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Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

1. Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Board a sightseeing cruise in Boston and take a tour around Boston Harbor. Experience breathtaking views, refreshing sea breezes, and vividly told stories of Boston's past and present as you admire the city's sights from the water. Depart from Long Wharf, then Cruise past the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned US Navy warship afloat today, marvel at the Bunker Hill Monument, and catch a glimpse of the fabled Old North End Church steeple. Hear heroic tales told by expert narrators and learn about local legends from the Revolutionary War. You'll also discover how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest waterways in the country. Enjoy the best view no matter the weather, with spacious outdoor viewing decks when the weather is fine, and indoor spaces with large windows if you want to be indoors. Onboard refreshments and snacks are also available for purchase.

Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

2. Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

Begin at the lifeblood of Boston, the Boston Harbor, with a walk through a scenic waterfront park, with views of the harbor. From the harbor, continue past the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street, and the historic Custom House Tower, the city’s first skyscraper. Then, your guide will lead you toward the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, which both boast stunning views. Moving into the heart of Downtown Boston, stop in front of the Old State House and the site of the Boston Massacre. Was it really a massacre or maybe just great propaganda for the Revolution? Ask your expert guide about that one!  A short trek through Downtown Crossing brings you to Old City Hall. This beautiful building, done in French Revivalist architecture, was the seat of city government for years in Boston. It also happens to be the site of the birth of public education in America. You'll definitely want to have your guide snap your picture with the bronze donkey outside the entrance. On most weekdays, you’ll have a chance to see the government at work (or not) inside the inspiring, historic and beautiful Massachusetts State House, designed and built by famous federalist architect Charles Bulfinch in 1798. Outside the State House, take in the views of modern Boston, including the skyscrapers of Downtown, the Financial District, and the tallest building in New England: the John Hancock Tower.   Continue your journey through Beacon Hill, where you’ll have a chance to take in the quintessential architecture of Boston’s red brick row houses. Get out your cameras — this neighborhood is one of the most photogenic in the city. Finally, arrive at the beautiful Boston Public Garden, one of Boston’s favorite green spaces, where you’ll see locals walking the dogs, playing with the kids, and enjoying lunch in the shade. Your guide will point you in the right direction, and will help with any and all recommendations for great things to do in Boston that evening and beyond. 

Boston: Seafood Tasting Walking Tour

3. Boston: Seafood Tasting Walking Tour

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: Seafood, History & Highlights Day Tour

4. Boston: Seafood, History & Highlights Day Tour

Meet your local guide at Boston’s Independence Wharf, from where the viewing deck grants you incredible views over the city. From here, we’ll head to the Harborwalk, a walkway linking waterfront neighbourhoods to the Boston Harbour. Learn about the history of this iconic harbour and take some time to soak in the marvellous views. We’ll walk past Long Wharf and the first main port of Boston, where all goods entered the city for almost 200 years. Along the way, your guide will take you into some of their favourite eateries, from waterfront shacks to classic restaurants, so you can sample some of Boston’s freshest seafood. Tuck into a seriously tasty lobster roll and sample a cup of classic New England clam chowder. Depending on what’s in season and available on the day, you may also try stuffed scallops, stuffed quahog clams, raw oysters or fried clams. Swing by the historic Quincy Market, a huge food hall popular with locals and visitors alike. Next door is the famous Faneuil Hall, one of Boston’s most significant buildings. The hall was nicknamed the ‘Cradle of Liberty’ after playing host to meetings about abolition, women’s suffrage and war. With your minds full of local history and your stomachs full of Boston’s best seafood, finish off your tour at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. We will continue at the lifeblood of Boston, the Boston Harbor, with a walk through a scenic waterfront park, with views of the harbor. From the harbor, we’ll continue past the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street and the historic Custom House Tower, the city’s first skyscraper. Then, your guide will lead you toward the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, which both boast stunning views. Moving into the heart of Downtown Boston, we will stop in front of the Old State House and site of the Boston Massacre. A short trek through Downtown Crossing brings you to Old City Hall. This beautiful building, done in French Revivalist architecture, was the seat of city government for years in Boston. It also happens to be the site of the birth of public education in America. On most weekdays (government hours only!) you have a chance to see the government at work inside the inspiring, historic, and beautiful Massachusetts State House, designed and built by famous federalist architect Charles Bulfinch in 1798. Outside the State House, take in the views of modern Boston, including the skyscrapers of Downtown, the Financial District, and the tallest building in New England: The John Hancock Tower. We continue our journey through Beacon Hill, where you’ll have a chance to take in the quintessential architecture of Boston’s red brick row houses. Get out your cameras — this neighborhood is one of the most photogenic in the city. Finally, we arrive at the beautiful Boston Public Garden, one of Boston’s favorite green spaces, If you’re spending more time in Boston, be sure to ask your guide for recommendations on the best spots to eat, drink and visit.

