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Boston Public Garden: Our most recommended tours and activities

Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Ticket

1. Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Ticket

Discover Boston onboard an enchanting hop-on and hop-off trolley to see all the historic sights at your own pace. Choose from a 1-day or 2-day hop-on hop-off open-air trolley ticket, providing access to 9 stops, all conveniently located close to the city’s premier attractions. Friendly tour guides are on board, ready to narrate your tour, and you can join and end the tour at any of the stops along the route. Jump off in neighborhoods such as North End and Beacon Hill to explore further. Take the full 1-hour circuit non-stop to get a great orientation of downtown Boston or explore in your own time. Hop-on and hop-off trolley stops: • New England Aquarium - Shuttle and Ferry - Quincy Market – Faneuil Hall • Paul Revere House - Little Italy • North End - Old North Church • USS Constitution - Old Ironsides • North Station - TD Bank Garden Sports Museum • Old State House - Faneuil Hall – Boston Massacre - Government Center • Boston Common - Public Garden • State House - Beacon Hill • South Station - Convention Center - Children’s Museum

Boston: North End to Freedom Trail Food and History Tour

2. Boston: North End to Freedom Trail Food and History Tour

Learn about Boston's own Little Italy district of North End and its rich culinary scene. Also, learn about the significant role the city played during the American Revolution on a fascinating guided walking tour of Boston.  Make your way through to the heart of the North End, home to some of the city’s oldest buildings and renowned for its variety of food offerings. Try some fresh bread and Italian meats and cheeses at a hidden bakery. You will also indulge in some sweet local pastries. On the Freedom Trail, explore the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street, and the historic Custom House Tower. Then, head over to Old City Hall, which was the birthplace of public education in America. Don’t forget to get a picture of the bronzed Donkey outside the entrance Your tour will finish at the Boston Public Garden. Enjoy the rest of your day relaxing in the park and its beautiful surroundings. 

Boston: 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour

3. Boston: 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour

This 2-hour Freedom Trail, Beacon Hill, and Back Bay walking tour will give you just the right mix of history, architecture, and culture to bring Boston's personality alive.  During your 2-hour walk, see the Freedom Trail that runs from Faneuil Hall to the Boston Common. Check out the quirky, vibrant architecture and streets of the old city center. Wander among the cobblestone drives and gaslights of historic Beacon Hill and the Back Bay area, then check out the Public Garden and graceful Copley Square. Visit important sites such as Faneuil Hall, the Old and New State Houses, the Old South Meeting House, the Old Corner Bookstore, King's Chapel, the Old Granary Burial Ground, Louisburg Square, Newbury Street, the John Hancock Tower, Trinity Church, and the Boston Marathon Finish Line. There are also plenty more Boston hotspots that you'll get to discover on this guided walking tour! This small-group tour allows you to hear everything your guide is saying as you see Boston's highlights. Feel like part of the city as your guide shares facts, stories, and humor that reflect the quirky nature of Boston in its past and present.

Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

4. Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

Your experience begins at the Aquarium “T” Station on the historic Long Wharf, the focus of Boston Harbor, and the economic engine of Boston for most of its history. From the harbor, continue past the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street and the historic Custom House Tower, the city’s first skyscraper. Then, your guide will lead you toward the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, which both boast stunning views. Moving into the heart of Downtown Boston, stop in front of the Old State House and site of the Boston Massacre. Was it really a massacre or maybe just great propaganda for the Revolution? Ask your expert guide about that one!  A short trek through Downtown Crossing brings you to Old City Hall. This beautiful building, done in French Revivalist architecture, was the seat of city government for years in Boston. It also happens to be the site of the birth of public education in America. You'll definitely want to have your guide snap your picture with the bronze donkey outside the entrance. On most weekdays, you’ll have a chance to see the government at work (or not) inside the inspiring, historic and beautiful Massachusetts State House, designed and built by famous federalist architect Charles Bulfinch in 1798. Outside the State House, take in the views of modern Boston, including the skyscrapers of Downtown, the Financial District, and the tallest building in New England: the John Hancock Tower.   Continue your journey through Beacon Hill, where you’ll have a chance to take in the quintessential architecture of Boston’s red brick row houses. Get out your cameras — this neighborhood is one of the most photogenic in the city. Finally, arrive at the beautiful Boston Public Garden, one of Boston’s favorite green spaces, where you’ll see locals walking the dogs, playing with the kids and enjoying lunch in the shade. Your guide will point you in the right direction, and will help with any and all recommendations for great things to do in Boston that evening and beyond. 

