Complete Tour Catalog

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 Follow the words and history of four generations of Adamses, from their experiences at the Old... Read More
May Member Event For Boston's first two hundred years, "a flown sheate, a faire winde, and a boune voyage" were wishes at the heart of the city's life and economy.  Travel under sail was commonplace and central to the culture, across classes.  Join us for eleven memorable stories spanning that era, drawn from first-person accounts by Bostonians... Read More
Anne Hutchinson and Historic Boston Map August Member Event This presentation focuses on Puritan history in the East of England, their architecture and daily life, their beliefs, and their concept of governance as reflected in the 1629 “Charter of Massachusetts Bay”. It will look specifically at John Winthrop’s manor and church in Groton, Suffolk County, the church and environs of... Read More
Anne Hutchinson and Historic Boston Map September Member Event The theme of England in America will be explored as we trace the steps of Anne Hutchinson, a notorious early settler of Boston in the 1600s. The base map for the tour will be the Boston 1635 map printed in the Book of Possessions (1881 and 1905). Walking with it, we will visit and envision the property of prominent... Read More
Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston, Massachusetts Take a walk through time on a Roman scale.  With a view toward Matt Bronski's "architectural Darwinism," we follow an unusual route through the North End to consider the evolution of common architectural features.  While the decorations on a building's facade can define its style, did you know they were originally designed to make it last for... Read More
Boston Skyscrapers © Tony Hisgett; Creative Commons License Step off dry land and head out onto the water to experience Boston like never before! This tour offers spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor, through the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin. The tour includes landmarks such as the Customs House, the Hancock tower, the Old North Church, as... Read More
Batterymarch Building © Tony Hisgett; Creative Commons License Art Deco is said to be one of the few architectural styles that most Americans can recognize and name, and its enduring popularity bears this out. Though Boston is less well-known for its Art Deco architecture than New York and Miami, it can claim examples of Art Deco design that would rival New York's finest. The tour provides not only narrative... Read More
October Member Event This tour takes our exploration of Boston Art Deco to the Back Bay. The planned development of Back Bay in the second half of the 19th century opened up opportunities for Art Deco in its redevelopment a half-century later.  This tour through the first four blocks of the Back Bay highlights examples of Art Deco design, from... Read More
Museum of Fine Arts © Paul Cohen; Creative Commons License Along Huntington Avenue stands a dense concentration of Boston's most venerable cultural institutions. From McKim, Mead & White's Symphony Hall to Guy Lowell's Museum of Fine Arts this tour will showcase the establishments dedicated to the fine arts, music, theater, education, religion, and sports.
Copley Square, with Trinity Church; Creative Commons License Unlike the casual, chaotic way in which early Boston was laid out, the streets of Back Bay are arranged in an orderly grid.  Renowned for its elegant homes, the architectural marvels of Copley Square, and its signature stately boulevard, Commonwealth Avenue, the Back Bay is one of Boston’s most charming neighborhoods. On this tour you will learn... Read More
Boston's Back Bay Back Bay is best known for its transformation from a foul-smelling swamp to Boston’s most fashionable late 19th century neighborhood. On this tour, we will walk past the elegant buildings of that era, and focus our attention upward to the taller buildings of the 20th and 21st centuries which have greatly enhanced the area’s commercial base while... Read More
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 on the site of the old Boston & Providence Railroad and... Read More
Acorn Street by Darron Schall; Creative Commons License Boston’s Classic Tour Since 1976 From the golden dome of the State House to the elegant homes of Louisburg Square, the Beacon Hill tour travels picturesque streets, highlighting examples of early American architecture with particular emphasis on the work of Charles Bulfinch. Experience Beacon Hill’s ornate past, from its rural beginnings to the... 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! tour, you will hear stories that shed a new light on this quiet residential... 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 age in Philadelphia, and was the darling of Paris. From his many... Read More
John Adams Courthouse Decisions made in Boston's courtrooms have had far-reaching and long-lasting effects. Join us on this tour of Boston's historic and contemporary courthouses as we explore Boston's fascinating legal history. From the notorious Boston Massacre trial to the cases that resulted in the Boston Harbor cleanup, we will discuss landmark trials that shaped... 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 designed some of the city’s most enduring buildings, and the street layout now known as... Read More
Boston By Little Feet Tour This child's-eye view of the Freedom Trail's architecture and history is especially designed for young walkers from 6-12 years of age. Walking along Boston's historic Freedom Trail and part of Boston's original coastline, children will experience the historical sites that played a key role in American independence: Faneuil Hall, the Old State... Read More
Boston Public Garden 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.
