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dorchester burial ground entrance

Upham’s Corner

Private Tours : Additional Tours by Request
60 minutes
0.44 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Upham’s Corner is one of the oldest crossroads in Boston. Come with us to explore this interesting section of Dorchester. We will walk up a piece of the Emerald Necklace that did not get built (Columbia Road) and find out why not. We will see a series of commercial buildings and discuss why Amos Upham came to this intersection to open his store in 1804. This tour is presented in partnership with Upham's Corner Main Street , an organization whose mission is to improve quality of life in the Upham’s Corner business district by helping neighborhood businesses thrive. find out more
Burned buildings and homes in boston after the great fire

Boston Reborn: After the Great Fire of 1872

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
2 miles
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Join us on a 90-minute walking tour exploring the city's rebirth after the Great Fire of 1872. Follow the route of the progression of the Great Fire, a disaster in Boston's commercial district that proved more costly than the legendary Chicago Fire the year before. Hear how the city's architectural design contributed to the spread and speed of the devastating conflagration, and learn how these fires reformed our fire prevention policies in America. find out more
Gilded Age photo

Boston's Gilded Age

Private Tours : Additional Tours by Request
During the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, Boston's Back Bay was alive with social clubs and thriving cultural institutions. On this tour we will explore the favorite haunts of Boston's upper-class, often known as "Boston Brahmins." Though "Brahmins" had a reputation for being exclusive and elitist, many of these men and women were active in making our city—and the whole nation—a better place to live. They fought to abolish slavery and to recognize women’s rights, and they built libraries, colleges, museums and orchestras. Though this elite generation of wealthy activists was often philanthropic, on this tour we’ll also discuss their limitations and shortcomings. find out more
Byron Street Carriage House Boston Beacon Hill

The Flat of Beacon Hill

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
This walking tour is inspired by Samuel Eliot Morison's childhood memoir One Boy's Boston . Discover Morison's neighborhood on this tour through one of Boston's least known and most delightful areas. The Flat of Beacon Hill is built on 19th century-made land along the Charles River. The Flat is geologically part of Back Bay and culturally part of Beacon Hill, with the architecture of both. This intimate patch of real estate soon acquired carriage houses and horse stables owned by the wealthy families living on Beacon Hill. Today, many of these edifices have been converted into charming residences and seamlessly blend among the notable landmarks such as the Charles Street Meeting House, the Church of the Advent, and the Sunflower Castle . What do Sam Mayday Malone, a private-eye named Spenser, and a Fox Terrier named Igloo have in common? They all know the Flat is where it's at! find out more
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
likely uneven surfaces and signficant inclines
Explore Boston’s oldest neighborhood, the North End, with our knowledgeable guide. Discover the charm of this unique, compact city space that has been home to immigrants for 400 years. Learn what brought waves of people from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and Italy to the North End; the difficulties they faced when they arrived; and how they made a difference in their new home! This tour begins at the waterfront and weaves through Boston’s famous ‘crooked and narrow’ streets. It will end in the heart of the North End, the perfect spot to enjoy an Italian treat after the tour! find out more
Bullfinch Triangle

Bulfinch Triangle

Find out how this former industrial district has been given a new life.

Walking Tours : New for 2022
90 minutes
1.5 miles
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
In the last decade, the Bulfinch Triangle has been transformed from a hub of transportation and entertainment to a neighborhood with a growing number of residents and a place on Boston’s skyline. While our walk includes the historic landscape of the Mill Pond and the early 19th century street plan, we'll focus on the cycles of use since then. We will walk across the Triangle, exploring the area's industrial architecture and the transit elements that have shaped it. You'll see how the area continues to change today and how adaptive reuse is giving this former industrial district new life. find out more
view of beacon hill from the charles river

Beacon Hill From Both Sides

Learn the history of both the North and South Slopes and why they became such separate neighborhoods.

Walking Tours : New for 2022
90 minutes
1.5 miles
likely uneven surfaces and signficant inclines
From the beginning, the presence of each has had an important effect on the history and development of the other. We will explore the many different people who lived here and contributed to the story of Beacon Hill, including the Native Massachusett people, Boston’s African American community, Gay and Lesbian community, and 19th century immigrant populations. We will see some of Boston’s handsomest nineteenth century houses, and hear about the fascinating lives of the people who lived in them. find out more
Star of David stained glass in Circular Window

Jewish Beacon Hill

Boston’s Jewish immigrants created an active community that blended Old and New World customs.

