2014 Life@50+ Boston Tours

Boston, Massachusetts
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

  

2014 Life@50+ Boston Tours
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Saturday, May 10, 2014

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
United States

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BOSTON TROLLEY TOUR



Known as the Cradle of Liberty, the city of Boston played a crucial role in the story of America. Dozens of historic Boston Attractions and structures have been preserved and maintained so that visitors can experience both colonial and contemporary Boston. 

The tour covers all major areas of Boston, including Downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the Theater District and the Waterfront District. Stand on the very ground where Samuel Adams, James Otis, and other revolutionary leaders urged their fellow colonials to fight for liberty in Faneuil Hall. See the spot where the Boston Massacre occurred just outside the Old State House. Walk along the Boston Harbor where the Redcoats marched ashore in 1768.

An educational and entertaining overview of Boston! 

Tour Duration: 3.0 hours
Tours Offered:
May 7th Tour: 2:00pm
May 8th Tour: 8:30am
May 9th Tour: 3:00pm
May 10th Tour: 1:00pm
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $42.00 per person
On-Site Rate: $50.00 per person


FOOTPATH OF FREEDOM




Come explore colonial Boston along The Freedom Trail.  The cobblestone streets lead guests along this well traveled path, which echoes with the footsteps of the colonists in their pursuit of liberty.

Boston Commons, America’s oldest public park is the official start of the Freedom Trail. Guests hear stories of the many bloody battles fought there. Stop outside the gold-domed State House before traveling down Beacon Hill to the Park Street Church, which dates to 1810.  Adjacent is the Granary Burying Ground, the final resting place of American patriots such as John Hancock and Paul Revere. Guests pass King’s Chapel before reaching the Old South Meeting House where secret meetings took place leading up to the Revolution. After their brief visit, guests continue on and see the Old State House and the site of the Boston Massacre. 

Visit Faneuil Hall, known as the “Cradle of Liberty” due to the many historic speeches that have been made from the pulpit over the years. The Freedom Trail then leads guests into the North End. View Paul Revere’s home before visiting Old North Church.  Last stop is a view across the harbor to Charlestown and the USS Constitution, better known as “Old Ironsides”. Just beyond is the Bunker Hill Monument, which commemorates the first major battle of the revolution.

 A trip back in time to the birth of a nation!   

Tour Duration: 3.5 hours
Tour Offered:
May 7th Tour: 12:00pm
May 8th Tour: 8:00am
May 9th Tour: 8:00am
May 10th Tour: 8:00am 
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $45.00 per person
On-Site Rate: $50.00 per person


BRICKS AND MORTER: AN ARCHITECTURAL TOUR OF BOSTON




Explore the hidden architectural styles in the neighborhoods of Boston!  Whether the preference is for Colonial, Federal, Victorian or Contemporary design, Boston and Cambridge are home to various world-renowned architectural structures.

If guests prefer the Colonial period, the Old State House and Old South Meeting House are their cup of tea. The Old State House, built in 1713, is the oldest building in Boston. Guests journey past The Massachusetts State House and Faneuil Hall, both from the Federal period and designed by famous Bostonian Charles Bulfinch.

For lovers of the Victorian era, Copley Square is home to numerous magnificent masterpieces including Trinity Church and Boston Public Library. Guests enjoy a private guided tour of Trinity Church, learn about the architect and his vision for this famous building. Before leaving the square and its Victorian marvels, see the New Old South Church noted as a significant example of Northern Italian Gothic architecture and two of the highest buildings in the Boston skyline – the Prudential Center building and the Hancock Tower. The Hancock Tower while a Contemporary structure was created to reflect the surrounding historical Victorian architecture for which Boston is known.

From Copley Square, guests travel to the Christian Science Center, a Contemporary design by architect I.M. Pei. Inside visit the sanctuary of the Mother Church and the Mapparium of the Mary Eddy Baker Library. The Mapparium is a three-story stained glass globe that guests walk through atop a glass bridge. The acoustics allow guests to hear even the slightest whisper - which surprised even the architect. 

