There are about as many tour company options in Boston as there are red painted bricks on the Freedom Trail, so choosing one can be understandably daunting. But only one, Walking Boston, features a guide whose ancestry dates back to colonial Boston. Ben Edwards, with family ties to the Sons of Liberty and Paul Revere, hosts these private tours that combine Boston’s past with Edwards’ own, including Colonial-era documents from his personal collection. Available from March to December, regular tours last about three hours and include stops at fourteen historic sites, as well as several secret spots that Edwards likes to highlight. Extended options might include a swing through Charlestown or the Paul Revere House, plus a stop off for lunch at Faneuil Hall. And at the end, everyone is given a CD of Edwards’ historical children’s book, One April in Boston.
Boston Duck Tours? conductors helm a fleet of restored World War II?era style amphibious vehicles. These DUKWs were originally used to usher soldiers and supplies from sea to land, the vehicles now enjoy a cheerier, award-winning career rumbling down the streets of Boston and slapping speeding tickets on mallard ducks in the Charles River. The amphibious vehicles hold up to 36 guests in their open-air back decks for 360-degree views of the cityscape.
The fashions may have changed since 1944, but the service and family ownership of Dependable Cleaners has remained constant. The dry-cleaning company started as a single shirt-laundry facility and has since expanded into 16 locations. The chain is now owned by a third-generation Fawcett. A few of the 16 locations offer a new addition called Style, a hand-cleaning service that treats designer and high-end garments. Expansion isn’t the only success of the company since its inception more than 65 years ago. Dependable Cleaners has garnered a number of awards, including the title of Boston magazine's Best Gown Preservation in 2008. The cleaner also proudly does its part to create a sustainable Earth by using EarthCare Cleaning Systems to clean clothing with natural, recyclable solutions that break down naturally in the environment, unlike the emotionally imperturbable Philip Seymour Hoffman. While laundering shirts, the cleaner uses biodegradable soaps and hangs newly dry-cleaned dresses, suit jackets, pants, and sweaters on recycled hangers and garment bags.
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. That’s what patrons at Max Brenner want and that’s what they receive at the Boylston Street branch of this popular chain of chocolate-centric restaurants and bars. Diners come in ready to eat their weight in various forms of processed cocoa; and with dishes like chocolate pizza, chocolate crepes and chocolate fondue towers, it’s easy enough to do just that. You can drink it too, in the form of hot chocolate or a chocolate martini made with vanilla vodka, among other options. If you’d rather indulge in something savory first from this hip, chic space, pick from the full menu that includes burgers, salads, steaks and more. There’s even a daily brunch for morning fans, and not-so-subtle take-home chocolate syringes push home the notion of “getting a chocolate fix.”
Boston Pedicab has no shortage of silly names for referring to its pedicab rides, starting with "Giggle Wagon" and extending right through the "Ultimate Rolling Party." It's all part of the company's concept of "transportainment," a fusion of transportation and entertainment that produces unforgettable experiences.
Boston Pedicab's stable of witty drivers helps make that synthesis possible, whether on simple rides across town or one of the company's various tours. These informative jaunts delve into Beantown's 350 or so years of history by exploring specific neighborhoods, from Fenway and Downtown to Beacon Hill and Back Bay. They're filled with historical facts and local buzz, and they can even be customized according to certain sites, topics, or interests. No matter what type of ride customers choose, Boston Pedicab doesn't have trouble getting around: the city was designed for horses and bicycles?not today's cars and hovercraft prototypes?meaning traffic is rarely an issue.
Boston CityWalks’ owner, Alan Maltzman, loves to show his passion and knowledge for his city. At Boston CityWalks, he and his coterie of guides lead six different tours that roam the city’s historic cobblestones, highlighting areas such as Harvard Square, the waterfront, Beacon Hill, and various Jewish cultural sites. He can also design a custom tour for any occasion such as family vacations, engagements, birthdays, reunions, and business meetings.