Boston North End walking tour

$57.50 $57.50

Are you looking for things to do in Boston? Our North End scavenger hunt is a 3-hour self-guided walking tour with challenges, taking you to all the sites like Long Wharf, Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Quincy Market, Old North Church, and Paul Revere Mall!

You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you.

The Boston North End Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.8 km / 3 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you approximately 3 hours to complete.

  • A fun learning experience
  • See the sights! 46 locations
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge: 34 varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Walk at your own pace: 4.8 km / 3 mi
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible throughout
  • Pet-friendly throughout
  • Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule
  • Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt
  • Also available in French

Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

Scroll below for additional details, including locations seen, and how to start the activity.

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Description

The Boston North End Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.8 km / 3 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges. It should take approximately 3 hours to complete and ends near the start location.

Click here for the Boston North End tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You’ll also find there the full list of locations seen.

You will see:

  • Paul Revere House
  • St.Stephen’s Church
  • Old North Church
  • Boston Harborwalk
  • Langone Park
  • Charlestown Bridge
  • Paul Revere Mall
  • USS Constitution
  • Bunker Hill
  • Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
  • TD Garden
  • Long Wharf
  • New England Aquarium
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Quincy Market
  • And much more!

After purchase, to begin your hunt through Boston North End, you will need to head to the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, 296 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA. This is the start location.

Once there, connect to this site to begin your urban tourist adventure. You require 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.

This tour was tested and launched in 2018.

It has been retested and updated in 2020, 2022, and again in 2023.

This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of NORMAL.

The ideal group size ranges between 2 and 6 people – but not restricted to this. Children are welcome and enjoy most of the challenges.

Ancient History

The first Europeans named this region Trimoutaine for its 3 mountains. They’ve now mostly been leveled to hills. Trimoutaine became Boston in 1630, to honor the town 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 opened right here 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. In fact, the British besieged Boston between 1775 and 1776.

Recent History

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 rose up. Then, Boston’s elite hospitals, colleges, and universities have greatly contributed to this boom.

Today, Boston is an intellectual, technological, and political center.

Additional information

Starting point

In front of the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, 296 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

End point

This tour ends in front of the New England Aquarium, within sight of the start location.

Sights seen

46 sites seen: important buildings, monuments, plazas & attractions

Challenges

34 varied challenges – all answers are available in front of your on-site, outdoors.

Required

Fully charged smartphone with internect access (data plan with LTE, 4G or 3G)

Duration

3 to 4 hours at normal walking pace

Distance

4.8 kilometers / 3 miles

5 reviews for Boston North End walking tour

  1. Jordan Plamondon

    ***** (5 stars on Google)
    Jordan, 12 May 2019

  2. Jeni Birch

    *** (3 stars on TripAdvisor)
    More of a walking tour than a scavenger hunt. The directions were vague and we often had to use
    google maps. Kinda took you outside of the North End and added unnecessary stops to make it longer.
    However it was really informative.
    Jeni, Aug.9, 2019

  3. Brooke West

    ***** (5 stars given)
    Achieved 990 points in 4 hours 8 minutes
    Brooke W., July 18, 2020

  4. Sue Harty

    *** (3 stars given)
    Achieved 920 points in 16 minutes!
    Sue H., February 21, 2021

  5. Mark C Dupont

    ***** (5 stars given)
    Achieved 890 points in 3 hours 13 minutes
    Mark C., April 17, 2021

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