharf • Seaport District All ticket options include discounted admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.

Boston: 2.5-Hour Freedom Trail Walking Tour

2. Boston: 2.5-Hour Freedom Trail Walking Tour

See all 16 of Boston's Iconic Freedom Trail sites in a single 2.5-hour tour with an experienced guide. Learn about icons like Paul Revere and John Hancock, along with lesser-known stories of women, African Americans, and immigrant patriots and pioneers. Discover tales of rebels, gangs, and Midnight Riders, with a few cheap dad jokes for good measure. Gain an understanding of Boston's role in the American Revolution and how the city became a pioneer in the fields of abolition, American education, and immigration. Start your tour opposite the Massachusetts State House and finish in the North End with the best view of the Charlestown Freedom Trail sites. Along the way, experience the explosive events of the American Revolution like the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre in the places they happened.

Boston: Italian Food Tour with Pizza, Meats, Cheese, & Bread

3. Boston: Italian Food Tour with Pizza, Meats, Cheese, & Bread

Your North End experience begins at the lifeblood of Boston, the Boston Harbor. Walk through a scenic waterfront park, with views of the harbor, East Boston and the historic wharfs lining Atlantic Ave. Make your way to the heart of the North End, with views of some of the most historic sites and properties in the neighborhood, some dating back to the late 1600s and early 1700s. Delicious food is never far away in the North End. Your guide will introduce you to a small, hidden Italian bakery serving up fresh bread daily. Break bread with your fellow travelers and let the carbs give you the energy to continue your adventure! A proper Italian salumeria is next, and you’ll have a chance to enjoy Italian meats and cheeses at their finest and freshest.  Next up, take in the energy of the North End’s busiest corridor, Hanover Street. It’s time for a mid-tour break with your guide at a traditional Italian café. Here, you will have a chance to enjoy your choice of a classic cappuccino, espresso, or tea. Let the caffeine kick in as you go back in time into North End history. You’ll hear stories about some of the most influential events that have happened in Boston, including Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Make your way to the Old North Church and step inside the hallowed walls. To this day, North Enders still attend this church, which is famous for its role in the Revolution.  After church, dive deeper into the local side of the North End. A taste of pizza awaits at a neighborhood favorite and the stories are endless. Cap off the North End food experience with samples of the best of the best Italian pastries along the backstreets of this delicious neighborhood. Hopefully, there will be a chance to meet and chat with the area’s top bakers if you catch them at a quiet moment.  After the tour, you’ll surely be ready to make a dinner reservation. Consult with your guide for the best recommendations and you will be set up for an amazing time in Boston.

Boston: Historic Taverns Tour

4. Boston: Historic Taverns Tour

This informative 3.5-hour walking tour visits some of New England’s most historic landmarks, as well as two of Boston's most historic taverns. The tour begins in Boston's oldest neighborhood, the North End. Board a public ferry for a round-trip ride to the Charlestown Navy Yard. Here, you'll see the USS Constitution aka "Old Ironsides", and Bunker Hill Monument. Walk through the Blackstone Block, and discover the true location of the "Boston Stone". See the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market. The tour includes two tavern visits and one drink at each stop plus snacks.

Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley 1-Day Ticket

5. Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley 1-Day Ticket

Discover Boston onboard an enchanting hop-on and hop-off trolley to see all the historic sights at your own pace. The 1-day hop-on hop-off open-air trolley ticket gives you access to 9 stops, all conveniently located close to the city’s premier attractions. Friendly tour guides are on board, ready to narrate your tour, and you can join and end the tour at any of the stops along the route. Jump off in neighborhoods such as North End and Beacon Hill to explore further. Take the full 1-hour circuit non-stop to get a great orientation of downtown Boston, or spend the day exploring in your own time. Hop-on and hop-off trolley stops: • New England Aquarium - Shuttle and Ferry - Quincy Market – Faneuil Hall • Paul Revere House - Little Italy • North End - Old North Church • USS Constitution - Old Ironsides • North Station - TD Bank Garden Sports Museum • Old State House - Faneuil Hall – Boston Massacre - Government Center • Boston Common - Public Garden • State House - Beacon Hill • South Station - Convention Center - Children’s Museum

Boston: Guided Walking Tour with Seafood Tasting

6. Boston: Guided Walking Tour with Seafood Tasting

Join your guide as you discover Boston's oldest neighborhoods. Learn about the city's colonial and revolutionary history and enjoy some delicious seafood dishes along the way. Your tour begins in Boston's North End neighborhood. Explore the maze of narrows streets and see some of the city's oldest buildings, including the Paul Revere House and Old North Square. Continue your tour as you head to Boston's Harborwalk and Long Wharf to admire the scenic views from the city's oldest commercial port. Learn about the history of Faneuil Hall and the Old State House before you head to Quincy Market. As you tour Boston, stop at three different restaurants for a sit-down tasting of local favorites. End your foodie adventure on a sweet note with dessert from a famous North End bakery.

