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Boston Common

Boston Common: Past Lives and Hidden Stories

New for 2024! Join us to discover the many lives of Boston Common and its people

Walking Tours : New for 2024
90 minutes
1.1 miles
potential uneven surfaces and moderate inclines
Boston's Harbor

Historic Waterfront

Take in the spectacular views of Boston Harbor as you wind your way among wharves both old and new

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1.4 miles
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Boston Public Library

Becoming Back Bay

Learn why Boston's Back Bay is considered a marvel of 19th Century engineering

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
0.9 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines

Commonwealth Avenue

Visit the heart of Victorian Boston while strolling along the city's Grand Boulevard

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1.5 miles
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Front of the Boston Art Museum

Art, Architecture and Gardens

Stroll along a section of the Emerald Necklace designed by landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1.5 miles
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Tall Ship in Boston Harbor

A Sail Through Time

Step aboard the Liberty Star schooner for a guided sailing adventure on Boston Harbor

Sails & Cruises :
120 minutes
Shaw Memorial

Slavery and Abolition in Massachusetts

New for 2024! Explore Massachusetts' long and complex history of slavery

Walking Tours : New for 2024
90 minutes
1 mile
potential uneven surfaces and moderate inclines
Samuel Adams statue

Sam Adams' Boston

New for 2024! Explore the life and influence of patriot Samuel Adams

Walking Tours : New for 2024
60 minutes
0.65 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Boston City Hall

Boston's City Hall

New for 2024! Explore the ins and outs of Boston's historic City Hall

Walking Tours : New for 2024
60 minutes
0.5 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Betances Mural

Art Introspective: Copley Square to the South End

New for 2024! Discover a trove of unknown and underappreciated works of art

Walking Tours : New for 2024
90 minutes
1.2 miles
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Boston Aquarium during construction

Rethinking Boston Brutalism

Explore the historical and social context of an architectural style that has put Boston on the international map

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
Lincoln Street, Leather District

Leather District

Discover what was once the hub of New England’s leather and shoe industries at the turn of the 20th century

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
0.7 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
view of a graveyard by day

Johnny Tremain’s Boston

Relive a young boy's adventures in Colonial Boston based on the prize-winning, coming-of-age novel

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1 mile
likely uneven surfaces and significant inclines
view from Pickney Street Boston

The Hub of Literary America

Journey to Victorian Boston and see where writers and poets including Emerson, Alcott and Thoreau gathered

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1 mile
likely uneven surfaces and significant inclines
Painting of a woman in ballet pose

Fierce and Feminine: Great Women of Boston

Meet some of the great women in Boston history who made the city and the nation what they are today

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
0.94 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Middlesex County Courthouse

East Cambridge

Travel across the Charles and visit a fascinating neighborhood called one of America's industrial powerhouses

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
0.9 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Boston Harbour viewed from above the custom house

Change and Response: Boston’s Architecture

Take an in-depth look at the people, trends and events that led to Boston's architectural evolution

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
0.75 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Bullfinch Triangle

Bulfinch Triangle

Find out how this transportation and entertainment hub is also becoming a thriving residential neighborhood

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1.5 miles
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
re-enactors of British loyalists in boston

Boston’s Loyalists

Hear the stories of Bostonians who remained loyal to the British crown

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1.5 miles
potential uneven surfaces and moderate inclines
Gilded Age photo

Boston's Gilded Age

Learn about Boston's upper-class during the late 19th century - their favorite haunts and their social activism

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1.1 miles
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Burned buildings and homes in boston after the great fire

Boston Reborn: After the Great Fire of 1872

Explore Boston's rebirth after the Great Fire of 1872, a more costly disaster than the Chicago Fire the year before

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
2 miles
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Painting of Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin: Son of Boston

Celebrate the life of Boston-born Benjamin Franklin by visiting his homes and haunts in Colonial Boston

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1.1 miles
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Map of old Shawmut Peninsula overlayed on Modern Boston

Before Boston: Shawmut Peninsula through 1630

Explore 12,000 years of human activity on Shawmut Peninsula, the lands we now call Boston

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1 mile
potential uneven surfaces and moderate inclines
victorian buildings in boston's back bay

Back Bay’s Victorian Architecture

Explore Boston’s Back Bay, home to one of the United States’ richest collections of art and architecture

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
0.65 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Paul Revere's house in Boston's North End

The North End: Boston's Immigration Gateway

Explore Boston’s oldest neighborhood and discover the charm of this unique, compact city space

Walking Tours : Daily & Weekly
90 minutes
0.88 mile
potential uneven surfaces and moderate inclines