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Boston: 2.5-Hour City View Bike Tour

1. 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.

From New York City: Boston in One Day Tour

2. 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: Historical City Center Exploration Game

3. Boston: Historical City Center 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.

Boston: TV and Movie Filming Sites Private Tour

4. Boston: TV and Movie Filming Sites Private Tour

Drive around Boston on a private tour of popular filming locations for the biggest TV shows and movies. Visit cultural sites like Beacon Hill, Fenway Park, New England Aquarium, and Copley Square and discover the reason they’re featured so frequently on screens big and small. Meet your guide in the picturesque neighborhood of Beacon Hill, lined with cobble-stoned streets and Victorian-era buildings. Explore the larger downtown area to see where 8,000 windows exploded in a single stunt in Blown Away. See Copley Square, also featured in Blown Away, and the Boston Public Library, a common location for Boston-based movies, before heading north to Charlestown. Ride through the neighborhood where the dramatic chase in The Town took place and learn about the area’s history as a hub for mobsters. Grab a drink at L Street Tavern, the humble home of Good Will Hunting. Continue through the South Boston Waterfront and stop outside the New England Aquarium featured in Ted 2 and South Station, the bustling transportation center featured in Ray Donovan. Venture west to Fenway Park, the legendary baseball stadium home to the Red Sox and seen in movies like Ted, Fever Pitch, and many more. Continue around the city to recognize streets and buildings from The Departed, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, The Equalizer 2, Mystic River, and Legally Blonde. Finish back in the region of Beacon Hill at the Cheers pub whose charming exterior inspired the hit TV show. Part ways with your guide and head inside for a beer or continue your adventure around Boston.

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What people are saying about Boston Public Library

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 158 reviews

Traffic was really bad from back bay, so plan ahead. The rest was perfect! Rented an e bike. Made the trip totally great for us! Our tour guide, Bob did a great job! You do need to drive through the city ant times where it’s a bit dicey. But not bad if your careful. Awesome tour and worth it!!

We thoroughly enjoyed our bike tour, Pell and Ken were amazing guides. Conscientious for our safety, knowledgeable of the surrounding area, and fun! We toured the areas most tour groups never touch. We highly recommend this tour!

Boston is bike friendly and this tour will give you a good feel for Boston. Highly recommended, but challenging in summer at 37 degrees! Gerry, our guide was great!

The bus was flawless! Air worked! There was a bathroom! The excellent guide! I remove all our doubts! Super punctual hours!

Our guide Molly was great. Super with it to just see the essentials and come back.