Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library is known as "one of the five most important libraries in America". It's history and millions of articles, books and other reading materials make this library a wonderful Back Bay destination for locals and tourists alike.
The Boston Public Libary offers free tours "The Boston Public Library offers public tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The free tours last about an hour and are given by volunteer guides. No appointment is necessary. Tours meet in the lobby of the McKim Building (Dartmouth Street entrance). For more information, please email [email protected] or call 617-859-2373."
Groups of eight or more need to book in advance.
For more information on the Boston Public Library, please go to http://www.bpl.org/.
City Wine Tours
allow guests to enjoy the beauty and culture of the Boston area in a unique way. With tours in Harvard Squre
, South End
, Back Bay
and the North End
, these tours explore the most historic areas while educating patrons on the wines at award winning restaurants.
One of the tours is the Harvard Square Tour. "City Wine Tour's Harvard Square wine tour offers a hands-on glimpse into the inner-workings of the Square's vibrant restaurant culture. Learn interesting yet little known facts about Harvard and its surrounding area while sampling award-winning Mediterranean, New England, and Italian cuisine. Book our Harvard Square Tour today and enjoy a world-class selection of wines from Spain, Italy, and France!"
The next tour date is on August 31st and starts at NuBar in Cambridge at 3:30pm. Tickets are $65.00 and can be purchased online.
"You'll board an amphibious, WWII-style landing vehicle, where you'll be greeted by a jovial conductor and tour narrator who'll share facts and crack lots of delightfully corny jokes along the way. Then, zoom by all of the spots that put Boston on the map, including the golden-domed State House, Bunker Hill, Boston Common, Quincy Market and more.
One of the most unique ways to visit historic Boston sites is to take your tour on both land and water. In Boston there are a couple companies that offer “Duck Tours,” and provide visitors a great way to see the city and hear a lot about its history from a very different vantage point. Both Boston Duck Tours and Super Duck Tours offer a tour of the city on their ducks, and they can each provide a fun and unique experience."
Get your tickets online here.
The Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro’s Wine & Dine Mondays series is back this autumn. It is a very popular event and I highly suggest being one of the rsvp'ers. This is an educational dinner that is fun, engaging and tasty! “Wine & Dine Mondays is about wonderful wines, creative food and good friends,” says Cecilia Rait, proprietress and wine director of Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. While enjoying your dinner you will visit various wine regions without leaving your seat. Each dinner will include four wines as well as culinary artistry that has been hand chosen by Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro’s Executive Chef Josh Lewin in order to compliment each featured wine. Make reservations soon. It is only $60, and you are sure to get your money's worth. The upcoming Wine and Dine Monday is this Monday, October 29th. The following Monday's available for reservations are the following:
Gerard Bertrand - Wines from Languedoc/Roussillon
November 5th, 2012 7:00PM
Gerard Bertrand is one of the leading winemakers from Southern France and a former member of the French national rugby team. As November arrives and shadows lengthen, this is the perfect time to taste these earthy wines from where the sun always shines!
Rioja – Wines from Northern Spain
November 19th, 2012 7:00PM
Rioja, in northern Spain, is one of the classic wine regions of Spain and the world. Rioja continues to evolve producing Tempranillo-based wines that others can only try to replicate.
Holidays and Wine – The New Sparklers and the Old Stand-bys
December 3rd, 2012 7:00PM
Wine and the holidays are a pair that will never separate. As the holiday season approaches, we will show you that the key to a great wine has nothing to do with its price.
Hey there dough boy, I know you have been eyeballing this wicked delicious walking tour for far too long. Put on your stretchy pants and get ready to rumble. These Boston Pizza Tours shows Detroit and Chicago who really is the boss of pizza. The two hour walk will take you through history like you've never been before. Learn about some of Boston's most historic neighborhoods, have fun, and eat pizza! On the tour you will go to three of Boston's very highly recognized pizzerias and will have the opportunity for yourself to decide who really is the pizza king of Boston. Don't forget your wet wipes!
What your tour will include- per the Boston Pizza Tours' website:
- Three slices of delicious Pizza, one from each of three different Pizzerias, all top-rated in Boston!
