The 10 Best Guided Tours in Massachusetts!

No matter where you travel, you sometimes need help in scoping out the best of what a region offers. Guided tours are a great way to ensure you don’t miss out on important sights and sounds. Even if you’re a Bay State native, there’s plenty more to be discovered on these 10 great guided tours in Massachusetts. 

1. Bites of Boston Food Tours, Boston, MA

Enjoy delicious food tastings as you tour the Boston foodie scene with Bites of Boston Food Tours. You’ll feel like a local once you’ve sampled from some small restaurants in some of the city’s most delicious neighborhoods.

2. Boston Duck Tours, Boston, MA

Tour Boston by land and by sea on one of the long-popular duck boats. Tours depart daily (see website for schedules) from the Prudential Center, the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium.

3. Cape Cod Scenic Tours, Hyannis, MA

Discover all the best on Cape Cod with a Cape Cod Scenic Tours. Two tours go out daily, and there are separate tours for Provincetown. If you don’t want to go on a group tour, the tour guides will arrange for a private tour for you and your party.

4. Salem Night Tour, Salem, MA

Ghosts, witches and ghouls—oh, my! Even when it’s not Halloween season, there are plenty spooky happenings in Salem, and Salem Night Tour will take you through many of them. This is a very popular tour, so be sure to book well in advance.

5. Cambridge Historical Tours, Cambridge, MA

Check out the rich history of Cambridge with Cambridge Historical Tours. Take an African American history tour or a tour of famous local women. Check the website for the many tour options. Their ghost tour is one of the best around.

6. Old Town Trolley Tours, Boston, MA

Don’t be put off by the fact that these are trolley tours. When you go with Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston, you’re free to get on and off the trolley at any and all attractions. Pay just one fee and enjoy everything offered on the tour.

7. Art’s Dune Tours, Provincetown, MA

Tour the beautiful sand dunes of Provincetown with Art’s Dune Tours. Whether you take a morning or a sunset tour, you’ll enjoy Mother Nature at her finest while riding in one of Art’s fleet of Suburbans. Each vehicle holds six to eight passengers, so if you’re touring with a group you’ll need to book early.

8. The Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston, MA

Even though you can take a self-guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail, there’s nothing like having a tour guide to bounce question off. The Freedom Trail Foundation offers these guided tours. Check the website for their schedule and get up close and personal with the birth of our nation.

9. PhotoWalks Tours, Boston, MA

Whether you’re a professional photographer or you simply dabble in the art, PhotoWalks Tours will take you to the best spots for taking still shots in Boston. Ask about private tours, too.

10. Berkshire Canoe Tours, Lenox, MA

See nature at its very best in the Berkshires with a guided canoe tour with Berkshire Canoe Tours. Tours are available several times a day from late spring through early fall. Reservations are required.

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161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
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397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
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135 South Street, Hyannis, MA
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25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA
The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art off... Read More
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
The Museum of Fine Arts houses and preserves preeminent collections and aspires to serve a wide variety of people through direct encounters with wo... Read More
700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Within its collection of 23 million items, the library boasts a wealth of rare books and manuscripts, maps, musical scores and prints. Among its la... Read More
Phillips Academy 180 Main Street, Andover, MA
The Addison Gallery of American Art, on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, opened its doors to the public in May 1931, at a ... Read More
59 School Street, Edgartown, MA
The Mission of the Martha's Vineyard Museum: "To bring together persons interested in the history of Martha's Vineyard, to collect and preserve sig... Read More
4 Vestal Street, Nantucket, MA
Our Mission is to increase knowledge and public awareness of the universe and the natural world through programs of scientific research and educati... Read More
15 State Street, Boston, MA
The Boston National Historical Park sites are connected by the Freedom Trail. Recognized as a National Recreation Trail, the 3-mile trail is a walk... Read More
250 North Great Road, Lincoln, MA
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455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA
Mission: Fuller Craft Museum is a dynamic environment where craft is experienced through exhibitions, education, outreach, and collaboration. We e... Read More
25 Evans Way, Boston, MA
Mission StatementThe Museum exercises cultural and civic leadership by nurturing a new generation of talent in the arts and humanities; by deliveri... Read More
539 Washington Street, Boston, MA
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193 Salem Street, Boston, MA
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