Things to do in Boston, the Boston Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.62 km / 2.25 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take approximately 3 hours to complete and ends near the start location.
Click here for this tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You’ll also find there the full list of locations seen.
What you’ll see:
- Faneuil Hall
- Freedom Trail
- Boston Common
- Massachusetts State House
- Old State House
- Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
- New England Aquarium
- Rose F. Kennedy Greenway
- Old South Meeting Hall
- Post Office Square
- Boston City Hall
- Quincy Market
- New England Holocaust Memorial
- And much more!
This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of NORMAL.
The ideal group size is between 2 and 6 people – but is not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.
After purchase, to begin your hunt in Boston Civic Center, you will need to head to the Omni Parker House, 60 St School, Boston, MA 02108, USA. This is the start location.
Once there, connect to this site to begin your urban tourist adventure. You need a well-charged cell phone connected to the Internet (LTE or 4G, Wifi is not enough).
Alternatively, you can access “My Account” and follow the instructions there.
Never hesitate to contact us if you experience any difficulties.
The first Europeans named this region Trimoutaine for its 3 mountains. They’ve now mostly been leveled to hills. Trimoutaine became Boston in 1630, in honor of Boston in Lincolnshire, England, from where came many of the wealthiest early settlers.
This peninsula is thought to have been inhabited since 5000 BC.
Puritans strongly influenced the education and ethics of the early city. The first public school in America was founded in Boston in 1635.
Its citizens participated in 4 wars (for the English) against France and the natives (American Indians) until Britain ejected them permanently from North America.
Boston was the largest city in British America until Philadelphia overtook it in the mid-18th century. Its proximity to the ocean has kept its port and shipping very active from its earliest days.
Many of the milestones of the American Revolution happened around Boston. The protests spurred by British laws and the measures to apply these laws led to the Boston Tea Party, then to the American Revolution. Boston was besieged between 1775 and 1776.
The village of Boston became a city in 1822. After the revolution, the War of 1812 greatly affected maritime trade. Indeed, merchants found alternative trading partners to maintain activity as northern Europe was pretty much shut down during this time. When this war ended, returning business contributed to an economic boom.
Many Irish immigrants found their way to Boston, especially during the potato famine. Then, towards the end of the 19th century, most neighborhoods had become ethnic enclaves: Irish, Italians, Russian Jews, etc. Each brought his religion and culture which would eventually blend to some degree.
The top of Beacon Hill, one of the 3 hills where stands the Massachusetts State House, was leveled to fill marshy areas, creating more living space. However, a great fire razed a large portion of Boston in 1872.
The first half of the 20th century was difficult as many industries relocated elsewhere for cheaper labor. The second half saw an economic boom during which many skyscrapers were built. Then, Boston’s elite hospitals, colleges, and universities have greatly contributed to this boom.
Today, Boston is an intellectual, technological, and political center.
Andrea Domgaard –
***** (5 stars on TripAdvisor)
We had a lot of fun doing this scavenger hunt. We saw new things and learned a lot of history that we
hadn’t heard before.
Andrea, 20 September, 2019
David Becroft –
***** (5 stars given)
Achieved 1360 points in 4 hours 57 minutes
David B., January 2, 2020
Lucia Siena –
**** (4 stars given)
Achieved 1275 points in 2 hours 5 minutes
Lucia S., October 3, 2020
Michelle Musso –
***** (5 stars given)
Achieved 1400 points in 2 hours 44 minutes
Michelle, February 14, 2021
Stephen Preston –
***** (5 stars given)
Achieved 1260 points in 3 hours 53 minutes
Stephen, May 31, 2021