2013 was a great year for Boston Strolls, thanks to all our guests and guides. As we enter the off-season, all our regularly scheduled tours are done for the year, but feel free to contact us for private group tours.
If you can’t get enough Boston history this winter, be sure to follow Boston Strolls on Twitter for nuggets of local history, trivia, and folklore. You can also get a fix by signing up for the classroom version of our Back Bay Deconstructed tour, which will be offered through the Cambridge Center for Adult Education during their winter term. It’s tentatively scheduled for January 25, but the winter course catalog hasn’t been finalized.
If you have been considering coming on one of our tours this year, now is the time. Our last tours of 2013 will be on Saturday, October 26.
Our online reservation calendar is down. For now, please call us to reserve.
The expiration date for our Groupon offer is being extended through September 30. As a reminder, it’s good on any of our three public tours: Beacon Hill Uncensored, Back Bay Deconstructed, or North End Underground. Book early, as many dates are already selling out.
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.