Free Boston Tours
Free Tours by Foot offers free tours of Boston. The guides work for tips, so that you can decide what to pay for the tour.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is fun for kids and adults, and it’s a short ride from 40 Berkeley. Take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to State Street.
You can make a whole day of it. Have a bite to eat at Legal Sea Foods, just steps from the aquarium, and take a stroll in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. From this downtown location, you’re also very close Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the North End (below).
Boston’s high fashion and style on display with an eclectic mix of independent shops, fashion boutiques, salons and fabulous dining. From 40 Berkeley, head down Appleton St., take a right on Clarendon St, and you’ll run into Newbury St. in less than half a mile.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the nation’s premier urban marketplace. It combines wonderful history with almost 100 shops and pushcarts, 18 full service restaurants, 35 food stalls and Boston’s most popular comedy nightclub. Take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to Haymarket.
A red-brick walking trail that leads you to many important historic sites. A unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burial grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.
The Shops at Prudential Center & Skywalk Observatory
A 15-20 minute walk from 40 Berkeley, this popular shopping complex features over 75 shops and restaurants including Ann Taylor, The Cheesecake Factory, Lacoste, Legal Sea Foods, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora. Famous Boston dining and entertainment including Top of the Hub Restaurant, Skywalk, Boston Duck Tours, trolley tours and more. Head down Appleton St., Take a right on Clarendon St., then a left on Boyleston St. for 3 blocks past Copley Square.
Charles River Esplanade
The Esplanade’s winding pathways – dotted with docks, ballfields and playgrounds – stretch about 5 miles along the banks of the Charles River in Boston. A 30-minute walk from 40 Berkeley. Head north on Berkeley St, take a right on Colombus St., then a left on Arlington St. and up past the Public Gardens to the Esplanade.
Boston Duck Tours
From the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a WWII-style amphibious landing vehicle. Tickets at the Prudential Center (above).
Urban AdvenTours – Bicycle Tours & Rentals
Environmentally-friendly and exciting bicycle tours of Boston – from historic landmarks to quaint neighborhood streets of Boston and Cambridge – for families, students and visitors. Ride along and see Boston the way it was meant to be seen – on two wheels!
Public Garden & Swan Boats
America’s first public botanical garden features beautifully meandering paths, rich and unusual plants, a lagoon with swan boats, monuments and fountains. Head north on Berkeley St, take a right on Columbus St., then a left on Arlington St.
350 years of Boston history! The common evolved from grazing land to the greenspace and ballfields of today. The Frog Pond provides skating in winter and a spray pool for children in the summer. Walk straight through the Public Gardens (above).
The North End
Explore the winding streets of Downtown Boston’s Little Italy – The North End. See the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house, historic burial grounds and fantastic restaurants. From the 40 Berkeley, take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to Haymarket. Walk south on Fitzgerald, then left on Hanover St.
This historic neighborhood is known for its narrow, gas-lit streets and brick sidewalks. One of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston, Beacon Hill is located just north of Boston Common and the Public Gardens. Hop on the 43 Bus at the corner of Tremont St., and ride to the Beacon St. stop (opposite Walnut St).
Museum of Science
A fantastic museum in Downtown Boston, boasting an IMAX theater, a planetarium, a 3-D Digital cinema, a full motion space travel simulator and much more. Fun for kids and adults. From 40 Berkeley, take the MBTA Green Line from Arlington Station six stops to Science Park.
Chinatown – centered on Beach St. in Downtown Boston – is brimming with shops and restaurants. A 15-minute walk from 40 Berkeley, head east on Stuart Street for about 1 mile. Take a left on Washington St., and you’re there!
Museum of Fine Arts
One of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, the Museum of Fine Arts features nearly 450,000 works of art ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary. From the hotel, take the MBTA Green Line from Arlington Station five stops to the Museum of Fine Arts.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Listen to the music of Bach, Mozart and Schumann, while exploring the three floors of galleries filled with paintings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture and decorative arts from cultures spanning thirty centuries. Beautiful courtyard garden. From the hotel, take the MBTA Green Line from Arlington Station five stops to the Museum of Fine Arts. Head past the MFA onto Fenway.