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    Guided Tour of Boston's Big Dig

    If you build it, they will come...but what happens if you bury it??? Find out during this fascinating tour which will teach you about Boston's efforts to bury their highway system in an attempt to free its historic center from traffic. Boston is one of the most nationally significant cities in the country, known for its rich history of political revolution, commerce, and social innovation. However, lesser-known is the fact that Boston has a fascinating story surrounding its urban planning. Come learn all about the layout of the city as you visit the Old Massachusetts State House, Fanueil Hall, Quincy Market, the Custom House, Boston Granite School, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and more! You'll discover the secrets and history behind the urban planning of Boston, while viewing the fascinating areas you're discussing. Your architect tour guide will explain the significance of the Big Dig project, the inspiration for it, and the way that it affects the structure of the city. Boston may be a historic city, but the fabric of it is always changing. Join the tour to learn how it's still making history today!
    Guided Tour of Boston's Big Dig

    206 Washington St, Boston

    • Walk along the cobblestone streets of Boston, lead by an experienced and educated architect or architectural historian
    • Visit the Old Massachusetts State House, Fanueil Hall, Quincy Market, the Custom House, Boston Granite School, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and more!
    • Learn about the burying of Boston's highway system and how it frees its historic center from traffic
    • Discuss Boston's rich history and purposeful urban planning, which has contributed to the beautiful green spaces that exist in the city today
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    Harbor Island Cruise

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    Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city by exploring the Boston Harbor Islands on this relaxing and crowd-free boat tour. This two-hour cruise will take you past the lush islands and numerous points of interest of the Boston Harbor, such as Long Island, Nixes Mate, a mysterious sunken island, Long Island Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in America, Fort Warren on George's Island, and Lovell's Island -- among many other, fascinating sights. Commentary from local legends will be shared by your friendly and knowledgeable captain. Soak up the sun on the ship's open deck or relax in the shade midship while you sit back and take in the sights. Complimentary soft drinks and water will be provided, but feel free to bring your own picnic or purchase alcoholic beverages on board for this excellent nautical adventure.
    Harbor Island Cruise

    60 Rowes Wharf, Boston

    • Enjoy a relaxing sail to the Boston Harbor Islands
    • Take advantage of numerous photo ops as you see Fort Independence and Spectacle Island
    • Cruise by Long Island and see Long Island Head Light
    • Hear about sailing lore and historical background of the islands
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    New England Coastal Tour

    Capture the beautiful scenery of the New England coast on this luxury coach tour from Boston, affording postcard-worthy views of beaches, harbors, wetlands, rugged cliffs and lighthouses. Travel north through North Shore and along the rocky coast of Maine, stopping in the quaint town of Kennebunkport for lunch and free time to walk around. In York, visit famous Nubble Light (the Cape Neddick Lighthouse), one of the most iconic lighthouses in the country, and then view President Bush's summer home from Walker Point. You will hop aboard a luxury air-conditioned coach for a comfortable, scenic ride north through North Shore, the region between Boston and New Hampshire. Soak up views of the rocky coastline dotted with marshes, wetlands, beaches and harbors. Your guide will explain why this is an important historical, cultural and economic region of Massachusetts. You'll also learn that it contains the city of Salem, the site of the Salem Witch Trials. When you cross the Main border, stop in the town of Kennebunkport for free time to enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many eateries. Kennebunk's charming tree-lined streets showcase typical 18th- and 19th-century architecture constructed by merchants and sea captains. Afterward, continue your journey along the coast. Your next stop is Nubble Light, formally known as the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Located on Cape Neddick near entrance to York River, this 19th-century lighthouse is a famous American icon and a classic example of a picturesque lighthouse, so be sure to snap some photos! You'll also drive by Walker Point to view President Bush's summer home. Return to Kennebunkport for more free time to walk around and browse shops, and then relax on your ride back to Boston.
    New England Coastal Tour

    Downtown, Boston

    • Take in the beautiful New England coastline on a cruise that takes you all the way to Maine
    • Stop in Kennebunkport, Maine for lunch by coach, with added free time to walk around on your own
    • Soak up views of the rocky coastline dotted with marshes, wetlands, beaches and harbors
    • See some of the most iconic images of lighthouses and other nautical fixtures
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    Newport RI Day Trip

    Does the placid New England feel ever creep into the back of your mind? Satisfy it with a day trip to Newport, Rhode Island. The trip includes round trip transportation from your Boston hotel to Newport, an hour narrated tour of the town, and a Newport gift bag. While in Newport, you'll enjoy a succulent tour of The Breakers, which is the 13 acre oceanfront Vanderbilt estate. See other fascinating landmarks such as America's oldest existing synagogue and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The nautical feel will give you full understanding of why Newport is called the "sailing capital of the world!" Come take in the beautiful sights on a breezy day during this day-long excursion.
    Newport RI Day Trip

