Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Attending a Boston Ghost & Graveyard Tour

One of the first things we did when we moved here was attend a ghost and graveyard tour through Boston.  The tour was a blast, the stories were really fun, and there was something incredibly exciting about walking through locked graveyards late at night.  Unfortunately for us half way through our tour it started pouring rain... not just a trickle, but an honest Boston down pour which made the last part of the tour a bit difficult both to hear and enjoy.

What to Know About Attending a Boston Ghost & Graveyard Tour

Things to Note:

1) Price
There are two different companies that do Ghost and Graveyard tours in downtown Boston, one is a walking tour that is $18/adult and $13/youth (under 16) you can find out more about them at Haunted Boston Ghost Tours.  

The one that we went on was the Ghost and Graveyard Tour which had spookily dressed up actress/actors as guides and was partly walking tour partly a trolley ride as we went to different, further spaced out graveyards.  Those tickets ran $36/adult and $23/Children (ages 6-12), those are the online ticket prices, I think they are a bit more if you buy them at the box office.

2) Child Friendliness
This tour is certainly geared toward adults as many of the stories are dark and end with death.  Children as young as 6 are allowed, but I wouldn't suggest bringing anyone that young...

3) Walk-ability
There is a far amount of walking involved, even with the trolley tour.  We took the trolley to the entrance of the first couple graveyards, but toward the end we needed to walk a couple of blocks between grave yards.  In hind sight it might not have been that far of a walk, but the rain was coming down in sheets the night of our tour, so it felt fairly long...

Okay, I just double checked on the website, there are two different 20 minute walking portions.  These are stop and go as you'll pause to hear the history of the areas your walking past, but you will be walking.

4) The Tour
The tour itself is 90 minutes.  You'll be riding some of the time on trolley carts decorated in Halloween style and your tour guides switch off at different portions of the tour.  The tours start at 8PM and runs rain or shine (I guess at night they run rain or not rain, in our case it was heavy rain).  You'll be walking through locked graveyard by candle light and hear all sorts of interesting, true, and spooky stories about Boston's past.

5) Getting There
The tours start near Boston Harbor and through there are parking garages in the area I would highly suggest taking the "T" to get there.  The "Aquarium" stop is a thirty second walk form the tour location and taking the "T" saves you both the hassle and expense of parking down town.

Summary and Rating ★★★★☆

Four Stars.  We loved the tour.  We loved the stories and it was nice to be able to get on and off the trolley so that we could cover more ground in a short period of time.  I think the tour is quite expensive (we were able to get discounted tickets through my husbands school) and having half our tour more or less washed out by the rain was lame.  The tour guides were a blast and this was a really fun way to learn more about Boston's history, especially if you like seeing the dark side of things.  (If you're not as into the dark side you should check out the walking historical tours which happen during day light hours, are also lead by a dressed up actor/actress, and are also amazing).

Have you been here before?  If so I'd love to know more about your experience and any tips or tricks you have in the comments section below. 

Boston Ghost & Graveyard Tours
Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 866.754.9136
Hours: Tours start at 8PM