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Tour de Hives 2014

The 4th Annual Boston Tour de Hives will engage, educate and enchant you with a first-hand look at honeybees in hives across the city, and will be guided by the humans who tend them. On Saturday June 21st come celebrate the bees on this auspicious Summer Solstice during National Pollinator Week! Hives in North Cambridge, Fresh Pond, and Newton will be featured on this year's tour, which you will visit by bicycle.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN & STRONGLY RECOMMENDED (once we reach capacity we will have to close registration and turn away walk-ins on the day of):

Highlights of this year's tour include (not necessarily in this order)....

Site A: tending warre hives at an urban elementary school, chat with teachers

Site B: honeybees and fruit at an assisted living facility, speak with residents and their beekeeper

BYO PICNIC LUNCH: Featuring Commonwheels Bicycle Collective with a free DIY bike-maintenance skill share, including free tool use

Site C: backyard beekeeping, hear from a Newton family about their home honey production

Site D: beekeeping at Fresh Pond Reservoir in Cambridge

We will gather together at John F. Kennedy Park in Cambridge at 9:00am (near the intersection of JFK Ave & Memorial Drive), divide into 4 groups and visit 2 local apiaries, convening as a large group for lunch before splitting off into 4 groups again for the final 2 sites. At each site, you will have the chance to hear from local beekeepers and meet their bees! The total ride will be ~15 miles, broken up by hive visits, snacks and lunch (no single leg will be longer than 5 miles).

Please bring a bag lunch, bicycle, helmet, and water bottle!

Don't have a bike? No problem! Rent one from Urban AdvenTours at a discounted price of $20 when you mention Tour de Hives. A one-day, $20 rental is good for 24 hours. Bikes can be picked up on June 20th during UA's store hours and dropped off after the Tour during their hours. UA is located at 103 Atlantic Ave  Boston, MA 02110. 

The registration fee of $20 covers snacks and an event T-shirt (organic & hand-printed by a local artist). Pre-register today at if you want to be sure to get a spot on the tour (and a T-shirt)! While no one will bee denied TdH access for lack of funds, once we reach capacity we will regrettably have to close registration. Please contact us if the suggested registration fee of $20 is prohibitive for you. Any proceeds raised will bee reinvested in education & outreach initiatives by the Boston Area Beekeepers Association (formerly Boston Beekeepers Club).

Many thanks to this year's supporting sponsors!

*Follow the Honey

*Ferris Wheels

*Best Bees Company


*Moonlight Meadery

*Whole Foods Fresh Pond

Our sponsors' contributions include gift certificates that will be raffled off at lunch. As part of the registration cost, each registrant will receive one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets cost $2 each. You must purchase and enter your raffle tickets at registration, so plan to arrive early!
- Two "Romance Packages" from Moonlight Meadery
- One Broadway Bicycle School class
Hubway one year membership

*By purchasing a Tour de Hives ticket participants agree and do hereby release from all liability and hold harmless The Tour de Hives (Tour), sponsored by the Boston Area Beekeepers Association and any of its volunteers representing or related to the Tour de Hives. This liability release is for any and all liability for personal injuries including death and property losses or damage in connection with any activity of the above mentioned Tour. The above named individual(s) further agree to abide by all the rules and regulations that are presented by this Tour.

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  • Sadie

    Photos are incrementally being uploaded here: If you have images to contribute please contact me and I will give you permission to upload them to this folder.

    June 22, 2014

  • Paul Q.

    They are also posted on the FB page and have been added to the GoggleDrive folder that Sadie started. Enjoy.

    June 24, 2014

  • Paul Q.

    I've just finishing posting pictures - feel free to scan and download what ever you wish.

    June 24, 2014

  • Ben G.

    Very enjoyable! Biking, sunshine, bees, education, fun people. Looking forward to the next one!

    June 24, 2014

  • Charlie l.

    Very well done on all aspects! Learned a ton!

    June 21, 2014

  • Lila M.

    This was my first Tour de Hives and it was lovely, well organized, informative and fun! And the weather was perfect. The people were great. A great day all around!

    June 21, 2014

  • Sadie

    Have you bought your Tour de Hives ticket yet? Registration closes on Friday so get one while you can! Here's a little something to sweeten the deal: Our sponsors' contributions include gift certificates that will be raffled off at lunch. As part of the registration cost, each registrant will receive one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets cost $2 each. You must (purchase and) enter your raffle tickets at registration, so please plan to arrive early!

    Prizes include:
    - Two "Romance Packages" from Moonlight Meadery
    - One Broadway Bicycle School class
    - Hubway one year membership

    2 · June 14, 2014

    • Kelsey G.

      Has registration closed already? If so, are we able to just show up and purchase tickets tomorrow morning?

      June 20, 2014

    • Lydia G.

      Registration has closed but we are accepting walk-ins tomorrow morning. We will be sending out an email to registered participants later in the evening, so if you want to get those details, you could send your email address to [masked]. See you tomorrow!

      June 20, 2014

  • Christina B.

    Sadly there is a wedding the night before and a different event the following day we had to commit to IF we even make it there on time!

    June 15, 2014

  • kate d.

    I am a third year keeper in Arlington with a cyclist husband who is a bee-helpmate. I do IT work to fund my life and have a science background.My club is the Middlesex keepers.....will try to make it!

    2 · May 11, 2014

  • Antonia L.

    I'm from Revere and looking to buy raw honey as local as possible. Message me or email [masked]

    April 9, 2014

  • lila a.

    Would like to join in. I'd like to take bee workshops in March/April, any ideas? I missed winter classes, would anyone help me? txs, Lila

    March 20, 2014

    • lila a.

      HI Bill,

      March 22, 2014

    • lila a.

      That's great about Sadie and Stephanie. I'd want to take a workshop. Where are they located? I'm in West Roxbury. How should I get in touch? txs! Lila Austin[masked]

      March 22, 2014

  • karen b.

    Went last year. It was great. We toured the city on bikes and enjoyed all the beehives scattered throughout the cities roof tops, gardens and local shops. Looking forward to this year.

    March 12, 2014

  • Sadie

    Please note the change of date! This year's Tour de Hives will now take place on the summer solstice - Sat. June 21st! Please mark your calendars accordingly and spread the word.

    January 15, 2014

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