    Boston Common, Boston

    • Enjoy round trip transportation from Boston for a comfortable day trip to Newport, Rhode Island
    • Uncover a place often called "America's first resort,"which is home to the famous Newport mansions
    • Tour The Breakers, the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt, and see a variety of other fascinating landmarks
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    Cape Cod Summer Day Trip

    Your New England summer sightseeing tour begins aboard a luxury coach for a comfortable drive south to Cape Cod. This sandy peninsula -- a common retreat for New Englanders -- is lined with 400 miles (644 km) of pristine shoreline dotted with cottages, sailboats and quaint fishing villages. Stop in Hyannis Port to visit the John F Kennedy memorial. This small residential village is home to the Kennedy Compound and other Kennedy family residences included in the National Register of Historic Places. Next, hop on a boat for a relaxing, fully narrated sightseeing cruise along the Cape Cod Canal, offering the best possible view of the Kennedy Compound. Learn about the waterfront as you soak up the relaxing New England atmosphere and admire lighthouses scattered along the coast. Spend the rest of your day sightseeing and shopping in quaint seaside villages along the Cape. Grab lunch (own expense) at one of the many eateries - the Cape offers some of the freshest seafood imaginable, especially lobster. At the end of the day, relax on your drive back to Boston.
    Cape Cod Summer Day Trip

    Downtown Boston, Boston

    • See sparkling beaches, lighthouses, and fishing villages on a day tour from Boston to Cape Cod
    • Begin your trip with a morning pickup from your downtown Boston hotel for extra convenience
    • Hop on a boat for a relaxing, fully narrated sightseeing cruise along the Cape Cod Canal
    • End with sightseeing and shopping in quaint seaside villages along the Cape before grabbing lunch
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    Martha's Vineyard Day Trip

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    Martha's Vineyard has always been the quintessential destination for those wanting to experience the New England feel. This trip starts out in Boston where you are driven straight to the Island Queen ferry dock. After your ferry ride to Martha's Vineyard you will enjoy the sights and history of this New England favorite during a three-hour island tour. Once you complete your tour, you'll have three hours to do some exploring of your own. The day culminates with you returning to where you started to board your return ferry back to Boston. Come explore this beautiful island with none of the stress of planning how to get there! Come take in the beautiful sights on a breezy day during this day-long excursion.
    Martha's Vineyard Day Trip

    The Steamship Authority, Woods Hole

    • Enjoy a full day trip to Martha's Vineyard with all round-trip travelling plans included
    • Take a complete island tour and be enthralled by the unforgettable coastline
    • Experience plenty of shopping and other forms of recreation for a fun, enjoyable day
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    Salem Witch City Day Trip From Boston

    Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Salem Witch Trials on this sightseeing day trip from Boston. Visit Marblehead -- the birthplace of the American Navy -- to visit Abbott Hall, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. As you then explore Salem by coach, your guide will tell you about the infamous witchcraft trials of 1692, as well as the general history of Salem, which was one of the most significant seaports in early America. See Nathaniel Hawthorne's Custom House and the House of Seven Gables, and then enjoy free time to browse kitschy Halloween shops and Wiccan boutiques, tour witch-themed attractions, and visit the Salem Witch Museum (own expense). You'll take a comfortable 40-minute drive north to Salem by luxury, air-conditioned coach. Along the way, your expert guide will give you a historical overview of this infamous port city that was the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Start your sightseeing adventure with a stop in the coastal town of Marblehead, the birthplace of the American Navy and Marine Corps Aviation and a yachting capital of the US. Visit Abott Hall, a town hall and historical museum listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, where you'll see Archibald M Willard's The Spirit of 76. Your guide will explain this famous painting's interesting significance. Continue your drive to Salem, one of early America's most significant seaports. It's best known as being the site of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, and consequently the subject of Arthur Miller's celebrated book, The Crucible. As you explore the city by coach, you'll learn about the history of these infamous witchcraft trials, which were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts. Travel down Derby Street to see the House of Seven Gables and the Custom House, the former workplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous novelist who was born in Salem. When you reach the neighborhood of Pickering Wharf, enjoy free time to walk around and have lunch on your own. You'll discover that this city is a mix of important historic sites and kitschy Halloween stores, witch-themed attractions, Wiccan boutiques and a vibrant downtown with more than 60 restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. If you like, you can visit the Salem Witch Museum (own expense) for a more in-depth look at the witchcraft trials. After your time in Salem, relax on the drive back to your Boston hotel.
    Salem Witch City Day Trip From Boston

