Cambridge Common – Tour of the Month

Founded in 1631, Cambridge Common Park was once the common pasture for Old Cambridge. Later it served as an encampment for the Continental Army. Today it’s home to playgrounds and ball fields, surrounded by historic houses, churches, and buildings of Harvard University.  We’ll explore nearly 400 years of history & architecture on our loop of Cambridge Common. Website: bostonbyfoot.org/tours/cambridge-common Schedule: Sunday September 27, 2:00pm – 3:30pm Admission: $15 per person; $5 for Boston By Foot Members Meet your guide: at the main entrance to the Harvard Square MBTA Station, near Out of Town News

Sacred Spaces of Roxbury – Partnership with Discover Roxbury

Gain a new perspective of Roxbury as you walk between two of its prominent hills, Fort Hill and Mission Hill. Beginning with colonial First Church in Roxbury and ending with the puddingstone grandeur of Mission Church, participants will visit prominent religious buildings which relay the history of Roxbury, as well as hear about demographic changes and industrial developments that impacted the neighborhood. This tour is presented in partnership with Discover Roxbury, an organization with a mission to increase knowledge of Roxbury’s historic and cultural contributions. Website: bostonbyfoot.org/tours/sacred-spaces-roxbury Schedule: Thursday September 24, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Admission: $15 Boston By Foot Members; $5 for Discover … Continue reading

South Boston’s Seaport – Dog Friendly!

Bring along the pub to enjoy this rapidly developing neighborhood! From tidal flat to industrial area, to Innovation District and hot new spot, many transformations have taken place in the South Boston Seaport in the last 150 years, and more are planned for the immediate future. This neighborhood of new and exciting developments in Boston didn’t even exist in the early 19th century. Come learn about its creation, its maritime and industrial history, and plans for the future. Boston By Foot is pleased to partner with the Urban Hound to offer this dog-friendly tour. Website: bostonbyfoot.org/tours/Seaport Schedule: Saturday September 19, … Continue reading

Boston by Bulfinch

Called one of America’s first architects, Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844) defined the Federal style of architecture and the physical fabric of Boston, capturing the vision and spirit of the young Republic. Architect, town planner, and selectman, Bulfinch designed some of the city’s most enduring buildings and the street layout now known as the Bulfinch Triangle. Bulfinch’s story unfolds through some of his greatest works, including the Massachusetts State House and the residences of Beacon Hill to the Tontine Crescent, his architectural masterpiece and financial ruin, and the sites of Boston’s first theater and first Catholic cathedral. Website: bostonbyfoot.org/tours/boston-bulfinch Schedule: Thursday September … Continue reading

Champions of Freedom – Labor Day Tour

Boston’s great defenders of Liberty were not soldiers on horseback with sword in hand, but average citizens. Their courage, determination and sacrifice paved the path for the society we have today. Some were instrumental in forming our Constitution, others in solidifying their rights under it. Join our knowledgeable guides to examine the circumstances that forced these heroes of social justice into the forefront and discover how their resolve molded the times they lived in. Website: bostonbyfoot.org/tours/champions-freedom-abolitionists Schedule: Monday September 7, 10:00am – 11:30am Admission: $15.00 per person; $5 for Boston By Foot Members Meet your guide: on the corner of … Continue reading

Tipsy Tour: Dram Shops and Drunken Sailors

Booze. Hooch. Liquor. Kill Devil. Grog. Applejack. It’s all covered on the Tipsy Tour: Dram Shops and Drunken Sailors! This tour is not a pub-crawl – it’s an exploration of Boston’s boozy past! You’ll hear stories from the very beginnings of Boston’s history through Prohibition and meet some interesting characters along the way – like the Ice King, King Solomon and Admiral Edward Vernon – who had their lives stirred and shaken by booze. Even John Hancock got into trouble because of Madeira, but not how you might think. We’ve brewed a batch of tales that covers pub life through the ages, Boston’s … Continue reading