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Bunker Hill Monument, Boston

Bunker Hill Monument, Boston

Bunker Hill Monument, Boston: Our most recommended tours and activities

Boston Duck Tour: The Original and World-Famous

1. Boston Duck Tour: The Original and World-Famous

Make a splash on an 80-minute “Duck” tour of Boston and see the city from the land and water on one non-stop journey. Climb aboard your World War II-style amphibious landing vehicle at the Museum of Science or Prudential Center, and set off to discover unique neighborhoods. You will be welcomed on board by one of the legendary “ConDUCKtors®” who will narrate your tour and tell you about Boston as the birthplace of freedom and place of “firsts.” Travel by the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill, and continue to Boston Common and Copley Square. Hear about the “Big Dig,” and marvel at fashionable Newbury Street. Go to historic Quincy Market, and more. As the best of Boston unfolds, your “ConDUCKtor®” will give you lots of little-known facts and interesting insights into the heritage of the city. Then, just when you think you've seen it all, it's time for a splash into the Charles River. Enjoy views of Boston and Cambridge that you won't get anywhere else. All tours feature a fun, informative local guide. In addition, Boston Duck Tours has invested in providing the best experience in Boston for visitors far and wide with its new GPS activated foreign language app that guests can download and use on tour. The app breaks down the language barrier, providing imagery as well as narration in languages including Spanish, German, Mandarin, French, Japanese, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean and Cantonese on all tours. Please bring your own headphones.

Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

2. Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Board a sightseeing cruise in Boston and take a tour around Boston Harbor. Experience breathtaking views, refreshing sea breezes, and vividly told stories of Boston's past and present as you admire the city's sights from the water. Depart from Long Wharf, then Cruise past the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned US Navy warship afloat today, marvel at the Bunker Hill Monument, and catch a glimpse of the fabled Old North End Church steeple. Hear heroic tales told by expert narrators and learn about local legends from the Revolutionary War. You'll also discover how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest waterways in the country. Enjoy 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: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

3. Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Walking Audio 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. Here, you’ll turn back the clock all the way to the city’s founding in the 1930s, then learn about the first murmurs of independence from Britain. You’ll get to know the Stamp Act Riots, the Liberty Tree, and much more! Then you’ll head to the historic State House (complete with a dome of real gold!) and find out about the time capsule placed there in 1795. On your way to the Park Street Church (a landmark loaded with history), you’ll stop by the memorial to Robert Gould Shaw, famous for his role in a different war: The Civil War! Then, return to the 1700s and 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 graves of famous figures like Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere! After that is King’s Chapel, the first Anglican church in Boston, which dates all the way back to 1754! Even older is the Latin School, up next, founded in 1635. Benjamin Franklin, Robert Paine, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams all studied here! Then it’s on to the Old South Meeting House, where you’ll get the many ins and outs of the true 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 (where you’ll find just about any kind of refreshments you need), you’ll see the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway. It may not be an official stop along the Freedom Trail, but this gorgeous urban park is well worth a look regardless! Continuing on, you’ll get a great look at the historic Custom House, one of Boston’s most iconic structures, before reaching 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. Here, you’ll get familiar with some of the old warship’s most nail-biting battles. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Bunker Hill Monument, memorializing a pivotal battle during the Revolutionary War. Your tour concludes here, but there’s lots more of Boston to see, including a bonus tour which dives deep into the Battle of Bunker Hill itself!

Boston: Small Group Freedom Trail History Walking Tour

4. Boston: Small Group Freedom Trail History Walking Tour

Learn about the tumultuous 15-year period that culminated in the American Revolution on this small-group tour. As you walk through the heart of Boston with a local guide, 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. As your guide leads your small group along the Freedom Trail, hear gripping stories from Revolutionary Boston and learn the significance of landmarks such as Granary Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House, the Boston Massacre Site, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, and more. Your walking tour concludes in Boston's North End on Copp's Hill Terrace, steps from the Old North Church and delicious Italian restaurants. This final viewpoint allows guests to see the U.S.S Constitution and Bunker Hill Monument over in Charlestown. Guests will thus see all 16 official landmarks that comprise the Freedom Trail.