- Two+ hours of Food, Fun and History! Along the way test your Pizza IQ with our Pizza Trivia, and see FIVE sites on Boston's Freedom Trail.
- One Pizza related Treat per person at the end of your Tour!
Discover historic Boston and Cambridge on a Segway! A great experience for first timers and veteran riders alike, our experienced and knowledgeable tour guides will take you on tours of local attractions and points of interest. Segway of Boston is the ONLY Segway Authorized Dealer and Tour Provider in Massachusetts and Northern New England, offering Sales, Tours and Rentals.
There really isn't much more to say about segways, but I went on this same tour so I know it is legit. super legit. Most people master the segway driving but I ended up holding onto the instructor. Either way, good time.
Segway of Boston
"What do you get when you combine a cursed privateer, a pyromaniac circus ringleader, a demon spat out of the pits of Hades, a homicidal opera diva, and a deranged nanny? An experience unlike anything else in Boston!"
Well if that didn't completely freak you out, you may want to join other adventure seekers and become an apprentice grave digger on an entertaining tour through the darker side of Boston. A scary, fun and informative frightseeing experience that is truly one of a kind.
Step aboard the trolley of the doomed and join your host, a 17th-century grave digger, cursed with a sentence of eternal damnation. This wretched creature is doomed to travel the streets of Boston and relay the stories of the unfortunate souls he encountered and the macabre events he had been witness to during his purgatory.
Hear about Boston's most sinister characters - from the Angel of Death to the king of all killers - the Boston Strangler. Learn about all the haunts that call the "Hub" their home. But that's not all! Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston for a walking tour you will never forget. Learn the significance of much of the imagery found in these 17th century burial grounds and the famous and not so famous (but even more interesting) occupants therein.
Get your tickets here!
A trip to the Back Bay Boston Public Garden just wouldn't be complete without a ride on its ever famous swan boats. These peaceful and romatic boats were established in 1877. They are a family owned and operated business with a unique tradition and special place in the history and beauty of the City of Boston. Children and adults alike will love the ride around the pond. Be sure to bring some old bread or crackers to feed to the ducks and swans that are bound to be following the boat around - nah just kidding! That's not permitted.
Still not convinced? Well hear it from the originators themselves:
"Located in the magnificent Public Garden, a ride on a Swan Boat lasts about 15 minutes and provides you with a peaceful and picturesque voyage on the waters of the lagoon. There are no other Swan Boats of this kind in anywhere in the world. We are pleased to continue this tradition for all of Boston and for the visitors to our city." -The Paget Family
See ya on the other side folks!
Put your 3D glasses away, and grab your Ray-Bans! The Boston TV and Movie Tours is a must-do Boston adventure that you won't regret signing up for. So take a tour past the doors of your favorite TV and movie characters. Here are a few highlights, but check out their website
to see them all!
- See where the chase scene from The Town took place
- Grab a drink at L Street Tavern, home of Good Will Hunting
- Visit 10 locations from The Departed including the building from the climactic rooftop scene
- Catch a glimpse of the building users in Boston Legal and Ally McBeal
- Get insider information on the secrets behind filming Mystic River, Legally Blonde, Fever Pitch, 21, and Gone Baby Gone
So now is your chance. Get the inside scoop and learn how these super stars rocked the streets of Boston. Hey, maybe you'll even get to be in a movie! Nahhh kidding... I just wanted to get you all excited for nothing. ;)
Tomorrow is a great day to continue your Independence Day celebrations! For three more days you have the opportunity to take a special Independence-Day-themed tour. You'll hear tales of America's beginnings while viewing this beautiful 1806 mansion, said by many to be the finest Federal period house in New England!
"Gore Place, the Federal period historic house and estate of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore, includes a small farm with sheep, goats and poultry. The elegantly furnished mansion has been called “the Monticello of the North” and architectural historians consider it to be the most significant Federal period mansion in New England."
Grab the kids, those in-town family members, or a group of friends, and head to Gore Place in Waltham. It's a true New England must-see, and what a better time than the week of Independence Day? And I know you took vacation time so I don't want to hear any excuses!