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Free Boston Tours
Free Tours by Foot offers free tours of Boston. Our guides work for tips, so that you can decide what to pay for the tour.
New England Aquarium
An amazing experience, and 40Berkeley offers one free ticket when you book here. 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. Map it.
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 the hostel at 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. Map it.
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. Map it.
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. Learn more or Download map.
The Shops at Prudential Center & Skywalk Observatory
A 15-20 minute walk from the hostel. 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. Map it.
Charles River Espanade
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 the hostel. 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. Map it.
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 W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. Tickets at the Prudential Center (above). Map it.
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 with us and see Boston the way it was meant to be seen – on two wheels! Map it.
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 Colombus St., then a left on Arlington St. Map it.
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). Map it.
The North End
Explore the winding streets of Downtown Boston’s Little Italy – The North End. See Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house, historic burial grounds, and more. Tons of fantastic restaurants. From the 40 Berkeley Hostel, take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to Haymarket. Walk south on Fitzgerald, then left on Hanover St. Map it.
This historic neighborhood is known for its narrow, gas-lit streets and brick sidewalks. Beacon Hill is regarded as one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston. 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). Map it.
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 Hostel, take the MBTA Green Line from Arlington Station six stops to Science Park. Map it.
Chinatown – centered on Beach St. in Downtown Boston – is brimming with shops and restaurants. A 15 minute walk from the hostel, head east on Stuart Street for about 1 mile. Take a left on Washington St., and you’re there! Map it.
Museum of Fine Arts
One of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with nearly 450,000 works of art. From ancient Egyptian to contemporary. Moved from Copley Square to current location in 1909. From the hostel, take the MBTA Green Line from Arlington Station five stops to the Museum of Fine Arts. Map it.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Very close to the MFA. 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 hostel, take the MBTA Green Line from Arlington Station five stops to the Museum of Fine Arts. Head past the MFA onto Fenway. Map it.