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
1.5 miles
likely uneven surfaces and signficant inclines
Journey to Beacon Hill’s North Slope at the turn of the 20th century. Explore the lives of its Jewish residents during a period of cultural and architectural change. Uncover how Boston’s Jewish immigrants created an active community that blended customs from Eastern Europe and changes to the new world around them. Discover sites where Boston’s Jewish West End residents worked, lived and worshiped, including the sites of three synagogues within a few blocks of each other. Tour can include a visit to the Vilna Shul upon request. find out more
victorian buildings in boston's back bay

Back Bay’s Victorian Architecture

Delight in the elegant homes and architectural marvels of Victorian Back Bay

Walking Tours : Monthly & Quarterly
90 minutes
0.65 mile
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
On this guided tour, explore how Boston’s back bay was filled in to become one of the United States’ richest collections of art and architecture. The treasures of this Back Bay tour include Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, Old South Church and grand Back Bay townhouses. Walk back in time to uncover splendid examples of Victorian architecture. find out more
view of the charles river and cambridge from above the back bay boston

The Making of MIT

From Back Bay to Cambridge

Private Tours : Additional Tours by Request
90 minutes
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Everyone knows MIT as a Cambridge institution with a global reputation. But for its first 55 years, MIT called the Back Bay home. 101 years ago, MIT made the move from Back Bay to Cambridge. Join us as we trace “Boston Tech” from its founding to its relocation across the Charles River. This tour will feature some of the sites of the original Back Bay campus while discussing the drivers and the drama leading to the construction of its new campus. find out more
Horse drawn carriage with driver by row houses

South End

Join Boston By Foot and the South End Historical Society for the ultimate “Outside-In” South End Tour package

Private Tours : Additional Tours by Request
mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines
Join Boston By Foot to explore one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Boston!  The South End was Boston's first big land-making project designed for new housing for Boston's growing upper class. It is based on an English plan, with lovely parks and squares framed by rows of houses. The layout and early South End homes were inspired by Charles Bulfinch, the great architect of the Massachusetts State House. In the 19th century, the waters of the South Bay gave way to new land for Boston. The South End was envisioned to be the finest of neighborhoods and its grandeur can still be experienced. One of the largest collections of Victorian architecture in the country, the latter parts of the 1800s brought a wonderful array of brick row houses of many different architectural styles to the South End. After Back Bay provided a newer and more fashionable place to live, the South End evolved into an area occupied by many different immigrant groups. Major institutions, like the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Boston City Hospital, came into the South End to serve these new populations.  Now known for its wonderful restaurants, funky boutiques, artist lofts and theaters, there is so much to see and explore in this neighborhood. find out more
Old clock in South Boston

South Boston’s Broadway

Private Tours : Additional Tours by Request
South Boston has played a major part in Boston’s history from the occupation of Dorchester Heights to the many manufacturing companies that once dotted the neighborhood and waterfront to the many churches that were built as places of worship for the many immigrants who came to Boston. We will walk along Broadway, considered the main street of South Boston, starting at West Broadway and ending on East Broadway. We start at the former site of Blinstrub’s Village and see the oldest street clock in Boston dating back to the 1870’s. We will see many beautiful buildings and their architectural styles along the way. We will learn about the occupation of Dorchester Heights which led to the evacuation of the British troops from Boston. We will stop at several former sites of businesses and institutions that have played a key role in Boston and learn about several famous people and their ties to South Boston.  We will finish the tour in Medal of Honor/ “M” Street Park where you can see the first Vietnam Memorial in the United States. find out more
West End Project Redevelopment Sign 1960s

