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Freedom Trail Boston Walking Tour

Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston and immerse yourself in American history. The entire trail connects 16 historic sites marked by a 2.5 mile red brick path. PhotoWalks provides small group tours of the Freedom Trail tour for locals and visitors. See 11 out of 16 historic sites and important landmarks on a FUN 90-minute…

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July 18, 2023

Top 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Boston

Looking for the best photo spots to take pictures in Boston? PhotoWalks Tours will take you to the most Instagrammable places in the city. Explore the photo ops in charming old neighborhoods, see iconic architectural landmarks and scenic locations that make great content on Instagram as well as souvenirs of Boston. Boston has come a…

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February 24, 2023

Boston Gift Card Ideas

A PhotoWalks Boston Tour Experience Makes a Great Gift Learn how to see creatively and take meaningful pictures. Develop new photography skills that will last a lifetime. Connect with your sense of wonder. Appreciate the details in our surroundings more. Discover Boston’s history on a fun, interactive photo walking tour. Experience photo opportunities…

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November 28, 2022

Beacon Hill | Battle of the Bricks

On the PhotoWalks Beacon Hill walking tour, you’ll notice many details that give Boston’s historic, exclusive neighborhood its distinct charm and character: brick sidewalks. Thanks to a group of determined women, they took it upon themselves to preserve the brick sidewalks forever. In 1947, rumors were swirling that Mayor James Michael Curley wanted to repave…

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September 25, 2022

Paul Revere House | Freedom Trail Boston | North End

Founded in 1630, the North End is Boston’s oldest neighborhood. Walk along the Freedom Trail and you’ll come across the oldest house in Boston that once belonged to……. legendary hero Paul Revere! Built in 1680, the Revere family purchased the colonial wooden home in 1770 and sold it in 1800. By the mid-19th century, the…

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August 5, 2022

Private Walking Tours in Boston

Private Walking Tours of Boston run year-round to accommodate your areas of interest. Visit historic sites, iconic landmarks and scenic locations on a custom-designed itinerary with fascinating and insightful commentary–with or without photo tips. It’s up to you how you’d like to experience your visit to Boston. Private Photography Lessons are also available for individuals…

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July 24, 2022

Beacon Hill’s Historic Homes

A walk in Beacon Hill is an immersion into a 19th century English-inspired neighborhood. Imagine the sound of horse-drawn carriages carrying Boston’s elite to their Federal-style row house during the Victorian era. Stroll down the brick sidewalks lined with antique gas lamps and take in the views of some of Boston’s most charming, historic houses….

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July 23, 2022

Boston By Foot, Camera or Smartphone

Explore Boston by foot and bring your camera on a unique tour experience. PhotoWalks provides insightful commentary and photo tips for capturing the city’s famous historical sites on the Freedom Trail, iconic architectural landmarks, charming neighborhoods, must-see scenic locations, and hidden gems off-the-beaten path. Got questions about what a PhotoWalks tour is all about? Here…

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July 16, 2022

Rouvalis Flowers in Beacon Hill

One of the things I love most about Rouvalis Flowers in Beacon Hill is how much it reminds me of a European flower shop. Tucked on one of the most scenic corners of the neighborhood, it’s always a nice surprise to see its ever-changing colorful flowers and plants displayed outside its charming storefront. Step inside…

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July 9, 2022

Skinny House in Boston’s North End

Just a short walk from Old North Church in Boston’s North End-Little Italy neighborhood is the “Skinny House”, also known as the “Spite House”.  Built in 1862, and measuring just 10-feet wide, this 1,165 square foot home has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom a private roof deck, lovely gardens and unobstructed views of the city and…

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June 20, 2022

Polcari’s Coffee – Boston North End – Little Italy

There are several things you immediately notice upon entering Polcari’s Coffee in Boston’s North End: the strong scent of coffee beans and the potent aroma of a variety of different spices. This adorable shop is like a time-capsule with its old-world charm preserved from a bygone era—from its creaky wooden floors to glass jars filled with…

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June 18, 2022

Boston Back Bay Architecture Walking Tour

Boston Back Bay Architecture Walking TourBoston’s Copley Square in Back Bay has the most diverse architectural landmarks in the city. An extensive landfill project began in 1857 and completed in 1882 to fill in 700 acres of the bay. The Boston peninsula doubled in size and an elegant 19th-century French-inspired residential area emerged. Copley Square…

