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Boston: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail

1. Boston: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail

See all 16 of Boston's Iconic Freedom Trail sites in a single 2.5-hour tour with an experienced guide. Learn about icons like Paul Revere and John Hancock, along with lesser-known stories of women, African Americans, and immigrant patriots and pioneers. Discover tales of rebels, gangs, and Midnight Riders, with a few cheap dad jokes for good measure. Gain an understanding of Boston's role in the American Revolution and how the city became a pioneer in the fields of abolition, American education, and immigration. Start your tour opposite the Massachusetts State House and finish in the North End with the best view of the Charlestown Freedom Trail sites. Along the way, experience the explosive events of the American Revolution like the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre in the places they happened.

Boston: Historic Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail

2. Boston: Historic Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail

Learn about the tumultuous 15-year period that culminated in the American Revolution on this small-group walking tour. As you walk through Boston, you’ll follow the footsteps of colonial Bostonians, all of whom grappled with the difficult question of loyalty or rebellion to crown and country. Start your walking tour on Boston Common, where the Freedom Trail originates. From there, you'll begin your walk along the historic Freedom Trail with your guide. Along the way, learn the significance of landmarks such as the Granary Burying Ground, the Old South Meeting House, the Boston Massacre Site, the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and more. Your walking tour concludes at either Faneuil Hall (1.5-hour option) or Copp's Hill Terrace (2.5-hour option). The 1.5-hour tour visits 11 of 16 official Freedom Trail landmarks and the 2.5-hour tour includes views of all 16 official landmarks.

Boston: 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Ticket

3. Boston: 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Ticket

Discover Boston onboard an enchanting hop-on and hop-off trolley to see all the historic sights at your own pace. The 1-day hop-on hop-off open-air trolley ticket gives you access to 9 stops, all conveniently located close to the city’s premier attractions. Friendly tour guides are on board, ready to narrate your tour, and you can join and end the tour at any of the stops along the route. Jump off in neighborhoods such as North End and Beacon Hill to explore further. Take the full 1-hour circuit non-stop to get a great orientation of downtown Boston, or spend the day exploring in your own time. Hop-on and hop-off trolley stops: • New England Aquarium - Shuttle and Ferry - Quincy Market – Faneuil Hall • Paul Revere House - Little Italy • North End - Old North Church • USS Constitution - Old Ironsides • North Station - TD Bank Garden Sports Museum • Old State House - Faneuil Hall – Boston Massacre - Government Center • Boston Common - Public Garden • State House - Beacon Hill • South Station - Convention Center - Children’s Museum

Boston: North End, Freedom Trail Food & History Walking Tour

4. Boston: North End, Freedom Trail Food & History Walking Tour

Learn about Boston's own Little Italy district of North End and its rich culinary scene. Also, learn about the significant role the city played during the American Revolution on a fascinating guided walking tour of Boston.  Make your way through to the heart of the North End, home to some of the city’s oldest buildings and renowned for its variety of food offerings. Try some fresh bread and Italian meats and cheeses at a hidden bakery. You will also indulge in some sweet local pastries. On the Freedom Trail, explore the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street, and the historic Custom House Tower. Then, head over to Old City Hall, which was the birthplace of public education in America. Don’t forget to get a picture of the bronzed Donkey outside the entrance Your tour will finish at the Boston Public Garden. Enjoy the rest of your day relaxing in the park and its beautiful surroundings. 

Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour

5. Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour

Embark on an adventure through the United States' history and discover fascinating stories about Colonial America and the Revolutionary War. On this self-guided tour, led by GPS, explore Boston’s Freedom Trail at your own pace and learn about this fascinating period of history. Begin the experience in the center of the city at Boston Common. Hear stories about the common’s history and how the first settlers founded the city. Next stop is Massachusetts State House followed by the 54th Regiment Memorial where you’ll learn about the Civil War. Continue to Park Street Church and discover the importance of this landmark, then find out about the iconic figures buried at the Granary Burying Ground. Arrive at the Latin School next, one of the city’s most notable attractions due to its impressive alumni. From here, reach the Old South Meeting, built in 1729, then explore the Boston Massacre site and hear about the incident that occurred here. Faneuil Hall, the Holocaust Memorial, Haymarket, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, make up the last leg of the tour, which ends at the Bunker Hill Monument.

