Boston& Cambridge hotels, restaurants, attractions & tours are engaged in a widespread sustainability initiative. Boston is a city of history and tradition, but this doesn't mean we are stuck in the past.
Boston is serious about sustainability with its electric car charging stations throughout the city as well as its program to make solar power affordable. Mayor Menino has also launched a campaign to try and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. Boston is home to the Hub-way Bike system, which allows for people to rent bikes with many docking stations located the different neighborhoods.
The Rose Kennedy Greenway prides its self on maintaining its 27 acres in an organic and natural way. They have an experienced staff that does not use pesticides or toxins to preserve the park. The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is also working tirelessly to maintain and preserve Boston's parks so that people can enjoy the green space.
The Seaport district of Boston has been given LEED Silver Certification, and the Seaport Hotel has launched a groundbreaking program called "Seaport Saves". The Seaport is seriously focused on efficiency and conservation for the future, and this has heavily impacted the businesses and new construction
Visitors can participate in eco-friendly attractions while visiting Boston. Boston is America's walking city with its pedestrian-friendly walks from Newbury Street to the Charles River riverfront parks or from charming Beacon Hill to the downtown Boston waterfront, where the 40-mile Boston Harborwalk awaits.
Visitors can walk to museums, attractions - or hop on a very easy and efficient Trolley that loops throughout the city. Visitors can reduce their environmental foot print by using The Boston public transit system which is easily understood by visitors with its five-color lines that connect hotels, attractions, shops, convention centers, and different neighborhoods. Logan International Airport is connected to downtown through the brand new Silver Line. The Silver Line also connects Logan international to AmtrakSouth Station.
Water, rail, and coach transportation in Boston is convenient. It is easy and inexpensive for the visitor staying at a hotel in Boston & Cambridge to tour the Boston Harbor Islands, Cape Cod (Provincetown), Salem, and Quincy by fast ferry. A day trip to Portland, Maine, Providence, Rhode Island, or even New York City by high speed rail is affordable. You can also take a day trip by coach to the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, Foxwoods, MGM Grand or Mohegan Sun Casinos. All of which are also low cost and convenient.
Green Trails Tours & Attractions
Urban AdvenTours, guided bicycle tours and quality bike rentals, is a locally owned 'Green' company in Boston. Our bike tours depart daily and cover all of Boston's best sites, from Fenway Park and the South End, to the Freedom Trail and the Charles River Esplanade. We pride ourselves on renting the highest quality bikes in Boston, and with our BioBus, which runs on used veggie-oil, we can deliver rental bikes to your hotel while staying eco-friendly. There's no Greener way to see Boston than on two wheels. So book one of our tours or rentals - we guarantee you'll have a 'wheely' good time! Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 800.979.3370. For private tours and corporate events, call 617.233.7595. Tours run every day at 10 am & 2 pm from our location at 103 Atlantic Ave in the North End, near the Aquarium stop on the Blue line.
Boston Bike Tours have lead thousands of people on informative, active, site-seeing, bicycling tours. Capture the essence of Greater Boston on one of several tour selections. Boston Bike Tours are moderate to slow paced, utilizing mostly parks, pathways and quiets side streets. On all tours, stops are made along the way where your guide points out sights and narrates history as you explore the area. They take pride in their knowledge of the streets, insight into Boston's History, a unique perspective of the area's interesting heritage, and their ability to get you where no other tours in Boston are able to go. Biking in the city has never been easier.
Put on your walking shoes and follow Boston By Foot guides for 90-minute walking tours of Boston's unique architecture and historic neighborhoods. From May through October, Boston By Foot presents daily, regularly scheduled walking tours and prearranged private group tours which highlight Boston's rich heritage of architecture and history. Since 1976, Boston By Foot's trained volunteer guides have shared their expertise and enthusiasm with thousands of visitors and residents. Great for kids, too! Join us and see Boston at her best -- by foot!!
Rent a canoes or kayaks and see Boston and Cambridge from a new perspective. Enjoy an outing on one of the most scenic sections of urban river in the country. Views of Harvard University, MIT, Boston University and the Cambridge and Boston skyline are exceptional from the river. Offering hourly and daily rentals of canoe and kayaks. Guided tours and instruction are our specialty.For more information call 617-965-5100.
