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Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

1. Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Experience breathtaking views, refreshing sea breezes, and vividly told stories of Boston past and present, aboard this one-hour tour around Boston Harbor. Depart from Long Wharf, then Cruise past the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned US Navy war ship afloat today, marvel at the Bunker Hill Monument, and catch a glimpse of the fabled Old North End Church steeple. From expert narrators, you’ll hear heroic tales and local legends from the Revolutionary War, and learn how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest waterways in the country. The boat is equipped to give you the best view no matter the weather, with spacious outdoor viewing decks when the weather is fine, and indoor spaces with large windows if you want to be indoors. Onboard refreshments and snacks are also available for purchase.

Boston: Sunset Cruise

2. Boston: Sunset Cruise

Meet at Rowes Wharf and set off on a guided boat tour. This sunset cruise will give you unparalleled views of Boston's famous landmarks. Escape the heat and admire Boston’s beautiful skyline and the historic USS Constitution as the sun sets behind the city. Your expert guide will be able to tell you about some of the city's landmarks and history. As evening sets in, the sunset cruise will highlight popular and famous scenes set at Boston Harbor from both past and present. Snacks and cold beverages including water, juice and soda; as well as a full bar, are available on every boat.

Boston: 2.5-Hour Freedom Trail Walking Tour

3. Boston: 2.5-Hour Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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

4. 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: 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: Revolutionary Story Walking Tour

6. 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: Freedom Trail Historical Guided Walking Tour

7. 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 Tour and Interactive Quiz

8. Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour and Interactive Quiz

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.

Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

9. Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

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: Guided Night Tour with Sunset Cruise

10. Boston: Guided Night Tour with Sunset Cruise

Step back into the American Revolution and view the very best sites and attractions of Boston on a guided sunset cruise and nighttime walking tour. Join a local expert guide and uncover the story of Boston with historic highlights and personalized recommendations. Begin your tour of Boston with a pickup from your hotel in the downtown area. Kick off your night in Boston with a scenic sunset cruise on Boston Harbor. Relax and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline illuminated at night. Next, back on land, your local guide will take you on a narrated walking tour of the North End neighborhood. Stop outside the famous Skinny House, the narrowest house in Boston. See the historic Old North Church, the George Robert Fountain, and the Paul Revere House. You will have the opportunity to grab a quick pastry from Mike's Pastry at the end of your tour. Finally, be returned to your hotel in Boston so you can enjoy the rest of the night.

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What people are saying about Old North Church, Boston

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 155 reviews

Julia (Jules) was a great guide - enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable about her history, she brought the tour to life with vivid details and stories of the subjects and events of the tour. I brought two 13 year olds and a 10 year old, each who had studied the American Revolution/Colonial America in school. This was a perfect supplement to their book studies. The kids were FULLY engaged the whole time, connecting things Julia said to the things they had learned in school. My youngest said at the end, "I didn't know history could be this interesting." Thank you, Julia, for lighting a spark, bringing the past to life for us, being charming and engaging, and an excellent guide for our day in Boston!

Mark Linehan was a fantastic story teller! I highly recommend this tour even if you are not a diehard history buff. Mark made the history relevant and interesting. If you don’t mind a good solid walk (~3hours) this is a great tour.

Tour guide Kevin was great. I was happy to learn about the area. Parking was an issue.

A most enjoyable cruise, our narrator (Liz) was really good.

Very fun cruise, so much to see. Mike was a great narrator