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Best Viator Tours In Boston, Massachusetts - Updated 2020

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The city of Boston, Massachusetts, is filled with history and culture and appeals to a wide range of different tourists for different reasons. Sports fans will appreciate the chance to see teams of quality play football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. The culture vultures will be delighted by the chance to visit some of America’s most august learning institutions, while also (secretly) wanting to see the bar where Cheers was set. Boston is also a major center of Irish America, and that’s a history all in itself and well worth exploring. Additionally, thanks to its location on the New England coast, the crisp clean air, and excellent seafood restaurants are a major attraction. That’s all before we get to the rest of the city, which is filled with delight after delight. When you visit, take a chance to go on a few or more of these best Viator tours in Boston, Massachusetts - you won’t regret it.

1. North-end Boston secret food tour (from USD 93)

You should book a spot on this tour the moment you get the chance because each of these walking tours is limited to 12 foodies with an interest in sampling the best dishes Boston has to offer. The tour gets off to a seafood start with a Beantown classic, the lobster roll, and includes a visit to a hidden pizzeria (with a free slice thrown in). Other tasty morsels include a visit to a market with delicious hot sausages, and trying a classic Sicilian cannoli, and more besides.

North End Boston Secret Food Tour

Duration: 3 hours

5 reviews

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2. Admission to Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum (from USD 30)

Amateur historians will flock to this attraction which marks perhaps the most famous moment in Boston’s history. The tour is interactive and allows you to take a trip around ships restored faithfully to the way they were on that famous day in 1773. There’s also an immersive documentary, and a holographic attraction that puts you right on the streets of Boston, just as everything started to change - in a way which has implications felt worldwide even to this day.

Admission to Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

Duration: 1 hour

92 reviews

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3. American history tour: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord day trip from Boston (from USD 66)

This historically accurate tour takes you deep into the heart of the American Revolutionary War, through three of the most influential towns in the heartland of the revolution. In Cambridge, you’ll see the Common where George Washington gathered his troops, moving on to Lexington to see the Green where the first shots of the war were fired. In Concord, which you will reach by traveling along the same road Paul Revere rode to warn his generals of the impending arrival of the British, you’ll view the site of the Battle of Concord. Along the way, you’ll also visit non-wartime attractions such as Harvard, MIT and the homes of Louisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

U.S. History Tour from Boston: Cambridge, Lexington, Concord

Duration: 5 hours

304 reviews

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4. Day trip to Martha's Vineyard (from USD 105)

A popular holiday destination for families in Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard has been a Presidential getaway over the years as well as being one of the most picturesque, bucolic destinations in all of America. The trip includes a short 35-minute cruise to the island, and you can take the day to see the island for yourself or upgrade to a guided three-hour tour of the island’s must-see spots, which include the Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah. There’ll also be plenty of time to enjoy something to eat and drink while learning a bit of history.

Boston to Martha's Vineyard Day Trip with Optional Island Tour

Duration: 12 hours

690 reviews

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5. From food to the Freedom Trail walking tour (from USD 102)

There are plenty of food tours in Boston, and at least an equal number of history trips. It only makes sense that some genius would find a way to combine the two, and here we have the From Food to Freedom Trail Walking Tour as a result. Starting in the North End - an Italian neighborhood where you’ll find excellent fresh bread, deli meats and cheeses, and plenty of pizza - you’ll get the chance to walk the Freedom Trail and many other of Boston’s historical haunts. You’ll finish up at Boston Public Garden - one of the prettiest spots in the whole city.

Boston: North End to the Freedom Trail - Food & History Tour (Small Group)

Duration: 5 hours

22 reviews

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6. Boston whale watching cruise (from USD 58)

Thanks to Boston’s location on Massachusetts Bay, the area is ideal for budding naturalists to see the best of local marine life - which, with this tour, means the chance to travel in a state of the art catamaran to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. There, you’ll get to look with wonder upon the various species of whale, including fin and humpback breeds, as well as dolphins and porpoises. On the ship itself, meanwhile, there is a viewing gallery with food and drink options to enjoy as you take in the sights.

Boston Whale Watching Cruise on a High-Speed Catamaran

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

529 reviews

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7. Tour of the historic Fenway Park, America's most beloved ballpark (from USD 26)

tour of the historic fenway park, america's most beloved ballpark

Any sports fan visiting the city of Boston would consider it a wasted trip if they didn’t take up the opportunity to see one of America’s most iconic sports stadium - Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox. Some of baseball’s biggest names took to the field here, from Ted Williams to Carl Yastrzemski, through perhaps the greatest of them all, Babe Ruth. A museum tour shows memorabilia from the club’s numerous World Series wins, while you’ll also get the chance to see the legendary Green Monster, baseball’s highest fence, up close.

Tour of Historic Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved Ballpark

Duration: 1 hour

82 reviews

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8. Boston Odyssey brunch cruise (from USD 105)

As the name suggests, this is a relatively simple attraction. You set off from Boston Harbour, passing by such delights as Charlestown Navy Yard, Castle Island, and Little Brewster Island, all the while having the opportunity to help yourself from a buffet, offering breakfast and lunch. The views are absolutely stunning, of course, and the food is delicious and freshly prepared. On setting off, you’ll also be offered a complimentary glass of fine champagne.

Boston Odyssey Brunch Cruise

Duration: 2 hours

1 review

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9. Boston Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour (from USD 47)

The main drawbacks to any city tour are usually the fact that some of the attractions will be of more interest to you than others, and you’re beholden to an itinerary. This hop-on, hop-off tour evades those two issues neatly, allowing you to disembark at the sights you want to see and hop back on one of the numerous trolleys on a 90-minute cycle around the city. Explore sights such as the Old State House and Dreamland Wax Museum at your leisure, and then board a trolley to the next destination that takes your fancy on this 18-stop circuit of the city.

Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour with 18 Stops

Duration: 2 hours

1110 reviews

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10. Fall foliage tour White Mountains (from USD 125)

New England is famous for, among other things, its spectacular autumn foliage, which turns the trees into a range of atmospheric, rich colors and brings tourists from across America on an annual pilgrimage to see the leaves change. This tour, a seasonal treat for those who visit in the autumn months, takes you on a trip down the famous Kancamagus Highway to the White Mountains, coming to a stop at Mount Washington Hotel, the venue for the 1944 Bretton Woods conference which saw the founding of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Boston to New Hampshire Fall Foliage White Mountains Tour

Duration: 12 hours

19 reviews

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Beautiful Boston: Take a tour that shows you Beantown at its best

There’s a charm to Boston that you don’t get in most other large American cities. The history of the place is everywhere you look, and it’s a city filled with culture and a thirst for learning. It’s also a city from which you can take a short hop and be close to nature within next to no time - the bucolic splendor of Martha’s Vineyard and the famous fall foliage offering a couple of examples - while the proximity to the shore will also appeal to countless tourists. Above there are several different types of tour, showing a diversity of interesting things to see and do in this enchanting city - make it a priority to see and do as much as you can here!

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Antonia Kelly is a freelance writer based in Leicester, UK and she enjoys European travel as well as road trips closer to home. Her favourite domestic destinations include Snowdonia and the Brecon...Read more

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