Boston: Private City Highlights Tour

5. Boston: Private City Highlights Tour

Enjoy a private tour with custom itinerary, created just for you and your group. A private city tour of Boston can be from 2 hours - 10 hours, depending on the destination. Pick-up and drop-off locations are the group’s choice. While many visitors to Boston have specific sites they would like to see, many are happy to let our team create a custom itinerary that fits their interests, budget, mobility, and timeline. Typically, tours spend most of their time in and around central Boston, but we welcome any ideas for your dream tour. No two groups are alike and we will plan a trip tailored to your group's interests, budget, and needs. Below are some sample itineraries to use as inspiration for your perfect tour: Highlights Tour: A 2-3–hour tour designed to hit some of Boston’s must-see spots may include a ride-along Boston Harbor and through the historic downtown area, a stop for a photo at King’s Chapel or the Old State House, or a drive through Beacon Hill, for a peek down some picturesque cobblestone streets. These shorter tours are usually focused on driving, with limited time to explore on foot. Half-Day Tour: A half-day tour (4-6 hours) allows more opportunity for you to take full advantage of being on a driving tour. You'll visit all of the must-see spots, as well as having time to explore even more famous sites and other neighborhoods - like checking out Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, getting out of the van to walk through the beautiful Boston Public Garden, exploring neighborhoods like the Back Bay or North End (maybe to grab a quick bite), or heading to the revitalized Seaport neighborhood with fantastic views of the harbor. Full-Day Tour: A full-day tour (7-10 hours) gives you the chance to explore all of the must-see spots of Boston to their fullest: go inside the inspiring, historic, and beautiful Massachusetts State House (when open to the public), grab lunch at Quincy Market and take the time to shop its incredible selection of products and food, do a “lobstah roll” taste-test at a different spots around the city, explore iconic Harvard and Cambridge, or check out world-famous Fenway Park (perhaps taking a tour, if possible).

Boston: Back Bay History and Culture Private Walking Tour

6. Boston: Back Bay History and Culture Private Walking Tour

Take a private walking tour of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood and learn about its history and culture. Enjoy beautiful views as you walk along the Charles River passing the area's trendy cafes, designer boutiques, and art galleries. Get picked up at a location of your choice in central Boston and head out to Back Bay to begin your tour. Let your guide create an itinerary that suits your interests or provide your own suggestions in this customizable private tour. Wander down charming streets flanked by elegant Victorian homes. Enjoy window shopping on the eclectic Newbury Street. Stroll along the Charles River and the esplanade while taking in views of Boston. Visit a historic church dating back to the 1800s. Choose a longer tour and you can take your time exploring the local side of Back Bay. Check out cozy bookstores and chic boutiques, stop for lunch or coffee at one of the many local restaurants, and see more of the area's historical architecture.

Boston: History and Highlights Lifetime Access Audio Guide

7. Boston: History and Highlights Lifetime Access Audio Guide

Wander along Boston's Freedom Trail with this audio guide. Walk from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground to the George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden and unlock the story behind the nation’s beginnings as you listen to the voice of Gregg Squeglia, a local history fanatic. Start your walk in one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, the North End, and learn about the Colonial and Revolutionary history of the area. Travel as far back as 1692 with a visit to the grave of Cotton Mather, the minister at the heart of the Salem Witch Trials. Next, journey to the Old North Church and the pre-Revolution years, when Paul Revere organized the midnight riders so they could alert the Minutemen that the British were coming. Waft past the aromas of Little Italy’s restaurants and bakeries to get to the Paul Revere House, before enjoying a stroll along the Rose Kennedy Greenway while you learn about Boston’s ”Big Dig.” Afterward, take a moment to shop around Quincy Market or catch some of the area’s regular street performers as you learn about Faneuil Hall and one of America’s fiercest proponents of liberty, Samuel Adams. Stop by the Old State House to hear how president John Adams magnanimously defended perpetrators of the Boston Massacre. Learn about the two choices that Irish families faced in the 1800s as you pass by the Boston Irish Famine Memorial en route to visit Adams’ grave in the Granary Burying Ground. Feel free to start, pause, or restart at any time and complete your visit at your own pace. If your travel plans change, you can use the audio guide on any date of your choice  or use the virtual in-app option for an at-home experience.

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What people are saying about Boston Public Garden

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 556 reviews

I wrote a Google Review but wanted more people to know that this tour is absolutely wonderful! We had Adam, a history teacher and lover of Boston, and it was just the best! Fun laughs, great history, incredible food and interesting all the way through.

Great activity with lots of great information on the history of Boston and the Revolution, delicious food and all handled in a personal and entertaining manner by our Guide, "Sully" (Kevin Sullivan). Great fun and a beautiful day.

We really liked having the ability to hop off at different areas and when ready hop on the next trolley coming by. All of the guides were friendly and very knowledgeable.

Loved the small group tour. The tour guide was full of knowledge on the city, it’s landmarks, and historical events & people. Highly recommend.

Janet was awesome. She had interesting stories and patiently answered questions.