Boston By Foot also offers a series of themed tours for groups and private parties not available on the regular schedule. Themed tours can be reserved for your group any time throughout the year.
Please allow a couple of weeks when planning a private tour. Our guides are all volunteers. In some cases, we may be unable accommodate a tour request. The more time in advance and flexibility you have, the easier it is to confirm a tour.
Boston can claim examples of Art Deco rivaling New York's finest. Walk through Boston's financial district to see examples of opulent and eclectic Art Deco buildings built from a time of economic and technological optimism through the Great Depression and World War II.
Discover the downtown you often see but rarely notice.
Explore a wonderful area of Dorchester, a town even older than Boston. Ashmont Hill was the site of several Colonial estates eventually giving way to lovely Victorian homes in this 19th century garden suburb.
Visit one of Boston's hidden neighborhoods; a miniature, garden-filled area that has maintained its residential charm amidst the surrounding city.
From the Massachusetts State House through the historic streets of elegant brick row houses on Beacon Hill, experience the Federal-style architecture of Charles Bulfinch and his followers.
|Ben Franklin: Son of Boston|
Celebrate and learn 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 age in Philadelphia, and was the darling of Paris.
|Boston By Little Feet|
Boston By Little Feet is the only walking tour of the Freedom Trail specifically geared for children. Children will see the Cradle of Liberty, the site of the Boston Tea Party meeting at Old South, the site of the first Public School, and statues of Samuel Adams and Benjamin Franklin.
|Boston Common and Public Garden|
Stroll through Boston's two great parks for the people. Learn about the history of this green and precious heritage: a struggle for beauty and preservation against daunting odds. Experience the sculpture, ornamental plantings, ponds, and wildlife all within the heart of a bustling city.
|Charlestown: Where Boston Began|
Charlestown was the first capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony before the Puritans crossed over to Boston in 1630. In 1775, Paul Revere crossed over to Charlestown to begin his famous Midnight Ride, the colonists stood up to the British army at the Battle of Bunker Hill, and Charlestown was burned to the ground.
Tour this urban village founded in 1628 that focuses on the early Puritan settlement, the Bunker Hill monument, and many of its distinguished citizens which have included John Harvard and Samuel Morse.
This thriving, self-sufficient community combines the irrepressible spirit of the East with a Boston flavor. Recently, Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians have further expanded the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood. This tour traces Chinatown's rich cultural and architectural history, from 1875 to present day, and a vibrant convergence of old and new.
The grand dame of avenues,
|Dams, Bridges & Locks|
Take a journey of discovery and explore the new open spaces along lost half-mile of the 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, railroads, land-making, and the Big Dig project.
From the tidal estuary of the Charles through the vision of Charles Eliot, reclaim this lost half-mile on this trek over dams, under bridges, along railroads, and through beautifully sculpted parks.
|The Dark Side of Boston|
Take a walk on Boston's Dark Side through its history of misery, malevolence, misfortunes, malfeasance, malice, misdeeds, and the macabre.
Walk Boston's jewel of parkland along the Charles River. The Esplanade is the culmination of a vision of accessible outdoor recreational space in and around the Charles River that features sculpted landscaping, sporting facilities, and entertainment at the Hatch Shell.
|The Flat of Beacon Hill|
Discover the new 19th century neighborhood of Beacon Hill. From the early carriage houses to Victorian row houses, the Flat is a charming neighborhood with colorful history and architecture with notable landmarks such as the Church of the Advent and the Charles Street Meeting House.
|Grave Undertakings: Death in Boston|
From 1630 people have been dying in Boston. Walk among the dead through Boston's historic burying grounds and learn of religious views, practices, and traditions of death in Boston.
Explore the oldest and one of the most foremost educational institutions in America. From its founding in 1636, Harvard University includes edifices that span the architectural styles of the nation. Learn the history of this venerable institution, as well as the academic history of America, through this eclectic mix of structures and objects in Harvard Yard.
|Heart of the Freedom Trail|
Walk American history on the downtown portion of the Freedom Trail and see historic sites from the Puritan settlement through the American Revolution. Stops include Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the Old State House, King's Chapel, Old South Meeting House as well as the site of the first public school in America.
Relive the adventures of Johnny Tremain in Colonial Boston based on Esther Forbes' prize-winning novel about a young boy who gets caught up in the whirlwind of events that lead up to the American Revolution.
Enthusiasts of American literature will enjoy walking among the homes and haunts of the great Victorian writers such as Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Alcott, James, Dickens, and Longfellow.
|Longwood Medical Area|
See a world-renowned community of hospitals, academic institutions, and biomedical research centers including the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Joslin Diabetes Center.
|The North End|
Visit America's oldest neighborhood tracing its evolution from an early Puritan settlement through the waves of immigrants whose cultures have shaped the city. Now considered the Little Italy of Boston, this tour will also feature the revolutionary icons of Paul Revere and the Old North Church.
|The North Slope|
Join us on an exploration of the North Slope of Beacon Hill and experience the history, cultures, and eclectic architecture of this ever-changing neighborhood.
|Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered|
From the first subway to Long Wharf through the Big Dig, Boston has led the nation in transforming its cityscape. Find forgotten waterways, streets, and hills in this layman's walk through the history of the city engineered.
|The Road To Revolution|
From the Boston Massacre to Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, explore the streets of Boston's oldest neighborhoods and discover the extraordinary stories of the meeting houses, halls, and homes where the Revolution was born.
|The South End|
The South End is a tour of a vibrant Boston neighborhood, full of wonderful buildings, and diverse culture. Built entirely on made-land, the South End, with its lovely parks and early Victorian row houses, has experienced dramatic changes from an enclave for Boston's 19th century elite, to a poor immigrant neighborhood, through its present day urban, architectural, and cultural renewal.
|Sunset Fundraising Cruise|
Join Boston By Foot for a Fundraising Event! Enjoy Boston's incredible skyline at sunset with expert Boston By Foot docents, delicious appetizers, and participate in a silent auction with fantastic prizes.
|Victorian Back Bay|
Tour the 19th century made-land and one of America's richest collections of art & architecture. This tour features Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, New Old South Church, and the many Victorian townhouses along streets designed after the grand boulevards of Paris.
Take in the spectacular views of Boston Harbor learning of Boston's great seafaring heritage from Atlantic Wharf to Battery Wharf.