Boston: Private City Driving Tour

5. Boston: Private City Driving Tour

Community Impact: -We are committed to a “360-degree view” of storytelling, featuring stories about under-represented groups, such as women, immigrants, and people of various ethnicities, ages, religions, and sexual orientations -Our guides prioritize “supporting local” through recommending and patronizing family-run and locally owned businesses so that culture and traditions are preserved and are passed onto the next generation -Our small-group tours minimize negative impacts on the local community, reducing pressure on small businesses we frequent, allowing locals more room to maneuver around our tours, and reducing noise pollution without the need of microphones Summary: Your Boston walking tour starts in Copley Square, located in the heart of the Back Bay and home to the first free public library in America. From here, we’ll stroll through the best shopping district in all of Boston – Newbury Street – and see the stores go from high-end to mainstream to down-right funky. This trendy neighborhood is also known for its beautiful architecture, and your Boston tour guide will point out some of the most notable Victorian-era homes before heading down to the waterfront for a picturesque walk along the Charles River and the Boston Esplanade. We’ll then pass by Boston Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in America, as we make our way over to Beacon Hill. This popular neighborhood’s quaint and narrow streets will take you past some of Boston’s most expensive homes. Get your camera ready – we’ll also be walking down the most photographed street in the city! From here, our tour continues through the Boston Common and begins our segment of the world-famous Freedom Trail. We’ll venture past and into must-see historic stops including Faneuil Hall and see where the first cries for Revolution rang out. Your knowledgeable guide will fill you in on some of the events that led to the American Revolution – like a tea party and a massacre. You’ll also see where the very first public school in America was located and how it connects us to modern public education. Your Freedom Trail tour continues into the North End, which is steeped in colonial history. You can see where Paul Revere lived as well as the famous Old North Church, which played a very important role in the start of the American Revolution. This area is also well known for Italian eateries. Maybe a stop for some cappuccino and a cannoli will add to the experience. Next, we head down to the harbor front, cutting through one of the prettiest waterfront parks in the city. A walk around Long Wharf will show you the main hub of all activity in Boston during the 17th and 18th centuries. Once a vast wasteland of parking lots, Boston’s Seaport District is now one of the city’s fastest growing areas with exciting architecture and rich colonial history. From a special vantage point, you’ll see the very spot where colonists famously threw British tea into the Boston harbor.

Boston: Harborwalk and Tea Party Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Boston: Harborwalk and Tea Party Self-Guided Audio Tour

Follow a scenic 1.5-mile walk along the Boston Harbor waterfront. Stroll between South Station and Long Wharf and immerse yourself in the rich stories of revolutionary America — from the secret meetings of the Sons of Liberty to the rebellions of the colonial merchants. Follow in the footsteps of Boston’s Tea Party revolutionaries, tea smugglers, and massive shipping unions — all while you look out upon the same Harbor that they once did. Start your tour at one of Boston's most underappreciated marvels of architecture: South Station. Discover stories of the American Revolution, Boston Tea Party, and Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. With this self-guided audio tour, unearth tales of rebellion, sabotage, and intrigue surrounding the Founding Fathers. Explore the huge attraction that is partially built over the Harbor, allowing the aquarium access to the natural environment of Boston's Harbor. Finish your tour at one of Boston's most historic spots: Long Wharf. From colonial battles against the British to modern crowds of tourists, this Wharf remains a Boston hotspot. Enjoy the views and the history as you conclude your tour here.

Boston: Massacre & Memory Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

7. Boston: Massacre & Memory Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

On March 5, 1770, a confrontation between British soldiers and Bostonians just outside the Old State House left five dead and many more wounded. This confrontation, soon to become known and immortalized as the “Boston Massacre,” forever altered the history of Boston and the American colonies. What circumstances and events led to this deadly incident? How did the people of Boston respond to it at the time? And, how have later generations of Bostonians remembered and used the history of the Boston Massacre? The Massacre and Memory Tour is a guided walking tour that explores these questions and more. Uncover how patriot and loyalist factions in town attempted to control the narrative surrounding the event through dueling reports circulated throughout the colonies and abroad. Discover how later generations of Bostonians used the Massacre to argue against slavery and teach the American public about Crispus Attucks, one of the Massacre’s first victims. You will also learn how Bostonians in the 1970s used the legacy of the Massacre in very different ways while debating how to address racial segregation in public schools. Led by a member of the Revolutionary Spaces Visitor Experience team, the Massacre and Memory Tour covers a half-mile, runs for approximately 75 minutes, and is capped at 20 attendees. The tour will visit and explore the histories of the following locations: Site of the Boston Massacre, Long Wharf, Faneuil Hall, Old State House, Site of Boston’s 18th century court and jail, Site of the Gray’s ropewalk brawl (Post Office Square), Old South Meeting House, and more! Tickets to the Massacre and Memory Tour also include all-day general admission to the Old State House and Old South Meeting House. Tours depart from the front desk located inside the Old State House museum store.

Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

8. Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

Start in the city of Boston and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes. Hear the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Immerse yourself in the stories of the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. Uncover Boston's historic and storied past while enjoying its beautiful harbor views between South Station and Long Wharf. Then, travel to the city of Cambridge outside Boston and explore the heart of Harvard University's campus at Harvard Square. Use the app to take a self-guided walking tour that covers must-see campus sights like the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, and former dorm rooms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more. Next, discover Cape Ann with a self-guided driving tour along the scenic waterfront. Enjoy the vistas, beaches, and natural beauty of the New England coastline at your own pace. Visit the famous Fisherman's Memorial, beautiful Beauport, all while diving into the stories of Massachusetts of days past. Shifting the scene to Salem, begin at the Salem Visitor Center. Learn about the Salem Witch Trials at the dedicated memorial and the Old Burying Point Cemetery. Stop by historic spots like the Old Town Hall, the Joshua Ward House, and Gedney House. Marvel at the Witch House and end your tour at The House of the Seven Gables, immersing yourself in the haunting history of Salem's Witch Trials.

Boston City Walking Tour

9. Boston City Walking Tour

Your Boston walking tour starts in Copley Square, located in the heart of the Back Bay and home to the first free public library in America. From here, we’ll stroll through the best shopping district in all of Boston – Newbury Street – and see the stores go from high-end to mainstream to down-right funky. This trendy neighborhood is also known for its beautiful architecture, and your Boston tour guide will point out some of the most notable Victorian-era homes before heading down to the waterfront for a picturesque walk along the Charles River and the Boston Esplanade. We’ll then pass by Boston Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in America, as we make our way over to Beacon Hill. This popular neighborhood’s quaint and narrow streets will take you past some of Boston’s most expensive homes. Get your camera ready – we’ll also be walking down the most photographed street in the city! From here, our tour continues through the Boston Common and begins our segment of the world-famous Freedom Trail. Along the way, we’ll venture past and into must-see historic stops including Faneuil Hall and see where the first cries for Revolution rang out. Your knowledgeable guide will fill you in on some of the events that led to the American Revolution – like a tea party and a massacre. You’ll also see where the very first public school in America was located and how it connects us to modern public education. Your Freedom Trail tour continues into the North End, which is steeped in colonial history. You can see where Paul Revere lived as well as the famous Old North Church, which played a very important role in the start of the American Revolution. This area is also well known for Italian eateries. Maybe a stop for some cappuccino and a cannoli will add to the experience. Next, we head down to the harbor front, cutting through one of the prettiest waterfront parks in the city. A walk around Long Wharf will show you the main hub of all activity in Boston during the 17th and 18th centuries. Once a vast wasteland of parking lots, Boston’s Seaport District is now one of the city’s fastest growing areas with exciting architecture and rich colonial history. From a special vantage point, you’ll see the very spot where colonists famously threw British tea into the Boston harbor. From here, you’re in the perfect place to set out on your own for more exploring Boston’s history, culture, and cuisine – be sure to ask your guide where you can enjoy one of the freshest lobster rolls in Boston!

Boston North End self-guided walking tour & scavenger hunt

10. Boston North End self-guided walking tour & scavenger hunt

Are you looking for things to do in Boston? Our North End scavenger hunt is a 3-hour self-guided walking tour with challenges, taking you to all the sites like Long Wharf, Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Quincy Market, Old North Church, and Paul Revere Mall! You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you. The Boston North End Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.8 km / 3 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you approximately 3 hours to complete. - A fun learning experience - Learn some local history - Challenge your knowledge: 34 varied challenges - Fun for all ages, kids included - Walk at your own pace: 4.8 km / 3 mi - Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

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What people are saying about Long Wharf

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,073 reviews

Our harbor tour was great! The weather was working with us during our hour tour. Seeing Boston from the harbor was wonderful. Give you a different perspective. Plus, the guide was very good. Easy to hear, funny and very informative. I would highly recommend the tour.

Meg is a brilliant guide, she's passionate and gifted. You'll learn a lot of important stuff but you'll have a good time because she's funny and she will tell you particular stories that will catch your interest! Every guide should be like her!

Thank you Martin for the best day. Our weather was perfect to walk and learn the history of Boston. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Plus the seafood was awesome. We loved all the food but the clam chowder was our favorite. Take care:)

A great tour, well run, easy to book. Excellent knowledge by our guide and great fun on the tour around Boston.

Except for the heat it was a real good outing, informative and friendly staff.