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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge: Our most recommended tours and activities

Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

1. Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

Enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour aboard Boston’s charming orange and green Old Town Trolley and visit more than 100 points of interest in the city at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to hop on or off all day and discover sights like the Boston State House, Liberty Wharf, and the Charlestown Navy Yard. Take in double-decker height views while protected from the elements. The comfortable enclosed trolleys allow you to experience elevated viewing come rain, snow, or shine. Choose between 1-day and 2-day ticket options with free unlimited re-boarding. The Boston Trolley tour covers all the major areas including downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the theater district, and the waterfront. Conductors narrate the tour, offering a fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. There are 14 stops conveniently located close to over 100 points of interest in Boston, these are: • Stop 1: New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace • Stop 2: Historic North End (Temporarily closed - The closest stops to Little Italy/North End are Stop 1 at 200 Atlantic Avenue and Stop 4 at 85 Causeway Street, both of which are a ten-minute walk to the heart of the North End.) • Stop 3: USS Constitution/Charlestown Navy Yard • Stop 4: North Station/TD Bank Garden • Stop 5: Old State House (Temporarily moved - The temporary Stop 5 will be at 40 Water Street, one block south of the Old State House, next to Post Office Square.) * Stop 6: Beacon Hill/Antique Row • Stop 7: Cheers Bar "The Original" • Stop 8: Prudential Center/Skywalk Observatory (Temporarily closed - It is a five-minute walk to Stop 9 in front of the Colonnade Hotel on Huntington Ave.) • Stop 9: Christian Science Plaza/Symphony Hall • Stop 10: Copley Place Shopping Galleries • Stop 11: Copley Square/Trinity Church (Temporarily moved - The temporary Stop 11 will be at 500 Boylston Street, just across Clarendon Street, less than one block from the original stop location.) • Stop 12: Old Town Trolley Welcome Center • Stop 13: Boston State House/ Boston Common/Beacon Hill • Stop 14: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum (discounted admission included)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Public Tour

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Public Tour

Meet your student guide in Kendall Square and visit the university that ranks among the top schools in the U.S. Tour the campus and learn about some of the world's most talented innovators in the fields of math, science and technology. Get the inside scoop on the history, culture and alumni who hail from MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on a 1 hour 10-minute tour. Hear about some of the institution's alums, from engineer and astronaut Buzz Aldrin to world-famous architect, I.M. Pei. See the Great Dome, home to the school's engineering library and lovingly referred to by alums as the Center of the Universe.

Cambridge: Harvard University and MIT Combo Walking Tour

3. Cambridge: Harvard University and MIT Combo Walking Tour

Get unique insights into life at Harvard and MIT on a student-led walking tour. Discover the secrets and traditions of each school from your guides, current students that were once visitors themselves, and understand what you want to see and learn.  Your tour begins with a visit to Harvard. Set out to explore the ivy league school, learning about its history, culture, and famous alumni. See sights like Harvard Square, Johnston Gate, Harvard Yard, the Science Center, Memorial Hall, the Harvard Lampoon, the John Harvard statue, and more.  Next, head to Kendall Square to begin your tour of MIT. Meet the students creating the science and technology of tomorrow and hear about the history of another of America's top institutions. Learn about MIT traditions and culture as well as famous inventions and the MIT alumni that came up with them. 

Boston and the Freedom Trail from New York: Day Trip

4. Boston and the Freedom Trail from New York: Day Trip

Depart New York along the Eastern Coast through Connecticut to Massachusetts and to its capital, Boston. Your first stop is the city of Cambridge where will find one of the most famous and most prestigious universities in the world: Harvard. The tour starts with a walk in Harvard Yard; the oldest academic ground in America. See Widener library, then rub the shoe of John Harvard for good luck. Continue to a panoramic tour passing by City Hall, MIT and Cambridge College. Then cross the Charles River and arrive in the center of the intellectual capital of the country. Visit Copley Square, home to beautiful Trinity church. Next up is a walk along the Freedom Trail through Boston Common Park. Break for lunch at Quincy Market, and try the world famous Clam Chowder or a lobster roll. After lunch, visit the site of the famous Tea Party and the navy ship Constitution. In the late afternoon, depart southwest for an evening arrival in New York.