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... Read More
July Member Event As working women were fighting for rights in the workplace, suffragists were demanding the right to vote. Boston’s women’s trade unionism & suffrage movements were lead by proud, defiant women who were divided along class lines. By the end of the 19th century, suffragists were becoming sensitive to the growing number of... Read More
Boston’s Chinatown is one of the city’s smallest yet most vibrant neighborhoods. Join us to learn about the neighborhood’s immigrant tradition, its evolution, and its current incarnation as one of the few surviving Chinatowns on the east coast. This tour takes you beyond the restaurants and markets to explore the backstreets and alleyways of... Read More
Greetings from Boston, Courtesy of the Boston Public Library In partnership with the Boston Literary District’s Construction of Self series, Boston By Foot has created a tour that will discuss how Boston’s identity was shaped by specific events and people. Psychologically, identity is composed of the qualities, beliefs and ways of expression that make a person (or a city) different from others. To that... 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 the World War II bars and baths, to the AIDS Action... 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 that first brought Bostonians operatic classics from... Read More
Pope Night Experience a most riotous tour through four centuries of protests, social violence and at times downright bad behavior! Known for the protests of the Stamp Act and Boston Tea Party, rebellions and uprisings have taken place throughout Boston's history. We'll examine many of the lesser known riots and street violence often fueled by the powerless... Read More
Isabella Stewart Gardner The “Boston Brahmins” have a reputation for being exclusive and elitist, but many of these nineteenth-century upper-class 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.   On this... Read More
Cambridge Common Founded in 1631, Cambridge Common Park was once the common pasture for Old Cambridge. Later it served as an encampment for the Continental Army. Today it’s home to playgrounds and ballfields, surrounded by historic houses, churches, and buildings of Harvard University.  We’ll explore nearly 400 years of history & architecture on our loop of... Read More
Carruth's Hill Many people do not know much about the history of Dorchester, which is technically even older than Boston.  Transportation enabled the development of rural areas of Dorchester into streetcar suburbs.  The establishment of the streetcars allowed ‘Carruth’s Hill’  to become a beautiful garden suburb. It was one place that the 1% flocked to, and... Read More
William Lloyd Garrison Boston's great defenders of Liberty were not soldiers on horseback with sword in hand, but average citizens. Their courage, determination and sacrifice paved the path for the society we have today. Some were instrumental in forming our Constitution, others in solidifying their rights under it. Join our knowledgeable guides to examine the... Read More
USS Constitution is moored at the Charlestown Navy Yard; Public Domain Huzzah! Established in 1801, the Charlestown Navy Yard is one of the oldest shipbuilding facilities in the US Navy. Designed in large part by Alexander Parris, the Navy Yard played important roles in multiple United States Navy endeavors, from the completion of the 74-gun Independence, the Navy's first ship-of-the-line in 1812, to the drydocking... Read More
Battle of Bunker Hill by Edward Percy Moran; Public Domain Boston began in Charlestown.  Founded  two years before Boston, Charlestown was the first capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Paul Revere crossed the Harbor and began his famous Midnight Ride here.  The American colonists resisted the British regulars at the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the town was burned to the ground. Tour this small,... Read More
During the 17th and 18th century Columbia Point was a 14 acre marshland that Dorchester residents used as a calf’s pasture. For over three centuries the land has been filled in to increase the size of the peninsula Today, Columbia Point is a vibrant Boston neighborhood. It is the location of museums and educational institutions, the first mixed... Read More
Commonweath Ave Take a walk through the heart of Victorian Boston on this tour of Commonwealth Avenue! Boston's grand boulevard, Commonwealth Avenue, provides an enduringly popular stroll. The tour parallels the 19th century filling and development of the Back Bay from its origin at Arlington Street down the seven blocks along the tree-lined, grassy Mall. See... 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. From the tidal estuary of the Charles through the... Read More
Sculptures at Davis Square; Creative Commons License 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.
