Hawaii Mom Blog: Visit Boston: Old Town Trolley Tours




June 23, 2017

Visit Boston: Old Town Trolley Tours

For a fun and informative tour of Boston, plus a convenient way to navigate through the city and visit different attractions without the hassles of driving through traffic or finding parking, a ride on the Hop On Hop Off Boston Tour with Old Town Trolley Tours is a must.

We started at Faneuil Hall, which is the first stop of nineteen.

You can hop on and hop off as many times as you want, as the Old Town Trolley Tour takes you through Downtown, Beacon Hill, Theater District, Waterfront District, and more.

We saw so many landmarks, learned about the history of the city, and found out where various points of interest were.

We drove past Boston Commons, saw the Make Way for Ducklings statue in Boston Gardens, saw the TD Garden (where the Boston Celtics play), and drove over the Charles River via the Harvard Bridge and Longfellow Bridge.

We saw the famous "Green Monster" of Fenway Park, saw where the Boston Massacre took place, and drove past the cemetery where Samuel Adams is buried in.

We were in awe of the buildings both historic and modern, and admired the architecture of the homes, churches, and businesses.

We hopped on and off several times - Stop 4 for the Museum of Science, Stop 7 for Cheers, and Stop 16 for Boston Children's Museum.

Walking distances to various attractions varied - 15 minutes to the Museum of Science; a few steps to Cheers; 5 minutes to Boston Children's Museum.

A map is provided so you know where different landmarks are located, and if you visit the Old Town Trolley Tours website, you can easily see the various stops and what attractions are nearby those stops.

Each driver was great, yet unique in his own narration style. Our first driver told a lot of jokes, our second driver was more straightforward, and our third was a mixture of the first two.  All of the drivers were professional, and provided a lot of great information about the city.

I loved hearing about the different points of interest, and I learned so much about the history and culture of Boston.  Getting to see so many popular landmarks without having to drive through traffic ourselves, or do a great deal of walking, was just fantastic.

Generally trolleys arrive every 10 to 15 minutes, but they seemed to come by a lot more frequently than that.  We saw so many Old Town Trolleys everywhere (some are even charted for private parties).

If there are not enough seats available on a trolley, the driver calls in to dispatch to let them know how many passengers need seats, so guests are never waiting for a very long time.

If you snag a window seat, of course you'll get the best photo ops, but the large, open windows give even those seated in the aisle a great opportunity to take photos.

The drivers will give riders notice if a great photo op is coming up, or tell them when to be ready if they have just a few seconds to take a photo, as the trolley can't just stop in the middle of the road.

The entire tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes (without getting off). The last pick up is at 5pm (4pm November through March), which I thought was a little early, so if you hop off somewhere and plan on exploring beyond 5pm, be sure you have an alternate method of transportation to get back to where you need to.

With your ticket, you also have access to money-saving coupons, as well as free admission to various attractions.  

The Old Town Trolley Tours is the best way to explore Boston.  You get to see so much of the city, learn interesting tidbits of history, and discover new places - all while someone else does the driving!

For more information on Old Town Trolley Tours - Boston, click here.

Mahalo to Old Town Trolley Tours for hosting our family.  Gratuity was paid on our own.

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