Boston by Foot

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77 N Washington St, Boston, MA 02114 77 N Washington St, Boston Directions
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Five Things to Know About Boston by Foot

It’s not hard to find an architecture tour, but what about one that takes a generations-long view of the cityscape, speculating on which buildings will still be here when our grandchildren arrive? Boston by Foot isn’t content to rattle off general facts. Instead, its themed walking tours go deep into Boston’s past, present, and future, teasing out insights and curiosities that even natives can appreciate. Here are a number of tours that offer unique glimpses of Boston:

  • Bostonians Behaving Badly: Riots in Boston: This special-topic history tour tells the story of the city through the voices of the oppressed, the outraged, and the revolutionary. Sure, you’ll hear about the Boston Tea Party, but with four centuries of material, there’s no shortage of lesser-known but no less fascinating protests and uprisings to explore.

  • The Tipsy Tour: Dram Shops and Drunken Sailors: The Tipsy Tour isn’t a pub crawl. Instead, it’s a lively jaunt through the drunken hijinks of the ruling class and larger-than-life characters from Boston history. Some of them are in the history books, others are largely unknown, but all of them have left their mark on the barstools, tavern walls, and perhaps even the lampposts of history.

  • Architectural Darwinism: Which Buildings Stand the Test of Time? A micro-view of a macro subject, this tour looks up at buildings, then looks closer at their architectural signature. Guides will explain how seemingly artistic flourishes contribute to a building’s longevity, how modern materials may compromise their survival, and how the buildings of today compare to ancient structures.

  • Boston by Little Feet: This is an abbreviated tour of the Freedom Trail, designed to harness the energy and hold the attention of kids aged 6–12. Interspersed among the major historic sites will be kid-friendly stops at the Royal Lion and Unicorn and a statue of a Democrat donkey.

  • Prankster tours and holiday jaunts: Boston by Foot leads seasonal tours that offer more ways to experience the city. True Lies and False Facts: A Questionable Tour of Boston takes place every April Fool’s Day and turns history into a guessing game with strange facts, made-up stories, and total lies dispersed in equal measure. The tour ends at a restaurant and bar with prizes for untangling the facts from the lies.

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