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Boston and nearby Gloucester are two of the best places in the world to go whale watching – which means there are many choices of whale watching companies to choose from. To make your decision easier, we’ve analyzed hundreds of reviews of several different companies and narrowed the list down to the companies we believe will provide you with a ‘whale of a time’. Below you will find detailed information as well as a summary of reviews so you can find the best whale watching experience for you.

What to expect

Gloucester Whale Watching Excursions

 


GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT WHALE WATCHING TRIPS

Best time to go
Whale watching season runs from April to October with the summer months offering more scheduled outings. Early or late in the season schedule times for excursions are more limited with just one or two trips a day. At peak times including holiday weekends, some companies have as many as 8 trips per day.

Trip length
To reach the prime locations to see whales, you will have to travel on the boat for about an hour. Then with time to visit various feeding spots, and the return trip, your entire voyage will be between three to four hours long. Each company can tell you their schedule.

What you will see and learn
You will likely see different whale species and many cruises have ‘naturalists’ on board to explain differences among species, educate you about spotting techniques and also whale behavior. Some companies offer a whale sighting guarantee and if you don’t see any whales on your trip, you will be given some sort of compensation like a ticket for another trip. Read the fine print and check the FAQ section before choosing which company to book.

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What to wear
Rubber sole shoes or sneakers are best and give you the best traction on a moving boat. Depending on the season, the weather could be cold and breezy when you are out on the ocean. In summer months, bring a jacket, sweater or hoodie.  In April through November you will likely want a winter coat, hat (that won’t blow off!) and gloves.

What to bring
A camera or smartphone (fully-charged or extra batteries), sunscreen, sunglasses and  binoculars.

Food, beverages and restrooms
All boats have ‘galleys’ that serve refreshments on board for purchase. It is good to have cash since credit/debit card machines do not always function when far out from land. All boats have restrooms.

Motion sickness
Most cruises are aboard comfortable and highly stable boats. Still it is possible that if you have never been on a boat in the ocean, you may experience motion sickness. One way to avoid feeling queasy on your trip is to take Dramamine (as least an hour before the trip to be effective). While on the ship, try riding toward the front of the boat and face forwards. Bring some saltines or crackers as well.

Difference between trips from Boston and Gloucester
Boston is of course where you are most likely where you’re staying. It is more convenient to take an excursion from Boston.  The benefit of departing from Gloucester is that it is located between two of the primary feeding grounds of the whales. Excursions from Gloucester have the flexibility of going to either Jeffreys Ledge or Stellwagen Bank, allowing you to see the best whales on your trip.  To get to Gloucester, you can travel by train on MBTA. It takes approximately an hour from North Station to Gloucester. Trains run frequently. Cost is between $7-$10. By car the ride is approximately 45 minutes.


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BOSTON WHALE WATCHING EXCURSIONS

Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Cruises takes passengers to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, where there is an abundance of marine life to behold. The 3-hour cruise is guided by a naturalist from the Whale Center of New England who will share intriguing facts about the whales and other marine life during your passage.

Riders will have a chance to view a variety of different breeds of whales including, Humpbacks, Minkes, and Finbacks, some reaching lengths up to 80 ft. Their high-speed catamarans board up to 400 and feature three outside viewing decks. The interior cabin is climate controlled complete with cozy seating and a snack bar.

Reviews

Boston Harbor Cruises sports a 4 1/2 star rating with over 900 reviews on TripAdvisor. They also have a TA Certificate of Excellence. Many reviewers report seeing a great number of whales and a variety of species. Comments state that the guide is extremely knowledgeable and considerate with answering questions. Guests report that the interior cabins are very comfortable and the three decks provide ample viewing opportunity.

The word “fantastic” appears dozens of times in reviews. Over and over, guests say that it was definitely worth the money and would even take the tour a second time!  The tiny percentage of dissatisfied guests were disappointed because they became seasick or because they did not see any whales. The company does provide a “rain check” in the event that this occurs. (See information below in Tickets section.

