Boston’s Best Sightseeing Tours

October 12, 2013 6:00 AM

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Boston is a city that is perfect for exploring. The difference is how you choose to do it. Whether by land or sea, there are a number of options available to you. If you are looking for a unique and fun tour experience, take a look at this short guide to some of Boston’s best sightseeing tours.

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Boston Duck Tours
4 Copley Place, Suite 4155
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 267-3825

Learn what all the quacking is about aboard a Boston Duck Tour. Take your tour with informative and creative guides aboard duck boats – amphibious vehicles that are ready to take you around Boston both by land and water. The boats will take you through historic sites downtown as well as on the Charles River. Once on the river, the tour guide will invite small children to steer the boat. Souvenir photos are also offered to commemorate your trip. As these tours are very popular, be sure to read the frequently asked questions prior to making ticket reservations.

Boston by Foot
8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 367-2345

Boston is known as a walking city, so why not see it by foot? Grab your most comfortable shoes and take a tour with Boston by Foot to get to know the city as the locals do. Learn about architecture, colonial history or take trips to specific neighborhoods. Boston by Foot also offers special tours that highlight aspects of Boston’s history depending on the season. If you are planning a special event or have a large group, be sure to inquire about group or private tours.

(Photo from Urban Adventours)

(Photo from Urban Adventours)

Urban AdvenTours
103 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 670-0637

After spending only a few moments in Boston, you will quickly realize that in addition to walking, Bostonians also love hitting the ground with bikes. With bike lanes popping up all over the city, now is a great time to take advantage of a scenic and informative ride. Take your tour of Boston by bike with Urban AdvenTours and get your views of the city from its choicest spots. Equipped with all of the necessary safety gear and a savvy, professional guide, you will see the city and get a gentle workout – perfect for working off that bowl of famous clam chowder. Try the Boston City View Bicycle Tour to get the most sights out of one ride.

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(Photo from Brush Hill Tours)

(Photo from Brush Hill Tours)

Boston Beantown Trolley and Harbor Cruise
8 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 720-6342

While other cities may have the traditional hop-on/hop-off tours, Boston has a version all its own. Don’t just hop on and hop off a trolley, get on a boat too. Boston Beantown Trolley offers 20 locations as departure and drop-off points as well as a harbor cruise from the New England Aquarium. Numerous historical and popular destinations are included in the tour. You can also opt to stay on board and complete the full circle of sights in under two hours. Need extra time? Purchase a two-day pass to get the most out of the experience.

Boston Trolley Tours


Old Town Trolley Tours
380 Dorchester Ave.
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-7150

One of Boston’s original hop-on and hop-off tours, Old Town Trolley offers numerous ways to enjoy your tour experience. Choose to take a harbor cruise for views of the water or gain free admission into the new Boston Tea Party Museum to learn more about the infamous event. In addition, you can combine your ticket purchase with options such as a Ghost and Gravestones tour to explore the spookier aspects of Boston’s history.

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Cristy is a city dwelling enthusiast, an arts, culture, and technology lover, and an all around curious person. As an examiner, she covers all things Boston. Her work can be found on