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Boston: Guided Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail

1. Boston: Guided Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail

See all 16 of Boston's iconic Freedom Trail sites in a single tour with an experienced guide. Learn about famous Americans like Paul Revere and John Hancock, along with lesser-known stories of women, African Americans, and immigrant patriots and pioneers. Start your tour just inside the Boston Common at the back of the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, located at the corner of Park and Beacon Streets. 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. Along the way, learn about the explosive events of the American Revolution like the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre in the places they happened. See Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel, the Benjamin Franklin Statue, the Old Corner Bookstore, the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, the Boston Massacre Site, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, the USS Constitution, and Bunker Hill Monument.

Boston: 1.5-Hour Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

2. Boston: 1.5-Hour Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

Explore Boston’s sordid past on this “frightseeing” ghost tour of Boston. Prepare yourself for an evening of fun, scares, and ghost stories guided by a 17th-century gravedigger. Your tour guide is dying to tell you tales of Boston’s dead in their own unusual way. On this tour visit the streets where the Boston Strangler once prowled and hear local tales of murder and mayhem, ghosts and ghouls. At Copp’s Hill Burying Ground and Granary Burying Ground, depart from the trolley and explore Boston’s two oldest burying grounds on foot. Be warned, you never know what kind of ghoulish creatures you may encounter as you explore the gravesites of John Hancock, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and others. Travel back in time and learn about the spirits of notorious characters who lived and died in Boston.

Boston: Small Group Freedom Trail History Walking Tour

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

4. 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.

Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

5. Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Note: Each tour covers essential sights and takes 2-3 hours, over 3+ miles. 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. Shifting the scene to Salem, begin at the Salem Visitor Center. Learn about the Salem Witch Trials at the dedicated memorial and the Old Burying Point Cemetery. Stop by historic spots like the Old Town Hall, the Joshua Ward House, and Gedney House. Marvel at the Witch House and end your tour at The House of the Seven Gables, immersing yourself in the haunting history of Salem's Witch Trials. This Bundle Includes: • Freedom Trail • Bunker Hill Monument • Harvard Square • Boston Harbor • Boston Ghost • Cambridge (Bonus Tour)

Boston: City History and Highlights Audio App Walking Tour

6. 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.

Boston: Freedom Trail Tour w/ Bunker Hill & USS Constitution

7. Boston: Freedom Trail Tour w/ Bunker Hill & USS Constitution

If you are looking for a tour that covers the entire Freedom Trail, this is it! This is the most comprehensive tour of the Freedom Trail you will find and includes all stops, including actually visiting Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution. We even add in four or five extra stops that enrich the revolutionary story. The Freedom Trail connects sixteen locations in historic Boston. Each is interesting in its own right, but together, they tell the story of the conflicts that lead to the Colonist’s decision to risk everything they held dear and challenge the greatest military power in the world for the right to govern themselves. Your tour will include a stop at each of the sites to learn its significance in the events that lead to the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the battles of Lexington and Concord, the Battle of Bunker Hill and the subsequent departure of British forces from Boston. The focus is on the people and key events of the Revolution. What really happened, who made it happen, and the outcomes of events like the Tea Party, Boston Massacre, and Battle of Bunker Hill. You'll learn more about familiar names like Adams, Revere and Washington and meet the relatively unknown heroes and heroines like Margaret Kemble Gage, Dr. Joseph Warren and the firebrand lawyer, James Otis. If you’re a secret history nerd or seek an experience that digs deeper than the run-of-the-mill tour, please join us. Group sizes are always small so we can chat, ask questions and enjoy a memorable day!

Boston History and Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. 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.

Boston: Ghost-Themed Self-Guided Walking Tour

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

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Note: This 2+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Ghost of Boston in 1-2 hours. 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.

Best of Boston: Full-Day Private Tour

10. Best of Boston: Full-Day Private Tour

The afternoon starts in Boston's North End neighborhood, aka "Little Italy", with a cannoli and a coffee/tea and stories about the early immigrants that led to Boston's heritage today. Proceed to stroll through the historical neighborhood, and listen to history come to live through hilarious stories about Boston's past. See Paul Revere's house, Bunker Hill monument, and more! Visit the Old North church, famous for Paul Revere's lanterns! Free time for lunch to either grab a cup of chowdah and cool off with a tall pint at the oldest restaurant in America or have lunch at a local farm-to-table market with 20+ different vendors. After lunch, follow the Freedom Trail through Boston's historic center while learning about the city's part in the American Revolution. See famous sights such as Faneuil Hall, Old Corner Book Store, Old Granary Burial Ground, Old State House, King's Chapel, and more! Proceed to stroll through the picturesque Beacon Hill, Boston's most prestigious historical neighborhood. Take a picture on Acorn Street, widely believed to be "North America's most photographed street"! Finish the tour exploring Boston Common and the Public Garden, while listening to tales about the colorful characters making up the city's past. Hear the lesser known stories behind Boston's beloved Make Way for Ducklings statue! Learn about the tumultuous story behind the first surgery performed with anesthesia! End the day at Copley Square, home to some of Boston's most spectacular architecture! Where no expense was spared during Boston's "Gilded Age" to build famous cultural, religious, and educational marvels! See Copley Library, Trinity Church, Old South Church, and more!

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4.7
(601 reviews)

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.

Rob Crean is incredibly fun, entertaining and ofc knowledgeable as well, and the whole trip is super enjoyable. History and better understanding of the city are gained in a fun way. Definitely recommend it!

So so so much fun. Our guide was amazing and fun and told great spooky stories about Boston. Highly recommend

Great guide. Would recommend the tour at dusk or later for the full experience.

Knowledgeable guide. Fun and humorous. Walking pace is good too.