Don’t let winter weather get you down. These six indoor tours keep visitors to this blustery New England city historically informed—and warm!
Rabb Symphony Hall Tours
Go behind the scenes of one of the most amazing and acoustically perfect concert halls in this country, Symphony Hall (built in 1900), and learn about the history and tradition of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Venture into the hall’s balconies, hear the huge sound of the organ, and maybe even stumble upon musicians at play. Free. Tours W at 4 pm, two Sa per month at 2 pm; check website for specific schedule.
Mass Ave Lobby Entrance, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617.638.9390
Boston Public Library Art & Architecture Tours
Who knew that America’s first free public library is one huge work of art? Tour Boston Public Library’s 1895 McKim building and see a place filled with symbolism, not to mention marble, murals, sculpture and other works by John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey. Free. Tours M 2:30 pm, Tu and Th 6 pm, W and F-Sa 11 am, Su 2 pm.
Dartmouth Street Entrance, 700 Boylston St., Boston, 617.536.5400
Church of Christ, Scientist’s Mother Church Tours
On this half-hour adventure through the Christian Science religion’s headquarters, visitors explore a number of different sites, including its centerpiece, the elaborate, original Romanesque-style 1894 church building filled with frescoes, Italian marble and allegorical stained-glass windows, and the 3,000-seat sanctuary which occupies the church’s 1906 extension of mixed Byzantine and Italian Renaissance design. Free. Tours Tu 12-4 pm, W 1-4 pm, Th-Sa 12-5 pm, Su 11 am-3 pm.
Christian Science Plaza, Massachusetts Avenue Entrance, Boston, 617.450.3244
State House Tours
With its gleaming gold dome and Bulfinch design, the Massachusetts State House is one of Boston’s most iconic buildings. While tourists admire the Governor’s workplace from afar, they rarely venture inside to discover the art and history hidden within. Interns lead 50-minute tours. Free. Tours M-F 10 am-3:30 pm.
General Hooker Entrance, Beacon Street at Park, Boston, 617.727.3676
Fenway Park Tours
It is home field advantage for visitors to Fenway Park, the legendary diamond of 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox as well as baseball fans everywhere. America’s oldest ballpark has hosted game greats from Ted Williams to Carlton Fisk. Stop and sit on the Green Monster for a great view of leftfield and the Boston skyline. $12-$16. Tours M-Su 10 am-5 pm.
Fenway Park, Yawkey Way, Boston, 617.226.6666
Originally reported January, 2014