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Boston Public Library

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Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library contains over 23 million items, making it the second largest public library in the U.S., after the Library of Congress. Of those millions, about 1.7 million are rare books and works, including medieval manuscripts and incunabula (a book or pamphlet printed prior to 1501 in Europe). Among the rare books are also the personal library of John Adams, early editions of works by William Shakespeare, drawings from Thomas Rowlandson and musical archives from the Handel and Haydn Society.

The McKim Building, with its vast research collection, and the Johnson Building, where you can find the circulating collection, are two of the most important parts of the library. The McKim Building is even a National Historic Landmark. And while the library system technically includes a whopping 24 branches, the original Copley Square location offers plenty to see, including Bates Hall, the Chavannes Gallery, the Abbey Room and the Sargent Gallery.

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Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Start your tour at 200 Atlantic Avenue (end of Marriott Longwharf Hotel). Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this trolley tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.25
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Boston City view Bicycle Tour

Boston City view Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Boston Private City Tour

Boston Private City Tour

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See all Boston's most important sights in a four hour, private, guided city tour, in a comfortable luxury vehicle. If you value, time, privacy, comfort and would like to have a good overview of the city of Boston at your own convenience and pace, we are the right choice for you. We will drive by or stop and wait at the sights you are most interested in. Our tour is totally customizable and our priority is to please you, not keep a schedule.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$400.00
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Boston's Back Bay Guided Photography Walking Tour (Small Group)

Boston's Back Bay Guided Photography Walking Tour (Small Group)

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Learn how to photograph Boston’s architectural gems with this photowalk through Back Bay. Your leader, a professional photographer, will provide historical background and artistic guidance as you photograph the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, the John Hancock Tower, and the elegant brownstones of Commonwealth Avenue. Receive a booklet with accessible photography tips as part of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.67
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Boston Chocolate Tours w/ Private Tour Option

Boston Chocolate Tours w/ Private Tour Option

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Focus on the chocolate-related history of Boston during this half-day tour. Your guide will lead the way on this walking tour from the North End to Beacon Hill, stopping at six different locations to savor chocolate tastings. Learn about the history of chocolate and other culinary features of Boston through focused commentary. You'll also get admission to the Patriots Corner historic site and Old North Church to visit at your leisure.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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Explore elegant neighborhoods, historic streets, and American landmarks on a Boston walking tour from the Back Bay to Beacon Hill and downtown portions of the Freedom Trail. Learn about Boston’s history and culture as you stroll brownstone-lined avenues and walk the shady paths of the Boston Public Garden. Step into Boston’s Revolutionary history in the churches, cemeteries, and battlegrounds of the American struggle for independence.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Boston Scavenger Hunt: Boston Parks & Works of Art

Boston Scavenger Hunt: Boston Parks & Works of Art

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tour: Secret Chocolate Tours Boston

Private Tour: Secret Chocolate Tours Boston

Boston is a city known for its significant role in shaping American history and its contribution during the American Revolution. Alongside this historical significance, Boston has long been known as one of the leaders in the chocolate movement. In fact, the first chocolate shop in the colonies opened in 1740 in the North End of Boston with a "drinking chocolate". And we didn't stop there! Boston takes pride in the creation of several iconic desserts that we'll sample during our chocolate-filled journey through the city! As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Boston City Center Private Exploration Game

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Boston City Center Private Exploration Game

Learn about Boston’s rich history and its standing in the U.S history of being “first in the nation” to build and enact many things. You’ll see the architecturally beautiful Public Library, historic State House, lush Boston Common, and many more iconic firsts. See the first and architecturally beautiful Boston Public Library and learn about the first state constitution in the United States, discover where Alexander Graham Bell first used the telephone. Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, an outdoor escape game, and a treasure hunt. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions. As you answer the questions, solve the challenge, or guess the answer, the secret story of each place is unlocked. The city game will take you about 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete, but there’s no time limit which will allow you to go at your own pace. Just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Boston Scavenger Hunt: Back Bay & Beyond

Boston Scavenger Hunt: Back Bay & Beyond

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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Boston Back Bay Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Boston Back Bay Tourist Scavenger Hunt

It takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$35.67
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Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s fall beauty on this guided, 4-hour, small-group bike tour around the North End of the city. Explore the historic Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in Boston and Brookline. Visit the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue, the shores of Jamaica Pond, and the popular, winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Also, see the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston’s newest public park; the famous Charles River Esplanade; the Boston Common and Public Garden and much more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Boston Fall Foliage Guided Bicycle Tour

Boston Fall Foliage Guided Bicycle Tour

The Boston Fall Foliage bike tour is an amazing way to see Boston’s most famous spaces with their Autumn leaves - you may forget you are in the heart of the city! Discover Frederick Law Olmsted’s famous system of parks on this bicycle tour of the historic Emerald Necklace. From the boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue to the popular shores of Jamaica Pond to the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum, this route is a fabulous way to experience Boston's park system. The route is a favorite among locals! The parks are gorgeous any time of the year, but the foliage peaks in color between mid October and early November. This tour is up to 4 hours long and covers at least 15 miles, with several hills. Riders must be comfortable spending that much time on a bike and covering that distance. This ride covers many hidden gems in Boston.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Boston Public Library can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 13 Boston Public Library tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Boston Public Library costs USD 9.26. Guided Boston Public Library tours start around USD 9.26 per person. See all 13 Boston Public Library tickets and tours on Viator.