Schedule

  • May 6 to May 26
    • Mon-Fri 10 am, 12 pm;
    • Sat/Sun 10 am., 11 am, 12 pm; 2:30 pm
  • May 27, 28, 29
    • 9 am, 10 am, 11am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm
  • May 30 to June 23
    • Mon-Fri 10 am, 12 pm, 2:30 pm.
    • Sat/Sun 9 am, 10 am, 11am, 12 p.m, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
  • June 24 to September 4
    • Mon-Fri 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 2:30 pm.
    • Sat/Sun 9 am, 10 am, 11am, 12 p.m, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm
  • September 5 to September 24
    • Mon-Fri 10 am, 12 pm
    • Sat/Sun 10 am., 11 am, 12 pm; 2:30 pm
  • September 25 to October 29
    • Mon-Fri 12 pm
    • Sat/Sun 10 am, 12 pm
  • October 30 – November 19
    • Everyday 12 pm

Tickets (non-refundable)

  • $53 adults
  • $45 seniors
  • $33 children (aged 3-11)
  • $16 kids (under 3 years)
  • $142  Family 4-pack (2 adults and 2 children) * Only for Mon to Fri All times and Sat/Sun 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Group discounts for 10 or more are available through their website.
  • Combination admission with the New England Aquarium available for about $20 additional cost which is a nice way to save some money and see even more sea creatures!

Whale sightings are fully guaranteed. If you do not see any whales on your trip, the company will give you a free ticket for a future trip.

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GLOUCESTER WHALE WATCHING EXCURSIONS

7 Seas Whale Watch

On TripAdvisor, 7 Seas Whale Watch is the top tour out of 27 tours in Gloucester. Operating since 1983, 7 Seas is home to three generations of sea captains. While each trip is unique, 7 Seas boast a 99% sightings record with a tremendous amount of marine life to be seen. Partnered with one of the world’s most renowned whale and dolphin conservation organizations, Ocean Alliance, 7 Seas Whale Watch’s goal is to educate and inspire passengers, and provide a deeper understanding for the marine environment.

Their boat is complete with a sun deck for panoramic views, and wrap-around low profile hull design which allows for unobstructed views close to the water. The inner cabin features a full galley with snacks, sandwiches and a full bar. While it is designed to hold 300 passengers, The Privateer IV will only carry a maximum of 149 passengers to ensure safety and comfort.

Reviews

7 Seas has a solid 5 star rating from over 630 reviews on TripAdvisor. They also have a TA Certificate of Excellence.  On Yelp, 7 Seas has a  4 ½ out of 5 stars rating. The overwhelming majority of reviews for this tour strongly praise the friendly staff and boat itself. The Privateer IV is said to be kept very clean and comfortable. Many reviewers were very pleased that the staff did not cram many people on the boat, which allowed for ample viewing spaces for everyone aboard.

The tour guides receive high praise for their abundance of knowledge and desire to answer questions. The sound system is said to be top-notch and easy to hear anywhere on the boat. Users report seeing countless whales and dolphins and generally are in favor of the 4-hour duration period.

Schedule

  • April 15 to June 24
    • Daily 1:30 pm
  • June 25 to September 6
    • Daily 8:30 am, 1:30 pm
  • September 7 to 31
    • Monday-Friday 1:00 pm
    • Sat/Sun 1:30 pm
  • October
    • Daily 1:00 pm

Tickets

  •  $48 adults
  • $42 seniors
  • $32 children (ages 4-16)
  • Free for children 3 and under
  • Discounts available for AAA members, military members and students

Click here to purchase tickets.


Cape Ann Whale Watch

Cape Ann

Boasting their Hurricane II, a 115 ft. length boat with over 400 ft. of whale watching space, Cape Ann Whale Watch promises passengers a speedy trip to their destination. Their 3-4 hour long expedition is designed to spend as little time as possible on the actual journey, to allow travelers to spend an extended amount of time with the whales.

From Sperm Whales to Blue Whales, this cruise aims to showcase the many different breeds that migrate to Massachusetts every year.

Their heated-indoor cabin features a full service galley offering snacks, hot meals and full bar. Cape Ann’s vessels communicate with one another to ensure they’re following the whales wherever they choose to go. From the North and South shores of Massachusetts, to Salem, Cape Cod, Peabody and Swampscott, this cruise is dedicated to providing guests with the best opportunity to whale watch.

A perk from Cape Ann is free parking, something other companies don’t offer. Additionally Cape Ann sells seasickness pills on board for those with weaker stomachs for just $1.

Reviews

Cape Ann Whale Watch is rated the #2 tour in Gloucester on TripAdvisor  where they boast a 4 ½ rating from over 560 reviews.  They have received a TA Certificate of Excellence and also, the Yelp community rates Cape Ann at 4 1/2 stars. The majority of reviews suggest the cruise is well worth the price, citing an informative crew and plenty of whale sightings. Some users report the boat was too crowded and the trip duration too long. Keep in mind this cruise is intended to maximize on their generous availability of space and duration lengths can vary between the 4 and 5 hour mark.

