You don’t need to have just fallen off a Duck Tours boat to know this town could use a fresh way of looking at itself. Something a little more inside-out. A little funkier. A little more rock ‘n’ roll.
Something like, oh, we don’t know: a walking tour of the city with Steven Tyler?
Well, lace up your Fluevogs and juice up your cell: Through Talking Street Tours, the homegrown and legendary rocker guides you by phone to some of his favorite spots in town. Dial special numbers at designated points — from the Ether Monument in the Boston Public Garden to the site of the Molasses Flood — and hear Tyler tell you what you’re seeing and why it’s important.
His descriptions are broad enough to give tourists a proper introduction but insider and offbeat enough that locals might enjoy them all the more.
Either way, now you’ve got the 411.
Talking Street (617-262-TOUR or talkingstreet.com).