African American Heritage places to go

Black tours, festivals, and experiences

The Black Heritage Trail of Beacon Hill is a free walking tour offered every day Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m by National Park Rangers. The tour starts at the Robert Gould Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial monument opposite the Massachusetts State House at 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133. No reservations are required. The tour covers fourteen 17th Century African American heritage and historical sites in the Beacon Hill section of Boston. See a wide variety of fee-based tours listed below about Metro Black Boston and Black New Hampshire from the 17th to the 21st century.

Black Heritage Trail sign
starts at the corner of Park Street and Beacon

Elmer Lewis Playhouse in the Park Series of free performances

During the summer in the heart of Black Boston neighborhoods, flowers bloom over a green William J. Devine Municipal Golf Course with public Clubhouse, the Franklin Park Children’s Zoo, and border winding roads beside the most popular jogging path in Black Boston where Olmsted’s “country park” greens the City of Boston’s outskirts.

The property was designed by landscaper Frederick Law Olmstead and it winds all the way back into the Fenway Park area, past Back Bay towards the Boston Gardens and Boston Commons. In addition to these features there is another treat to see there. Its name is the Elmer Lewis Playhouse at the Playstead – a venue for African American and multicultural arts, dance, theater and immersive creative. | link to the Playstead

This panoramic vista is miles away from the Black Heritage Trail on Beacon Hill. At the Playstead you can enjoy outdoor performances. The Boston Symphony Orchestra will play and there are numerous performance dates booked by the Elmer Lewis Playhouse organization. The best area artists and performers are gigging outdoors. The space host the BAMSFEST, the Franklin Park Kite Festival and many other outdoor events that are free to the public.

The event programming schedule will fill in when the weather gets warmer and we’ll list them here.

For rain dates and info, call Franklin Park at (617) 442 4141. The Elmer Lewis PlayHouse is a series produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) on Walnut Street in Roxbury.

tours and transportation

Tripping into one of many Boston Heritage Trail Tours.


sign-up for dates and tour info

  • Happenings: Book a (Group) day trip with us to the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Tea Talks, Lectures and excursions Spring events run February 2 thru March 1st.
  • AboutBlackBoston Getaways staff heads to the Run and Shoot African American Film Festival on Martha’s Vineyard during the summer. Then we ferry over to Nantucket Island to revisit the Museum of African American History #2.
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  • National Black Doll Museum tours, by appointment. See thousands of Black and multicultural dolls, learn Black doll making histories, discuss the process of valuing and appraising Black Dolls.
  • Gray Line Bostonpreview tour itineraries.
    We proudly offer the world-renown Gray Line Boston sightseeing catalog of tours and day trips. Tour selections include Boston North End Pizza and Harbor tours, bus trips through Boston’s Colonial History, the New England Seacoast, the Cape Cod peninsula; you’ll tour and have experiences in fabulous Newport Rhode Island mansions and more. You can book a Gray Line bus seat direct with the booking site or call (617) 417-7456 for booking guidance and information. Gray Line tours run on fixed, weekly schedules. Prices start at $18 for a child seat and $40 and up for adults.
  • No wait in line attraction and activity tickets are sold here.
  • Roxbury Trolley Charter Bus holds 33 and is a nostalgic, trolley charter bus for group rentals with driver and Afro-Centric tour guide.

Metropolitan Boston has 340,000 Black residents.

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Tour titles

Black Roxbury – Lower and Upper 2-hour riding tour

AfroCentric Museum of Fine Arts tours showcase MFA holdings of ancient African items, and contemporary African American, and Pan-African artists, including many who are alive and well and living in Boston.


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