Schedule

  • April 15-30
    • Saturdays 1:30 pm (Call for midweek schedule)
  • May 1- June 30
    • Monday – Friday 10 am only
    • Saturday/Sunday 8:30 am and 1:30 pm
  • July 1-Sept 4
    • Every day 8:30 am and 1:30 pm
  • Sept 5- Sept 30
    • Monday – Friday 1 pm
    • Saturday/Sunday 8:30 am and 1:30 pm
  • October 1-30
    • Every day 10am only

Tickets

  • $48 adults
  • $43 seniors
  • $33 children (ages 4-16)
  • Free for children 3 and under
  • Discount $5 off for AAA, CAA, AARP, college students, military personnel
  • *Discounts for groups are available through their website

*Whale sightings are fully guaranteed. If you do not see any whales on your trip, the company will give you a free ticket for a future trip.

TIP: Before booking be sure to check Groupon  for specials. They don’t always have deals, but when they do you can save almost 50% on the cost of a ticket.

 


Captain Bill & Sons

Captain Bill & Sons is a family-operated company celebrating over 50 years in business. Their 3-4 hour whale watching tour explores both Stellwagen and Jeffrey’s Ledge. You’ll be guided by a naturalist from the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation who will share insight on whale spotting.

The tour offers passengers a chance to spot many different breeds of whales including the Northern Right Whale. Captain Bill & Son’s guarantee an uncrowded boat without lines to the onboard bar, galley and restrooms. Teamed with The Whale Center of New England, Captain Bill & Son’s goal is to make your trip an educational and of course fun experience. For a preview of the tour, click here for a video.

Reviews

Captain Bill & Son’s is rated at  4 1/2 stars with over 175 reviews on TripAdvisor and a Certificate of Excellence. They also have a 5 star rating on Yelp. Guests are most impressed with the smaller style boat, compared to its larger, commercial-style competitors. Many say the boat never felt overly crowded which made for a relaxing experience. The departure from Gloucester is also preferred to typical Boston departures, cutting the time to reach destinations down significantly.

It is consistently reported that there are many whale sightings, most commonly the Humpbacks. The guide/naturalist is said to be a tremendous benefit to the tour, offering expert knowledge about the marine life. The boat is described as comfortable and the trip calming.

Schedule

  • May and June
    • Monday-Friday 10:30 am;  Sat/Sun 9 am and 2 pm
  • July 1 to September 4
    • Every day 9 am and 2 pm (additional trips may run at 1:00 p.m. Inquire to find out)
  • September 5-30
    • Monday-Friday 11 am
    • Sat/Sun 9 am and 2 pm
  • October to end of season
    • Monday-Friday 10 am, Saturday 1 pm,  Sunday 10 am

Tickets  (Online reservations highly recommended)

  •  $48 adults (Save $5 off adult tickets with this printable coupon offered from the company)
  • $42 seniors
  • $32 children (under 16)
  • Free for children under 3
  • Student and Group discounted rates are available through their website

*Whale sightings are fully guaranteed. If you do not see any whales on your trip, the company will give you a free ticket for a future trip.

TIP: Before booking, be sure to look at Groupon that may offer specials with significant discounts for this tour.

 


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OTHER BOSTON ACTIVITIES

 


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Duck Tours and Other Boston Boat Tours Reviewed

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This post compares the various different boat tours available in Boston to help you decide which option is best for you.  Boston is an absolutely beautiful city full of rich history and fantastic views. With so many sights to see, it’s no wonder that there are a plethora of different tour companies located in Beantown.  In addition to the many different bus and walking tours you will find here, there are also several services that provide excursions out on the water. If you’ve ever wanted to explore the Boston Harbor, what better way than by taking a cruise?

Whether you want to discover the historical significance of this location or you just want to enjoy some fine dining with a view of the city, there are several options to consider. With so many different tours and cruises to choose from, it might be difficult to find the right journey for you or your family. If you’re having trouble picking just one trip out on the harbor, let us help you decide with our comparison of each major service in Boston!

Sightseeing Boat Tours

Tallship and Sailboat Tours

Specialty Boat Tours

Dining Boat Tours

Sunset Boat Tours

Combo Packages

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Free Tours by Foot Blog

Posted by & filed under A Blog on Visiting New York City, Boston, Charleston, London, Miami, New Orleans, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC.

