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BITES OF BOS­TON FOOD TOURS Eat your way through the South End or All­ston on this three-hour walk­ing tour. De­parts W-Su at 11:30 am, noon and 12:30 pm, rain or shine. Tick­ets: $54-63. Mas­sachusetts Av­enue at Tre­mont Street, 617.477.0567. BLACK HER­ITAGE TRAIL Vis­i­tors can self-guide along this walk­ing route that nav­i­gates Bos­ton’s 19th-cen­tury African-Amer­i­can le­gacy at 14 dif­fer­ent stops in­clud­ing the Robert Gould Shaw Me­mo­rial, the Lewis and Har­riet Hay­den House and the African Meet­ing House. Robert Gould Shaw and Mas­sachusetts 54th Reg­i­ment Me­mo­rial, Bea­con Street, 617.742.5415. 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 BREW TOURS This in­for­ma­tive, five-hour ad­ven­ture starts at lo­cal Sa­muel Adams brew­ery and vis­its other pop­u­lar spots, which could in­clude Mead Hall, Cam­bridge Beer Com­pany, Mys­tic Brew­ery and more. Tours de­part daily; reser­va­tions re­quired. Prices start at $65. 617.453.8687. BOS­TON DUCK TOURS Bos­ton’s 80-minute am­phibi­ous tour is nar­rated by “conDUCK­tors” well versed in lo­cal lore and com­bines a land tour with a splash in the Charles River. Tours of­fered in mul­ti­ple lan­guages. Tick­ets: $10.50-39.50. Tours de­part daily. Pru­den­tial Cen­ter, 53 Hunt­ing­ton Ave.; Mu­seum of Sci­ence, 1 Sci­ence Park; New Eng­land Aquar­ium, 1 Cen­tral Wharf; 617.267.3825. BOS­TON FOOD TOURS Find tours of two of Bos­ton’s most eth­ni­cally food-cen­tric neigh­bor­hoods: the North End Mar­ket Tour and the Chi­na­town Mar­ket Tour. Tick­ets: $57-75. North End tours W and Sa at 10 am and 2 pm, F at 10 am and 3 pm; Chi­na­town tours Th and Sa at 9:30 am. North End & Chi­na­town, 617.523.6032. 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. FREE­DOM TRAIL’S WALK INTO HIS­TORY TOUR Led by 18th-cen­tury cos­tumed guides, this 90-minute walk­ing tour high­lights 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. YE OLDE TAV­ERN TOURS At this walk­ing tour, learn off­beat facts about the pre-Rev­o­lu­tion­ary era from your PhD-ed­u­cated guide

while stop­ping by his­tor­i­cal land­marks and three fa­bled tav­erns where you can sip a pint, in­cluded in ticket price. Tick­ets: $52-55; must be 21 or over. Bos­ton Com­mon.

TRANS­PORTA­TION: NORTH­EAST RE­GIONAL

AM­TRAK Am­track of­fers the con­ve­nience of high-speed rail ser­vices, with routes like the Acela Ex­press that trav­els from Bos­ton to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and The Downeaster, which jour­neys from Bos­ton to Port­land, Maine. North Sta­tion, 135 Cause­way St. 800.872.7245; Back Bay Sta­tion, 145 Dart­mouth St; South Sta­tion, 2 South Sta­tion.

TRANS­PORTA­TION: PUB­LIC & CITY

BOS­TON COM­MUTER BOAT SER­VICE This MBTA com­muter boat ser­vice crosses be­tween Charlestown Navy Yard and Long Wharf in the Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict. It’s a quick (10 min­utes) way to get to Charlestown to ex­plore at­trac­tions like the USS Con­sti­tu­tion Mu­seum. Fare: $3.50. De­parts M-F 6:30 am-8 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm. 1 Long Wharf, 617.227.4321.

BOS­TON HAR­BOR CRUISES WA­TER TAXI

Op­er­ates year-round, of­fer­ing trav­el­ers an al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional ground trans­porta­tion. Look for 28 wa­ter taxi stops along the wa­ter­front. Call for a pick-up 6:30 am-10 pm (un­til 8 pm on Su). Tick­ets avail­able on­board: $12. 1 Long Wharf 617.227.4320.

BOS­TON PEDI­CAB

These eco-friendly, bike-pro­pelled char­i­ots trans­port pa­trons across the city. Hail one or call for a pickup—and “pay as you please.” Cus­tom­ized and points-of-in­ter­est tours of the city avail­able, as well. Tours start at $95. Rid­ers are out 11 am-11 pm. 617.266.2005.

MBTA BUS

The Mas­sachusetts Bay Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity of­fers bus ser­vices to com­ple­ment its sub­way sys­tem. Bus routes run through­out Bos­ton proper, Greater Bos­ton and sub­urbs. Op­er­ates from 5:15-12:30 am. Fares: $1.70-2. 617.222.3200.

MBTA SUB­WAY

Bos­ton’s sub­way sys­tem (a.k.a. the “T”) is the na­tion’s oldest. It is com­prised of five lines (Red, Or­ange, Blue, Green and Sil­ver) and con­nects ar­eas like New­ton, Malden and Lo­gan Air­port with Down­town Bos­ton. Fare per ride: $2.252.75. The sub­way op­er­ates from 5 am 1 am. 617.222.3200.

NA­TIONAL PARK SER­VICE VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER

Fa­neuil Hall serves as the Na­tional Park Ser­vice’s cen­tral point of in­for­ma­tion for Bos­ton Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Park and the Bos­ton African Amer­i­can Na­tional His­toric Site. Sea­sonal ranger-led walk­ing tours launch from here. Open daily 9 am-6 pm. Fa­neuil Hall, 617.242.5601.

THE SHATTUCK EMER­ALD NECK­LACE VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER

The Old Stony Brook Gate­house in the Back Bay Fens is the stop for in­for­ma­tion about Bos­ton’s Emer­ald Neck­lace chain of parks cre­ated by Fred­er­ick Law Olm­sted in the 19th cen­tury. Free do­cent-led tours May-Oc­to­ber. Open M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-4 pm. 125 The Fenway, 617.522.2700.

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