Most of the Boston National Historical Park sites are connected by the Freedom Trail. Recognized as a National Recreation Trail, the 3-mile trail is a walking tour of 16 sites and structures of historic importance in downtown Boston and Charlestown. The tours are ninety-minutes, and begin at the Visitor Center at 15 State Street and cover the heart of the Freedom Trail from the Old South Meeting House to the Old North Church.
The Science Museum is a world-renowned educational institution with over 400 interactive participatory exhibits featuring live animal and physical science demonstrations, courses, traveling exhibits, a computer center, the Mugar Omni Theater, and Charles Hayden Planetarium.
The Green Buildings Tour offers a self-guided, cell-phone tour of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Boston area. You can find out more about what some organizations around Boston and Cambridge are doing to create great places in which to work, live, and learn that are designed with our environment in mind. You'll hear architects, planners and builders describe their dreams, challenges, and successes. You'll also learn some practical ways you can make your own home a little more green.
It's a vigorous undertaking and well worth it! Boston's Harbor Walk is an inviting public walkway along the waterfront, with parks, museums (including the Institute of Contemporary Art) seating areas, boat ramps, cafes, exhibit areas, interpretive signage, water transportation facilities, and a wide range of other amenities. Experience for yourself this wonderful area for walking, sightseeing, playing, taking in spectacular views of the Harbor and so much more!
JFK Library and Museum
Combine the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's breathtaking views of the Boston skyline with a scenic walk along the ocean. The famous Boston Harbor Walk connects the JFK Library to miles of public beaches, perfect for a car-free, gas-free getaway. Located on a 10-acre waterfront park, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is located in the Dorchester section of Boston, off Morrissey Boulevard, next to the campus of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. There is free shuttle-service from the JFK/UMass T Stop on the Red Line. The Museum is fully handicapped accessible. Call (866) JFK-1960 or .
The destination for whale watching off the coast of Boston is Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life. This area is home to several kinds of large whales, including humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, as well as pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales. White-sided dolphins may also put in an appearance. Interact with naturalists and educators onboard to learn more about Boston Harbor and Massachusetts' waters. The season typically runs from early April through the end of October.
Green Transportation Options
The MBTA - referred to as the "T" - runs daily service on buses, trains, and trolleys throughout Boston and surrounding towns. T stations can be identified by a black "T" on a white circular sign. Charlie Cards can be bought at booths at each station. Pay with cash or credit card.
The Boston Harbor Islands offer countless opportunities for visitors to participate in recreational activities such as hiking, camping, swimming, and fishing, along with touring historical sites, observing wildlife, and even enjoying a relaxing picnic lunch amid the spectacular scenery.
Whale Watch, Provincetown and Boston Harbor Islands- The premier ticket to ride on Boston Harbor since 1926, BHC offers Boston's only 3-hr. Hi-Speed Catamaran Whale Watch, Cape Cod Fast Ferry, the new Hi-Speed Thrill Boat Ride CODZILLA; Historical Sightseeing, USS Constitution, Lighthouse and Sunset Cruises, Charles River and Locks Tours.
Charles River Esplanade
Jog, walk, run, bike, or rollerblade along the beautiful Charles River esplanade. Not only will you break a sweat, but you will also be treated to a spectacular view of Boston and Cambridge.
The Salem Ferry connects the cities of Salem and Boston with a fast, comfortable ride in only 45 minutes! Cruise along picturesque New England coastline and disembark in the heart of downtown Salem or Boston, within easy walking distance of either city's many cultural and historic attractions.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra's renowned summer music academy now offers transportation to and from Boston to Tanglewood. Take the Tanglewood coach from Boston to Tanglewood for Friday - and Saturday-night concerts for just $30 round trip. The Tanglewood coach departs from Symphony Hall (easily accessible from hotels and by public transit) at 4:30pm and makes a stop at the Riverside Train Station at 5pm. Look for the Tanglewood Coach in Summer 2009. For further information, please call 888-266-1200.