Free Tours by Foot is more than just a guided walking tour company for your sightseeing visit. Consider us the best resource for your trip – from how to get tickets to top tourist attractions, where to stay, and how to get around the city. Our guides are experts in the city and here to help you plan your weekend or sightseeing trips.

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How to Use the Boston Subway

The T: Boston’s Subway

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The Boston Subway system is the nation’s oldest, founded in 1897, and is the fourth largest subway system in the United States. It is operated by The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) or just the T as us Bostonians call it. Boston’s public transportation system is an inexpensive and convenient way to travel through our great city. Boston’s public transportation system is made up six lines Blue, Green, Orange, and Red, as well as the Purple Line; which travels out to the suburbs of Boston (as well as Salem, MA) and the Silver Line which is bus system covering the Seaport District.

If you are interested in getting around on foot, be sure to consider our free walking tours.

 

 

 

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Kennedy Family Sights in Boston

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The streets of Boston are jam packed with history, and since its founding in 1630, authors, professors, politicians, and revolutionaries have left their marks on these historic cobblestone streets.  However, there is no Bostonian name more known throughout the world than Kennedy.  Using this guide you can walk in the same path, check out some John F. Kennedy’s favorite spots, and see some of the places where JFK and the and the rest of the Kennedy Clan worked, dined and called home.  From Rose Kennedy’s childhood home to JFK last address, this guide will introduce you to these sites in an easy to follow path.

Be sure to check out our full selection of self-guided Boston walking tours.

St.-Stephens-Church-Rose-Kennedy s(A) Start you walk at 401 Hanover St. at Stephen’s Church in the Northend/Little Italy Neighborhood located right across the street from the Paul Revere Statue and Paul Revere Prado. This is the church is the only church building in Boston that is still standing that was designed by the architect Charles Bulfinch (who also designed the Massachusetts House).  This is the church where baby Rose Kennedy was baptized a Catholic in 1890 as well as where her funeral in 1995. Rose Kennedy was born in the neighborhood and her birthplace is just down the street.

Click here for the full interactive map.

Map of Kennedy Sights in Boston

(B) Take a right (if facing St. Stephen’s and follow the Freedom Trail (the brick line at your feet) to Fleet St. take a right on Fleet St. and Garden Court St. is on the right, follow Garden Court St. to 4 Garden Court St. and there is where baby Rose lived.

Rose-Kennedy-Greenway-s(C) After checking out Rose’s birthplace, follow the Freedom Trail to the series of parks named for her, The Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Greenway is a series of parks which run through several neighborhoods in Boston. It was created as a result of the “Big Dig” which was 16 year construction project from 1997 to 2007 part of which demolished the John F. Kennedy Expressway (which ran on an elevated bridge running through the city) and developed an underground highway (Rt. 93) which now runs beneath the park. Named for the family’s matriarch, her son, Senator Edward Kennedy, played an important role in creating the park.

Union-Oyster-House-Boston-Kennedy s(D) From the Rose Kennedy Greenway you will spot the large lettering sign of The Union Oyster House, 41 Union Street. This is the United States’ oldest restaurant. The building has been there since 1742, but has been a restaurant since 1826 when the Union Oyster House was opened. John F. Kennedy and the rest of the Kennedy Clan often dined here. Located on the second floor is JFK’s favorite booth, where he would sit and catch up on events with the newspaper and a cup of chowder.  This booth is dedicated in his memory. (All these sites above are included on our Northend and Little Italy Tour).  You could also learn more on your own with our self-guided version.

(E) Follow the Freedom Trail down Union Street to historic Faneuil Hall. Inside Faneuil Hall in 1979, Senator Edward Kennedy announced that he would run for president.

(F) Walking the Freedom Trail down Washington St. to School St. and you will see Old City Hall, where Boston mayors held court from 1865 to 1968, and this is where the office of Mayor John F. Fitzgerald “Honey Fitz”, father of Rose, worked as the 38th and 40th Mayor of Boston 1906-1908 and 1910-1914.

Omni-Parker-House-Boston-Kennedy s(G) Sitting across the street from Old City Hall is the Omni Parker House, where John F. Kennedy is said to have made his first public speech when he was seven years old. The topic of the oration, which was made in the Press Room, while attending his grandfather Honey Fitz’s birthday party, was how much he loved his grandfather. According to one story, then Mayor James Michael Curley picked up young John and stood him on a table where the boy elegantly spoke for a few minutes about Grandpa John. The Press Room later became the place where he announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress and also where he held his bachelor party, which much have been quite an event. At the restaurant inside the Omni Parker House is Table 40 where one legend has it that JFK asked Jacklyn to marry him.