Tour Duration: 4.0 hours

Tours Offered:

May 8th Tour: 11:00am
May 10th Tour: 11:00am 
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $62.00 per person
On-Site Rate: $68.00 per person


BOSTON HARBOR CRUISE

Boston Harbor has been an important historic site since it was discovered by John Smith in 1614. Guests will experience the inner Harbor of Boston with its panoramic views of the city as well as an up close look at one of Boston's most treasured landmarks, the USS Constitution. This 45-minute, informative tour brings guests up close and personal with "Old Ironsides" at her home in the Charlestown Navy Yard. 

Other highlights of the tour include the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the Bston Tea Party and the Old North Church. 

 Tour Duration: 2.0 hours
Tours Offered:
May 7th Tour: 12:00pm
May 9th Tour: 12:00pm
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $60.00 per person
On-Site Rate: $65.00 per person


BEANTOWN FAVORITES 




Welcome to Fenway Park, home to former baseball legends as well as the Boston Red Sox, the 2004 and 2007 World Series Champions! Imagine the famous players passing through these hallowed arches. Picture Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Yaz and Ortiz rounding the bases and heading for home. Smell the popcorn, the Fenway Franks and hear the roar of the crowd of games gone by. Guests visit the Green Monster in left field, the Rightfield Roof deck for a bird’s eye view and the Press Box where the broadcasting magic happens. The ballpark guide shares a wealth of knowledge about the park and its players as well as funny stories and anecdotes of times gone by.

After a stop at the Yawkey Way Store for Red Sox’s souvenirs, the tour continues to Boston Beer Works for a tour and beer tasting. Guests will get a glimpse into the art and science of brewing beer and learn about the four basic ingredients as well as the step-by-step process of milling, mashing, boiling and fermenting. Narrated by a Beer Works Brewer, the tour concludes with a sampling of four freshly brewed beers.


Tour Duration: 4.0 hours
Tours Offered:
May 8th Tour: 12:00pm
May 9th Tours: 9:00am
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $68.00 per person 
On-Site Rate: $75.00 per person


A PRESIDENTIAL LIFE: REMEMBERING JOHN F. KENNEDY



The 35th President of the United States was a favorite son of Boston. Cherished memories live on at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, one of the most visited sights in America today. People from all over the world come to relive the life and times of JFK! 

The Library and Museum designed by IM Pei is an impressive building with a 50’ wall of glass overlooking the ocean. JFK’s own sailboat, Victura, sits just outside in remembrance of his love of the sea. Guests enjoy a very special look into John F. Kennedy’s 1960 Presidential Campaign and his abbreviated, but history-making time in office as President of the United States. Guests travel back in time to the campaign between JFK and Richard Nixon – the debates, the famous Inaugural Speech, the visits in the White House with Jackie Kennedy and the time of Camelot!

After a somber replay of a Walter Cronkite Broadcast the day of Kennedy’s assassination, the museum moves onto his many accomplishments and the effect he had on the entire world in such a brief moment in time. 

Tour Duration: 3.0 hours
Tours Offered:
May 7th Tour: 12:00pm
May 9th Tour: 9:00am
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $55.00 per person
On-Site Rate: $60.00 per person



BLACK AND WHITE AND FUN ALL OVER



Tuxedoed African Penguins greet guests as they enter the New England Aquarium! More than 74 birds make up this incredible exhibit on the first floor. See them waddle and play on the giant rocks and swim in the 150,000-gallon exhibit. Moving to the Pacific Reef area, there are 70 different tropical reef fishes among the coral, guests find blue-striped cleaner fish, coral cat sharks and more. This is an eye-catching exhibit that reminds guests of Finding Nemo

The main attraction in the New England Aquarium is the Giant Ocean Tank centered within the four-story building! As guests wind their way to the top of this Caribbean coral reef they encounter creatures like the green sea turtle, sand tiger sharks, stingray and tons of colorful reef fishes. Once guests get to the top floor - look down into the water tank and perhaps watch divers feed the creatures! Guests are able to visit several other exhibits like the Seadragons, Amazon Rainforest, Atlantic Harbor Seals and much more. The gift shop is open for all to visit before departing the aquarium. 


