Saba Alhadi, a former travel agent, began building a photographic portfolio as she turned her lens on Boston and developed photography walking tours through historic neighborhoods in order to share her knowledge of Boston's history and inspire others to become better photographers by capturing the beauty that surrounds them.
On a given tour, she reveals historic details about Boston's hidden houses, the swamp that become a French-inspired neighborhood and public garden, and the famous patriots of the American Revolution. Meanwhile, she interlaces the history with creative photography tips on how to understand camera settings, how light strikes different buildings, and how a reflection in a window can become a composition. She also devises scavenger hunts throughout Boston, sending participants scattering to decode cryptic clues that draw on notable local facts.
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Salem Pedicab's well-versed guides provide emissions-free, human-powered tours that traverse historic downtown Salem in open-air bicycle taxis. Ride past Burying Point—the oldest cemetery in Salem—and soak up its inherent beauty and tranquility. A rolling jaunt down Chestnut Street showcases the glam of a national historic landmark, replete with architecturally stunning houses built by 19th-century sea captains and merchants hiding from their secret wives at world's end. The House of the Seven Gables—the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel—conceals mad matrons, conniving uncles, and a secret stairwell in its many-cornered walls, and the Counting House and Colonial Revival Gardens giggle as they count up their quaint charms. Other street-side attractions include the Salem Witch Museum, Pickering Wharf, and Salem Common, with additional stops available upon request.
The tours from New England Wicked Scary aren't just a canned recitation of facts—they're a quest to find evidence of another realm. Tour-goers join the investigators as they explore an ever-changing roster of haunted sites in New England, from old barns and cemeteries to haunted homesteads and mansions. They arm themselves with cameras and ghost-hunting equipment, which they use to find beings or spectral figures not visible to the human eye. In addition, the lead investigator, who is sensitive to paranormal vibes, feels out otherworldly presences so guests have a better chance of spotting something extraordinary.
It only takes 60 feet of hallway to transport visitors from the bright, safe confines of Hannover Mall and put them within claws' reach of the unknown terrors inside Hanover House of Horrors. As the brave delve further down the creepy passage, spider webs begin to cling to every limb and skeletons warn passersby to proceed with caution. What lies beyond that is anyone's guess, since the spooks and spectres are too terrifying to speak of. So terrifying, in fact, that the haunted space is recommended for kids 13 and older, though the house does maintain hidden exits for scared patrons or ghosts who suddenly remember they're double parked.
After years of teaching preschool, Sue Merlino graduated to a new passion in life when she turned her enthusiasm for bicycling and her hometown into a career exploring Concord's history atop a two-wheeler. Her resulting brainchild, Concord Bike Tours, wends through the heavily treed lanes of the city, elucidating the history of notable locations such as the Emerson House, the abodes of lesser-known abolitionists, and the site where Thoreau kissed his first tree. Four regularly run tours take up to 10 bicyclists on 2.5- to 3-hour journeys, with optional sidecars for children younger than 8 provided. Sue and her family will also plot custom trips for clients interested in longer rides, different scenery, or preparing for a Jeopardy! audition.
The Bay Spirit used to chase dolphins. The 63-foot catamaran was built in Florida in 2001, and was commandeered by the Florida Aquarium for dolphin watching tours. Today, the ship has migrated north to explore Massachusetts waters. Under the direction of Robert Kohl, a Coast Guard-licensed captain with 35 years of aquatic experience, the Bay Spirit hosts tours that wind along the Hyannis Harbor and Lewis Bay. And rather than pursuing dolphins, the boat now pursues memorable outings—in addition to daily boat tours and sunset cruises, the vessel can be chartered for events such as wedding celebrations, corporate parties, or family reunions, for groups of up to 49 people