To be considered a historical landmark, buildings must be at least 50 years old and contain at least one Founding Father's skeleton. Feel history in your bones with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $14 for a Back Bay Deconstructed walking tour for two (up to a $30 value)
- $24 for a Back Bay Deconstructed walking tour for four (up to a $60 value)
After tours depart from Boston Common, guides use historic maps and photos to show the neighborhood's evolution before leading groups to the heart of Copley Square and discussing the social and civil engineering schemes that transformed the Back Bay from a dirty salt marsh to a skyscraper-laden metropolis. Once home to rampant pollution and a failed industrial experiment, the marshes, channels, and mudflats were filled through an ambitious 40-year project with the aid of emerging engineering technology. The Back Bay Deconstructed tour is appropriate for all ages.
Three history buffs founded Boston Strolls with the goal of highlighting their city's fascinating and often hilarious forgotten tales. Launching in Beacon Hill, the tours have now expanded into the Back Bay and North End. Today, guides lead all tours past historic brick and stone facades, as well as the occasional Bruins shrine, and immerse participants in an interactive exploration of Boston's lesser-known history.
In addition to their sometimes dark and often humorous anecdotes, they also personalize the tour to each group by judging the knowledge base of their participants and accommodating anyone who is allergic to Boston. Even with their careful planning, the tours often take surprising turns. On one tour, a homeowner invited the group around a private wall to see the house's private garden that, in traditional Beacon Hill fashion, was completely hidden from all other passersby.