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Stillings Building, Fort Point, circa 1910

True Lies, False Facts, and a Whole Lot of Fun!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The sixth annual 'Questionable Tour of Boston' found great success this year in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood. With a turnout of over 100 participants, the storytellers got to work telling elaborate tales of Boston's alleged past. Tour attendees found themselves walking along the scenic Fort Point Channel as well as exploring some of the sights down the neighboring streets. A noteworthy stop along the route was the Marriott Residence Inn, a property with a lengthy past. As storyteller Laura told tour groups, the land that the Inn now occupies [...] more
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2018 Tour Season Announced

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Boston By Foot has announced its schedule of tours for the 2018 season. In addition to its regularly offered tours, and ongoing special topic tours, BBF has a number of exciting new, newer, reimagined or revived tours planned. [...] more
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BBF Offers Special Tours During Boston Harborfest

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Boston Harborfest is a 38-year-old tradition celebrating Boston’s maritime and revolutionary history. With hundreds of activities both before and during Independence Day Weekend at Boston’s best landmarks, this family-friendly event is one of the country’s largest Fourth of July festivals. Harborfest 2019 will be held from Monday, July 1st - Sunday, July 7th. Boston By Foot (BBF) is once again an official Harborfest partner, and will offer special tours throughout the festival, including Adams Family in Boston (7/3), Footloose on the Freedom Trail (7/4), Johnny Tremain's Boston (7/6), Historic Waterfront (7/6), and Ben Franklin: Son of [...] more

Programming Partnerships Expand for 2019 Season

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The 2019 Boston By Foot tour season brings with it both new and returning programming partners. Among new partners is The History Project , co-sponsor of our Boston's LGBTQ Past tour (June 6 and June 25). The History Project is the only organization focused exclusively on documenting and preserving the history of New England’s LGBTQ communities and sharing that history with LGBTQ individuals, organizations, allies, and the public. Another new partner is the Boston Harbor Hotel , co-sponsor of our brand new The Story of Rowes Wharf [...] more
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Please Be Seated: Latest “Armchair Tours” Now Available

Sunday, June 23, 2019

In addition to the many walking tours we offer, we can also arrange to have a Boston By Foot guide come to you! Our “Armchair Tours” are perfect for libraries, community centers, or even just a group of friends who would like to have the experience of a walking tour without leaving their chairs. The following presentations can be booked at any time anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts pending guide availability. Please contact our office for details. [...] more
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BBF and Liberty Fleet Join Forces for “A Sail Through Time”

Monday, September 16, 2019

For most of Boston's history, the harbor was the center of the city, and urban life was dominated by sailing ships. Step aboard the schooner, Liberty Star, and into that era with experiences recorded by those who lived it: a mother, merchant, sailor, cook, poet, preacher, privateer, diplomat, cabin boy, and others. The cruise follows the paths of ships like the Flying Cloud, Astrea, and Columbia, exploring how their voyages shaped Boston and helped industrialize the country. Under sail, away from sirens and jackhammers, maritime history comes alive. Depending on the weather, the 90-minute sail [...] more
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BBF to Offer Multiple Tours During Boston Book Festival

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Boston By Foot will once again showcase the Back Bay’s literary history during the annual Boston Book Festival, which takes place in Copley Square on Saturday, October 19th. BBF guides will lead literary tours throughout the festival, including "Aesop's Fables," a 20-minute children's tour around Copley Square featuring public art related to Aesop's Fables starting at 10:30 am; and a "Literary Mini-Tour" featuring authors and writers in the Back Bay at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. This 45-minute stroll through Boston's charming Back Bay includes information about authors Edgar Allen Poe, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and [...] more
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Join Us on a LITTLE WOMEN Scavenger Hunt!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Celebrate the release of the LITTLE WOMEN movie by discovering the many locations in Boston where the film was shot! Boston By Foot, Sony Pictures and the Boston Public Library present a sneak peek of the LITTLE WOMEN film sites mixed together with places that were important to Louisa May Alcott and her family. Directed by Oscar-nominee Greta Gerwig, the film features the stellar cast of Saoirse Ronan who plays Jo, Emma Watson (Meg), Florence Pugh (Amy), Eliza Scanlen (Beth), Laura Dern (Marmee), Timothèe Chalamet (Laurie) and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. LITTLE WOMEN opens on [...] more