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June 9, 2022

Boston Public Garden

The Boston Public Garden traces its origins to marshland that Bostonians avoided in the 19th century. In 1837, a visionary named Horace Gray led an effort that transformed the swampy area into the first botanical garden in America. The first bed of tulips and the first poinsettia in the U.S. were planted in the Boston…

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May 30, 2022

Boston’s Swan Boats

The Swan Boats are one of Boston’s most famous icons. PhotoWalks offers the best walking tours in Boston where the Public Garden is one of the stops on these tours: Highlights of Boston and Boston and Boston’s Architectural Landmarks The story behind the Swan Boats began with a German opera. Robert Paget was a boat builder…

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May 30, 2022

Boston’s Best North End-Little Italy Walking Tour

PhotoWalks provides one of the best walking tours of Boston’s North End-Little Italy. Explore the historic landmarks and feel the energetic street vibe in Boston’s oldest neighborhood. Listen to insightful commentary about the North End’s fascinating immigrant history as well some Freedom Trail sites. Walk down streets that lead to Paul Revere’s House, Paul Revere…

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May 23, 2022

Fun Things to Do in Boston

Looking for Fun Things to Do in Boston? Explore the city from a different angle on a PhotoWalks tour. Capture fun, creative pictures with your camera or smartphone in either Beacon Hill, Back Bay the North End-Little Italy or the famous sites along the Freedom Trail. See Boston’s must-see attractions on the ONLY provider of Boston walking…

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April 8, 2022

Boston Public Library

A visit to Boston’s Back Bay is not complete until you visit the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Architect Charles McKim designed the interior and exterior of the  Italian Renaissance inspired Central Library. Built in 1888 and opened to the public in 1895, the Boston Public Library is the first free library in America….

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April 3, 2022

PhotoWalks Named One of the 10 Best Boston Walking Tours!

PhotoWalks has been named one of the 10 Best Boston Walking Tours by TimeOut and is recommended by the ever popular travel blogger Nomadic Matt! In the last 20 years, it’s been such an honor and privilege for me to share my love and passion for Boston with locals and visitors from around the world….

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March 8, 2022

North End Boston PhotoWalks Tour

Explore the North End on a Boston history and photography walking tour. Capture the energetic vibe in Boston’s oldest neighborhood that’s rich in Italian immigrant history. Walk down old streets that lead to Paul Revere’s House, Paul Revere statue, Old North Church, Rose Kennedy’s birthplace, the “Skinny House” and hidden gems off-the-beaten path. Fascinating commentary…

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February 17, 2022

Best Photography Spots in Boston

Explore Boston by foot on a Boston Architecture Photo Walking Tour. Beacon Hill is an upscale 19th-century English-inspired neighborhood lined with picturesque streets, brick sidewalks, antique gas lamps lit 24 hours a day, lovely doors and unique door knockers, hidden houses, beautiful flowers spilling out of window boxes and boot scrapers on the doorsteps. Two…

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February 17, 2022

Best Boston Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail

Explore the Freedom Trail on one of the 10 BEST walking tours in Boston. Photowalks is the only guided tour company to offer fascinating historical commentary and creative photo tips. It is an experience unlike any other Boston city tour! If you ask longtime MA residents about Boston’s Freedom Trail, most likely they’ll recall memories…

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February 17, 2022

Acorn Street – Most Photographed Street in Boston

One of the highlights of a Boston walking tour is Acorn Street, Beacon Hill’s most photographed street. PhotoWalks offers the BEST walking tours of this historic neighborhood with consistent 5-star reviews. Fascinating commentary and creative photo tips are provided by Saba Alhadi, an educator, photographer and enthusiastic tour guide with 20+ years of experience. Acorn…

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February 17, 2022

PhotoWalks featured on WCVB-TV’s Chronicle

It was an honor to have PhotoWalks tours featured on the long-running local show, Chronicle. There are many hidden gems on a Beacon Hill or Back Bay walking tour in Boston. We filmed the segment on a beautiful day in August 2021, and the story aired in October and December. Chronicle will be celebrating its…

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January 18, 2022

Back Bay’s Magnolia Trees

Whose idea was it to welcome spring in Back Bay with pink tulip magnolias along Commonwealth Ave? Here’s the backstory: Laura Dwight was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1899 and moved to Boston as an adult. She was a feisty resident who lived in an apartment on Comm. Ave with no garden. Over the years,…

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April 6, 2021

Polcari’s Coffee – North End

There are several things you immediately notice upon entering Polcari’s Coffee in Boston’s North End: the strong scent of coffee beans and the potent aroma of a variety of different spices. This adorable shop is like a time-capsule with its old-world charm preserved from a bygone era—from its creaky wooden floors to glass jars filled…

