Stretch Your Sea Legs in Boston

We’d like to welcome Traveler Intern Giovanna Palatucci, who is getting her sea legs on the blog with this, her first post. 

Walk to the Sea Panel.JPGPicture this: cows grazing on Beacon Hill, burlesque theaters in Government Center, and waves crashing at the Old State House doorstep. Certainly this is not what Boston looks like today. As modern architecture and planning quickly propel the design of our cities into the future, one group pauses to map out Boston’s beginnings and transformation into a major urban center.

The Walk to the Sea, entering its first spring and summer seasons, is the latest walking tour to hit Boston. The route highlights the evolution of the city over four centuries, focusing on Boston’s ties to the sea and covering ground that was once part of an active harbor.

The trail follows a one-mile route, descending 100 feet from Beacon Hill to the Long Wharf, passing historic landmarks and modern skyscrapers. Ten glass and stainless steel informational panels mark the path and explain Boston and American history through images and maps. Beginning in May, visitors can log on to the website to download an audio tour for the walk right to their iPods. And we like this eco-friendly feature: a small wind turbine on the top of the last panel keeps the signs illuminated for nighttime tours.

Walk to the Sea intersects two of Boston’s famous walking trails: The Freedom Trail and the Black Heritage Trail. For those who can’t get enough of walking tours through historic Boston, check out the Fairmont Copley Plaza’s Freedom Trail Discovery Package, available this year from April 1 through December 31 for $349. The package includes a one-night stay in one of the Fairmont’s elegant guestrooms, two tickets to the Walk Into History tour with 18th-century costumed guides, two tickets to the three Freedom Trail historic museums, and a copy of The Freedom Trail: An Artist’s View.

Photo: Courtesy of The Walk to the Sea


  1. BCKE
    May 18, 2010, 2:09 pm

    Boston is not only home of the Red Socks but the cradle of freedom and the birthplace of American democracy, what Athens was to Greece. Despite its moderate size this culturally significant town well-deserved its hefty titles due to its rich heritage. Renowned for its architectural wonders and a famed college town, Boston is still very much a pioneer that sets the tone of progress for the rest of the states.

  2. corporate event photographer singapore
    August 17, 2009, 10:05 am

    lets go for walk at boston…enjoy it!!

  3. Chickpea
    April 1, 2009, 11:30 am

    Oops! I should have added that Walk to the Sea is simply a route to follow with signs, not a tour with a guide.
    Kudos to Norman Leventhal, a great Boston philanthropist, for sponsoring this.

  4. Chickpea
    April 1, 2009, 11:23 am

    No to rain on Giovanna’s parade but I wonder if the recommended walking tour you were told about might have been Boston by Foot? It’s a volunteer-run organization & one of the oldest walking tour groups in Boston!

  5. Eric
    April 1, 2009, 9:39 am

    Just in time for my Boston trip April 17th! My cousin actually recommended one of those walking tours but I forgot which one.