Boston Walking Tours
You basically have three options for walking tours of Boston:
If you can think of it, there's probably a Boston walking tour of it. And, if not, several tour companies will happily create one for you!
I'll start with several DIY options...
Self-Guided Map & Audio Tours
Boston Walking Tour BooksIf you want to get serious about doing a self-led Boston walking tour, here are a few excellent books to point you in the right direction(s).
Guided Boston Walking Tour OptionsNow onto the guided Boston walking tour options...
Freedom Trail ToursAs far as walking tours go, Boston is, of course, most well known for the Freedom Trail. As a result there are several guided walking tour options. I've put those along with a detailed description of the Freedom Trail on our Freedom Trail Boston page.
Free Tours!Yes, you read that right. Free Tours By Foot now offer Boston walking tours absolutely free of charge. The idea is that their tour guides are so good that the tips they make will be enough to keep them off (or should I say on?) the streets!
At the time of this writing, they're only offering Freedom Trail tours, but given their clear success in other cities, I have a feeling we'll be seeing more soon!
Themed ToursSomewhat less specific to Boston, many people love to learn about the cities they visit by going on themed walking tours. Two topics in particular have gained some serious popularity in recent year, so I've devoted pages to them as well.
For Little PeopleBoston By Little Feet Freedom Trail Tour: A 1-hour Freedom Trail tour specifically designed for 6-12 year olds. Runs Fridays & Saturdays 10am, Sundays 2pm, $8 per person, Season: May-October.
Boston Architecture ToursIt's no surprise given Boston's historic and often stunning architecture that this would be of particular interest to tourists and non-tourists alike. Here are a few options:
Victorian Back Bay Tour: Focuses on art & architecture in Boston's Back bay. Runs one time per day on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays for 1.5 hours, $12 adults, $8 children (6-12), Season: May-October.
Downtown Freedom Trail - History and Architecture: Runs at 10am for 70 minutes, cost: $15 per person. This is the first part of their 2-hour Downtown Boston to Back Bay Tour. Let your tour guide know what your specific interests are.
Beacon Hill Tour: A walking tour of Boston's Beacon Hill area which acts as a great introduction to early American architecture. Runs Monday-Friday at 5.30pm, Weekends at 2pm for 1.5 hours, $12 adults, $8 children (6-12), Season: May-October.
Ethnic/Culturally Based ToursFor many, a tour of Boston holds particular meaning when it encompasses the history of their own culture or that of others in their life.
Black Heritage Trail: Guided by the National Park Service. Run 3 times per day in the summer season and once a day during the winter season.
Boston Jewish Cultural Walking Tour: Run on Mondays at 2.30pm for 2 hours, $25 per person.
Irish Heritage Trail: They are working on reguarly scheduled tours for the public. At the moment, they only provide group tours upon request.Given Boston is often referred to as "The Walking City" it's quite appropriate that you at least consider doing one of the many Boston walking tours.
The North EndIf you have a particular interest in Boston's Little Italy, known as the North End, here are a couple of options.
The Old Boston Original Secret Tour: A 2-hour tour that runs 1-2 times per day (Monday-Saturday), costs $30 per person.
Boston By Foot: The North End Tour: A 1.5 hour tour, runs Friday-Sunday at 1pm, $12 adults, $8 children (6-12), Season: May-October.
North End Market Tour: A 3 hour tour that takes you where the locals go. Check out this great review provided by one of our readers.
A Few More Themed Boston Walking Tours...Power of Women Tour: Run Thursdays at 3pm for 2 hours, $30 per person.
Literary Landmarks: A 1.5 hour tour, runs Saturdays at 10am, $12 adults, $8 children (6-12), Season: May-October.
PhotoWalks Photo Tours of Boston: PhotoWalks offer photography focused tours in several areas of historic Boston. Their tours run 1.5-2 hours and cost $30 for adults, $15 for ages 10-17 (with a paying adult).