Special Topic Tours

Old State House; Public Domain

"My Eyes are so diverted with Chimney Sweeps, Carriers of Wood, Merchants, Ladies, Priests, Carts, Horses, Oxen, Coaches, Market men and Women, Soldiers, Sailors, and my Ears with the Rattle Gabble of them all..." -- John Adams, diary, March 18-19, 1759

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Bay Village; Public Domain

October Tour of the Month

Visit one of Boston's hidden neighborhoods, an area that has maintained its residential charm amidst the surrounding city.   This tour begins behind the Park Plaza Hotel, at Statler Park, overlooking the renaissance and classical revival buildings constructed... Read More

Beacon Hill Houses by Sharon Schindler

Join a Boston By Foot guide and professional photographer Sharon Schindler for a guided history and photography tour of one of Boston's most beautiful neighborhoods! Hear about the unique history and architecture of Beacon... Read More

Pumpkins Alight; Andy Hay; Creative Commons License

A Special Halloween Event

Join Boston By Foot for our most popular event of the year! For 30 years, this tour has been part of any great Halloween celebration in Boston.

There is no better place than Beacon Hill to walk to the dark side on All Hallow’s Eve.  On the Boo!... Read More

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (detail) by David Martin; Public Domain

Celebrate and learn about the life of Benjamin Franklin by walking among the sites of his homes and haunts in Colonial Boston. 

In his day, Benjamin Franklin was America's greatest scientist, inventor, diplomat, humorist, statesman, and entrepreneur. Ben was born in Boston, came of... Read More

Called one of America’s first architects, Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844) defined the Federal style of architecture and the physical fabric of Boston, capturing the vision and spirit of the young Republic. As an architect, town planner, and selectman, Bulfinch... Read More

A gay and lesbian culture flourished in Boston, in private homes, the theatre, coffee houses, the baths, and of course, bars. We will follow the footsteps of gay and lesbian friends from the 1840s to the 1980s, from Thoreau's walks along the Common and Charlotte Cushman's transvestite roles to... Read More

Boston Opera House

The History of Opera in Boston is as rich and dramatic as the art form itself! Discover the many ways our fair city has been deeply influenced by opera across the centuries. Boston’s rich musical and theatrical past comes to life in this special tour of historical opera sites. From the stages... Read More

Zakim Bridge © Dave Desroches; Creative Commons License

Take a journey of discovery exploring the new open spaces along the lower Charles River. A hub of transportation and recreation, this area has experienced several cycles of dramatic change resulting from the construction of bridges and dams, the expansion of Boston, and the Big Dig project.... Read More

September Tour of the Month

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... Read More

The First Latin School on School Street, 1600s

When Boston was settled in 1630 education was a priority and by 1635 the Boston Latin School was established.  The following year Harvard College was founded. Since then Boston has become one of the great cities of the world attracting the finest minds. Today there are 35 universities, colleges... Read More

Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice (detail) by Andres Zorn; Public Domain

From the 1600s to the mid-1900s, women's groundbreaking contributions to Boston were often under-recognized – or even overlooked.  On this walking tour, learn who some of these Bostonians were and what greatness they achieved against the backdrop of the city's downtown neighborhood. Their own... Read More

Boston Pops Orchestra and Fireworks Spectacular courtesy of the US Navy; Public Domain

A Special Fourth of July Event

A Boston tradition! Footloose on the Freedom Trail is a 3 hour guided walking tour of the entire Freedom Trail from the Boston Common and Massachusetts State House to the U.S.S. Constitution offered every Independence Day.

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Boston Harbor © Alexius Horatius; Creative Commons License

Boston has a great seafaring heritage. Ocean trade and its related industries had a major impact on the growth of Boston and the shape and character of its waterfront.

This tour includes the beginnings of Long Wharf as the grand entry into Boston, and the genesis of its Financial... Read More

Copp's Hill Burying Ground; Public Domain

Relive the adventures of Johnny Tremain in Colonial Boston based on Esther Forbes' prize-winning coming-of-age novel featuring a young boy who gets caught up in the whirlwind of events that led up to the American Revolution.

Johnny's story unfolds in downtown and North End locales, many... Read More

Globe Fountain at Kendall Square

July Tour of the Month

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... Read More

Walk from Beacon Hill and into the South End on this tour of murder, mayhem, and mysticism. Meet the woman who lured Houdini to Boston, the Quaker hanged for her faith, and duelist who died on the Common. See the mass grave of soldiers and the club that changed fire laws across the country. It’... Read More

SoWa Open Market

August Tour of the Month

Is there a more hip and happening place in Boston than SoWa right now? This area of the South End (the bit that is SOuth of WAshington Street) is experiencing yet another reboot.  The neighborhood first came into being when the... Read More

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... Read More