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Guide To Boston Walking Tours

- By Jodi GrundigBoston is one of the most beautiful walking cities around, with many historic attractions located within steps of each other. Even if you live here, there are still so many hidden gems to discover by foot. Here are a few walking tours where even you locals can learn a little more about what Boston has to offer:
Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall and the surrounding marketplace (credit: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail

Various Locations and Times
Price: $5.50 - $11

While you can walk the Freedom Trail at no cost, you should consider taking one of the Freedom Trail Foundation's reasonably priced walking tours. The Walk Into History Tour starts at the Boston Common and goes to Faneuil Hall, lasts ninety minutes, and is packed full of information. You can also go on a tour from Faneuil Hall to the Boston Common on a limited basis.

The Freedom Trail Foundation also offers North End Tours as well as a Pirates and Patriots Tour that goes from Faneuil Hall to the Tea Party Museum.

 Boston Grave Diggers
(Photo Credit: Ghosts and Gravestones)

Ghosts and Gravestones

200 Atlantic Avenue, corner of State Street
Hours: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00 pm June-October, limited schedule in other months
Price: $24-$38 (discount if purchased online)
Reservations required
Phone number: 617.269.3626

Want to check out a totally different side of Boston? Take a walk on the dark side! The Ghosts and Gravestones tour takes you to some of Boston's haunted sites all while teaching you about some of Boston's darkest stories. You'll hear ghost stories and check out some of Boston's historic cemeteries. The hour and a half tour takes place on a bus, with two twenty-minute walking portions. Beware this view of Boston is not appropriate for young children.

Boston Chocolat
Photo Credit: Boston Chocolate Tour of Faneuil Hall and the North End

Boston Chocolate Tour of Faneuil Hall and the North End

Meet on the 2nd floor of Godiva at 1 South Market Street
Hours: Saturdays at 3:30
Price: $25-$48
Reservations required

This is my kind of tour! You'll walk through the North End and Faneuil Hall during the Boston Chocolate Tour's two and a half hour family-friendly tour. Check out some of the open-air shops at Quincy Markets, sample some yummy cakes at local restaurants, and try some delicious gelato, all while hoofing it for a mile and a half. You'll also receive a VIP card for discounts to local partners of the Boston Chocolate Tour.

The Boston Chocolate Tour is very popular and only has limited space, so make sure you book your trip in advance.

Beacon Street
Photo Credit: Photo Tours of Boston

Photo Tours of Boston

Various locations and times
Price: $30

Are you an amateur photographer? Boston, with its historic architecture and gorgeous scenery, is one of the perfect places to take travel photos. Take a tour with Photo Tours of Boston, and you'll be able to photograph Beacon Hill, the Boston Waterfront, the Public Garden, the Freedom Trail, or the Back Bay – whichever you choose. Tours take about ninety minutes (the Freedom Trail tour is closer to two hours), and you'll learn some new photo techniques.

9.10.11 - T & O - Boston Walking Tours - North End Market
Photo Credit: North End Market Tours

North End Market Tours

Meeting details provided upon ticket purchase
Various times and days
Price: $50 plus tax

North End resident Michele Topor's famous culinary tour of the North End has been featured on many media outlets, including HGTV and the Food Network. During the three-hour tour, you'll visit many different culinary locations in the North End, sampling along the way. In addition, Michele, a trained chef, will also offer tips on purchasing, storing, and cooking Italian foods – all while also providing a guided tour of the area. This very popular tour does sell out, so book tickets in advance.

Jodi Grundig is editor and publisher of Family-Friendly Boston, Family Travel Magazine and Mom's Favorite Stuff.

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