Boston Public Garden

Boston Public Garden: Our most recommended tours and activities

Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Ticket

1. Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Ticket

Discover Boston onboard an enchanting hop-on and hop-off trolley to see all the historic sights at your own pace. Choose from a 1-day or 2-day hop-on hop-off open-air trolley ticket, providing access to 9 stops, all conveniently located close to the city’s premier attractions. Friendly tour guides are on board, ready to narrate your tour, and you can join and end the tour at any of the stops along the route. Jump off in neighborhoods such as North End and Beacon Hill to explore further. Take the full 1-hour circuit non-stop to get a great orientation of downtown Boston or explore in your own time. Hop-on and hop-off trolley stops: • New England Aquarium - Shuttle and Ferry - Quincy Market – Faneuil Hall • Paul Revere House - Little Italy • North End - Old North Church • USS Constitution - Old Ironsides • North Station - TD Bank Garden Sports Museum • Old State House - Faneuil Hall – Boston Massacre - Government Center • Boston Common - Public Garden • State House - Beacon Hill • South Station - Convention Center - Children’s Museum

Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

2. Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

Your experience begins at the Aquarium “T” Station on the historic Long Wharf, the focus of Boston Harbor, and the economic engine of Boston for most of its history. From the harbor, continue past the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street and the historic Custom House Tower, the city’s first skyscraper. Then, your guide will lead you toward the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, which both boast stunning views. Moving into the heart of Downtown Boston, stop in front of the Old State House and site of the Boston Massacre. Was it really a massacre or maybe just great propaganda for the Revolution? Ask your expert guide about that one!  A short trek through Downtown Crossing brings you to Old City Hall. This beautiful building, done in French Revivalist architecture, was the seat of city government for years in Boston. It also happens to be the site of the birth of public education in America. You'll definitely want to have your guide snap your picture with the bronze donkey outside the entrance. On most weekdays, you’ll have a chance to see the government at work (or not) inside the inspiring, historic and beautiful Massachusetts State House, designed and built by famous federalist architect Charles Bulfinch in 1798. Outside the State House, take in the views of modern Boston, including the skyscrapers of Downtown, the Financial District, and the tallest building in New England: the John Hancock Tower.   Continue your journey through Beacon Hill, where you’ll have a chance to take in the quintessential architecture of Boston’s red brick row houses. Get out your cameras — this neighborhood is one of the most photogenic in the city. Finally, arrive at the beautiful Boston Public Garden, one of Boston’s favorite green spaces, where you’ll see locals walking the dogs, playing with the kids and enjoying lunch in the shade. Your guide will point you in the right direction, and will help with any and all recommendations for great things to do in Boston that evening and beyond. 

Boston: 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour

3. Boston: 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour

This 2-hour Freedom Trail, Beacon Hill, and Back Bay walking tour will give you just the right mix of history, architecture, and culture to bring Boston's personality alive.  During your 2-hour walk, see the Freedom Trail that runs from Faneuil Hall to the Boston Common. Check out the quirky, vibrant architecture and streets of the old city center. Wander among the cobblestone drives and gaslights of historic Beacon Hill and the Back Bay area, then check out the Public Garden and graceful Copley Square. Visit important sites such as Faneuil Hall, the Old and New State Houses, the Old South Meeting House, the Old Corner Bookstore, King's Chapel, the Old Granary Burial Ground, Louisburg Square, Newbury Street, the John Hancock Tower, Trinity Church, and the Boston Marathon Finish Line. There are also plenty more Boston hotspots that you'll get to discover on this guided walking tour! This small-group tour allows you to hear everything your guide is saying as you see Boston's highlights. Feel like part of the city as your guide shares facts, stories, and humor that reflect the quirky nature of Boston in its past and present.

Boston: North End to Freedom Trail Food and History Tour

4. Boston: North End to Freedom Trail Food and History Tour

Learn about Boston's own Little Italy district of North End and its rich culinary scene. Also, learn about the significant role the city played during the American Revolution on a fascinating guided walking tour of Boston.  Make your way through to the heart of the North End, home to some of the city’s oldest buildings and renowned for its variety of food offerings. Try some fresh bread and Italian meats and cheeses at a hidden bakery. You will also indulge in some sweet local pastries. On the Freedom Trail, explore the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street, and the historic Custom House Tower. Then, head over to Old City Hall, which was the birthplace of public education in America. Don’t forget to get a picture of the bronzed Donkey outside the entrance Your tour will finish at the Boston Public Garden. Enjoy the rest of your day relaxing in the park and its beautiful surroundings. 

Boston: City History and Highlights Audio App Walking Tour

5. Boston: City History and Highlights Audio App Walking Tour

Enjoy an ode to one of America’s historical cities on this self-guided walking tour app. Travel from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground to the George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden. See landmark buildings and monuments and uncover the story of the founding of the country with the audio guide. Begins in one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, the North End. Listen to tidbits from the Colonial and Revolutionary history of the area and travel as far back as 1692 with a visit to the grave of Cotton Mather, the minister at the hysterical heart of the Salem Witch Trials.  Journey to the Old North Church and to unlock the pre-Revolution years, when Paul Revere organized the midnight riders so they could alert the Minutemen of the arrival of the British. Breathe in the aromas of Little Italy’s restaurants and bakeries to get to the Paul Revere House. Take a stroll along the Rose Kennedy Greenway while you hear about Boston’s ”Big Dig.” Shop around the Quincy Market or catch some of the area’s regular street performers while finding out about Faneuil Hall and one of America’s fiercest proponents of liberty, Samuel Adams.  Stop by the Old State House to hear how future president John Adams magnanimously defended perpetrators of the Boston Massacre. Learn about the two choices that Irish families faced in the 1800s while passing by the Boston Irish Famine Memorial. Explore the Granary Burying Ground to see where John Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere are laid to rest. Soak up local stories as you hear about who sent the signal from the Old North Church steeple to Paul Revere and what Revere did after the revolution.  Engage with the past as you find out how 2 million gallons of molasses congealed in the North End in 1919. Uncover the answer to factoids like if Samuel Adams really brewed beer and what led to the creation of America’s first public park, the Boston Common.

