The top requirement for the Boston TV & Movie Sites On Location Tour guides states: “must be working actors or actresses [… ] with television and film experience. Stand-up comedy, singing and improv experience is a plus.”
That is correct. The tour that takes you all around Boston, to places the other tours won’t take you, such as Southie (South Boston) and Charleston, is not just a tour, it’s a one-man show, and a very entertaining one at that.
I was impressed at how our tour guide, Javier, could talk nearly non stop for the whole tour, while at the same time operating the buttons of a DVD player remote to cue in relevant movie clips, just at the right moment.
There were times when Javier joked with us, making everyone on the bus shake with laughter. At other times he thundered and gestured wildly to make his point (about how indignant he was that some movies shot on locations in New York City pretended to be happening in Boston.)
That said, since Boston was the location not only for the famous Good Will Hunting, but also The Town, The Departed, The Heat, Boston Legal, Mystic River, Ted, Field of Dreams, and many, many other movies, there were plenty of sites to visit on this On Location Tour.
We started off with a slow drive around the Public Garden and Boston Common, and drove past the Boston Athenaeum, which sometimes pretends to be Harvard University (since the university rarely grants permission to film on site).
Then, while we were watching clips of Ted climbing the lights tower (in Ted) and Ray Kinsella having an epiphany while watching a Red Sox game (in Field of Dreams), the driver got us back up town, to the Copley Square with the John Hancock Tower, Trinity Church, and Copley Plaza Hotel, where Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Blown Away, and The Serpent and the Rainbow were shot.
And then we went to Southie.
Now, Southie, or South Boston to outsiders, is a place where few if any tours go. While the area is undergoing rapid gentrification, a few decades ago it was a working class Irish neighborhood, where you didn’t go unless you lived there, since that was a James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s territory.
But Southie is also the location of the L Street Tavern, a real bar where many scenes in Good Will Hunting were shot, and we got to stop there for a drink and sit around the tables where Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck sat.
L Street Tavern is located at 685 E. 8th Street on the corner of 8th Street and L Street. If you’d like to check it out yourself, per “Famous Movie Locations: Woody’s L Street Tavern in ‘Good Will Hunting’ (Boston)” article in Movie|Fone you need to “take the Red Line to Andrew Station and walk down Dorchester Street to E. 8th Street. Walk past G Street and H Street to L Street.”
The L Street Tavern was fun but it wasn’t the end of the tour!
The area has been gentrified beyond recognition in some sections, but still retains the urban, neighborhood feel in some parts that worked as just the right location for The Town, Celtic Pride, and others.
Now, I do need to disclose that my Boston TV & Movie Sites On Location Tour was offered free of charge by the company to participants of the Women in Travel Summit that I attended.
However, as I said, this tour is not just a tour, it’s also a show, and $39 + $2 ticket fee seems like a pretty good deal for a two-hour show.
And if you don’t believe me, the famous Kate from Adventurous Kate loved this tour as well! Check out her post “Boston Movie Tours, or, THE BACK OF MATT DAMON’S HEAD.”
Javier and On Location Tours – thank you for a very entertaining morning!
And Javier – I do wish you all the best in your career! I’m looking forward to the day, when watching you on a TV or movie screen, starring in a blockbuster, I’ll be able to say “I once went on a tour of Boston with that guy! And he was just as awesome back then!”
Buying the tickets for On Location Tours
To purchase tickets for the tour, go to the Boston TV & Movie Sites On Location Tour page.
Where To Stay in Boston
Since we are local to the area, I can’t really recommend a specific place to stay, since we usually come into the city for just a few hours and then go home for the night. But be assured, there are PLENTY of choices – TAKE YOUR PICK!
Women in Travel Summit
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