    1 Walnut St, Boston

    • Enjoy a day trip from Boston and explore Salem by coach as you hit all its major points of interest
    • Toss the history books aside and see the sites of the Salem Witch Trials for yourself
    • See Nathaniel Hawthorne's Custom House and the House of Seven Gables
    • Have lunch on your own and take in the allure of this haunting and bewitching area
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    Newport Mansions Tour

    Escape to the lovely coastal city of Newport, Rhode Island, on this day trip that includes both a guided tour and free time. Explore The Breakers mansion, the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II's family. See top Newport attractions such as St Mary's Parish, Ocean Drive and the Naval War College on a narrated city tour. Then spend the afternoon exploring more of this quaint and historic city on your own. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people for a more intimate, interactive experience. After pickup from your central Boston hotel in a minibus, enjoy a morning snack during the 1.5-hour drive to Newport, Rhode Island. Listen to your informative guide provide historical commentary about Newport, which has been called 'America's First Resort'; feel free to ask questions in the relaxed company of your small group. Arrive at The Breakers, the elegant summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his family, to explore for 2-hours. Tour the remarkable mansion, which covers a full acre of the 13-acre (5.2-hectare) oceanfront estate. It's one of many local mansions that served as getaways for America's rich and famous during the 20th century. During this time, you may take part in a 1.5-hour self-guided audio tour (available in 9 languages). Directly behind The Breakers, take in gorgeous ocean views at the Newport Cliff Walk for great photo opportunities. After, embark on a 1-hour narrated city tour of Newport sights. See St Mary's Parish, where President John F Kennedy wed Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. Drive by Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the US, and see Fort Adams and the Naval War College. Learn why Newport is considered a sailing mecca and admire lovely waterfront vistas from Ocean Drive. Finish your guided city tour at the Newport Visitors Center, where you can plan out your 3.5 hours of free time. Public transportation makes it easy to get around the city from this location. Use your free time to visit another Newport mansion of your choice, you may choose to see the International Tennis Hall of Fame (at a discounted price) orr take a lunchtime cruise, dine on the oceanfront and browse the shops on the city's boardwalk (all at own expense). Take advantage of the guidebook and discount card included with your tour during your free time in Newport. In the late afternoon, you will meet back at the Newport Visitors Center for the drive back to Boston.
    Newport Mansions Tour

    Downtown, Boston

    • Escape to the lovely coastal city of Newport, Rhode Island on this day trip
    • Navigate through The Breakers mansion, the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II's family
    • See top Newport attractions such as St Mary's Parish, Ocean Drive and the Naval War College
    • Enjoy both a narrated city tour and free time to check out more of this quaint and historic city on your own
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    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure (Boston)

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    Price is for a group of 2-5 people Looking for a way to turn Boston into a giant game board? Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Boston. Guided from any smartphone, you'll make your way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Answer questions to uncover the next, secret location. The adventure begins in the Boston Commons and will take you on a journey through historic landmarks and along key sections of the Freedom Trail. Experience the history of old cemeteries and famous meeting halls with the sights and smells of the Italian North End.
    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure (Boston)

    Boston Common, Boston

    • Compete in a fun, interactive scavenger hunt around the city of Boston guided by your smartphone
    • Answer questions and complete challenges to guide you to your next location on the tour
    • Adventure by famous Boston landmarks along the Freedom Trail, Boston Common, and old cemeteries
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    History of Boston's Public Spaces Tour from the Common to the Esplanade

    You know that a tree grows in Brooklyn, but did you know that one grows in Boston too? Actually, a lot of them do! Boston is one of the most nationally significant cities in the country, filled with a rich history of political revolution, but did you know that the city also lead a leafy revolution, paving the way for the creation of green spaces in cities? During this tour you'll learn about Boston Common (the nation's first public park), the Public Garden (an early botanical garden), and much much more! You'll discover the secrets and history behind the landscaping of Boston, while viewing the city's most beautiful areas. Your tour guide will explain the significance of these areas to the cultural institutions and social structure of the city. Boston's green spaces are what make it not just a city, but a community. Join the tour and be Boston strong!
    History of Boston's Public Spaces Tour from the Common to the Esplanade

    139 Tremont St, Boston

    • Visit Boston Common, the Charles River Esplanade, the Public Garden, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Copley Square, and more!
    • Learn about the history of Boston's public spaces, including some of the most historic public parks in the nation
    • Discuss Boston's rich history and purposeful urban planning, which has contributed to the beautiful green spaces that exist in the city today
    • Walk along the cobblestone streets of Boston, lead by an experienced and educated tour guide
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