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Top 10 City Tours - See the Best of Boston!
Posted February 4th, 2012

Whether you like to walk, ride, or cruise, Boston Tours promise unique ways to bring you through the ages to enjoy everything from history and Boston Sightseeing to food sampling and wildlife – and some quirky, fun things in between.

Boston, also known as Beantown, may be the most historical city in America with a history that began more than 300 years ago. As a thriving metropolis today, many of Boston’s historical landmarks and traditions are preserved with pride and create a unique experience for visitors to enjoy the best of a rich past and modern age. You’ll want to see and do as much as possible in this incredible city, so check out these recommendations for Boston’s Top 10 Tours, each offering a unique way of experiencing a city that has so much to offer.

1. Boston Food Tours | North End and Chinatown, Boston, MA 02113
Boston is rich with culture and culinary delights and can transport you and your taste buds to other countries without needing a passport. The Boston Food Tours stroll you through the quaint and narrow streets of Boston’s “Little Italy” in the North End and Boston’s Chinatown to experience food, cooking tips, and marketplaces that are among the most authentic left in America.

Admission: $50.00 for North End Market Tour; $65.00 for Chinatown Market Tour

2. The Total Boston Experience | No. 16 Charles St., S Boston, MA 02116
This 2-hour luxury motorcoach Boston tour provides a comprehensive look at historic and new Boston. You’ll journey to the countryside towns of Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord, following the route of Paul Revere and see the “Battle Trail” where the minutemen fought for freedom. You’ll pass the homes of Hawthorne, Alcott and Emerson and spend time at Harvard Square. Your tour concludes at Fanueil Hall and Quincy Marketplace so you can lunch and shop on your own.

Adult, $64.95; children ages 3 – 11, $31.95. 9:30 a.m. most days – check schedule.

3. Boston Sunset Cruise | Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
A beautiful and relaxing way to wind down the day, watch the sun set beyond the horizon, creating an amazing silhouette of the Boston skyline – all from the comfort of a cozy cruise ship for a 90-minute excursion on the harbor. Each day from each Boston tour sunset cruise, you’ll experience the booming cannons of the U.S.S. Constitution -- America’s oldest commissioned sailing ship, which signal’s the day’s end.

Adults, from $25.00; children ages 4 -12, $21.00; seniors, $23.00

4. Boston Duck Tour | Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
This is not the quacking variety of duck. This original Boston tour puts you in a WWII-style amphibious landing vehicle, aka, “DUCK,” to cruise by the best of Boston history including State House, Bunker Hill, Boston Common, Copley Square, Big Dig, and Government Center to Newbury Street, Quincy Market, and more. A narrator will give you great tips and insights about all you’re seeing and then you’ll splash right into the Charles River for a fabulous view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

Adult, $32.00; children ages 3 – 11, $24.00.

Although there are many Boston hotels to choose from, a favorite choice that is conveniently located amidst all the Boston landmarks and attractions is the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, which offers sophistication and elegance steps from the Boston Common with Frog Pond, and close to Newbury Street, the Theatre & Financial Districts, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston’s Historic Landmarks, and just 3 miles from Logan International Airport

5. Boston Whale Watching Cruise | Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Venture out on a high-speed catamaran for a fast, comfortable Boston tour to view the ocean’s giants. This 3-hour Boston tour gives you plenty of time to watch the whales, and frequently dolphins, from any of 3 outside decks or a climate-controlled cabin space outfitted with cushioned seating, sound and video systems, and a galley with snacks and beverages for purchase.

March – Oct. Adults, $45.00; children ages 4 – 12, $35.00; seniors, $40.00

6. Boston Footsteps to Freedom Photo Tour | Park Street Church, One Park Street, Boston, MA 02108
Follow the footsteps of America’s founding fathers on a 90-minute photo Boston tour that lets you capture the ideal shot of the city’s impressive past. Your informative guide will give you historical information about the fight for independence from British rule and point out helpful angles for a photographic collection you’ll be proud of.

Tues, Sat, Sun. @ 12:30 p.m. Adults, $29.99; children, $14.99

7. Cambridge, Lexington & Concord Tour | Park Square, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
Travel in the comfort of a motorcoach along Paul Revere’s famous route when he warned the townspeople of the oncoming British. During the 3 ½-hour Boston tour, you’ll visit Harvard Yard and Cambridge Common, where America’s first president, George Washington, took control of the Continental Army. View famous homes and historical landmarks that tell of a remarkable past.

Adults, $37.00; children ages 3 -11, $21.00. Daily @ 9:30 a.m.

8. Boston Chocolate Tours | 1651 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
Spend the sweetest 2-½ hours of your time in Boston touring and tasting the finest chocolate in some of the most historic areas of the city. You’ll pick up plenty of samples, tasting tips, learn to store fine chocolate, and how to pair with wines. Choose a tour based on the area you want to explore and the types of chocolate you adore.

Prices start at $48.00.

9. Beantown Trolley & Harbor Cruise | No. 16 Charles Street, S Boston, MA 02116
A great way to experience Boston by land and by water for a complete overview of this historic city. With 20 trolley stops to choose from, you’ll see Boston’s most famous landmarks and points of interest from the New England Aquarium and Bunker Hill to the Public Gardens and Antique Row. Then, enjoy a free bonus sightseeing Harbor Cruise Boston Tour from May – Oct or tickets to the Mapparium from Nov - April.

One Day: Adults, $31.95; children ages 3 – 11, $10.95 or Two Day: Adults, $43.95; children, $19.95.

10. Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley & Walking Tour | Ticket Booth next to New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
A visitor’s favorite, this evening trolley Boston tour will teach you about Boston’s most macabre events and sinister characters – from the Angel of Death to the Boston Strangler. Then, step off the trolley and into two of the oldest burial grounds in Boston for an unforgettable walking tour back to the 17th century to see the final resting places of Boston’s historical legends – from heroes Paul Revere and John Hancock to Cotton Mather, famous for his involvement with the Salem Witch Trials.

April: Fri – Sun; May: Thu – Sun; Jun – Oct: Nightly

Price from $38.00; reservations required. 2-hours.

About Boston Park Plaza Hotel - A Boston Hotel
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is part of the rich history that defines Boston as one of the most beautiful cities in America and a top travel destination. Our Boston Hotel is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the City – just yards from Boston Common – America’s oldest Public Park and in Boston’s Back Bay. This Luxury Boston Hotel conveys class and elegance throughout its exceptional Concierge and Guest Services, 941 finely-appointed Guest Rooms and Guest Suites, premier Dining with 9 on-site Restaurants including Pairings and the historic Statler’s Lounge. Other Guest Services include a 24-hour Fitness Center, 24-hour Business Center, and 65,000 square-feet of exceptional Boston Meeting Space including the exquisite Boston Park Plaza Castle located across the street – one of Boston’s most recognized and renowned landmarks used exclusively for Boston Social Functions.

Since opening in 1927, Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is recognized as a member of the Historic Hotels of America and a preferred Boston Hotel.

From Boston Park Hotel’s ideal location, Business and Leisure Guests can easily access all that Boston has to offer including Funeuil Hall Marketplace, Boston’s Historic Landmarks, Boston Common, Boston’s Back Bay, world-renowned Newbury Street for Boston Shopping, Boston Attractions, and Boston Activities, and the Theatre and Financial districts. Our Boston Hotel is located just 3 miles from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

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