Best year-round tours of NYC & Boston

Northeast cities were designed for walking and a good guide can show you hidden treasures you’d never find on your own. Whether you’re on foot or on a bus (or a little of both) now is the perfect time to explore the quirky, funky, delicious side of our neighborhoods – at half price!

From food to history, architecture and ghosts, here are some of the most popular city tours.

NEW YORK CITY

Chinatown & Little Italy Food Fest is a three-hour walking tour of the Apple’s most famous ethnic eateries. Sample everything from Chinese dumplings to traditional Thai and Italian cheeses, meats, pasta, gelato and cannoli. Learn the history and culinary background of two of the most famous immigrant communities along the way.

WHEN: 10:30 am, through December 22, 2012

WHERE: Kam Man Grocery Store, 200 Canal Street, NYC

DEAL: Sign up here to get $30 tickets (normally $49)

BOSTON

Original Secret Walking Tour of the West End is a 90-minute guided exploration of one of America’s oldest neighborhoods. Learn how the Irish, Jews, Italians, and other immigrants left their mark, the mystery of the “Blinking Madonna,” the man who flew from the steeple of Old North Church in 1757, and the great molasses flood of 1919.

WHERE: Rachel Revere Square, 19 North Square, Boston

WHEN: 10 am on Fridays and Saturdays

DEAL: Sign up here for $15 tickets (normally $30)

Full Moon Tour, led by a guide in period costume, takes you through the 1806 Governor Gore mansion. Explore the daily working lives of early Americans and how everyday activities were conducted before electricity.

WHERE: Gore Place, 52 Gore Street Waltham, MA

WHEN: 7:30 pm on Fridays

DEAL: Sign up here for $7 tickets (normally $14)