FAQ

I’m only in town for a few days, why should I take your tour?

Boston is a walking city, and a city with much historical significance. Basic Freedom Trail tours will tell you everything you already know about Boston, with all the dates and details that would make your high school history teacher proud. But – the secret is – the Freedom Trail is easy to self-guide! The red brick path and the abundance of historical plaques and markers give you the flexibility to explore at your leisure.

At Boston Strolls our goal is to show you something new, to add value to your experience in our city by introducing you to people, places, and stories that you will not find on any other tour. We travel off the beaten path, literally, to give you a glimpse into Boston’s past that goes beneath the surface and beyond the ordinary. We will leave you with some tales and anecdotes that you won’t soon forget!

How many people are scheduled per tour?

We limit our Beacon Hill and North End tours to 20 people to ensure that each guest can hear and see the guide, and so that the group can move easily from place to place.  With the broad sidewalks in the Back Bay, we can accommodate up to 25 at a time.

Why do I need a reservation?

Reservations are required for your convenience. Without a reservation we cannot guarantee that there will be space for you on the tour. Also, if there are no reservations for a particular day we may not send out a guide.

Are your tours suitable for young children?

The Beacon Hill Uncensored tour will discuss the neighborhood’s history of vice, including adult themes such as murder and prostitution. We consider the content of the tour to be PG-13, and are happy to answer more detailed questions over the phone.

Our other tours are suitable for all ages.

Can I arrange a private tour at a different time?

Private tours are an excellent option for your club, party, convention, reunion, or occasion. We will provide you with your own tour guide at a time that fits your schedule. Private guides are available for any of our advertised tours, and we will be happy to work with you to tailor content to fit your theme or interests. Please call 617-383-9255 to discuss your options.

Will you cancel the tour if it rains?

Tours will depart on time as long as weather conditions are safe. In case of lightning or other severe weather, a tour may be cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled. Boston Strolls will contact you in the event that severe weather prevents an on time departure.

What’s your cancellation policy?  Can I reschedule tour reservation if my plans change?

Reservations that are cancelled by phone or email with 24 hour notice will be fully refunded or rescheduled. (For a 10:30am Saturday tour, reservations must be cancelled by 10:30am Friday) Reservations that are cancelled within 24 hours will be refunded or rescheduled with a $5 fee. A refund or rescheduling is not available if you do not cancel by phone or email prior to departure.

When is your season?

Tours are available year round, but our peak season is April to November. Outside those months, please email to confirm availability rather than booking online.

Is the tour wheelchair and stroller accessible?

Our tours do not include any stairs, but there are challenges such as steep hills, brick sidewalks, and rough cobblestone streets.  Please email us if you have specific needs or concerns.

Wow, your website, rack card, and logo look great.  Who did them?

Our gas lamp logo and the printed rack card were designed by Amy Kucharik. The website is powered by WordPress and the zeeBizzCard theme.