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 became today’s vibrant and diverse East Boston. This tour will... 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, and community colleges in the Boston area.  Our... 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 backgrounds were mixed.  Some came from wealth that... Read More
Tortoise and the Hare There are clues all around Copley Square that are connected to Aesop's Fables. Do we know why these clues are here? What do they refer to?  Join us on this free, short, family-friendly tour around Copley Square to find these clues and learn the fables and stories they represent.    
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. Walk the 2.5-mile route with us on this patriotic tour through 16 historic sites, as it winds... Read More
Explore the engineered world of Fort Point Channel. On this tour of discovery, you will experience the history and engineering marvels of this industrial waterway that has become the centerpiece of this neighborhood's revival. Fort Point Channel was the most difficult undertaking of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project - the I-90 extension. Since... Read More
Charlestown Carver Gravestone June Tour of the Month Explore three of downtown Boston's burying grounds and learn about the customs surrounding death and dying in Puritan New England. Dig deeper into the religious views, practices, symbolism, and traditions of death in Boston. Beginning at King's Chapel Burying Ground, this tour will lift the veil of mystery surrounding... Read More
Harvard Yard; Public Domain Established in 1636, the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony established a college in Cambridge and later named it Harvard College for its first benefactor. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in America. Learn the history of this venerable institution, as well as the academic history of America, through an... Read More
Old State House; Creative Commons License The perfect introduction to the history of Boston! This walking tour of the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston begins with the city’s establishment in 1630. The story of Boston unfolds through an exploration of the city’s architecture spanning more than three centuries. Beginning with the Puritan settlement, the tour continues through the American... Read More
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 District, the lore of clipper ships and the China Trade, and... Read More
Soldier's Monument; Creative Commons License Jamaica Plain is one of the smaller neighborhoods of Boston, with an unusually big history. JP (as it usually called by locals) encompasses only 3.07 square miles but offers a tremendously rich and varied narrative. Settled by Puritans in the 1630s and attracting wealthy Bostonians to build summer estates on the Jamaica Pond in the 18th century,... 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 of which are today's Freedom Trail sites including the Old... 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 cater 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,... Read More
After the likes of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott in the 19th century, another literary scene evolved on Beacon Hill in the 20th century.  But, how did it compare to the Victorian "flowering of New England"? Come explore a sampling of what some later writers with Beacon Hill connections brought to American... Read More
Brookline Cottage Farm May Tour of the Month 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... Read More
Harvard Medical School; Public Domain Boston has a very long tradition of leadership in the medical profession dating back to the introduction of the smallpox inoculation into the colonies by Dr. Zabdiel Boylston and Cotton Mather in 1721, and the founding of Harvard Medical School by Dr. John Warren in 1782. On this tour, explore today's world-renowned community of hospitals,... Read More
View of Mission Church; Creative Commons License Discover one of the least explored neighborhoods within Boston. Mission Hill was once an area of Rocksberry and divided among several large landowners but slowly developed into a dense urban area. Formally called Parker Hill, the arrival of the Redemptorist Fathers who set up a small mission church changed the name of the area to Mission Hill.... 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’s a spooky walk through the city on a hill’s less... Read More
Franklin Place; Public Domain Boston played a pivotal role in the development of the Historic Preservation movement. On this tour of Boston's architectural history, you will learn the story behind the survival of some of Boston's most beloved historic landmarks such as the dramatic rescue of the Old South Meeting House from demolition. There were also many casualties such as... Read More
