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East Boston: Maverick Square and Beyond

Learn how East Boston began as a planned community that became today's vibrant and diverse neighborhood

Maverick Square Mural in East Boston

Tour Description

Discover East Boston’s rich history and dynamic present by exploring the neighborhood of Maverick Square, East Boston’s oldest commercial center. Trace its roots back to Noddle’s Island and learn how the East Boston Company created a planned community that became today’s vibrant and diverse East Boston. This tour will examine the built environment, from the 1833 street grid laid to the new waterfront developments, to get a sense of the people and forces that have shaped East Boston. And discuss the crucial role of the waterfront, from its famed shipbuilding industry and extensive port facilities, to its contribution to East Boston’s proud immigrant heritage. Encounter the many forms of transportation that have shaped the development of East Boston, from the ferries that first brought people to the island, to the 20th century subway and vehicular tunnels, as we make our way to the marvelous Bremen Street Park across from the Airport T station.

This tour is presented in partnership with the Boston Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit organization that protects and improves the quality of Boston's distinct architectural heritage through advocacy and education.

Tour Information

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide at the Lewis Mall exit of the Maverick MBTA Station, Blue Line, East Boston, in front of Cafe Iterum, 11 Father Jacobbe Road.

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Maverick (Blue Line)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of Bremen Street Park (across from the Airport T Station).

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Airport (Blue & Silver Lines)