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Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour by On Location Tours

This exciting tour takes you on a journey of the most famous movie moments in Boston. From the fictitious Emerald Bar from "Mystic River," to the L Street Tavern from "Good Will Hunting," you'll see it all from the comfort of a climate-controlled tour bus.
  • Adult gate price $40.00
  • Child gate price $24.00
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  • Reservation required

Some might say that Boston is increasingly becoming the Hollywood of the East Coast. Countless films have been set here, and Beantown regularly sees A-listers popping in and out of boutiques on Newbury Street and sipping hot drinks at the city’s various quaint cafés. Check out the Boston TV & Movie Sites Bus Tour, brought to you by On Location Tours, which takes you to the city’s film and television hotspots of the past, and those places where filming may currently be happening! When it comes to film and television, Boston is so much more than just the home of the legendary Boondock Saints series! This 2.5-hour bus tour – complete with video clips to follow along with – will take you to all the spots you’ll recognize from Oscar-winning films and award-winning television series. The following films were completely or largely filmed in Boston, and might be stops on your tour:

  • Good Will Hunting: Filmed largely in South Boston (“Southie”), as well as Harvard Square, Boston Public Garden (the Movie Mile), and the campus of MIT and in Charlestown at Bunker Hill Community College
  • The Departed: This Oscar-winning sensation was largely filmed in South Boston and you’ll recognize many locations from the movie scenes
  • Mystic River: Mostly filmed in East Boston, Southie, and the Jamaica Plain neighborhood
  • Boston Legal: Set in a ritzy building on Boston’s famous Boylston Street
  • Cheers: The namesake bar sits on Beacon Street, not far from the State House, and is a regular stop for tourists and those looking for a cold brew, Norm-style
  • Legally Blonde: Set at Harvard Law School (although it was largely filmed in Los Angeles)
  • Thomas Crown Affair: The movie takes place in Boston. It was filmed throughout eastern Massachusetts with many scenes filmed in Boston including the heist itself (Financial District) and Steve McQueen’s house at 85 Mt. Vernon Street along the Boston Movie Mile
  • Charly: Charly is from South Boston and many of the movies’ scenes are filmed there. Other locations include Faneuil Hall, Charlestown and the Public Garden along the Boston Movie Mile
  • Enjoy a trip through Hollywood’s favorite East Coast location, in the capable hands of a licensed tour guide who knows the ins and outs of the Boston movie scene and is looking to share them with you! Learn why Boston is one of the most popular filming spots in the country with On Location Tours’ Boston TV & Movie Sites Bus Tour

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Pretty Good
By Vacationer Verified Reviewer from Florida on
Cons:
Reservation Fees
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour by On Location Tours:

It was a nice tour. They show you clips from the movies before pointing out the landmark. That is what made the tour good because I hadn't seen half the movies and even the ones I had seen I didn't remember the one specific scene they showed you. It's an okay tour. You get so excited to see the spot and then in a flash you pass it and you realize "Oh, it's just a building". I don't know what I was expecting it to be, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The tour guide was overly energetic, he loves his job! If you're a movie buff, they'll quiz you. Another review suggested watching The Departed before you go and I second that. They definitely show you a lot of clips from The Departed. They make a lunch stop at the bar where they filmed scenes from Good Will Hunting and there a pizza place across the street, so you don't have to worry about eating before the tour. They stress paying $5 to make a reservation early. Don't waste your money! The bus wasn't full and people were still walking up a few minutes before the tour started to buy tickets.

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hope you like the movie departed
By Mandy Verified Reviewer from London Ontario Canada on
Pros:
Bus was comfortable
Cons:
Guide needs a speaker
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour by On Location Tours:

it was an interesting tour... there was loads of info on the movie the departed... if you haven't seen that movie watch it first to make the tour more interesting... its a good movie you won't be disappointed... get the guide a speaker for on the bus we sat at the front so we got yelled at the whole tour... people at the back of the bus missed some info ... there needs to be a gentle balance...that balance is an fm system...

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Doesn't Get Better Than This!
By Hot Rod Rider Verified Reviewer from Staten Island, NY on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour by On Location Tours:

As a movie buff, I took both the Movie Mile Walking Tour and this bus tour. The walking tour was awesome, but the bus tour is even better. The walking tour focuses mostly on the neighborhood of Beacon Hill, which is a treasure trove of movie and tv trivia in and of itself. But the bus tour is able to go more in depth and visit areas like "Eastie" and "Southie" and it evens plays clips from the movies so that you can compare. Good stuff!

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Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour by On Location Tours details

  • Seasonal attraction
Phone: 212-683-2027
Address
139 Tremont Street
Boston Common Visitor Center
Boston, MA 02111
Hours
March 15–April: Saturday, 11:00 am
May–June 19: Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am
June 20–September 2: Daily, 11:00 am
September 3–October: Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am
November–December: Saturday, 11:00am
Closings
Please refer to website for exact schedule. January-Mid-March. May be closed major U.S. holidays.
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • No restrooms
  • No disabled access
  • Reservations required

Directions and transportation

Address
139 Tremont Street
Boston Common Visitor Center
Boston, MA 02111
Public Transportation
Take the T: Green or Red Line to Park Street.
Driving Directions
Paid parking is available in the garage under the Boston Common.

Admission and Offer Information

Reservation required

Getting In

Boston TV & Movie Sites Bus Tour tickets are distributed by the Boston Common Visitor Center staff. The Visitor Center is located on Tremont Street on the Boston Common. Present your pass at the Information Desk to receive your ticket.

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