Long Wharf by Ingfbruno; Creative Commons License A walk through Boston is a walk through time! The eclectic urban landscape is composed of layers of history whose story is revealed by the clues left behind. The city has aggressively reinvented itself over and over again to accommodate a growing population, the needs of business and industry, public and private transportation and public health... Read More
Dr. Gannet's Church, Arlington St, Boston Mass. John P. Soule. Creative Commons When the Puritans arrived in Boston in 1630 they established a new society based on adherence to religious law and conformity to a strict social order. The religious freedom they sought was for their beliefs and to the exclusion of others. Our tour will demonstrate the sacrifices and heroic efforts of many to achieve the level of tolerance that... Read More
Boston's Blackstone Block From the Boston Massacre to Paul Revere's midnight ride, Boston is renowned for its inciting events to the American Revolution. Come explore the streets of Boston's oldest neighborhoods and hear the extraordinary stories preserved in the meetinghouses, halls, and homes where the Revolution was born. Our most comprehensive Freedom Trail offering,... Read More
Alvah Kittredge House, Photo Courtesy of HBI; Photographer Greg Pemru Photo courtesy of HBI. Photographer Greg Pemru. The Roxbury Highlands tour explores a remarkable neighborhood. Our tour travels through the center of colonial Roxbury:  Eliot Square, where the First Church proudly stands as the oldest wooden church in Boston. The Highlands flourished in the mid-19th century as a garden suburb with many pear and... Read More
First Church of Roxbury (photo by John Phelan) Gain a new perspective of Roxbury as you walk between two of its prominent hills, Fort Hill and Mission Hill. Beginning with colonial First Church in Roxbury and ending with the puddingstone grandeur of Mission Church, participants will visit prominent religious buildings which relay the history of Roxbury, as well as hear about demographic... Read More
Manulife Building, Platinum LEED Certified From tidal flat to industrial area, to Innovation District and hot new nightspot, many transformations have taken place in the South Boston Seaport in the last 150 years, and more are planned for the immediate future. This neighborhood of new and exciting developments in Boston didn't even exist in the early 19th century. Come learn about its... Read More
Boston Chinatown (Paifang), Tufts Medical Center, State Theater Boston 1967 (Margaret L. DeWolf) June Member Event The historic South Cove Neighborhood includes Tufts Medical Campus, Chinatown, and Lower Washington Street, formerly known as the Combat Zone. As we walk through the Tufts Medical Campus, you will learn how the Boston Dispensary, Floating Hospital for Children, the Pratt Diagnostic, and Tufts Medical College merged in 1948 and... Read More
Union Park, Photo Credit: South End Historical Society Photo courtesy of the South End Historical Society 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... Read More
South Station Boston By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK - CC BY 2.0 In this walk, we’ll trace the rich history of South Station. While many Bostonians today think of it simply as a subway and commuter rail station, at the cusp of the 20th century South Station was the city’s main transportation hub, providing a union station for five major railroads and a grand civic landmark. We’ll explore the life of the... Read More
South End Skyline, Tim Grafft/MOTT, Creative Commons License 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 South Cove was filled in the 1830s.  Then the area saw a massive transformation in the 1950s... Read More
The Stamp Act No Taxation Without Representation! Commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the repeal of the Stamp Act with Boston By Foot! This special walking tour will visit the sites related to the 1765 Stamp Act protest riots that gave birth to the American Revolution. Beginning with an overview of the Stamp Act, including Parliament’s reasons for the tax... Read More
Boston Financial District; Creative Commons License From an architectural perspective, Boston is often known for its examples of Federal and Victorian structures. Yet its built environment has continued to evolve, and in recent years, contemporary architecture in Boston has flourished. While the city boasts innovative and eclectic architecture of all periods, there remains no singular area in... Read More
North Square, Michael Kappel, Creative Commons License Get off the Freedom Trail and explore the darker side of Boston! This original guided walk through misery, misfortune, malevolence and murder is based on true historical events that have occurred in Boston. Fact is often stranger than fiction! As you begin to uncover Boston's dark side, you will hear many dark and disturbing stories not often... Read More