(H) After exiting the Omni Parker, walk up Beacon Street and you will come to Bowdoin St.  One block down on the right, across from the Massachusetts State House at 122 Bowdoin St., is the address that JFK was registered to vote and his last address in Boston before his death.

21st-Amendment-Pub-Kennedy s(I) Just a few doors down from 122 Bowdoin St. is 150 Bowdoin St. and the 21st Amendment Pub. This is one of the waterholes where JFK was often seen and is a great spot to pop into for a bite to eat or a drink.

(J) Across the street from 122 Bowdoin St. sits the Massachusetts State House (1798) (included on our Freedom Trail Tour) and it is here where on Jan. 9, 1961, eleven days before presidential inauguration, JFK gave another speech, in which he quotes one of the founders of Boston and the first Massachusetts Governor, John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” sermon and highlights four qualities that he wanted to associate with his presidency: courage, judgment, integrity and dedication.  On the Beacon Street, or west side of the State House, is a statue of JFK in mid-stride exiting the building.

(K) Continue down Beacon St. and at 21 Beacon St. you will see the former Bellevue (now a private residence) where JFK lived in 1946 when he ran for the US Congress.

Other JFK Sites that are not in walking distant of these sites are located at Harvard University and there are a few sites on campus that are worth checking out either on our Cambridge/Harvard University Tour or on you own with our self-guided version of this tour:

(L) Weld Hall: Located inside Old Harvard Yard is where JFK lived as a freshman.

(M) Winthrop House: As an upperclassman at Harvard University, JFK lived at Winthrop House.

(N) The Kennedy School of Government: The Harvard University School which was name for the man.

(O) The JFK Museum: Located in Dorchester, can be reached via the MBTA (Subway) on the Red Line at the JFK/UMass Stop.

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Holiday Lights Tour of Boston

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Nothing is more special than Holiday time in New England. Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, stars shine brighter in the sky, chestnuts roast on an open fire, bell ringers herald the season and nothing tastes better than a hot chocolate.

Our tour takes us from Faneuil Hall’s Holiday Tree and its fabulous light and sound show to the window displays at Macy’s, shopping at Downtown Crossing, Boston’s official Christmas Tree and lights on Boston Common, the Commonwealth Avenue spectacular. The tour ends at Copley Square/Place shopping center (and the shops at the Prudential Center).  Stories, lights, carols, and shopping will all be part of the fun for adults and children alike.

Tour information

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

Where: outside the Aquarium MBTA Stop in front of the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. Tour ends at Fairmont Copley.

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

When: View our full tour schedule.

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.

Save even more money with a Boston tourist discount pass.

U.S.S. Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument

Tour the U.S.S. Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument

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The USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument are two of the last sites of the Freedom Trail (when picking up the Freedom Trail on Boston Common) which are a bit further from the other 14 sites.  Even-though it can be a bit of jaunt from the other sites, if you are interested in the history of the birth of our nation, both these sites are worth checking out.   Both sites are wonderful, and just like the first four letters in the word Freedom they are FREE. 

Tour the U.S.S. Constitution and Bunker Hill

Because they are located at the end of the Freedom Trail and are about a 15 minute walk from the Copp’s Hill Burial Ground (if you follow our self-guided Freedom Trail stating at Boston Common, Copp’s Hill Burial Ground is stop Q), the best way to get there is using the MBTA Water Shuttle.  One can walk there easily by following the Freedom Trail, but the water shuttle is a bargain at $3.25 (if you have a MBTA Subway Pass it is free), and is a short boat ride over to Charlestown, which also doubles a scenic harbor cruise. 

The shuttle departs from Boston’s Long Wharf (map) at the New England Aquarium and will whisk you over to the USS Constitution in 10 minutes.  Once you are there you are able to board the USS Constitution (launched in 1797), is the oldest commissioned warship in the US Navy.  A quick note is that adults will need a picture ID and there is a small security check (metal detector, bag check, etc.) before you are allowed to enter the naval base.  Not a big deal, but something to be aware of.  Once on the base, the navel personal will take you on the ship for a short (about 10 to 15 minutes) guided tour. Read more »

Boston Bus Tours

Which Boston Bus Tours Are the Best?

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With a bus tour one can cover more ground and take in more sites, though the trade-off is that you will receive a more condensed version of the sites. If done the right way a bus tour will give you a good overview of much of the city, and if used in conjunction with one of our pay-what-you-wish walking tours, you will come away with a great education about the history and culture of the great city of Boston.

