BOSTON BIKE TOURS BY URBAN ADVENTOURS
Try a thematic bicycle tour, including Tour de Boston, Tour de Cambridge, Bikes at Night, and the Paul Revere Ride to Freedom. Tours depart daily and by appointment; full schedule on website. Ticket prices vary. 103 Atlantic Ave., 617.670.0637.
BOSTON DUCK TOURS
Eighty-minute tour narrated by “conDUCKtors” versed in local lore. Combines land tour with a splash in the Charles River. Departs the Prudential Center, Museum of Science and New England Aquarium daily. Tickets: $10.5039.50. Prudential Center, 53 Huntington Ave; Museum of Science, 1 Science Park; New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf. 617.267.3825.
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY ART & ARCHITECTURE TOURS
America’s first free municipal library has free guided tours taking visitors beyond the bookshelves to examine works by John Singer Sargent, Daniel Chester French, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey. Departs Dartmouth Street lobby M 2:30 pm, Tu and Th 6 pm, W and F-Sa 11 am, Su 2 pm. 700 Boylston St., 617.536.5400.
CITY VIEW TROLLEY TOURS
Charming, open-air silver trolley cars let visitors explore Boston. Hop on and off at will, at destinations like Freedom Trail sites, Newbury Street, Charlestown Navy Yard, New England Aquarium and more. Along the way, tour drivers and guides narrate the journey and teach a thing or two about the Hub. Trolley service daily 9:30 am-5 pm every 10-15 minutes. Tickets: $16-40. Long Wharf, 617.363.7899.
CITY WINE TOURS
Expert-led, two-hour jaunts dedicated to wine. Each tour makes three stops, and participants learn the fundamentals of tasting, pairing and buying wine. Departs South End and Harvard Square Sa at 3 pm, North End Sa at 2 pm and 3 pm, Back Bay Sa-Su at 3 pm. Tickets: $66. 855.455.8747.
FREEDOM TRAIL’S HISTORIC PUB CRAWL
You’ve never quite done a bar crawl like this one! Your guide, dressed in the full regalia of the 18th century, brings you to four of Boston’s most historic pubs, teaching a few things about how these were inspirational to the Sons of Liberty. Beer tasting and traditional New England bites at each stop. Tours: Tu at 5:30 pm. Reservations required. Tickets: $43. 21+ with ID. Tour begins at the ArtsBoston booth at Faneuil Hall. 617.357.8300.
FREEDOM TRAIL’S WALK INTO HISTORY TOUR
Led by 18th-century costumed guides, this 90-minute walking tours highlight official historic sites along Boston’s iconic red-lined route. Departs daily yearround from Boston Common or Faneuil Hall. Tickets: $8-14. Boston Common, 139 Tremont St. 617.357.8300; ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
HARVARD STUDENT-LED WALKING TOUR
These official Harvard University guided historical tours are led by students and boast an informative and fun take on America’s oldest campus. Tours: M-Sa at 10 am, noon, 2 pm. Free, but reservations required for groups of 15 or more. Holyoke Center Arcade, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617.495.1573.
MIT CAMPUS TOURS
Students lead free 75- to 90-minute tours of geek central, pointing out popular
sites like the Z-Center, Kresge Auditorium, the “Infinite Corridor” and the Stata Center. Tours depart M-F at 11 am and 3 pm, schedule may change during holidays. Departs from lobby of Building 7, 77 Massachusetts Ave., 617.253.4795.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH FOOD TOURS
History, folklore and fabulous local food—from root beer floats to artisanal gyros, pies and pizza—converge in the neighborhoods of Cambridge and Somerville. Davis Square and Union Square are the focus, with more tours of nearby hotspots on the way. Morning and afternoon tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check website for details. Somerville & Cambridge.
OLD TOWN TROLLEY
Narrated historical journey takes in points of interest like the Freedom Trail and Fenway Park. Ride in a continuous loop or disembark and reboard as you choose at 19 convenient stops. Departs daily 9 am-5 pm. Tickets online. 855.396.7433.