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8 Unique Tours of Boston

See the City in a New Way on One of the Best Boston Tours

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Whether you're planning your first trip to Boston or you want to see the city in a whole new way, here are my picks for the best and most unique tours of this diverse and infinitely interesting New England city.

1. Boston Duck Tours

Boston Duck Boat - Boston Duck Tours Photo
© 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

What exactly is a Duck Tour? That's a good question! You'll lumber along Boston's roads and plunge into the waters of the Charles River in a "Duck," a World War II-era amphibious vehicle. Your tour guide will likely quack you up with Boston-themed wise-quacks, too. My Boston Duck Tour Photo Gallery will provide you with a preview of the Duck Tour experience, which is fun for all ages.

2. Boston Chocolate Tours

Boston Chocolate Tours
Photo by Lynne, courtesy of Boston Chocolate Tours.

Founded in November 2009, Boston Chocolate Tours offers two walking tours that showcase the city's top sweet spots. These small group outings in the Back Bay or the South End neighborhoods of Boston include visits to artisan chocolatiers, restaurants, ice cream shops and other unexpected places, and each tour features plenty of opportunities to sample decadent treats. New--the 2.5-hour Great Boston Cupcake Crawl tour is offered on Saturdays.

3. Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

The Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Frightseeing Tour offered by Historic Tours of America is an opportunity to see the city at night and to delve into its dark and mysterious crevasses. If you like tales of ghosts and want to visit cemeteries and learn who haunts Boston, climb aboard the trolley of the doomed for a memorable ride and walking tour.

4. Boston PhotoWalks

Don't just see Boston. Capture incredible images of your visit to the city's historic landmarks by participating in a PhotoWalks tour. You'll learn creative ways to use your camera and visit some of the city's most photogenic spots.

5. Boston Private Tours

Boston Private Tours is a small tour outfit that will pick you up at your hotel and provide you with a customized city tour tailored to your interests. If you want to see Boston in your own time and on your own terms, this may be the option for you.

6. Boston North End Market Tours

Michele Topor leads Boston visitors on culinary adventures in the city's Italian North End. If you consider yourself a foodie, don't leave Boston without booking a spot on this gourmet stroll and behind-the-scenes tour of the North End's markets and eateries. Michele also offers an insightful tour of markets in Boston's Chinatown.

7. The Total Boston Experience

This seven-hour bus tour offers Boston visitors who haven't rented a car an alternative way to see the sights of nearby Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. The trip takes in a variety of historic and scenic places in and out of the city.

8. Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour

Follow in the footsteps of actors and actresses on a guided walking tour of Boston's "Movie Mile," or board a bus for a 3-hour tour of Boston movie and television filming locations. Hundreds of TV shows and films have been shot or set in Boston, and you'll visit locations connected with The Departed, Good Will Hunting, Fever Pitch, Mystic River, Ally McBeal and more.

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