The Boston NABC Tour Committee has created a diverse and interesting line up of tours to help you enjoy your stay in America’s “Walking City.” Specific tour information follows. For reservations and for more information, contact Tour Chairman Brenda Montague at Bostonnabctours@yahoo.com.
Boston City Tours
Known as the Cradle of Liberty, the city of Boston is where the story of freedom, liberty and democracy began. Dozens of U.S. historic sites and structures from the seventeenth century and beyond have been preserved and maintained so that visitors can experience both colonial and contemporary Boston. For an interesting and informative overview of the city, jump on board the Old Town Trolley. The two hour, 15 minute fully narrated tour covers over 100 points of interest, including a 30-min stop at the USS Constitution.
Tours have been scheduled on two different dates and streamlined especially for NABC players and guests. Space is limited, so it’s a good idea to book the date of your choice as early as possible. Email Brenda Montague at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation. (You can join a regular tour at a different time, but expect to pay more. These two tours are specially priced for NABC attendees.)
Dates: Saturday 11/22 and 11/29
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Marriott Hotel registration desk.
SPECIAL PRICE: $20, (subsidized by District 25).
For more information, go to www.historictours.com.
Boston Duck Tour
If you’ve never toured Boston on a Duck Tour, you’re in for a journey like you’ve never had before. The fun begins as soon as you board your “Duck,” an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. You’ll be greeted by one of our legendary “conducktors,” who will narrate your tour as you drive by all the places that made Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Prudential Tower, and more. Then, enter the water and cruise the Charles River for magnificent views of Boston and Cambridge. As the Best of Boston unfolds before your eyes, your “conducktor” will provide lots of little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city. Space is limited, so book your Duck Tour in advance. Email Brenda Montague at email@example.com to make your reservation.
Date: Sunday 11/23
Time: 10 a.m. to approximately 11:30
Meeting place: Marriott Hotel registration desk at 9:40 a.m.
SPECIAL PRICE: $20 (subsidized by District 25).
For more information, go to www.bostonducktours.com.
North End Market Tour
Visit "Little Italy" and Experience the Markets of Boston's North End
The secret of Italian cuisine is the high quality of ingredients, a sense of regional tradition, and that very Italian love of life. Sources for ingredients abound in the narrow streets of the North End. But for the outsider, finding the finest is not always easy. Join us on Michele Topor's original award-winning North End Market Tour and let us unlock for you the secrets of the cuisine and of America's oldest Italian neighborhood.
- Discover patisseries.
- Visit an authentic salumeria
- Savor the scents of a 70-year old coffee/spice shop and an old world candy store.
- Learn how the Mediterranean diet has influenced peoples' health since antiquity.
- Tour an enoteca to learn how to complement and conclude your meal with wine and spirits.
- Enjoy the colorful neighborhood.
Take a walking tour that is like a cooking class on foot. Buses will return to the hotel after the tour, but you can extend your stay and return by cab or “T.” Continue on to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for an afternoon of shopping and dining. Or, pick up the Freedom Trail in the North End.
Space is limited so book your North End Market Tour in advance. Email Brenda Montague at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.
Date: Monday 11/24
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Meeting place: Marriott Hotel registration desk at 8:45 a.m.—bus transportation provided
SPECIAL PRICE: $25, (subsidized by District 25). SHUTTLE BUS IS FREE.
For more information, go to www.northendmarkettours.com.
John F. Kennedy Library
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy.
The museum portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. The Museum comprises special films, exhibits and other memorabilia. Students and scholars can also arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy.
Approximately one hour and 45 minutes have been allotted for the tour. Travel time: 30 minutes each way. Space is limited so book in advance. Email Brenda Montague at email@example.com to make your reservation.
DATE: Tuesday 11/25
Time: 8:45 departure
Meeting place: Marriott Hotel registration desk at 8:30 a.m.. Transportation by chartered bus.
PRICE: $8 admission; SHUTTLE BUS IS FREE, COMPLIMENTS OF DISTRICT 25.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Tour the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and take in Boston’s “Most Beautiful Building,” (according to the Boston Society of Architects) located on the Boston waterfront. The ICA presents contemporary art in all media—visual, firm and video; performance and literature. Throughout the ICA’s 72-year history, it has been a leader in identifying and supporting the most important artists of its time and bringing to public attention names such as George Braque, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Laurie Anderson and Roy Lichtenstein.
Approximately one hour and 45 minutes have been allotted to tour the ICA. Travel time: 30 minutes each way. Space is limited so book in advance. Email Brenda Montague at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.
DATE: Tuesday 11/25
Time: 9:45 departure
Meeting place: Marriott Hotel registration desk at 9:30 a.m.. Transportation by chartered bus.
PRICE: $10 admission; SHUTTLE BUS IS FREE, COMPLIMENTS OF DISTRICT 25.
Freedom Trail Guided Tour
A knowledgeable guide will accompany you as you experience Boston history from Colonial times through the Revolutionary War period. Highlights: Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, Granary and King’s Chapel Burying Grounds, the Old State House and much more. The walking tour takes approximately 1 1/2 hours. It is an outside tour, so dress appropriately.
DATES: Wednesday, 11/26 and Friday 11/28
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
MEETING PLACE: Take the “T” to Park Street, exit onto Boston Common and proceed to Freedom Trail Foundation headquarters (on the right).
WALKING TOURS REQUIRE A $5 DEPOSIT, WHICH WILL BE REFUNDED DURING THE TOUR. THE TOURS ARE FREE TO NABC PLAYERS AND GUESTS (paid for by District 25). SPACE IS LIMITED SO SIGN UP IN ADVANCE TO ENSURE YOUR SPOT ON THE TOUR. Email Brenda Montague at email@example.com to make your reservation.
For more information about the Freedom Trail, go to www.thefreedomtrail.com
SELF GUIDED TOURS OF BOSTON—AMERICA’S “WALKING” CITY
The Freedom Trail
Walk the Freedom Trail at your own pace—and choose the stops you most want to see. Take the “T” (Green line inbound) from Copley Place to Park Street, where you can start your tour from the Boston Common. Click here for complete guide to The Freedom Trail self-guided tour.
Beacon Hill Walking Tour
Visit the Old Granary Burying Ground, the Massachusetts State House. Walk historic Charles Street and Louisburg Square. Take in the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden—all in and around Beacon Hill. To begin your tour, get on the T at Copley Square (Green line inbound) to Park Street. Click here for complete guide to The Beacon Hill self-guided tour.
Copley Square Walking Tour
From fashionable to funky, the shops on Newbury Street are just a few blocks from Copley Square. On your way, stop at the Boston Public Library. Take in the view of Trinity Church, just across the street from Copley Place. And don’t miss Arlington Street Church with its hidden treasures—a dozen Tiffany windows, invisible from the outside of the church (for protection). Exit the Westin Hotel, cross Huntington Street to the Boston Public Library. Click here for complete guide to the Copley Square self-guided tour.
Harvard Yard and Museums
A trip to Harvard Square is a short trip via the T—but a long trip back into history. Harvard University was established in 1636, just 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims. Harvard’s reputation as the world’s greatest university is easy to understand as you travel through the sprawling campus, which includes Widener Library, Memorial Hall and Sanders Theater and its famous Fogg, Peabody and Sackler Museums. Click here for complete guide to the Harvard self-guided tour.
Faneuil Hall and Marketplace
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is actually four places in one location—with fun for everyone. Shop, eat, explore and take in a piece of American history. Spend the afternoon or make a day of it and visit one of the nearby museums. Click here for complete guide to the Faneuil Hall and Marketplace self-guided tour.