Boston: New England Harbor Cruise

5. Boston: New England Harbor Cruise

Boston Harbor is home to 34 islands and nearly every island has a story to tell. From its fortifications and hauntings to lighthouses and wildlife sanctuaries, the harbor is full of rich and unique history that will keep your attention throughout the trip.  Notable things to see include the Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Cassin Young, the USS Constitution, Fort Independence, Boston's Seaport District, and Spectacle Island. The motor yacht's design was inspired by classic New England 1920s style steamships. She is one of the most comfortable and versatile cruise vessels in the Boston Harbor. She is 115-feet in length, features six bathrooms and provides ample seating throughout the ship. She is built for taking groups of people on spectacular sightseeing adventures. Thus, she is excellent for taking out groups of friends and family to see the harbor. Sit back and relax in the climate-controlled cabin or enjoy the sea breeze on the open top deck. During your harbor cruise, the captain will provide narration and the crew will be around to assist in making your trip more comfortable. Be sure to visit the fully stocked bar on the main deck to purchase refreshments.

Downtown Boston Harbor Weekend Cruise with Brunch

6. Downtown Boston Harbor Weekend Cruise with Brunch

Weekends are a time for relaxing and getting your days started the right way. Join a Mimosa and Bloody Mary Cruise aboard the elegant Northern Lights to jump start your relaxation mode. While aboard, choose from a variety of mimosas and bloody Mary's. Enjoy the gourmet brunch buffet and select a cozy seat aboard the Northern Lights as you cruise around Boston Harbor to capture panoramic views of Boston. This is the perfect event for groups looking to entertain guests from out of town. You can see the sites without giving up a relaxing weekend. Small bridal parties can be accommodated and next day wedding parties. The Brunch Cruise offers the perfect event for individuals or a group looking to celebrate and relax. Also, see historic sites along the harbor such as: the harbor islands (Castle Island, Deer Island, Spectacle Island, Long Island, Lovells Island, Georges Island) Independence Fort, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Cassin Young, USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston’s Seaport District with historic Fishing Markets and Boston’s incredible skyline.  Brunch features a diverse buffet menu to suit all palettes: Assorted Pastries, Scones, and Croissants Freshly Sliced Fruit and Berries Yogurt Cranberry Granola Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Jalapeno Bagels Scrambled Eggs with Herbs and English Cheddar (vegetarian) Roasted Potato and Sweet Potato Hash (vegetarian) Nueske’s Bacon and Chicken Apple Sausage. Summer Salad Please contact us in advance to inform us of any food allergies. Please note we cannot accommodate all food allergies, but we will do our best if given advance notice.

Boston: Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise

7. Boston: Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise

Board a luxury classic yacht decked out in holiday décor and set sail for a 1.5-hour evening cruise on Boston Harbor. Listen to holiday classics and get into the holiday spirit with friends and family. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous views of Boston from the heated salon of a 1920s-style New England yacht. Holiday tunes will be played throughout the cruise. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Boston skyline with iconic sites such as the Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution, and the Marriott Custom House Tower.

