Boston Strong: Fire, Flood and Famine

It is sometimes said that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. The same can be said for cities, especially Boston. Being over 300 years old, we’ve seen our share of disasters. Too many, however, were entirely preventable. This tour will discuss the causes, effects and aftermath of our history of “fires, flood and famine”. Along the way we will visit some of Boston’s most interesting neighborhoods: Back Bay, Bay Village, Chinatown and Downtown Crossing.

Sites we cover on the Boston Strong tour:
•Marathon Bombing Site
•Hotel Vendome Memorial
•The “Plywood Palace”
•Site of the Cocoanut Grove Night Club Fire
•A Strange Entombment
•The Scourge of Boston 1721
•“Combat Zone”
•Great Fire of 1872
•Boston Irish Famine Statue

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: Meets outside the Copley Square T Station in front of the Boston Public Library (Corner Boylston and Dartmouth). Tour ends at Boston Irish Famine Memorial (Downtown Crossing T Station).

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)

When: View our full tour calendar! We often post additional dates than what is listed below.

Jan. to May:  No tours
June to Oct:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm (1700)
Oct. to December: No tours

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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