Tour Duration: 3.0 hours
Tours Offered:
May 8th Tour: 2:00pm
May 10th Tour: 9:00am
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $60.00 per person
On-Site Rate: $65.00 per person

 

BRILLIANT SONS OF BOSTON: THE ADAMS FAMILY



The residential neighborhood of Quincy sites the birthplaces of two of Massachusetts’ most revered politicians, John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Visit the 1735 saltbox house where John Adams was born and 75 feet away, the house where John Quincy Adams came into the world and the Dynasty began!

After visiting the Birthplaces, guests are guided to the Old House – the homestead of John and Abigail Adams and their descendants from 1788 to 1927. This beautiful home contains thousands of art objects, paintings and original furnishings which tell the story of this great family. They also visit the Stone Library, which is adjacent to the home and is filled with over 12,000 volumes covering subjects from astronomy, literature, natural history and horticulture. John Adams is said to have read most of the books housed here – many written in other languages! From the library, guests stroll through the formal 18th century garden, which blooms throughout the year, and a historic orchard creates a bucolic setting for this fascinating visit to the past.

The last stop is the United First Parish Church, known as the Church of the Presidents as it is the final resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their wives. The tour takes guests into the lower level of the church where the four granite tombs rest in the crypt.

Hear the stories of this revered family, their children and their commitment to creating a united country, well-educated people and a solid foundation for a new government!

An inspiration to all current and future generations. 


Tour Duration: 3.5 hours
Tours Offered:
May 7th Tour: 12:30pm
May 9th Tour: 12:00pm
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $52.00 per person
On-Site Rate: $60.00 per person



TASTES OF ITALY




Take a short visit to Italy during this very special walking tour of the North End!

This Italian neighborhood of Boston offers quaint narrow winding streets filled with shops and storefronts just like in the old country! The guide is a lover of Italy and all things Italian...particularly Italian food. Smell the aromas of fresh coffee brewing and fine Italian Cuisine in the air as guests begin this culinary adventure!

Visit a pastry shop and sample delicacies like marzipan and tiny flaky pastries filled with nuts and cream. Stop by the coffee and spice shop where prosciutto, cheese, olive oils and balsamic vinegar delight your culinary senses and make guests wish they could spend the day there!

A festive day not to be missed!

Tour Duration: 3.0 hours
Tours Offered:
May 8th Tour: 1:00pm
May 9th Tour: 1:00pm
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $95.00 per person
On-Site Rate: $100.00 per person


WHALES TALES

    Let the song of the whales guide guests out to sea as they enjoy an afternoon of whale watching! After departing the hotel, guests board the motorcoach and travel to Boston’s Long Wharf where guests can pick their space along the 3-outdoor decks of the catamaran for their viewing pleasure. Once in open water guests may view the massive mammals that swim between Canada and the southern United States. The Humpbacks are one of the species guests are likely to see during their trip, but Minkes, Finbacks and White Sided Dolphins are no strangers to the waters of the Northeast. A researcher from the Whale Center of New England is onboard narrating the trip and explaining the different variety of whales and their behavior. Perhaps, guests can hear the mating call of the endangered Humpback! Enjoy a snack from the galley or simply watch as these magnificent creatures breech, flap their tails and swim alongside the boat. This 3-hour cruise is a wonderful way to escape the bustle of the city and don’t forget the camera…this will be a memorable afternoon not to forget! 

Tour Duration: 4.5 hours
Tours Offered:
May 8th Tour: 9:30am
May 9th Tour: 9:30am
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $75.00 per person 
On-Site Rate: $80.00 per person


THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION




Take a trip back to the birth of the nation with this guided tour of the Minute Man National Historic Park. The Minute Man National Historic Park is home to the opening battle of the American Revolution and allows visitors to visit the battlefields and structures associated with the April 19, 1775 battle.

Guests will be transported to the Minute Man Visitor Center near the eastern entrance of the park to view a multimedia theater program, “The Road to Revolution.” This presentation provides an excellent introduction to the main park story and depicts Paul Revere’s Ride and the battles at Lexington Green, North Bridge and along the Battle Road.