From NYC: Exclusive Spanish-Language Day Trip to Boston

5. From NYC: Exclusive Spanish-Language Day Trip to Boston

Your trip to Boston begins in Midtown Manhattan at the entrance of your preferred pickup hotel: Millennium Broadway, Pennsylvania, or Manhattan at Times Square. Once you have been picked up, head north to the capital city of Massachusetts. There will be a stop halfway, where you will have time to have breakfast and use the services. Once you arrive in Boston, the first stop is Copley Square, where you can appreciate the architectural contrasts of the city. See iconic sites such as the first public library in the United States, the Hancock Tower, the Church of the Holy Trinity, and the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Within Copley Square, discover the monument to the Hare and the Turtle, which commemorates the cemetery of the Boston Marathon.  The next stop will be in the Church of Christ Scientist. Following, head through Massachusetts Avenue where you will see the Back Bay neighborhood, famous for its Victorian houses. Pass by Berkeley College, the largest private music school in the world. Then, marvel at the monument to Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and get up close to the Baseball Stadium Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. Continue towards Cambridge where the MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the prestigious Harvard University are located. Walk through the Harvard University Campus and past the famous monument of the three lies, after which you will have time to buy souvenirs. After this experience, back in Boston, walk one of the most attractive and expensive neighborhoods in the city "Beacon Hill." Leaving the neighborhood, pass by the bar made famous by the TV show "Cheers" and through the first public park in the USA. Cross through the Massachusetts Governorate, part of the Freedom Trail and the Financial Center, and the place of the Boston Massacre of 1770. The last stop will be at Quincy Market. At its inception in 1826, it was used as a center of production, purchase, and exchange of food products and is now the city's cultural center. In the market, you will have free time for lunch. Your guide will advise you as to where the best clam chowder and lobster sandwiches are sold, two of Boston's most famous local dishes. Finally, after lunch, head back to NYC and get dropped off where you were picked up.

Boston: Guided Historical City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

6. Boston: Guided Historical City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

Immerse yourself in the Revolutionary War with a guided tour of Boston’s historic sites and attractions, with all admission fees and hotel transfers included. Walk the Freedom Trail, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, and enter the USS Constitution with an expert guide by your side. Begin with a downtown Boston hotel pickup in the comfort of a Mercedes Metris van. Kick off the tour with a narrated drive through the city, passing by the Ivy League school Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Next, follow your guide to the beginning of the famous Freedom Trail at Bunker Hill Monument, a 221-foot granite obelisk that commemorates one of the first battles in the American Revolutionary War, fought in 1775. Avoid long wait lines with skip-the-line entry. Continue to your final stop of the tour, the USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. After admiring this three-masted wooden-hulled beauty, bid farewell to your guide and be taken back to your downtown hotel.

From Boston: Guided Bike Tour of Cambridge

7. From Boston: Guided Bike Tour of Cambridge

Renowned as one of America’s most bicycle-friendly cities, experience the atmosphere and appeal of Cambridge during a 2.5-hour guided bike tour. Known as “Boston’s Left Bank,” Cambridge is a hotspot of the arts and home to MIT and Harvard University.  Begin this experience by meeting your  guide at the designated meeting point. Here pick up your helmet, water, and your bicycle or electric bike that will take you from Boston over the Charles River and into Cambridge.  From the cycling paths on the Charles River to the booming industry of Kendall Square, this tour shows you the most exciting and vibrant parts of Cambridge. You will visit some of Cambridge's most popular sites such as Harvard Square, The Stata Center, Longfellow Bridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Charles River with views of the Boston Skyline.

From NYC: Private Boston & Woodbury Common Outlets Tour

8. From NYC: Private Boston & Woodbury Common Outlets Tour

Get picked up early in the morning at a location of your choice between Lower Manhattan and 125th St. Meet your professional bilingual guide, then drive for approximately 4.5 hours to one of the oldest cities in the United States. Founded in 1630, Boston was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution. Make your first stop at Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, take a short guided walk through the institution. Look over toward MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) before crossing the Charles River on your way to the house of the Boston Red Sox and the oldest baseball park in major league baseball: Fenway Park. The next stop is the Boston Common, the first public park in the United States. From there, let your guide lead you to several historic sites included on the Freedom Trail, and learn the history and significance of places like the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Street, the Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel, Old State House, the Boston Massacre Site, and the Old North Church. End your Boston tour with free time to explore, shop, and have lunch at Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. After, board your comfortable motorcoach for a 3-hour drive to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, which features 250 of the most sought-after, high-end designer brands including Armani, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Coach, Nike, North Face, Abercrombie, Adidas, Fendi, and Michael Kors. Enjoy plenty of time to shop before returning to New York.

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What people are saying about Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 849 reviews

El guía Austin es muy amable, entusiasta y muy preparado. Gracias Solo sería bueno que expliquen bien cuál es el punto de reunión. Me fue difícil encontrarlos

Austin is a superlative guide, knows the facts inside out, is smart and keeps everyone's attention. Hands down the best!

a great tour by Austin, and the most amazing thing was I found my father's name on the alumi nano project. thank you

The guide was super nice and knew a lot of interesting stories about the M.I.T.

Drivers gave excellent information and were very pleasant.