The Back Bay is the Grande Dame of Boston’s neighborhoods. Here you will fine fine dining, upscale shopping, and a grid of streets that actually makes sense. Looking around at the the cultural institutions located in Copley Square or the public art along the Commonwealth Avenue Promenade, it is hard to imagine that this area was once a trash and sewage filled lagoon.
The story of the Back Bay is a comprehensive look at Boston’s history, exploring geography, immigration, and technology. By examining this Victorian era transformation, we will link Winthrop’s Puritans and the effects of the American revolution to Boston’s iconic twentieth century skyscrapers.
How did a potato famine in Ireland trigger Boston’s most ambitious engineering project to-date? Which Back Bay landmark floats like a boat in the marsh and sand beneath the streets? Join us as we trace the social and civil engineering of the Back Bay project by strolling from Boston’s colonial coastline at the foot of Boston Common to the heart of the “new” neighborhood in Copley Square.
Back Bay Deconstructed departs from the corner of Beacon and Charles on Saturday at 10:30am.
We are excited to announce our newest addition, North End Underground, which highlights the area’s underground activity and under-the-ground oddities. With Boston’s oldest neighborhood as a backdrop, we will uncover tales such as the robbery known as “the crime of the century,” the pirated cherubim of Old North Church, and the contents of the area’s most famous privy. Join us for 90 minutes of laughing and learning, sure to leave you with an appetite for pasta and cannoli.
Details and schedule coming in March, 2013.
Boston Strolls received a great write up in the November issue of Where magazine. The issue features a Boston travel guide for those seeking a more unique experience. You can find us in print and online. The article, Not So Puritan Pursuits, focuses on our Beacon Hill Uncensored tour.
Boston Strolls was recently featured in the Boston Globe’s Sunday Travel section. We gave some insight about one of our favorite local ghost stories. Although it’s too late to catch one of our paranormal tours this year, it’s not too late to read the Globe story or see the photos by guide Jacob Sconyers in the associated gallery.
Get into the holiday “spirit” with our newest stroll in honor of Halloween
. If you long for the days of Mulder and Scully, enjoy a little mystery with your history, or simply want an excuse to get the gang together for a night of tingly tales followed by pumpkin beers, this is the tour for you.
Groupon customers are welcome to use their vouchers for this tour.
Groupon customers are welcome to use vouchers for either the Beacon Hill Uncensored or the Back Bay Deconstructed tours through the end of November. Please note that November tours will be offered only on weekends. In addition, check back for a special Halloween tour opening in early October.
Why not bring your furry one along for a stroll? We welcome friendly, leashed dogs on any of our tours. After, you can stop in for a splash at the Copley Square Fountain or the Public Garden Lagoon!
On July 4th we will offer a Back Bay Deconstructed tour at 10am. Our Groupon customers are welcome to join us! To make a reservation, visit our booking calender.
We are happy to announce that all Boston Strolls customers can receive 20% off any sized gelato at Beacon Hill Chocolates, just present the reciept you will receive when you check in for your tour. The peanut butter cup gelato changed our lives, seriously.