With so many options for bus tours in Boston the choices of bus tours can be a bit overwhelming.  So which to choose?  Depending what you are looking for the answer varies.  We have put together this list of Boston bus tours with some tips on who may benefit from each.  


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HOP-ON, HOP-OFF BOSTON TROLLEY TOURS 

CITY VIEW TROLLEY:

This hop on hop off company offers tours year around and their first stop is at Long Wharf Boston. They also offer a free 45 minute harbor cruise with purchase of tickets.  Prices of the tickets below reflect City View Trolley’s “special price”, though we think that these prices below are their real prices.  Bus start running at 9 am from March – November and at 9:30 am from December – February.

Recommended for those on a budget, especially if you are considering the Go Boston Card, a tourist attraction discount card that pools together sites and can save you a lot of money.  This may be one of the cheapest options, and it doesn’t hurt that the company has a 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews). Most reviews for this service are very favorable, with some guests indicating that they do a good job of staying on schedule. Other comments suggest that this is a great way to discover the city before heading out on your own.

Prices:

2 Day Ticket:

 If you are considering a tourist discount pass for your time in Boston, then keep in mind that the Go Boston Card includes a 2 day ticket for free, or you could get 20% off the prices below if you combine this pass with just one other item.  Be sure to read our guide to Boston tourist attraction passes.

 


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OLD TOWN TROLLEY

This company offers 20 hop-on and hop-off stops where you can get on and off as often as you wish (within your ticket time period).  Tours operate from 9 am – 5 pm from April through October and 9 am – 4 pm from November through March.  Stops are made at locations such as the USS Constitution, the Cheers Bar, Fenway Park, the Boston Convention Center and more.

Reviews:

Of all the trolley companies, Old Town Trolley is the best reviewed company of all the 4 trolley companies in Boston, but it is also the most expensive. Although there are a few negative comments here and there, this company has a 4 ½ star rating overall on TripAdvisor. Reviews for their hop-on, hop-off service are generally favorable, with most passengers reporting that this is a very good deal. A lot of guests enjoy the ability to hop off whenever they wish, exploring the city at their own pace.

Recommended for those looking for a premium hop-on, hop-off Boston bus service. Read more »

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Self Guided Boston Walking Tours

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We are happy to have produced several self guided Boston walking tours and our collection is growing.  We designed these self guided tours to be used on your own time and your own pace or as companion pieces on our guided tours. Some tours are only available as a self-guided tour.  We hope these tours are helpful to you.

  • Freedom Trail BostonThe Freedom Trail – The Freedom Trail at the center of historic Boston is a red brick path through the city leading visitors to the historic sites. At the center of Revolutionary America, you’ll weave your way through the eighteenth century.   This self-guided tour and map will covers the entire 2.5 miles of Freedom Trail sites and will should take you two hours to complete.  Make sure to take a look at our self-guided tour of the Granary Burial Ground, one of the Freedom Trail’s most important stops.

 

  • Beacon HIll Boston Nichols House MuseumBeacon Hill – Boston’s Beacon Hill is and always has been Boston’s most exclusive neighborhood where politicians, poets and philanthropist among others have made their home.  It is a neighborhood that many tourist fail to explore as it can be a bit intimidating without a guide but this 90 minute self-guided tour should make navigation of that neighborhood easy.

 

  • Harvard Lampoon BuildingHarvard University – Harvard University is the oldest college in the United States (1636).  Eight United State Presidents attended Harvard University and the name is known world-wide.  Here is a self-guided Harvard University tour that will help to explore some the wonderful sites on campus.

 

  • North End and Little Italy – Boston’s North End/Little Italy neighbor is famous for its delicious food as well as its colorful history and we at Free Tours By Foot Boston have put together a quick, self -guided walking tour of North End/Little Italy and some of its most interesting sites.

 

 

  • Additional Resources – There are many more self guided tours of Boston available.  The City of Boston offers several resources, including walking maps, audio tours as well as theme tours, such as the JFK Boston trail.

 

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Harvard University Tour | Self Guided

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Harvard University is the oldest college in the United States (1636).  Eight United State Presidents attended Harvard University and the name is known world-wide.  Here is a self-guided Harvard University tour that will help to explore some the wonderful sites on campus. 

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If you are looking for a student tour of the campus, you can find it on Harvard’s website.  They also offer self-guided audio tours.

Click here for a larger interactive map.

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