Shopping excursions embark everyday except holidays and New England Patriots home-game days. Direct Boston hotel pickup is available for nonresidents, and area residents can embark at either the Back Bay station on Dartmouth Street at 8:30 a.m. or the South Station on Atlantic Avenue at 9 a.m. and head back to Boston at 4:15 p.m.
Launched in 1948 by Chicago shipwright Henry C. Grebe, the Full Moon is an antique, 65-foot motor yacht that ravels constantly. In the winters, it cruises the waters of southern Florida, but it returns to New England once it gets warmer, taking passengers on voyages throughout Boston Harbor. Onboard the Full Moon, passengers can take in skyline views and sunset vistas from the sea.
The refitted vessel features wooden decks and varnished rails, as well as intimate gathering areas and seating scattered across the boat. A sun-soaked bow presents passengers with unblocked views of the surroundings. The covered aft deck and indoor salon areas let passengers relax away from the elements.
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.
Boston, Portland, San Antonio, Phoenix, Miami, Providence ––each city possesses a distinct culture, a varied cuisine, and a subset of neighborhoods full of hot spots and hole in the walls. All of these inspire the guides of Citywide Food Tours as they craft tasting adventures that both expand patrons' palates and illuminate the city in which they live. The gastronomic sherpas lead walking tours through the streets to local eateries and food trucks while dropping tidbits about the area’s history, such as its major battles and most attractive mayors. Guests get to taste three courses’ worth of the city’s finest cuisine at the stops, filling up while meeting new friends.
Between writing pieces for magazines such as Boston Spirit and Stuff and teaching writing classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education, freelance journalist Sam Baltrusis wrote his book Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub. In its pages he reveals 300 years of city history and ghost stories. He details unexplained sounds and hovering objects seen inside the Hub’s dorm rooms, apparitions witnessed on the Boston Common, and a colonial British solider glimpsed on the tracks at the Boylston station. His deft pen has also led him to become a regional stringer for The New York Times and his second book, Ghosts of Cambridge: Haunts of Harvard Square and Beyond hits shelves in September 2013.
Not content with relegating his words to the page, Sam also brings them to life through seasonal walking tours. From May 25 to November 3, guides lit by handheld lanterns lead guests through the shadowy streets of Harvard Square. They divulge stories of murder and recall Cambridge's ominous history. They also answer questions such as which Harvard hall is the most haunted, which area church is home to the ghost of a British redcoat soldier, and which famously mustachioed ghosts are just wearing fake mustaches. When he's not guiding in-person guests, Sam doubles as a paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's, "Haunted Encounters" and on Ryan Buell's Paranormal Insider Radio.
Founded in 2006 by Harvard alumni, Trademark's inimitable tours treat travelers and Beantown natives alike with tongue-in-cheek, wildly informative sightsees that have nabbed them recognition from the LA Times and the Boston Herald. Over the course of 70 minutes, the tour of the Freedom Trail guides wide-eyed trotters along more than 20 of the city's most significant landmarks, such as Boston Common, the Granary Burying Ground, and the spacious interior of the majestic Old State House. Costumed docents use inventive presentation tactics and amusing delivery to impart fascinating tidbits about Boston's revolutionary history, evolution, and experimental techno phase. Check the website for tour dates and times.