Boston: The Revolution Story Epic Small Group Walking Tour

8. Boston: The Revolution Story Epic Small Group Walking Tour

A comprehensive exploration of Boston's original neighborhoods and a complete retelling of the American story from the founding of Boston to the Declaration of Independence. Unlike most tours which limit themselves exclusively to what's on the Freedom Trail - walking from one end to the other and providing short highlights and separate overviews of each stop - this tour pulls everything together into an immersive citywide narrative: recreating the drama and recapturing the energy that invented America. We visit 14 iconic Freedom Trail landmarks in the same order in which the history unfolded, bringing to life the passions, personalities, and psychologies behind world changing events like The Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, and Battle of Bunker Hill. We also explore all of Boson's original neighborhoods (including those not on the Freedom Trail) covering both the major sights and hidden gems so you'll enjoy the charm of the old town while getting a real sense of the beautiful and booming modern city as well. No big crowds or silly costumes. The story incorporates insights from the most prestigious scholars in the field and is presented with light-hearted humor and enthusiasm; it will be equally educational as entertaining for history buffs and newcomers alike. 15-minute break at Quincy Market & entrance into Faneuil Hall (when open) included. Awarded Boston Magazine's Best Historical Tour in 2022 Characters include (but are not limited to) Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, Samual Adams, John Hancock, & John Adams. Events include (but are not limited to) the founding of Boston, the Stamp Act Riots, the Boston Tea Party, the occupation of Boston, the Boston Massacre, Lexington & Concord, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Sights include (but are not limited to) Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel, Old City Hall, Old Corner Book Store, the USS Constitution, the Old South Meeting House, the Paul Revere House, the Old State House, Old North Church, and the Bunker Hill Monument.

Boston: Scenic Harbor Cruise (Dog-Friendly)

9. Boston: Scenic Harbor Cruise (Dog-Friendly)

Enjoy a relaxing sightseeing cruise with the entire family — dogs included. As you sail along the Boston Harbor, see beautiful views of the skyline and tick off the city highlights. Start from Rowes Wharff and glide past such historic landmarks like the Federal Courthouse, the Seaport District, and the working pier. Enjoy snacks and drinks available on board as you take photos of the Boston skyline. See the historic USS Constitution, the US Navy's oldest warship, in her berth in the Charleston Navy Yard. Finish the cruise at the North End of the harbor and head back to Rowes Wharf.

Boston: Group Tour with Boat Cruise

10. Boston: Group Tour with Boat Cruise

Your tour will begin with a friendly tour guide picking you up directly from your hotel in downtown Boston. You'll embark on a thrilling adventure, exploring the city's top attractions and visitor experiences in the comfort of one of our complimentary vehicles. Throughout the tour, your guide will provide informative narration, enriching your journey with historical insights and fascinating stories. The first stop on your itinerary is the renowned Harvard University. Immerse yourself in the prestigious atmosphere as you visit the bronze statue of John Harvard, one of the university's founders. Your guide will lead you through the captivating grounds, allowing you to appreciate the stunning architecture and picturesque scenery. Next, you'll venture to the historic Bunker Hill Monument, a magnificent 221-foot (67m) granite structure that commemorates one of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Step back in time as you explore the grounds and learn about the significant events that took place here in 1775. Continuing your adventure, you'll make your way to the View Boston observation deck, where panoramic views await. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, this state-of-the-art observation deck offers 360-degree vistas of the cityscape, from historic landmarks to modern skyscrapers. Prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor on a relaxing 60-minute boat cruise (seasonal, operating May - November only, replaced with admission to the New England Aquarium in the winter months). As you sail through the harbor, you'll pass by historical sites, including the site of the infamous Boston Tea Party. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the cozy ride while taking in the beauty and charm of the city's waterfront. After a day filled with adventure and exploration, your guide will escort you back to your downtown Boston hotel. Reflect on the unforgettable memories you've made and unwind as you immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the city.

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March 24 so a bit off season, enable a smaller crowd so Inhad excellent indoor seating. Too cold for outdoors songlad for the comfortable indoors. had tosser near cold airflow from am ac unit, but otherwise comfortable. great views. friendly staff.

Matthew was amazing. Two and half hours flew by with his incredible knowledge. We did the tour on Easter Sunday so we had to deal with church bells, ringing for an hour and matthew was great about making sure that everyone in the group heard him.

One of the best perfect app ever at her own convenient time and no one is holding us back. Lots of good information. We got so much out of it highly recommend for anyone.

It was pouring rain the day we went so it wasn't ideal, but the activity was great. It was very informative and enjoyable.

Nick was a great tour guide - very engaging, entertaining, and extremely informative. A perfect tour!