On this 90 minute historical walking tour, you'll:
- Learn about Boston's macabre past and its dark shrouded history of witches, executions, strange events, ghastly court records, and ancient tunnels.
- Walk by candle light through the dark alleys and little used corridors of the city, and discover another side of Boston that most have never seen.
- Hear from professional guides who will walk you through the most historic parts of the city, narrating the tour at certain points of interest and answering your many questions along the way.
See Boston by night on this amazing, spooky and insightful tour!
What Is Not Included?
- No transportation is included with the tour. This is not a tour on a trolley.
- We can not promise you will see a ghost on the tour (although some guests have seen them). Ghost pictures are not guaranteed, but we recommend you bring your flash photography camera just in case.
- There is no scripted or planned sceraming as part of the tour. Any screaming heard will be completely organic.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Tickets should be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa or Mastercard.
- If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
- We do not provide a waiting list. If a date is sold out, there is always a chance that we will add an additional tour. Please contact us by clicking the "Contact LanternTours" link to let us know what date you are interested in.
- Is the tour appropriate for young children?
- We recommend the tour for ages 10 and above, but many younger children have taken the tour and enjoyed it very much.
- How much walking is involved?
- The route is about a a mile and a quarter long. We walk at a very leisurely pace. There are benches along the way if you need to rest. Please alert the guide if you need to stop!
- Can I book a group tour at a discount?
- Yes- Groups of 10 or more are automatically discounted by the Zerve System. Please call regarding groups of more that 100 people.
- Is the tour wheelchair- and/or stroller-accessible?
- Yes. We welcome wheelchairs and strollers on our tours. You do not need to contact us in advance to take the tour from a wheelchair or with a stroller.
- What happens if the weather is bad?
- We rarely cancel for weather of any kind. For the most part, we run our tours rain or shine, so please dress weather appropriate.
- May I bring my dog on the tour?
- You can bring your dog on the tour. We only ask that you leash your dog and stay to the rear of the group.
- Does this tour have anything to offer a native of the area?
- Yes. Many locals have attended our tours and have been amazed at how many myths and legends they were not aware about, even in their own back yard!
- What if I am going to be late?
- We can try to accommodate you, but we suggest you arrive about 15 minutes prior to the start. Make sure you communicate with us. You can call the restaurant THE LIVING ROOM they might be able to connect you with us, after the tour has started. We can find a spot you can meet us along the way.
- How long is the tour?
- Time wise it is 90 minutes. The walk is about 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not at a ver fast pace. Very leisurely walk with lots of stops for ghost stories and historical sites of interest.
- Do I have to carry a lantern?
- The short answer is yes; it is part of the tour which employs an educational concept called tactile learning. Experts on education have found that people holding a period seem to remember more. (Alternatively, you may carry a flash light or both.)
- Can we keep the lanterns?
- Yes if you purchase them from the guide. The lanterns MUST be returned at the end of the tour unless you buy them. We sell them for Just $45.00. Please return them as the guides are personally responsible for the inventory. So please don't take them it is more than they make in salary and tips. Similar hand made punched tin lanterns in the 17th century style are made at Sturbridge Village. They sell for about $150.00 each. Our lanterns are hand made in the United States. We even make a few ourselves in Plymouth, MA. Most of them are made for us by a omish family in PA.
- Do we need to tip the tour guide?
- Yes please tip your tour guide.
- Is there a discount for AAA and senior citizens?
- STILL VALID? Yes, our $19 rate applies to AAA members and senior citizens.
- Must I buy a ticket for a very young child?
- Children five and under may attend the tour for free. Children six to sixteen may attend with a discounted child ticket.
Colonial Lantern Tours, Inc.
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