I’ve taken lots of tours since I moved to Boston… The Ghost Tour from Cambridge Historical Tours is by far the best one to date. Our costumed guide interacted easily with our large & happy group, keeping us intrigued with spine-tingling tales of ghosts & hauntings that are tied one way or another to the area surrounding Harvard Square, including Harvard University…I barely noticed the time passing on the 90-minute tour… Cambridge Historical Tours also offers a historical tour and a pub crawl in the Harvard Square area. I haven’t taken either of those tours yet, but plan on taking the historical tour as soon as I can find a friend to join me.
A group of friends and myself decided to do the Ghost Tour in Harvard Square on a Friday night, provided by Cambridge Historical Tours. Although it was quite chilly, it was a great time and we learned some great historical facts about Harvard Square! Scaley Pete was our guide and he was informative, entertaining, funny and managed to keep the whole group engaged and interested. I would highly recommend this tour as something to do for both the tourist and the folks who’ve lived in the area their whole lives!
The thing that impressed me most about the tour was just how into the history of the landmarks these guides were. They not only would be able to tell you all about a certain location, but they were also loaded with fun little “unknowns” related to the site that were sometimes more interesting than the history of the sites themselves. You can tell these guides love their history and love telling people about them. The passion is what sold me. The fact that they were in costume and portrayed an important historical character from Cambridge history added to the intrigue. They would explain the sites and describe the history as through the eyes of the character they portrayed. I will definitely go back on another tour with this group if I ever find myself in Cambridge again.
I really enjoyed my tour of Old Cambridge with this company. Our guide, Junior, led through all the historical sites of Old Cambridge with much knowledge and much enthusiasm. We had different nationalities in our group and different people, but with his openness we all felt like we had known each other for a long time and we felt right at home. The tour was about an hour long and everything was within a comfortable walking distance. The day we took the tour was sunny and breezy and it made for a perfect Sunday afternoon activity for us all. We all left with the desire to learn more and take more of the tours that they offer, such as the Harvard Tour, the Ghost Tour, and others. Definitely a five out of five star rating!
A big thanks to Thomas Wentworth Higginson (a.k.a. John) for braving the bitter cold and strong winds to give a tour to our Meetup group today. I, for one, really learned a lot, and I enjoyed the tour, despite the bad weather.
“You will leave this tour knowing more than lifelong residents”
Having lived in and spending so much time in the area of Harvard Square I thought I knew a lot about the general history but, as it turns out, this was barely a scratch on the surface. . . it’s for everyone and really different way to spend a few hours before lunch or dinner in the area.