Frequently Asked Questions
HOW LONG Is THE TOUR?
The answer is - as long as it takes! Whenever I traveled I found that tours were timed around what was convenient for the tour operator. I timed mine based on how long it takes to get everything done. Plan on about 3.5 hours to cover around 3.5 miles. Not counting a half hour break in the middle.
Is This tour Appropriate for International Visitors?
This tour presumes a familiarity with some of the myths and folklore particular to American History. If you are not familiar with the difference between the American Revolution and the American Civil War - maybe a more general sight seeing tour of Boston would be appropriate. However, the tour is a comprehensive introduction to many of Boston's neighborhoods, and is
Is THis Tour AppropRIATE For CHildren?
For many of us, our first encounter with this history is in the form of stories orientated towards children. While this tour is targeted for adults and definitely too sophisticated for young children, hopefully it is entertaining enough that the precocious middle school or average high school student will enjoy it.
WHAT DO WE DO IN CASE OF POOR WEATHER?
Refunds are provided with 24 hours advanced notice. However, the tour proceeds rain or shine. There are several locations where we will be able to spend time indoors, but it is advisable to bring an umbrella and appropriate clothing if the forecast is for rain.
Where Does the tour begin and end?
The tour begins in City Hall Plaza, next to Government Center, just across from the street and up the big stairs from the Sam Adams statue. Very close to Green, Orange, and Blue line stops. The tour ends at Christopher Columbus Park - near Quincy Market, the North End, and the Aquarium.
WHAT SHOULD I BRInG?
- Headphones. There is an optional receiver that will allow you to wander. Sanitary headphones will be provided but your personal set will probably be a better quality.
- A good pair of walking shoes.
- A camera.
- A bottle of water.
- Sunscreen if it's hot, extra layers if it's cold, and an umbrella or poncho if it's raining. I don't have back end arrangements with any vendors or try to up sell along the way, but many popular places in the area are cash only.
DO YOU HAVE any SECRET IDEOLOGICAL AGENDA?
I'm as scared of you as you are of me. Presumably nobody today is still upset about taxes on tea, regardless, I don't take sides: then or now. However, in talking about our founding conflicts we will be tripping all over contemporary controversies. What I talk about is taken from prestigious scholarship - not personal agenda. Of course, even selecting what to include involves some value judgment and the whole reason the American Revolution is interesting is because it's still relevant. What I am sympathetic to I try to examine critically, what I'm critical of I try and understand sympathetically. Hopefully you can't tell the difference.