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$44.05 Tours & Sightseeing

Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

The Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour - named one of the best hop-on, hop-off tours in the world by Forbes - is the easiest way to get around town! Take advantage of discounted admission at area attractions, see the city at your own pace with unlimited rides, and enjoy a flexible route that features 18 stops throughout town. Hop on the Old Town Trolley at any of its stops and take a seat while your engaging guide and narrator regales you with entertaining and educational anecdotes about Boston's past. Get to know Boston's iconic institutions and roam its lively districts, from the waterfront to the Back Bay. Route stops include: New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace Historic North End and Little Italy USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard Old State House Museum Cheers "The Original" Cambridge, MIT, and Harvard Square Charles Street and Antique Row Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Liberty Wharf Trolleys depart every 20–30 minutes. Each loop lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

$57.75 Kid Friendly

Boston Bike Tour with Guide, including North End, Copley Sq.

Enjoy a morning or afternoon bike ride through Boston and explore the city’s famous sites and hidden treasures on this 2.5 to 3-hour guided bike tour. After being fitted for a bicycle and helmet, follow your guide through Boston’s charming neighborhoods and pass interesting historical sites along the way. See the Bunker Hill monument and the famous USS Constitution. Also, bike along the Freedom Trail and explore Little Italy in Boston’s North End. Visit the Trinity Church in the famous Copley Square and Louisburg Square in Beacon Hill before heading to Fenway Park.Admire the scenic landscapes as you venture off the beaten path. Pass brownstones in Back Bay and the South End and ride along routes created by American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Discover the character and charm of each area you pass as your knowledgeable guide illustrates Boston’s interesting history. This bike tour is a great way to see the whole city -- and get some exercise too!You have the option of choosing to do this tour on one of our pedal assist electric bikes! At check-out, you'll have the option to choose the hybrid bike option or the e-bike upgrade option. This is a fantastic opportunity to try out the newest trend in cycling!

$40 Tours & Sightseeing

PhotoWalks Back Bay Tour

Back Bay transformed from a swampy area into Boston's cosmopolitan hub. Copley Square is now home to the city's iconic architectural landmarks while Commonwealth Avenue is lined with grand 19th century brownstones. Learn how to see the limitless photo opportunities in Back Bay from a creative angle: the eclectic architectural styles of the magnificent Boston Public Library and Trinity Church, the many different reflections on the former John Hancock Tower, abstract details of statues, colorful flowers, fountains, the elegance of the French-inspired residential area and much more. Historical commentary on each of the iconic landmarks are also provided throughout the tour.The PhotoWalks Guide to Creative Photography is included in the tour price. This e-booklet provides valuable information on maximizing your photography skills and user-friendly explanations of camera settings.

$35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

At 12:30pm, arrive at the steps of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, located at 230 Dartmouth Street. Meet and greet the tour guide to begin this 2-hour walking tour of Boston.Start in Copley Square, the public square in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. See the Boston Marathon finish line, Trinity Church, and the 60-story John Hancock Tower. Stroll through the Boston Public Garden and admire the swan boats as they go under the world's smallest suspension bridge. Explore the cobblestone streets of historic Beacon Hill and Acorn Street en route to the popular Freedom Trail. In Downtown Boston, visit the Old and New State Houses. See the Park Street Church and the Old Granary Burying Ground, along with the King's Chapel. Continue the tour to the Old and New City Halls, the Old Corner Bookstore, and the Old South Meeting House. Learn the history behind the landmark Boston Massacre Site. Then finish the tour at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.

$95 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bustling Back Bay Pedicab Tour

Explore the Back Bay from the back of a pedicab!  A pedicab is a bicycle powered taxi and if you haven’t tried riding on one yet, you are in for a treat. Fully open-air, you get 360 degree views of the city as you whiz around through Boston’s streets.  Pedicabs can get where cars and tour busses cannot so you can get up close to see the exquisite details of the city’s monuments and architecture.   The experience of riding a pedicab is only surpassed by the quality of our drivers who will give you the history of the sites you are viewing from a local perspective and insider recommendations for your visit.   One of the best parts of our tours is the flexibility.  We can start and finish whenever and wherever you want.  We can customize your route and stop anywhere you want for pictures or a snack like a "lobstah roll" or "cuppa clam chowdah". It is entirely up to you! (Price may vary based on tour length). You might be wondering what’s so special about the Back Bay neighborhood.  Well, for one thing, it was once literally a bay, until it was filled in during the 19th century to create what is now one of Boston’s most exclusive and charming neighborhoods.  Known for its Victorian row houses and for being one of the best preserved examples of 19th century urban design, the Back Bay is also home to a number of Boston’s must see sights including: Cheers (where everybody knows your name) The Public Garden Newbury Street (home to many fine dining establishments, luxury shops, and art galleries) Copley Square The Boston Public Library Trinity Church The John Hancock Tower Fenway Park Views of the Charles River Christian Science Plaza Commonwealth Ave And much more!  Please feel free to include any special requests when booking.  We look forward to being the highlight of your visit!

$20.48 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

70-Minute Charles River Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a 70-minute, fully-narrated sightseeing cruise along the Charles River. Your captain and crew will both entertain and educate while pointing out the historic and cultural sights of Boston and Cambridge. Sights include Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, the Back Bay, Boston University, M.I.T., Harvard and countless sailboats and rowers! Cruise by Fenway Park and the Museum of Science! There is a cash bar on board that sells, soda, beer, and wine as well as snacks. Sightseeing cruises depart from Lechmere Canal Park at The CambridgeSide Mall. Discounted parking is available in the Mall's parking garage. Cost is $4 for the day with validation.