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Boston: 2.5-Hour Freedom Trail Walking Tour

1. 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

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: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour

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

5. Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley 1-Day 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: 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: Death and Dying Walking Ghost Tour

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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: Ghost-Themed Self-Guided Walking Tour

10. Boston: Ghost-Themed Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore the supernatural side of Boston on this spooky self-guided walking tour. Benefit from the flexibility of a self-guided tour via an app that functions as a guide, audio tour, and map in one. Experience a tour developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Begin your bone-chilling walk at Boylston Street Station, where a gas explosion killed several workers. Some believe it was an accident, but others wonder if the countless graves dug up during construction had something to do with it. From there, walk through the Central Burying Ground and the Boston Common, hearing the sordid history of unmarked graves, unsettled corpses, and the site’s history of executions. Then, arrive at the majestic Boston Athenaeum, a beautiful building hiding something grim inside: a book bound in human skin. But you’ll learn that’s not the only creepy thing about this place. Next, move on to the Granary Burying Ground, where many of America’s revolutionary founders have been laid to rest. Pick up some historical facts and learn how some of them might still be lurking around this very graveyard. Explore the King’s Chapel Burying Ground next. Many bodies lie beneath the ground here and at least one wasn’t dead when he was buried. Some visitors report that they can still hear him scratching at the lid of his coffin. Take a break from graveyards and visit Boston’s most haunted hotel, the Omni Parker House. Visitors have reported spectral sights, sounds, and smells on nearly every floor of this storied hotel. After that, hear about a fraudulent photographer who tried to capitalize on Boston’s hauntings, then head toward the Old State House, which houses a cursed artifact responsible for a great deal of suffering. Next, visit the site of the Boston Massacre and hear about the supernatural panic that swept across the city during an 1800s tuberculosis outbreak. After that, pass by Fort Warren and the Pilot House and hear about the vengeful Lady in Black and the seemingly harmless Lady in White. Continue on to the Old North Church which sits atop a crypt where the residents aren’t always content to stay dead. Finally, conclude your tour at Copp's Hill Burying Ground, an appropriately unsettling final stop of the tour. Throughout the tour, enjoy animated videos to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms.

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What people are saying about Old State House

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4.4 / 5

based on 514 reviews

Wow! What an amazing experience! Sully (our guide) was very knowledgeable and provided a wonderful tour of the city. Food, history, points of interest, and so much more. This tour is a MUST for anyone wanting to experience Boston in a short time. The food stops were all wonderful, but my favorite was Caffé Vittoria (the first Italian cafe in Boston) where we enjoyed a cappuccino and the BEST cannoli I’ve ever eaten. We enjoyed this stop so much, we went back twice after the tour! Sully provided many recommendations for restaurants, etc. throughout the tour, which we greatly appreciated. Knowing where the locals go to grab a lobster roll or clam chowder is just what we needed to know (Union Oyster House did not disappoint on either account). Tips: wear comfortable clothing, your best walking shoes, dress in layers (you will get warm from all the walking), make sure to wear sunscreen (don’t forget your neck), and be open to taking in the whole experience.

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!

Great tour! Guide gives the best history lesson you ever received while making it fun. We would even take the tour again. Highly recommend this one!

Mark was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable on history facts! Had a great time!

Great ride! Driver was great! Very interesting, well informed, great personality!