It is time to move off the beaten path, away from your typical Freedom Trail walking tour or Duck Tour. Boston is riddled with culture, stories and good eats, so you should be sure to find out more about what is right in front of you while you’re still here. Here is a sampling of some interesting tours throughout Boston.
As we approach October, one eerily fun activity is the Haunted Boston Ghost Tour. This 90-minute walking tour is full of tales of Boston’s spookiest ghosts ranging from colonial Boston ghouls to present-day spirits. Guided by lantern light, your guide will tell you stories that you likely have never heard before while showing you the locations at which they took place. You can even get $3.00 off per person with the code HBWEB2015. To get tickets, check out the Haunted Boston website.
One of the tastiest tours you may encounter is the Taza Chocolate Factory Tour. Taza produces Mexican-style organic dark chocolate in Boston. Sample the Stone Ground Dark Chocolate, see how the chocolate is made and take a look at the vintage chocolate making machinery. Taza works by using sustainable, fair trade sources to obtain cacao ethically. Tours can include up to 18 people and last about 45 minutes. The tour costs only $6.00, not to mention that $1.00 of each public tour ticket goes to a non-profit. To find out times, see the Taza Chocolate website.
The City Running Tour is another unusual way to see the sights of Boston. This group offers a variety of tours ranging from the North End Tour to the Fenway 5K. There is typically a ratio of one guide to every six runners, and guides will hold small items in their backpacks for tourists. You can join a group run, personalize a run or organize a run for a group of your own; water is provided. As a city known for running and the home of the world’s oldest marathon, Boston is an ideal place for a tour like this. You can visit their website here.
The Cupcake Tour is not a particularly surprising one, based on the number of pastry shops and cupcakeries in the area. Come hungry, because you will be sampling six cupcakes from different Boston-famous locations. These locations include Georgetown Cupcake, Sweet, Patisserie on Newbury, Truffles and Robin’s Candy. To get your tour on the cheap, check out this fabulous Groupon.
Boston is well known for its beer. The Samuel Adams Brewery Tour enables you to learn the brand history, find out about the brewing process and sample the special malts. The aroma of hops used to brew Sam Adams envelops you as you stroll around tasting beer and learning more than you ever needed to know about beer. Tours leave every 45 minutes and are about an hour long. The tour is free, and the suggested $2.00 donation goes to local charities. You must be 21 or older with a valid government ID to attend. To find times, see the Sam Adams website.
Now, if you are looking to taste something with a little more substance than beer and desserts, the North End Pizza Tour may be the one for you. On this two-hour guided tour, you will taste pizza from three of Boston’s most popular pizzerias, including the oldest pizzeria in Boston. As you walk the cobblestone streets of Little Italy, you will hear people speaking Italian along the way, as well as receive a partial Freedom Trail history tour. To find out more, check out Trip Advisor.