City Hall Plaza, Boston (Photo by Connie, 2007) This tour encompasses Boston's history from the end of World War II to the opening of the new Quincy Marketplace. The architecture serves as a point of departure for a discussion of the events leading to the “death” of the city following middle class migration to the suburbs and the subsequent “rebirth” of Boston through Urban Renewal, the return... Read More
Experience Boston’s own great depression from 1929 to its eventual revival by 1969 on this Decline and Rebirth of a City walking tour. From the iconic Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Commons where over 4,000 unemployed Bostonians denounced key political figures to the Boston City Hall and the portrait of Mayor John Collins who helped revive... Read More
Charles River Esplanade; Public Domain The Esplanade is one of Boston's best loved parks with stunning views of the Charles River. From the filling of the Back Bay to the construction of James Jackson Storrow Memorial Drive, the Esplanade was built in stages fulfilling the vision of landscape architect Charles Eliot. Today, the once malodorous mudflats are now bustling with walkers,... Read More
Imagine the amazement of the Boston population in 1826 when Quincy Market was opened as a public market. The innovative use of granite and glass in post and beam construction made a definitive statement about the Boston’s emergence as a major city. Since that time Quincy Market has seen glory days and dismal transitional periods. The roller... 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 River. The Flat is geologically part of Back Bay and culturally part of... Read More
Boston Greenway © Bert Kaufmann; Creative Commons License The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is Boston's new mixed-use public space that once housed the elevated highway since replaced by the Big Dig. Learn the history of the neighborhoods that once occupied this space and the present day urban planning that is knitting Boston back together.
Ticknor House, Park Street, Boston. Photographed by Southworth & Hawes, 1858. By the mid-nineteenth century, Boston had earned the nickname “The Athens of America”, as an important center for literature and as home to many of America's greatest writers. It was the launch pad of American Romanticism, Transcendentalism, the Fireside Poets, and American Realism. This literary tour highlights the homes and haunts of such... Read More
Rogers Building 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... Read More
Paul Revere's House by Ben Franske; Creative Commons License America's oldest neighborhood is a delightful labyrinth of narrow streets and exotic marketplaces. A gateway for immigrants from around the world, the North End is also home to the Old North Church, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, and the Paul Revere House. Isolated from the rest of downtown by the construction of the old Central Artery in the 1950s... Read More
Myrtle Street Explore the narrow streets and alleyways of the North Slope of Beacon Hill. This colonial port district with an unsavory reputation evolved to become a significant force in the abolitionist movement, an important station on the Underground Railroad, and home to many immigrant families. Unlike the historically more fashionable South Slope that has... Read More
A Tavern Scene Booze. Hooch. Liquor. Kill Devil. Grog. Applejack. It's all covered on the Tipsy Tour: Dram Shops and Drunken Sailors! This tour is not a pub crawl - it's an exploration of Boston's boozy past! You’ll hear stories from the very beginnings of Boston’s history through Prohibition and meet some interesting characters along the way – like the Ice... Read More
Longfellow National Historic Site; Creative Commons License In 1775, when George Washington arrived in Massachusetts, he made his headquarters in the abandoned mansions of wealthy loyalists along Brattle Street in Cambridge. Walk through one of America's finest neighborhoods and see elegant examples of early New England architecture. Brattle Street residents also included Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,... Read More
Boston Wharf Company Sign A Special April Fool's Event Join Boston By Foot for a unique walking tour of Boston that keeps participants on their toes. Called True Lies & False Facts, this questionable tour starts at the Hood Milk Bottle at the Children’s Museum and winds its way around the Fort Point Channel neighborhood. Lasting an hour and a half, the tour will tell... Read More
photo courtesy of Historic New England Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Historic New England. Urban renewal, a controversial mid-twentieth-century movement to revitalize America’s city centers, still evokes strong feelings. Learn about the complex events that led to the decline of America's downtowns and the promise offered by proponents of urban renewal. These projects dramatically... Read More