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Boston: Freedom Trail History and Architecture Walking Tour

1. Boston: Freedom Trail History and Architecture Walking Tour

Get to know and love Boston in just one morning. Come and explore the cobblestone streets, admire the architecture, and discover the history of the downtown, as lead by a local guide. You will hear stories that highlight Boston’s history and culture as you walk the Freedom Trail from Faneuil Hall to Boston Common. This tour puts it all in context for you, from the time Boston was first settled through to today’s quirky streets and mixed architecture. Sites you will encounter throughout your tour include the Old and New State House, Faneuil Hall, the Boston Massacre Site, Park Street Church, the King’s Chapel, the Old South Meeting House, the Old Granary Cemetery, the Old City Hall and First Schoolhouse Site. You will also discover the Old Corner Bookstore, Boston Common, and the Irish Famine Memorial, among others.

Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour

2. Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once you’ve downloaded the tour, your journey will begin in the center of the city at Boston Common, where you’ll hear about the founding of the city and the first murmurs of independence from Britain. Then you’ll head to the historic State House, complete with a dome of real gold. On your way to the Park Street Church (a landmark loaded with history), you’ll learn what led Britain to levy such harsh taxes against the colonies, as well as how those colonists responded. Then, at the Granary Burying Ground, you’ll have the chance to visit the graves of famous figures like Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere. After that is King’s Chapel, dating all the way back to 1754. Even older is the Latin School, up next, founded in 1635. Then it’s on to the Old South Meeting House, where you’ll get the whole story behind the famous Boston Tea Party protest. Next is the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians. Then you’ll head to the site of the infamous (and oft-misunderstood) Boston Massacre and get the truth behind that fateful night. Following a stop at the famed marketplace of Faneuil Hall, you’ll see the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway – not an official stop along the Freedom Trail, but well worth a look regardless. Continuing on, you’ll reach Paul Revere’s house, perfectly preserved since his famous Midnight Ride. Past that is the Old North Church, where Revere famously asked for “one lantern if by land, two if by sea.” The next stop is almost impossible to miss — it’s the USS Constitution. This enormous ship, nicknamed Old Ironsides, is enough to make the trip worth it all on its own. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Bunker Hill Monument, memorializing a pivotal battle during the Revolutionary War. Your tour concludes here.

Boston: City History and Highlights Audio App Walking Tour

3. Boston: City History and Highlights Audio App Walking Tour

Enjoy an ode to one of America’s historical cities on this self-guided walking tour app. Travel from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground to the George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden. See landmark buildings and monuments and uncover the story of the founding of the country with the audio guide. Begins in one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, the North End. Listen to tidbits from the Colonial and Revolutionary history of the area and travel as far back as 1692 with a visit to the grave of Cotton Mather, the minister at the hysterical heart of the Salem Witch Trials.  Journey to the Old North Church and to unlock the pre-Revolution years, when Paul Revere organized the midnight riders so they could alert the Minutemen of the arrival of the British. Breathe in the aromas of Little Italy’s restaurants and bakeries to get to the Paul Revere House. Take a stroll along the Rose Kennedy Greenway while you hear about Boston’s ”Big Dig.” Shop around the Quincy Market or catch some of the area’s regular street performers while finding out about Faneuil Hall and one of America’s fiercest proponents of liberty, Samuel Adams.  Stop by the Old State House to hear how future president John Adams magnanimously defended perpetrators of the Boston Massacre. Learn about the two choices that Irish families faced in the 1800s while passing by the Boston Irish Famine Memorial. Explore the Granary Burying Ground to see where John Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere are laid to rest. Soak up local stories as you hear about who sent the signal from the Old North Church steeple to Paul Revere and what Revere did after the revolution.  Engage with the past as you find out how 2 million gallons of molasses congealed in the North End in 1919. Uncover the answer to factoids like if Samuel Adams really brewed beer and what led to the creation of America’s first public park, the Boston Common.

Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

4. Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

Start in the city of Boston and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes. Hear the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Immerse yourself in the stories of the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. Uncover Boston's historic and storied past while enjoying its beautiful harbor views between South Station and Long Wharf. Then, travel to the city of Cambridge outside Boston and explore the heart of Harvard University's campus at Harvard Square. Use the app to take a self-guided walking tour that covers must-see campus sights like the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, and former dorm rooms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more. Next, discover Cape Ann with a self-guided driving tour along the scenic waterfront. Enjoy the vistas, beaches, and natural beauty of the New England coastline at your own pace. Visit the famous Fisherman's Memorial, beautiful Beauport, all while diving into the stories of Massachusetts of days past. Continue to Cape Cod and see its quintessential lighthouses and sandy beaches. As you drive, learn more about the Cape’s seafaring traditions, Pilgrim history, and miles of beautiful beaches. From Barnstable to Provincetown, visit Nauset Lighthouse, First Encounter Beach, Marconi Station, and more.

Boston: Walking the Freedom Trail Exploration Game

5. Boston: Walking the Freedom Trail Exploration Game

Trace the steps of the Founding Fathers of the United States with a self-guided city exploration game on your phone. Discover buildings and landmarks related to the American War of Independence as you explore Boston at your own pace. Start the game at Massachusetts State House and explore at your own pace. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. See the Old City Hall, the Boston Massacre Sites well as many other local landmarks within the city related to the Founding Fathers. Park. Pause the game at any time to explore points of interest further on a fully self-guided adventure. Resume your tour from any location where you paused it. Finally, finish up your exploration of Boston at the statue of Samuel Adams.

Boston History and Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Boston History and Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Wander along Boston's Freedom Trail with this audio guide. Walk from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground to the George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden and unlock the story behind the nation’s beginnings as you listen to the voice of Gregg Squeglia, a local history fanatic. Start your walk in one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, the North End, and learn about the Colonial and Revolutionary history of the area. Travel as far back as 1692 with a visit to the grave of Cotton Mather, the minister at the heart of the Salem Witch Trials. Next, journey to the Old North Church and the pre-Revolution years, when Paul Revere organized the midnight riders so they could alert the Minutemen that the British were coming. Waft past the aromas of Little Italy’s restaurants and bakeries to get to the Paul Revere House, before enjoying a stroll along the Rose Kennedy Greenway while you learn about Boston’s ”Big Dig.” Afterward, take a moment to shop around Quincy Market or catch some of the area’s regular street performers as you learn about Faneuil Hall and one of America’s fiercest proponents of liberty, Samuel Adams. Stop by the Old State House to hear how president John Adams magnanimously defended perpetrators of the Boston Massacre. Learn about the two choices that Irish families faced in the 1800s as you pass by the Boston Irish Famine Memorial en route to visit Adams’ grave in the Granary Burying Ground. Feel free to start, pause, or restart at any time and complete your visit at your own pace. If your travel plans change, you can use the audio guide on any date of your choice  or use the virtual in-app option for an at-home experience.

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What people are saying about Boston Memorial to the Irish Famine

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 101 reviews

Excellent tour, very easy to use in conjunction with the Freedom Trail red bricks. We learned so much that we have to say as Brits we were ashamed we simply didn’t know! Loved the way it picked up where we were on the GPS and started playing info. Everything was delivered in well measured chunks so you didn’t feel you were standing around for too long but also were not being rushed.

Very straightforward to use and informative. We decided to do the Freedom Trail in reverse and the GPS worked really well. It was great to be able to take the trip at our own pace.

Great way to tour the most historic parts of Boston on your own schedule. The app does a great job of starting the audio as you approach different points of interest.

Detailed and easy to follow guide to Boston. Best thing is that you can pause and restart as you wish, no need to do the whole tour in one go

It was very helpful having the information when visiting each historic site/monument, it brought them to life.