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March 25, 2021

Paul Revere House in Boston’s North End

The Paul Revere House is one of the stops on the PhotoWalks North End Tour. Located on the Freedom Trail at 19 North Square, the house was built in 1680 and is the oldest wooden building in Boston. It’s also a national historic landmark. Paul Revere purchased the 90-year old house in 1770.  Back then, it…

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January 30, 2021

Beacon Hill’s Oldest House

One of the stops on the 90-minute PhotoWalks Beacon Hill Tour and the 2-hour Highlights of Boston Tour is the George Middleton House. It is the oldest wooden house on Pinckney Street and in Beacon Hill. George Middleton and his friend Louis Glapion built it in 1787. The structure is typical of the style of…

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January 19, 2021

Boston Gift Cards

Best Boston Experience Gift This Holiday Season: a PhotoWalks tour! Purchase a PhotoWalks Gift Card and give a gift that lasts a lifetime. PhotoWalks provides fun, creative photo tips and fascinating historical commentary on a history and photography walking tour unlike any other in the city. Recipients learn about Boston’s history, how to take amazing…

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December 14, 2020

Who was Phillis Wheatley?

The Phillis Wheatley statue is my favorite in Boston. I am in awe of her graceful pose and pensive expression. ⠀ ⠀ Phillis Wheatley was the first African-American female published poet. She wrote her first poem when she was 13 years old. At 14, her work appeared in newspapers and periodicals in the U.S. and…

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July 21, 2020

Beacon Hill Walking Tour

Explore Beacon Hill on one of the 10 BEST Boston Walking Tours in Boston. This upscale 19th-century neighborhood is lined with picturesque streets, brick sidewalks, antique gas lamps lit 24 hours a day, lovely doors and unique door knockers, hidden houses, beautiful flowers spilling out of window boxes and boot scrapers on the doorsteps. It’s…

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June 14, 2020

Garden Street in Beacon Hill

Discover Beacon Hill on a PhotoWalks Boston Tour. Walking along its picturesque streets is an immersion into a charming 19th-century English-inspired neighborhood with limitless photo opportunities. Beacon Hill is home to the most photographed street in Boston and has hidden gems in unexpected places. Learn how to capture amazing pictures and discover its fascinating history….

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March 25, 2020

Boston’s Wang Theatre

PhotoWalks has teamed up with Boch Center Tours to provide a private photo tour of the Wang Theatre on Sunday, March 8 from 1 pm-3 pm. (The first tour on Jan. 26, 2020 sold out!) If you’ve ever wanted to view how beautiful the Wang Theatre is without the crowds, this exclusive PhotoWalks tour combines history, art…

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February 22, 2020

Scarlett O’Hara House

One of the hidden gems on a PhotoWalks Beacon Hill tour is the “Scarlett O’Hara house”. At first glance, it looks like a charming little cottage. But, it fools the eye and is a “trompe l’oeil” as they say in French. Truth be told, the “house” was painted to mask a brick wall and bookended…

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May 19, 2019

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

In some parts of Boston, you don’t have to travel far to feel like you’re in Europe. A visit to Beacon Hill is an immersion into a 19th-century English-inspired neighborhood, while Back Bay’s brownstones have a 19th-century French design. And, then there’s an impressive Venetian-inspired palace in the Back Bay Fens area…the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum….

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March 26, 2019

Curiosity and Photography

BostCuriosity. It’s a mysterious, powerful, compelling and motivating force. Curiosity is also like a never-ending treasure hunt for photographers who are always on the hunt for amazing locations or looking for new, challenging ways to capture a scene they’ve visited many times. The invention of the camera happened in 1826. A curious Frenchman fitted a…

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March 2, 2019

Welcome to Boston!

Boston has come a long way since its beginnings as a peninsula with three hills and newly arrived English immigrants settling in 1630. Fast forward to the 21st century and you’ll quickly notice modern skyscrapers, luxury condo buildings and busy streets wrapped around historic landmarks.  I’ve walked a marathon number of miles all over the…

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February 27, 2019

PhotoWalks Blog

Hello! Thank you for visiting my website and blog. As I write this post, I am filled with gratitude that PhotoWalks has been going strong since 2002. It began with an idea, a passion for photography and love for the city of Boston. What an amazing journey it’s been! One of my greatest joys has been…

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February 26, 2019