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Best Ways To See Boston

October 20, 2010 8:56 PM

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Segway of Boston

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It’s no surprise why more than 18 million people visit Boston each year. The city has first-rate dining, eclectic shopping and stunning sights to see. Regardless if you’re a visitor or native, anyone can take advantage of the plethora of options for exploring our world famous city. – Amie Ninh

Boston Duck Tours

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Boston Duck Tours

4 Copley Place, Suite 4155
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
617-267-DUCK
www.bostonducktours.com

Board these WWII style amphibious vehicles for an adventure on and off shore. A “ConDUCKtor” narrates the tour through some of the city’s most famous sites, including the State House, Boston Common and Quincy Market. Be prepared for the “Splashdown,” when the duck splashes into the Charles River – what many people claim is the best part of the tour.

Choose between the full 80-minute tour and an abbreviated 55-minute tour. Rates vary by age and number of people in a group.

Boston Chocalate Tours

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Boston Chocolate Tours

1651 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
781-784-7469
www.bostonchocolatetours.com

It seems almost too good to be true if you’re a chocolate lover, but the name Boston Chocolate Tours says it all – a walking tour of the most decadent desserts at celebrated restaurants and shops. Choose from six chocolate routes through Back Bay, Harvard Square, Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall/North End, South End or the Dessert, Chocolate and Wine through Faneuil Hall.

Boston CityPass

www.citypass.com/boston

Admission fees to some of Boston’s most popular tourist attractions can be a bit pricey. But with a Boston CityPass, adults pay $46 and kids pay $29 to see five of Boston’s famous destinations. You save 46 percent all while visiting the New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Skywalk Observatory and either the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Kayaking Canoeing on the Charles River

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Kayaking/Canoeing on the Charles River

2401 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, Massachusetts 02466
617-965-5110
www.paddleboston.com

With five locations in Boston, Cambridge, Newton and Natick, kayaking and canoeing in the Charles River are convenient and accessible. Classes and tours are available to those who may be beginners, while affordable rentals allow experienced kayakers and canoers to do their own thing.

Boston Pedicab

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Boston Pedicab

105 W Newton St, Boston, MA
617-266-2005
www.bostonpedicab.com

For those who prefer more environmentally friendly means of transportation, try Boston Pedicab – a bike-like vehicle – for your travel needs around the city. Besides functioning as a taxi service, the company even offers tours you can customize. The best part may be the “pay as you please” policy, where there are no meters or rates for using the service. Boston Pedicab opens St. Patrick’s Day weekend and runs through December. Book online or call 617-266-2005.

Segway of Boston

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Segway of Boston

510 Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
617-225-0002
www.segwayofboston.com

Not interested in traditional bus or trolley tours? A segway tour through Boston and Cambridge may be an interesting way to enjoy the area. You don’t need to be a veteran rider to take the tour; you’ll receive a mandatory training before taking off.

Boston By Foot

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Boston By Foot

77 North Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
617-367-2345
www.bostonbyfoot.org

From May through October, put on your most comfortable shoes and enjoy a walking tour through what Walkscore calls the third most walkable neighborhood. Boston By Foot offers specialty tours for children, literary enthusiasts and those looking for the darker side of the city. Most tours are $8 for children and $12 for adults.

PocketMetro

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PocketMetro

18 Hillcrest Circle
Watertown, MA 02472
617-500-4597
www.pocketmetro.com

For those who have a tendency to get lost, PocketMetro is a GPS map you can rent and take with you wherever you visit in Boston. The device displays all the information you need to find what you’re looking for. You can rent a PocketMetro at the Visitor Information Center (148 Tremont St.), Hilton Boston Financial District (89 Broad St.), the Seaport Hotel (1 Seaport Ln) or on an Acorn Tours of Boston (www.acorntoursboston.com).

Boston Trolley Tours

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Boston Trolley Tours

888-910-8687
www.trolleytours.com

From a “frightseeing” ghost tour to sightseeing cruises, Boston Trolley Tours offers customers a range of ways to discover the city.

Boston Gondola Tours

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Boston Gondola Tours

617-876-2800
www.bostongondolas.com

Indulge your romantic side by hopping in an authentic Venetian gondola, built and shipped from Venice, for a relaxing view of the Charles River. Any of the three tour options are sure to put you in a great mood. A live accordion player, chocolates, fruits and flowers are some of the features that are included in the tour packages. Book quickly since the gondola tours are only available on the weekends.

Amie Ninh is a Northwestern University student and aspiring journalist. She spent a summer sharing her passion for writing with the CBSBoston digital media team.

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