Boston: Private City Highlights Tour

6. Boston: Private City Highlights Tour

Enjoy a private tour with custom itinerary, created just for you and your group. A private city tour of Boston can be from 2 hours - 10 hours, depending on the destination. Pick-up and drop-off locations are the group’s choice. While many visitors to Boston have specific sites they would like to see, many are happy to let our team create a custom itinerary that fits their interests, budget, mobility, and timeline. Typically, tours spend most of their time in and around central Boston, but we welcome any ideas for your dream tour. No two groups are alike and we will plan a trip tailored to your group's interests, budget, and needs. Below are some sample itineraries to use as inspiration for your perfect tour: Highlights Tour: A 2-3–hour tour designed to hit some of Boston’s must-see spots may include a ride-along Boston Harbor and through the historic downtown area, a stop for a photo at King’s Chapel or the Old State House, or a drive through Beacon Hill, for a peek down some picturesque cobblestone streets. These shorter tours are usually focused on driving, with limited time to explore on foot. Half-Day Tour: A half-day tour (4-6 hours) allows more opportunity for you to take full advantage of being on a driving tour. You'll visit all of the must-see spots, as well as having time to explore even more famous sites and other neighborhoods - like checking out Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, getting out of the van to walk through the beautiful Boston Public Garden, exploring neighborhoods like the Back Bay or North End (maybe to grab a quick bite), or heading to the revitalized Seaport neighborhood with fantastic views of the harbor. Full-Day Tour: A full-day tour (7-10 hours) gives you the chance to explore all of the must-see spots of Boston to their fullest: go inside the inspiring, historic, and beautiful Massachusetts State House (when open to the public), grab lunch at Quincy Market and take the time to shop its incredible selection of products and food, do a “lobstah roll” taste-test at a different spots around the city, explore iconic Harvard and Cambridge, or check out world-famous Fenway Park (perhaps taking a tour, if possible).

Boston History and Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. Boston History and Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Wander along Boston's Freedom Trail with this audio guide. Walk from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground to the George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden and unlock the story behind the nation’s beginnings as you listen to the voice of Gregg Squeglia, a local history fanatic. Start your walk in one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, the North End, and learn about the Colonial and Revolutionary history of the area. Travel as far back as 1692 with a visit to the grave of Cotton Mather, the minister at the heart of the Salem Witch Trials. Next, journey to the Old North Church and the pre-Revolution years, when Paul Revere organized the midnight riders so they could alert the Minutemen that the British were coming. Waft past the aromas of Little Italy’s restaurants and bakeries to get to the Paul Revere House, before enjoying a stroll along the Rose Kennedy Greenway while you learn about Boston’s ”Big Dig.” Afterward, take a moment to shop around Quincy Market or catch some of the area’s regular street performers as you learn about Faneuil Hall and one of America’s fiercest proponents of liberty, Samuel Adams. Stop by the Old State House to hear how president John Adams magnanimously defended perpetrators of the Boston Massacre. Learn about the two choices that Irish families faced in the 1800s as you pass by the Boston Irish Famine Memorial en route to visit Adams’ grave in the Granary Burying Ground. Feel free to start, pause, or restart at any time and complete your visit at your own pace. If your travel plans change, you can use the audio guide on any date of your choice  or use the virtual in-app option for an at-home experience.

Boston: Private Stories of the Freedom Trail Guided Tour

8. Boston: Private Stories of the Freedom Trail Guided Tour

Discover much more to Boston's Freedom Trail than the usual tourist locations in a brochure. Join a local guide to hear the tales and learn about the people that made Bstone on of the most important cities in American history. Meet your guide and get the perspective of the Bostonians that were behind the infamous Boston Tea Party. Learn the legen of James Otis and his immortal line "No taxation without represntation" at Feneuil Hall. Learn all about the unknown artist that influenced the story of the Boston Massacre, and discover which of the Founding Fathers attended the very first public school in the country. Find out all about the daily life for Revolution-era Bostonians, and what conditions wer like for the British soldiers camping on Boston Common. Along the way, enjoy a surprise local treat to keep your energy up during the tour. Journey through the stories of the Freedom Trail.

Other Sightseeing Options in Boston Public Garden

Want to discover all there is to do in Boston Public Garden? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Boston Public Garden

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 593 reviews

Our guide Bobby was so informative and knowledgeable about Boston. He made the tour really enjoyable. I found out so much about the Boston history that I didn’t know. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Our guide, Tyler, was extremely knowledgeable about the history and was a great tour guide. The food was wonderful and the tour was doable even for older folks.

Detailed and easy to follow guide to Boston. Best thing is that you can pause and restart as you wish, no need to do the whole tour in one go

Great way to see & hear about Boston history. Liked being able to get off & back on at the sites we were interested in.

Fantastic tour and Andrew our guide was amazing. Funny, knowledgeable and very helpful. would definitely recommend