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)

Free fun for young sports fans

For young tennis fans:

U.S. Tennis Association is offering FREE 1-year junior memberships for kids 10 and under by using the code 10UJRFREE. Members can participate in USTA Junior Tournaments and USTA Junior Team Tennis. Sign ’em up here.

For young baseball fans:

Every year, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association hosts FREE baseball clinics in various locations across the country. Heavy hitters like Brooks Robinson and Phil Niekro have been known to show up. Two Legends for Youth baseball clinics will take place in the Northeast this summer:

June 16: Cooperstown Clinic. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, New York

July 17: D.C. Clinic. Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

The program is for boys and girls ages 6-15. If you’re interested, sign up soon because slots will fill fast. Expect a confirmation email within 48 hours. Sign ’em up here.

Looking for more ways to make your sports-loving kids happy? Check out my recent column on credit card rewards for sports fans.

Note: Save on Cities has no affiliation with these programs.

Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall 31% off

What would the holidays be without a visit to NYC to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall? The Rockettes have been high-kicking since 1933. This year’s show includes special effects, 3D technology and new routines as well as old favorites like Santa, “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “Living Nativity.”

WHEN: [UPDATE 12/8] Tickets still available for Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 – Mon., Jan. 2, 2012

DEAL: Tickets offered here for $40-$90, instead of the usual $45-110. Don’t wait long. Performances for this weekend are already selling out.