Get ready for two days of prime sightseeing in and around historic Beantown. Visit nearby Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. On the second day, seeing what downtown Boston has to offer has never been easier, or more complete, than on the 1.5-hour Beantown Trolley tour around the city.
Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Tour from Boston
Hotel pickup is available from select downtown Boston hotels if pre-arranged at time of booking. Otherwise, your coach departs from Charles Street South. Aboard a comfortable coach, take a quick drive over the Charles River to Cambridge, a historic city home to two of the world’s most elite schools: Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Hop out to walk along a large grassy area known as Harvard Yard, the oldest part of the Harvard University campus. Your guide will explain how this site became a US National Historic Landmark.
Near here is Cambridge Common, where George Washington took control of the Continental Army. Now a public park, it's listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Continue along Tory Row and then to the nearby town of Lexington, known for being the site of the first shot of the Revolutionary War. Here, you’ll see a variety of historical buildings, parks and monuments dating from colonial and Revolutionary times.
Stop to visit the Lexington Battle Green (formally Lexington Common) for an up-close look at the site of the Battle of Lexington in 1642. Also a US National Historic Landmark, this field is fronted by a statue representing Captain John Parker, the leader of the Lexington minutemen. Your guide will tell stories about the captain’s efforts against the English army during the Revolutionary War.
Next, drive along the Battle Road Trail, a 5.5-mile (9-km) pathway in Lexington, Lincoln and Concord that marks the path once trodden by British soldiers from Boston during the war. You’ll also follow the route that Paul Revere took when he warned the countryside that “the British are coming.”
In Concord, see the homes of gothic novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott -- author of Little Women
-- and Ralph Waldo Emerson before making your way to the North Bridge. The wooden pedestrian bridge you see here is a replica of the one that stood on the day of the Battle of Concord. Your guide will then take you back to Boston, leaving you with many new, fascinating insights into American history.
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Trolleys depart from each of the 16 stops approximately every 20 minutes from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Sit back and relax on the full 1.5-hour loop, complete with live onboard narration, and hop off to explore popular and off-the-beaten path Boston locales on your own. Stops include the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Seaport District, the North End, the Site of the Boston Massacre, Beacon Hill, Copley Place and Rowes Wharf.
Also included is a harbor cruise (from May to October) or entrance to the Mapparium® (open all year) – your choice! Sit back, relax and enjoy the waterfront sights on a 45-minute cruise along Boston Harbor. Cruises depart from the New England Aquarium every hour from 10:30am to 4:30pm.
If cruises aren't your thing, opt for admission to the Mary Baker Eddy Library to stand in awe of the giant Mapparium, a 3-story globe of stained glass viewed from a 30-foot-long (9-meter) bridge running through the library’s interior. Don’t forget your camera for this amazing exhibit!Trolley stops and Boston attractions include:
- New England Aquarium & Faneuil Hall Marketplace: Board at Main Trolley Depot
- Seaport District: Board at Northern Avenue at the Seaport Hotel
- North End (Little Italy/Fleet Center): Board at Commercial Street at the skating rink
- USS Constitution: Board near the ship's museum
- Old State House & Site of the Boston Massacre: Board across from Old State House at Court Street
- Tremont Hotel: Board at the hotel
- City Place: Board at the corner of South Charles & Boylston Street
- State House & Beacon Hill: Board at the front of the Shaw Memorial across from the State House
- West End (Government Center): Board at the front entrance of the Holiday Inn Select
- Cambridge Center: Board at Kendall Square T Station
- Back Bay Hilton: Board at the front entrance of the Hotel
- Museum of Fine Arts: Board at the front door of the museum
- Symphony Hall: Board at the Midtown Hotel
- Back Bay: Board at the Colonnade Hotel
- Copley Place Shopping: Board at the Marriott Copley hotel under the canopy
- Trinity Church: Board on the Dartmouth Street side of Copley Plaza
- Hard Rock Cafe: Board at Hard Rock Cafe on Clarendon Street
- Park Square: Board at Radisson Hotel on Stuart Street
- Rowes Wharf: Board at Boston Harbor Hotel on Atlantic Avenue