Plenty of ways to discover Boston
A Duck boat out on the town
The most popular are the Duck Tours. They are fun, you get to go on the water (and drive the duck!) and the drivers are knowledgeable. You should know that the drivers usually talk really fast so if your English isn't great, it might be hard to understand. It might not for everyone so here are loads of other options. it is a a 90 minute tour on land and water aboard a World War II vehicle.
Another way to get out on the water is to take the water shuttle which drops you off in a number of places around Boston and Charlestown.
Old town trolley - A great alternative to the Duck Tour in that it gets you around the city and you can hop on and off at various stops. You can ride all day.
Take a walking tour with Boston by Foot. If it is your first time in Boston, I would suggest Heart of the Freedom Trail as you get a great tour of the historical sights in central Boston (Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre, and more). All their tours are great so take a look at what might interest you. Boston by Foot is a non-profit organization and all guides are volunteers who have gotten thorough training and have a passion for Boston. The tours are usually 90-minutes. They also offer "Boston by Little Feet"; A child's- eye view of the Freedom Trail's architecture and history is especially designed for young walkers 6-12 years.
The Freedom Trail - The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites. Pick up a map at the visitor center in Faneuil Hall or just follow the red brick trail.
Freedom Trail Tours - Led by guides in costume along the Freedom Trail.
Black Heritage Trail A walking tour that explores the history of Boston's 19th century African American community. Tours leave daily (Memorial Day to Labor Day). Check website for more information or call 617 742 5415. There is also a self guided walking tour. FREE.
Discover Boston tours
The bike tours with urbanadventours.com seem like a great way to experience Boston.
You could try Boston Pedicabs. It's eco-friendly, fun and different. You can call them and set up a sightseeing tour with their apparently funny drivers. You might see them around town and then they will zip you quickly to where you need to go (not to the airport though; that's too far). There are not set rates, you pay what you think it was worth (think cab ride and probably a little more).
Neighborhoods & movie making mecca
Boston has many different neighborhoods. From quaint Beacon Hill to grand Back Bay, Italian North End and the South End. China Town is exciting too. Don´t forget to visit Cambridge - a great city just across the Charles River. Each offers something different.
Boston is very popular with the movie makers so plenty of movies have been filmed here. Now there´s a tour operator who can show you where it all happened. See the sites for "The Departed", "Ally McBeal", "Good Will Hunting" and much, much more with On Location Tours
Special interest tours
Take a tour of Fenway Park home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox. The park, the oldest of all current Major League Baseball stadiums, opened in 1912.
A tour of the Massachusetts State House in Beacon Hill. A beautiful building.
Visit a brewery. Samuel Adams is made right here in Boston and they offer tours of the brewery, or visit Harpoon brewery. Both breweries let you sample their beers. Must be 21.
Art and Architecture walks for free by the Public Library. Different days and times are offered.
The Kennedy Tour - Take a tour of all the important landmarks and sites that touches upon the Kennedy family's life in Boston.
Photo walks Historic walking tours with a photographic edge.
Haunted Boston are 90-minute walking tours of Boston with a twist. A combination of history, ghost stories and eerie happenings in Boston, as you walk through Boston and get the (true!) stories told by your guide.
Ghost tours - only run certain times of the year. Has some historic interest, and is actually quite a trip
Boston Chocolate Tour The tour ran Saturdays, from January - April in 2009 so check their website for 2010 dates. Rather expensive, but if you love chocolate, it could be worth it. 3 hours of chocolate heaven.
Mystery tours - haven’t tried these but let us know if you do. they offer an evening trolley tour, a mystery cafe dinner theatre, a mystery cruise, and a sunset sailing adventure aboard a tall ship
Go on a scavenger hunt Watson Adventures organizes public scavenger hunts around Boston in places such as MFA, Museum of Science, Harvard Square and more.
Tours of different areas in Boston
Boston by Foot often have special tours that focus on a certain area of Boston such as the North Slope of Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Davis Square and more.
Free - take a tour of the Public Garden with your smart phone! If you are walking through there anyway, why not find out some things about this wonderful park!
Tour of Harvard Led by students, and it is FREE!
North End Market Tours Highly recommended. You see Boston´s charming Italian neighborhood and get to try delicious food. We had a great guide as well. Check out some photos here
Chinatown Market Tour same organizer as North End Market tour
Boston Heritage Tours The owner is passionate about the North End and Boston!
'Historic New England" gives tours around New England. Check their events calendar.
The Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea Tour. A mile-long walk from Beacon Hill to Long Wharf encompassing four centuries of Boston History. Free. Starts at the State House on Beacon Street.