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 Beacon Hill Uncensored walking tour for two (a $30 value)
- $24 for a Beacon Hill Uncensored walking tour for four (a $60 value)<p>
After tours depart from Boston Common, guides lead groups through the upscale neighborhood’s cobblestone streets and discuss the duality between the city’s traditional straight-laced reputation and its seedy secrets. They explain which buildings once housed brothels, gambling dens, and black-market video arcades, and show sites such as the home of one of the victims of a feud between two Harvard professors and a Boston Strangler murder. While the guides stop at grisly locations, they also highlight the streets’ decorative architecture—including a street claimed to be one of the most photographed in the country. This tour is recommended for ages 13 and up.<p>
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.