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.
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.
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.
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.