Boston North End

Boston North End Private Walking History Tour

Product ID: 14443

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3 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Explore North End's back alleys and side street
  • Visit Haymarket, one of the city's longest standing outdoor markets
  • See Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church
  • Enjoy an exclusive private tour just for you and your friends and/or family.
Take a private tour of Boston's North End, led by a local historian and scholar. The city’s most historic neighborhood weaves fragments of different centuries together to present a fascinating, fact-filled adventure.
What to Expect
Since its founding in 1630, Boston has embodied many of the historical themes that have shaped America. Commerce, political revolution, social innovation, and waves of immigration formed the backbone of this northern capital. Of all the city's neighborhoods none symbolizes and captures the essence of Boston more than North End.

It is a maze of winding, colonial-era streets that form the backdrop to some of the most significant moments in American history. During this 3-hour walking seminar, conducted by a local historian, you will explore the back alleys and side streets that paint a portrait of Boston's evolution from the 17th to the 21st-Century.

Art history, urban planning, religion, politics and African American history are all covered by your expert guide as you start the tour at Blackstone Block.

This network of alleyways was once home to John Hancock and several of the buildings still stand almost unaltered from the 18th-Century. Using the streets as visual clues, you will learn how the topography of the North End - almost separated from the mainland by inlets and swamps – was so advantageous to early settlers.

Continuing through Haymarket, one of the city's longest standing outdoor markets, the tour traces a path along streets that still bear the names of important Bostonians.

You will find out why Boston evolved into one of the busiest shipping ports on the Atlantic seaboard and how it became home to free slaves and Portuguese whalers. You will learn about the revolutionaries and stop at such important 18th-Century monuments as Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church.

You will jump through history to explore why Boston was replaced by New York as a shipping center, and how the factories of the North End moved out to the suburbs and then farther afield.

The tour typically ends down at the waterfront, where a park commemorates the Italian immigrants who have defined the North End in the last hundred years. With Boston Harbor behind you and the new linear park leftover from the "Big Dig" ahead, look back at the North End with new knowledge of its role in the city and America’s history.
What's Included
  • Historian guide
What's Not Included
  • Food or Beverages
  • Gratuity
Meeting Point

Meet your guide in front of the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, a covered visitor area at the Greenway, located on Atlantic Avenue. The Pavilion is located next to the carousel. Closest subway stations: State Street on the Orange Line or the Aquarium stop on the Blue Line. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded.
• Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent.
• No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.

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Product ID: 14443