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Walking Tours in Boston

Region in Massachusetts, United States
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There are few cities in the US with so much to see as Boston. It helps that Boston is a compact city, and you can easily walk from highlight to highlight, often quicker than taking transit or taxis. Explore Boston on a walking tour (or on a bike), and take in highlights such as Fenway Park, Back Bay, a walk along the Charles River to MIT or Harvard, the Freedom Trail or a great Italian meal in North End, Boston’s Little Italy.

Our list of the best walks in Boston has a bit of everything, from history and culture (past and current), to food, fun, and general site seeing. Each walk can be a short wander through a few neighborhoods or be turned into a whole day out, depending on how many stops you want to make. One of the best parts about each of these walks is that they can be done solo, as a group, as a pair, or with kids. So whatever your Boston trip looks like, we have got the perfect routes to see the city!

THE TOP 10 WALKS IN BOSTON

  1. Fens and Back Bay (3.9mi, 75ft, 1.5-2h): This action-packed Boston walk will explore Greenery of The Fens and the Brownstones of the Back Bay, two of Boston's best neighborhoods. The walk stops at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), The Fens, Fenway Park, Kenmore Square, Newbury Street, and Copley Square before finishing at the impressive Christian Science Church.
  2. Financial District to Theatre District (3.2mi, 105ft, 1.5-2h): Starting at the waterfront, venture into Boston's financial district - the nerve center of the downtown. Don’t let the name confuse you though, there are many must-see historical and fun stops in the area! After walking the financial district, head to the lively Theatre District. Filled with great restaurants and bars as well as a variety of shows, and of course historically significant buildings housing them all - this makes for a great afternoon into evening walk!
  3. Freedom Trail (4.2mi, 233ft, 1.5-2h):The Freedom Trail is one of Boston’s most popular walks. Follow the signed route throughout this historic city to the sites that were most instrumental in the American Revolution.
  4. City Hall to North End (2.1mi, 49ft, 1.5-2h): This short but action-packed Boston walking tour shows off a huge number of Boston’s Historical Attractions. The bulk of Boston’s historical sites and tourist destinations are located around Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the North End. This area is flooded with culture, great restaurants, interesting shops, and sites dating back to the beginning of America.
  5. Harvard to MIT (5.3mi, 33ft, 2-2.5h): Both Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology call Cambridge, home, making this an exciting walk to explore these centers of education. Harvard and MIT both have their own interesting landmarks and attractions that are well worth a visit.
  6. Emerald Necklace (9.1mi, 203ft, 3.5-4h): Explore the greenery of Boston with a long walk along the Muddy River and Boston’s best gardens and parks. The Emerald Necklace is a series of green spaces meandering from Dorchester to Back Bay, providing an escape into nature while remaining in the city.
  7. Charles River Walk (3.5mi, 43ft, 1.5-2h): One of the most scenic features of Boston is the Charles River. Walking alongside the river is the best way to see incredible views of both Cambridge and Boston, depending what side you’re on. This walk will take you by some of those perfect spots, as well as highlighting key sites on the campuses that sit beside the river- Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University.
  8. MIT to Beacon Hill (3.8mi, 151ft, 1.5-2h): This great walk in Boston starts at MIT and then follows the Charles River to beautiful and historic Beacon Hill. This is a great walk in Boston, with great views.
  9. Foodie Walking Tour of Boston (5.3mi, 36ft, 2-2.5h): Boston has a lot of amazing restaurants to choose from, and for this foodie walking tour in particular, you’re going to want to make sure you start with an appetite because these are some of the best the city has to offer!
  10. Boston Harbor Walk (3.9mi, 144ft, 1.5-2h): Boston’s Harbor walk is a great way to spend the day, mixing in the many wharves along the waterfront and the attractions that are near them.
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01. Fens and Back Bay
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3.9mi 75ft 1.5-2h

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02. Financial District to Theatre District
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3.2mi 105ft 1.5-2h

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03. Freedom Trail
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4.2mi 233ft 1.5-2h

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04. City Hall to North End
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2.1mi 49ft 1-1.5h

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05. Harvard to MIT
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5.3mi 33ft 2-2.5h

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06. Emerald Necklace Walk
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9.1mi 203ft 3.5-4h

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07. Charles River Walk
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3.5mi 43ft 1.5-2h

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08. MIT to Beacon Hill
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3.8mi 151ft 1.5-2h

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09. Foodie Walking Tour of Boston
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5.3mi 36ft 2-2.5h

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10. Boston Harborwalk
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3.9mi 144ft 1.5-2h

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