Tastings and Tales Returns for 2020!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Boston By Foot is pleased to announce that its special series entitled Tastings and Tales will be offered once again in 2020. Tastings and Tales successfully debuted in early 2019. Samuel Adams Brewery is participating for a second-consecutive year, while Democracy Brewing will make its Tasting and Tales debut in 2020. Between January and March of 2020, each brewery will host a monthly Tastings and Tales session. Each of the six total sessions will feature unique historic tales and a changeable variety of beer samples. [...] more
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BBF Offers Virtual Lectures and Travel Presentations

Monday, March 30, 2020

Boston By Foot continues to explore ways to offer its content remotely during this time of social distancing. We've engaged our volunteers and members by launching our Spring Lecture Series in a virtual format. Presented by distinguished experts, the annual Spring Lecture Series covers topics such as Introduction to Colonial and Revolutionary Boston, Federal and Greek Revival Boston, Boston Engineered, Victorian Boston, and 20th Century Boston and Beyond. We'll also be hosting a series of online presentations by our Flansburgh Travel Fellows. In 2008, longtime friends and BBF supporters Bill and Lia Poorvu established the [...] more
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BBF Will Explore Boston’s Green Spaces This Fall

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Urban green spaces, as a free public amenity accessible to everyone, serve to promote inclusion and strengthen our sense of community. In these spaces, all are welcome to play, reflect, exercise or rest, greet and mingle with fellow humans, and connect with the natural world. In our Green Spaces Tour Series this fall, we celebrate three signature Boston parks, the Boston Common and Public Garden , the Charles River Esplanade , and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway . Developed [...] more
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Celebrate Patriots’ Day with Us on April 17th!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

On the 18th of April 1775, a series of events in and around Boston ignited the American Revolution. It's a story that involves a spy network, a secret alert system, a "minuteman" militia, a tense standoff with the most powerful army in the world, and of course, a legendary midnight ride. To commemorate the infamous events that started the American Revolution, Boston By Foot is hosting this special Patriots' Day "Online, On-Site, On Foot" virtual experience. From Old North Church to Concord, Boston By Foot guides will be on location to take viewers on a virtual [...] more
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We're Getting Back on Our Feet!

Sunday, April 18, 2021

WE'RE GETTING BACK ON OUR FEET (AND RE-BOARDING THE BOATS)! Boston By Foot is excited to announce that we will be resuming our in-person public walking tours beginning later this spring! Our 2021 season will start over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28 - May 30), preceded by an exclusive members-only weekend of tours (May 21 - May 23). Please check our website in the coming weeks for a full schedule and list of tours. Tours will be limited to 15 people or fewer. Pre-registration, face masks and social distancing will be required. [...] more

Fall 2021 Schedule Features Four New Tours

Friday, August 27, 2021

Boston By Foot is offering four new walking tours this fall: Change and Response: Boston's Architecture, 1837 - 2021 Black Voices: 19th-Century Black Writers on Beacon Hill North End By Little Feet Before Boston: Shawmut Peninsula Through 1630 Please see below for specific dates and descriptions. Those interested in attending must register in advance using the links below. Be sure to check us out on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram for further announcements, [...] more
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Boston UnCommon

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Stay comfortable in your slippers (or kick off your shoes and relax) while you venture into uncommon spaces, led by a select group of Boston By Foot guides. These experienced volunteers researched and conducted special made-to-order tours that they now have adapted for this series, comprising four “Boston UnCommon” topics, translated from walking to virtual, and presented by the original authors and collaborators. They will guide you through some of the less-heralded parts of Boston and its history. [...] more

More to the Story: A Broader View of Boston History

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

In this virtual series, Boston By Foot has invited colleagues from Boston-area historical institutions to share new research, new exhibitions and new insights to provide us with a deeper understanding of familiar historical sites and stories. [...] more
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BBF Partners with BPA to Present Three Neighborhood Tours

Friday, August 27, 2021

Boston By Foot has added three neighborhood tours to its Fall 2021 schedule and will present them in partnership with the Boston Preservation Alliance . The three tours are: Roxbury Highlands East Boston: Maverick Square and Beyond Boston's Chinatown Please see below for specific dates and descriptions. Those interested in attending must register in advance using the links below. The Boston Preservation Alliance is a nonprofit organization that protects and improves the quality of Boston's distinct architectural heritage through advocacy and education. [...] more