Boston City Guide

Boston Organized Tours Overview

©2006 Boston's Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile red-brick line that provides an ideal walking tour of historical sites.

Although touring Boston on your own is totally manageable, sometimes taking a guided tour makes sense.

Boston Duck Tours never seem to lose their popularity among visitors. The refurbished World War II amphibious vehicles tour Boston's downtown sights before dipping into the Charles for a mini-cruise. The Ducks are heated, but Duck tours are seasonal and run from April to November.

Old Town Trolley Tours are fully narrarated, run year-round and have the advantage of on-and-off privileges. From Harvard Square, you can also opt for a 60-minute double-decker bus tour of Cambridge and Boston.

For Boston specialty tours, the North End Market Tour, given by local foodie Michele Topor, is highly regarded. And if you have kids in tow, Boston by Little Feet walking tours is a 60-minute walking tour that follows the Freedom Trail and explores local architecture and history for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.

There are numerous other Boston walking tours available, including free guided tours by the Boston Park Rangers. You might also enjoy one of the special interest tours, like the Behind the Scenes at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Church tour, or the Literary Landmarks tour.

Regardless of how you decide to explore the city, you'll need comfortable accommodations from which to make your forays. Read about various accommodations available in Boston in the next section.