Old West End

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Look into the past for a tour of Boston’s Old West End. Once a thriving multi-cultural neighborhood representing 23 nationalities, The West End was transformed during a Government-sponsored Urban Renewal Program starting in the late 1950s and lasting through the 1960s. The project displaced over 2,500 families amounting to over 10,000 people. Concurrently, the City Hall Plaza project (through separate funding) forced the demise of Scollay Square - the commercial, entertainment and cultural center of the neighborhood. Lost were relics such as the Old Howard, The Boston Museum (think P.T. Barnum), and the Elizabeth Peabody House. In its place, just a few small plaques commemorate 300 years of lost history. Highlights include: The West End Museum, The Last Tenement Standing, The West End Settlement House, The Old West End Church, The West End Library, Bowdoin Square and Scollay Square. This tour encompasses the old neighborhood and recreates the fabric of the era before Urban Renewal and City Hall Plaza. find out more
Brookline Cottage historic home

Longwood & Cottage Farm

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See two of Brookline's most delightful neighborhoods. Longwood and Cottage Farm provide a quiet, bucolic setting apart from its urban borders. This walking tour showcases a remarkable collection of romantic English country style cottages and picturesque churches. Founded by two families, the Sears and Lawrence families, as places where they and their friends could live, these two historic districts boast beautiful homes, several 19th century churches, and a surprise or two, such as one of the first International Style homes built in the Boston area, and the home of the subjects of one of the most well-loved paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts The Longwood and Cottage Farm historic districts span some 119 acres and are comprised of sophisticated suburban homes and cottages designed in the Gothic Revival, Mansard, Queen Anne, and Georgian Revival architectural styles. find out more
Kendall Square Sculpture

Kendall Square

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The Kendall Square area has exploded with new development and is one of the hottest commercial real estate markets in the country. A center for innovation, it boasts offices for Google, Akamai, Biogen, Microsoft, Facebook, and more. This recent boom has been accompanied by the construction of new living spaces, restaurants, and hotels. In the early 20th century, Kendall Square was home to distilleries, electric power plants, soap and hosiery factories, and the Kendal Boiler and Tank Company. It remained MIT’s industrial backyard after it arrived in 1916. Once ​planned to be the home of NASA's Electronics Research Center, Kendall Square was a ghost town by the 1980s. Today, it boasts a thriving live/work/play environment that is integrated with its academic neighbor and home to many startups. find out more
Street Sign reading Jerusalem Place

Jewish North End

Private Tours : Additional Tours by Request
The Jewish history of Boston is somewhat different than the other early port cities of the eastern United States. Few Jews lived in Boston in the 17th and 18th centuries, and a permanent Jewish community didn’t establish itself here until the 1840s. The wave of migration from Eastern Europe of the late 19th century greatly enlarged the Jewish community of Boston, and many of the new immigrants of this period ended up living in the North End. This historic residential neighborhood also includes links to the lives of Jewish Bostonians from earlier centuries as well.  This tour will explore some of the stories of Boston’s Jewish experience from the 17th century through the early 20th century. find out more
Maverick Square Mural in East Boston

East Boston

Maverick Square and Beyond

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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. 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 street grid laid out in 1833 to the new developments sprouting up along the waterfront, to get a sense of the people and forces that have shaped East Boston over the years.  We’ll 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.  As we leave the waterfront, we’ll take a look at commercial establishments catering to old and new immigrants alike, as well as current and former municipal facilities like the Theodore Lyman school, recently nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, and the Maverick Marketplace, recent recipient of a Boston Preservation Alliance Award for its renovation from a long vacant Public Welfare building to a successful small business incubator. We’ll discuss housing like the award winning Maverick Landing mixed income development and churches like Most Holy Redeemer, built by renowned church architect Patrick Keely as East Boston’s first Roman Catholic church.  We’ll encounter the many different modes of transportation find out more
Davis Square sculpture of couple walking

Davis Square

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Learn about the vibrant neighborhood of Davis Square. An eclectic mix of the old and new, the once commercial area of West Somerville is now a rich mix of theaters, restaurants, shops, artists, and students and listed as one of the hippest places to live in the United States. find out more
View of Weeping Willows over pond in public garden boston

Boston Public Garden and the Back Bay

Private Tours : Additional Tours by Request
potential uneven surfaces and moderate inclines
Join us on a stroll to Copley Square through the Boston Public Garden, the magnificent front entrance to the Back Bay. Walk up Commonwealth Avenue, Boston's and listening to stories about the Boston’s Parisian architectural influences. find out more