After leaving the visitor center, guests will enjoy a guided tour of the Battle Road Trail, stopping at two key points, the Paul Revere Capture Site and the Hartwell Tavern Historical Area. Hartwell Tavern is an authentic period home that played a significant role as a landmark in the community as travelers to and from Boston stopped and shared the latest news and discussed important issues of the day.

The tour will continue on to Concord’s North Bridge, the site of “the shot heard around the world.” Here in this beautifully restored 19th century commemorative landscape, featuring the famous Minute Man statue by Daniel Chester French, is a perfect place to reflect upon the things experienced on the tour. Lastly, guests will stop in the North Bridge Visitor Center for a short video about the North Bridge and exhibits.




Tour Duration: 4.0 hours
Tours Offered:
May 7th Tour: 1:00pm
May 10th Tour: 10:00am
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $50.00 per person
On-Site Rate: $55.00 per person



MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON



The first piece of art collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston was in 1870 – a gift from the Hooper family. Since that time the Museum has expanded its vast and distinguished collection of 450,000 objects by generous gifts, purchases and bequests from art aficionados throughout the world. The collection encompasses treasures from Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Ancient World and includes paintings and drawings, photos, sculptures, textiles, and more. A visual feast for the many visitors that walk its halls each day!

Guests enjoy a private one-hour guided tour with one of the knowledgeable docents from the Museum staff. See the Money collection – one of the largest in the world. Mummies and dazzling gold from Ancient Egypt and Greece date back to 6500 B.C. and contemporary pieces by Icons Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

 A final stop in Museum Store filled with gift items and books completes this visual journey not to be missed. Previous art knowledge is not required while traveling through time and around the world to observe stunning works of art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 


Tour Duration: 3.0 hours
Tours Offered:
May 8th Tour: 9:30pm
May 10th Tour: 9:30am
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate (Docent): $75.00 per person
On-Site Rate (Self-Guided Audio Tour): $75.00 per person


THE ART AFFAIR




Guests are transported to the collectors’ world of art where treasures from around the globe are on display for all to view.

The amazing Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a unique gem found only in the City of Boston. Isabella spent her life traveling the continents discovering rare treasures in all art forms – Sculpture, Paintings, Church Artifacts, Tapestries, Furniture and more. Spanning over thirty centuries, the collection is housed in a recreated Venetian Palace designed by Isabella and built to her exact specifications. Each piece still hangs in the original location where it was placed by Isabella and has never been moved.

The three-story Atrium Garden in the center is a work of art in itself and is lovingly tended by gardeners and replanted four times a year to reflect the different seasons. A docent guides guests as they discuss the history of this incredible woman and her passion for all things rare and beautiful!




Tour Duration: 3.0 hours 
Tours Offered:
May 7th Tour: 2:30pm
May 9th Tour: 12:00pm
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate (Docent): $75.00 per person
On-Site Rate (Self Guided Audio Tour): $75.00 per person


HARPOON BREWERY



It all started with three friends who shared a love of beer. College classmates Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary were passionate about beer, but weren't able find what they were looking for at their local pubs. While traveling in Europe after college, they drank many diverse, fresh, local beers and experienced firsthand the wonderful beer culture that existed just across the pond. When they returned to Boston they decided that if they couldn't buy the beer they wanted then they would have to brew it themselves - or start a brewery and hire someone who could brew it. So that's what they did. Rich and Dan teamed up with George Ligetti, hired a brewer, and in 1986 the Harpoon Brewery was incorporated.

Harpoon was granted Brewing Permit #001 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts because it was the first brewery to commercially brew and bottle beer in Boston in more than 25 years.

Guests will visit the brewery for a guided tour to learn about the history and beer brewing process of Harpoon. Following the tour, guests will have the opportunity to sample a range of freshly brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. 

Tour Duration: 3.0 hours
Tours Offered:
May 7th Tour: 1:30pm
May 8th Tour: 1:30pm
Tour Rate:
Advance Registration Rate: $53.00 per person
On-Site Rate: $58.00 per person
 

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