Boston: Self-Guided Freedom Trail Walking Audio Tour w/ App

6. Boston: Self-Guided Freedom Trail Walking Audio Tour w/ App

Discover Boston's Revolutionary history on a Freedom Trail self-guided audio walking tour with an app. Explore historic downtown Boston, the North End, and Charlestown all at your own pace and without the crowds. Simply press start and follow the arrow on the app to find your next stop, listening to professional narration along your way. Head off on a historical adventure through Boston's colorful past with this self-guided tour of the Freedom Trail. Start by walking through downtown Boston and see the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Sam Adams grave, Old South, and much more. Then, continue by following the directions on your app to Boston's North End. See Paul Revere's House, Copp's Hill Burial Ground, Old North, and more to truly get a flavor of what this part of the city has to offer. Carry on to Charlestown to see Bunker Hill, the USS Constitution, and more. Best of all, take the tour anytime, at your own pace, and on your own schedule. This tour never expires on your downloaded app, so you can take it as many times as you like.

Boston: Revolutionary Story Walking Tour

7. Boston: Revolutionary Story Walking Tour

Follow the story of the American Revolution chronologically through the streets of Boston on this guided walking tour. Enjoy a tour that places a lot less emphasis on the facts and the dates and a lot more on the passions, personalities, and psychologies driving the events. See historic landmarks where events such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere occurred. As you walk around, the sightseeing is synchronized with and unfolds to the storytelling. During the tour, begin to connect the characters, moments, and landmarks together, following the story from the settling of Boston to the Declaration of Independence. This tour is designed for the curious visitor who wants to do more than just scratch the surface. 

Boston: Death and Dying Walking Ghost Tour

8. Boston: Death and Dying Walking Ghost Tour

Discover the ghosts of Boston with a tour for those aged 16 and above. Listen as your guide tells you about death and afterlife in Colonial America. Hear the stories pf the hauntings of Boston. Be greeted by your guide at the old State House and visit chilling locations like the Boston Common, the Custom House, the Boston Athenaeum, the Old South Meeting House, the Omni Parker House Hotel, and the Granary Burying Ground. Stop at King’s Chapel Burial Ground where a headless woman never fulfilled her journey to the afterlife. Uncover the story of a man who was buried alive in this cemetery.

Boston: Freedom Trail Historical Guided Walking Tour

9. Boston: Freedom Trail Historical Guided Walking Tour

Walk the Freedom Trail with your own personal storytelling historian guide in Boston. Visit must-see spots from the green fields of Boston Common to the wood-sided slats of the Paul Revere House. Learn the history behind these spots. Start your tour at the Boston Common Park. Move along the trail to important meeting halls, churches, graveyards, and homes. Notable sites include the Park Street Church, Faneuil Hall, the Massachusetts State House, Old State House, Old North Church, Paul Revere House, and many others. Stand upon the very spot where the Boston Massacre emboldened a new vision of America's future. Let your storytelling guide relay the events, actions, and figures important to these stops along the tour. See the past come to life. Hear of the American Revolution's key events as you make your way into the beloved North End neighborhood. Part history, part cultural icon, the North End offers key sites like the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church which live alongside the story of Boston's prolific immigrant communities. To conclude your walk, your guide will point you in the direction of your own cultural and culinary exploration in North End, Boston’s “Little Italy” neighborhood, famed for its Italian and Irish heritage.

Boston: Freedom Trail Self Guided Walking Audio Tour

10. Boston: Freedom Trail Self Guided Walking Audio Tour

Experience the beauty of the Freedom Trail of Boston on a self-guided walking tour. See the famous places like Boston Common Visitor Center, Park Street Church, Boston State House, and more with the magic of an audio guide. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. Start your tour at the Boston Common Visitor Center. Walk towards the north for a great view of the Boston State House, topped with a real gold dome. Visit the iconic Robert G Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial, historic Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, and the Old South Meeting House. You will pass by the Old Corner Bookstore, and continue to the Old State House, which has the distinct honor of being the place where the declaration of Independence was read aloud to the people of Boston. The next landmark is the Boston Massacre. Here, you will get a chance to untangle the truth behind this oft-misunderstood event. Continue to see the Faneuil Hall, a regal structure that witnessed countless historical events. Admire the iconic Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, before continuing to the USS Constitution. It is known by its nickname Old Ironsides.  Finally, reach the Bunker Hill Monument, commemorating one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Explore the city with a smartphone GPS navigated audio tour at your own pace and schedule.

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What people are saying about Old State House

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We had a wonderful walking experience along the Boston Freedom Trail with lots of details on all the important historic sights. Moreover, our guide Julia did an outstanding job despite all the noises of fire brigades and helicopters around us.

Fantastic walking tour! Our guide Sam was not only knowledge about the Freedom trail sights, but mixed in some humor and knowledge about other sights in Boston as we walked by them.

The tour was fantastic. I like loved being able to turn it off and on when I wanted to spend additional time at any given site. Definitely recommend.

Our guide, Drew was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Most of our tour was a discussion, casual but informative.

Our guide, Sam Jones, was very knowledgeable and excited to share the history of Boston! I enjoyed every minute!