Thursday, July 7, 2011
Boston Mob Tours
True crime is big business in the Bay State. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Boston TV & Movie Sites Bus Tour is raking in the bucks taking tourists from the heartland into the dark heart of the Boston underworld. The tours swing by sites featured in The Departed, The Town, Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River. The cost appears to be about $40 per adult and the tours start at 11:00 AM on Saturdays from September through May, and on Sundays from April through August. During the summer, the tours only run on Sundays, which seems odd to me - considering summer's the peak tourist season hereabouts - but what the freak do I know? The bus tours run about three hours, including a stop for drinks at the Southie tavern where Will Hunting lubricated his gray matter. There are also walking tours that cost around 20 bucks. These start at 2:30 PM, last an hour and a half, and are available on Saturdays and Sundays in April and May, on Fridays through Sundays in June through August, and on Saturdays only in September and October. Sounds pretty cool. I'm including a link that will net you $4 discounts if you sign up online.
If you want to put together your own tour buffet-style, the Boston Globe has helpfully provided a slideshow of prime crime sites, including Whitey Bulger's South Boston Liquor Mart, the site of the Brink's Job, and the 99 restaurant in Charlestown, which inadvertently hosted its own little rub-out festival back in 1995.
Boston Mob Tours Reel In Tourists (Wall Street Journal)
Boston Movie Tours
Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour - Destination Coupons
Boston Mob - The Tour (Boston Globe)