Boston: Guided Historical City Tour with Pickup & Drop-off

7. Boston: Guided Historical City Tour with Pickup & Drop-off

Immerse yourself in the Revolutionary War with a guided tour of Boston’s historic sites and attractions, with all admission fees and hotel transfers included. Walk the Freedom Trail, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, and enter the USS Constitution with an expert guide by your side. Begin with a downtown Boston hotel pickup in the comfort of a Mercedes Metris van. Kick off the tour with a narrated drive through the city, passing by the Ivy League school Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Next, follow your guide to the beginning of the famous Freedom Trail at Bunker Hill Monument, a 221-foot granite obelisk that commemorates one of the first battles in the American Revolutionary War, fought in 1775. Avoid long wait lines with skip-the-line entry. Continue to your final stop of the tour, the USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. After admiring this three-masted wooden-hulled beauty, bid farewell to your guide and be taken back to your downtown hotel.

Boston: Freedom Trail Historical Guided Walking Tour

8. Boston: Freedom Trail Historical Guided Walking Tour

Walk the Freedom Trail with your own personal storytelling historian guide in Boston. Visit must-see spots from the green fields of Boston Common to the wood-sided slats of the Paul Revere House. Learn the history behind these spots. Start your tour at the Boston Common Park. Move along the trail to important meeting halls, churches, graveyards, and homes. Notable sites include the Park Street Church, Faneuil Hall, the Massachusetts State House, Old State House, Old North Church, Paul Revere House, and many others. Stand upon the very spot where the Boston Massacre emboldened a new vision of America's future. Let your storytelling guide relay the events, actions, and figures important to these stops along the tour. See the past come to life. Hear of the American Revolution's key events as you make your way into the beloved North End neighborhood. Part history, part cultural icon, the North End offers key sites like the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church which live alongside the story of Boston's prolific immigrant communities. To conclude your walk, your guide will point you in the direction of your own cultural and culinary exploration in North End, Boston’s “Little Italy” neighborhood, famed for its Italian and Irish heritage.

Boston: Guided Night Tour with Sunset Cruise

9. Boston: Guided Night Tour with Sunset Cruise

Step back into the American Revolution and view the very best sites and attractions of Boston on a guided sunset cruise and nighttime walking tour. Join a local expert guide and uncover the story of Boston with historic highlights and personalized recommendations. Begin your tour of Boston with a pickup from your hotel in the downtown area. Kick off your night in Boston with a scenic sunset cruise on Boston Harbor. Relax and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline illuminated at night. Next, back on land, your local guide will take you on a narrated walking tour of the North End neighborhood. Stop outside the famous Skinny House, the narrowest house in Boston. See the historic Old North Church, the George Robert Fountain, and the Paul Revere House. You will have the opportunity to grab a quick pastry from Mike's Pastry at the end of your tour. Finally, be returned to your hotel in Boston so you can enjoy the rest of the night.

Boston: Mafia Mission City Exploration Game

10. Boston: Mafia Mission City Exploration Game

Learn about the history of the mob in Boston on a self-guided exploration game on your phone. Solve challenges, see the story unfold as you are directed to local points of interest, and hidden landmarks related to the underworld Start the game at the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden and explore Boston's North End neighborhood, also known as Little Italy. Learn about the fascinating story of the area's unknown immigrants, as well as the criminal underworld of the past. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Stroll through North Street Park and North Square, and pass many Italian eateries. Pause the game at any time to explore points of interest further on a fully self-guided adventure. Resume your tour from any location where you paused it. Finally, finish up at the Italian Cities Sign of Hanover Street to finish your adventure.

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Overall rating

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based on 825 reviews

Julia (Jules) was a great guide - enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable about her history, she brought the tour to life with vivid details and stories of the subjects and events of the tour. I brought two 13 year olds and a 10 year old, each who had studied the American Revolution/Colonial America in school. This was a perfect supplement to their book studies. The kids were FULLY engaged the whole time, connecting things Julia said to the things they had learned in school. My youngest said at the end, "I didn't know history could be this interesting." Thank you, Julia, for lighting a spark, bringing the past to life for us, being charming and engaging, and an excellent guide for our day in Boston!

Can't go wrong with Boston. My favourite city. Best city on earth. The bus is every 20 minutes from stops all over Boston so you can hop off anytime and see all of the city. The drivers Bear and Irish, were very knowledgeable and funny at the same time. Would do again even to get around Boston.

Great tour. Pointed out all the sites and gave some nice background. We didn't hop off and back on but it was nice to know we could have if we wanted to go look around. Map was very helpful in following along where we were.

Awesome tour with great food and history. Dillon was awesome and knowledgeable guide. It is a great opportunity to discover the smaller but great places that Boston has to offer. Definitely recommend taking this tour!

Martin was an excellent guide! He made the tour informative and fun !