The Building Boston tour is a walking tour of approx. 1 mile. Time spent walking is approximately 1 1/2 hours including pauses to hear commentary, with 30 additional minutes allowed for a Cheers! Bar break. Please consider this if you have health issues that make walking longer distances problematic.
Please note gratuity is not included in the tour price. Our guides appreciate gratuities or TIPS where earned.
Samuel Adams Statue
(behind Faneuil Hall - Congress Street end)
1 Faneuil Hall Square
2.0 hour (approx.)
Boston Architecture Walking Tour
Unique Architecture In One Of America's Most Unique Cities!
Stroll Through Nearly 400 Years of History!
For centuries Bostonians have relied on strolling the pleasant streets, both narrow and broad, to reach their destination or to afford them leisurely, healthful exercise. Stroll through neighborhoods of stylish 19th century townhouses, past shops, through parks, and see and hear of the best Boston has to offer.
This stroll brings you on the narrow streets and sidewalks of Beacon Hill, where you can peek in the windows of the antique shops and see the brick town homes of this nationally registered Historic District. Reminiscent of London in the early 1800’s, this exclusive neighborhood features some of the best urban real estate in the country. Revel in the exterior detail of the fine homes and hear stories of residents, past and present.
Continuing your walk, your guide will regale you with stories of the Puritans and of the Redcoats as you traverse the Boston Common. Then take a break at Cheers, the pub that inspired the popular television series. Located in the original townhouse-tavern, explore several levels of classic architecture and walls of photos of the stars before unwinding in the pub with a beverage. Proceed through the Public Garden and enjoy an oasis of exotic flowerbeds, trees and fountains that surround a quiet lagoon that ducks and swans call home. Continue your walk up Commonwealth Avenue, the Parisian style boulevard of townhomes from the late 1800’s. Walk where elite Bostonians have promenaded with borders of green grass and statues honoring our heroes, bordered by massive townhouses constructed for the wealthy of Victorian society. Then on to Newbury Street, where the fashionable visit boutiques, sidewalk cafes, and art galleries. Continue to the heart of the Back Bay, Copley Square. See the world-renowned Trinity Church, famous for its award winning Romanesque architecture, and see its magnificent reflection in the mirrored side of the adjacent high-rise, known as the Hancock Tower (200 Clarendon Street). Your guide will provide the history and point out the architectural details that encircle the church’s sculpted façade. View the nearby Public Library, built as a palace for the people. Next to the Library, take a picture while stepping on the finish line of the renowned Boston Marathon, world class annual road race.
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