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Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

1. Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

Enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour aboard Boston’s charming orange and green Old Town Trolley and visit more than 100 points of interest in the city at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to hop on or off all day and discover sights like the Boston State House, Liberty Wharf, and the Charlestown Navy Yard. Take in double-decker height views while protected from the elements. The comfortable enclosed trolleys allow you to experience elevated viewing come rain, snow, or shine. Choose between 1-day and 2-day ticket options with free unlimited re-boarding. The Boston Trolley tour covers all the major areas including downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the theater district, and the waterfront. Conductors narrate the tour, offering a fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. There are 14 stops conveniently located close to over 100 points of interest in Boston, these are: • Stop 1: New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace (200 Atlantic Ave) . • Stop 2: Historic North End (561 Commercial Street) • Stop 3: USS Constitution/Charlestown Navy Yard (Constitution Road between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave.) • Stop 4: North Station/TD Bank Garden (Westbound side of Causeway Street between Beverly Street and Accolon Way.) • Stop 5: Old State House (State Street between Washington and Congress Streets, across from Old State House Museum) * Stop 6: Beacon Hill/Antique Row (Charles Street at the corner of Mount Vernon Street) • Stop 7: Cheers Bar "The Original" (84 Beacon Street) • Stop 8: Prudential Center/View Boston Observatory (40 Dalton St.) • Stop 9: Christian Science Plaza/Symphony Hall (120 Huntington Avenue) • Stop 10: Copley Place Shopping Galleries (100 Huntington Ave #92 in front of the Marriott Copley Place Hotel) • Stop 11: Copley Square/Trinity Church (Boylston St & Clarendon, directly opposite 545 Boylston St.) • Stop 12: Old Town Trolley Welcome Center (Charles Street South at Boylston Street and Park Plaza.) • Stop 13: Boston State House/ Boston Common/Beacon Hill (Beacon Street at Park Street. - directly across from the State House) • Stop 14: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum (discounted admission included) (Sleeper Street - directly in front of 313 Congress St.)

Boston: Guided Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail

2. 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: Freedom Trail Walking Tour

3. Boston: Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the patriots Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, Crispus Attucks, and John Adams as you explore Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail. Hear tales of the brave Bostonians and the small band of patriots who dared to challenge the strongest power of the 18th century. Listen carefully in the precincts of Faneuil Hall and hear the echoes of patriotic orators like Samuel Adams and James Otis advocating independence and revolution in the name of liberty. Remember the blood in the snow outside the Old State House on the night of the Boston Massacre, and enjoy the green serenity of Boston Common, America's oldest public park. Hear tales of the bravery, tenacity, and human frailty of the men and women whose outrage planted the seeds of representative government in the fertile soil of a new land as your knowledgeable, period-costumed guide navigates your party through a veritable living museum of American history. Eleven of the sixteen official Freedom Trail historic sites are featured during the 90-minute tour (approximately 1 mile) along the unique, red-lined, urban walking trail with plenty of time for questions and photographs. To experience a different spin on this iconic tour, try the Reverse Walk Into History option.

Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Boston: History Pub Crawl Tour Along the Freedom Trail

7. Boston: History Pub Crawl Tour Along the Freedom Trail

Enjoy drinks along the famous Freedom Trail with a local guide on this history tour and pub crawl in one. Uncover the stories left out of 8th-grade social studies while laughing with fellow travelers from around the globe. On this walking pub crawl tour, learn the unknown tales of Boston’s colonial and revolutionary history. Discover how beer played a major role in the founding of the nation, from the landing on Plymouth Rock to the Boston Massacre. Customize your experience by choosing from two different tour options. Pick the happy hour option to enjoy four draft beers of your choice, one at each pub. Go with the dry run tour if you want to buy your drinks as you go.

From NYC: Boston City and Harvard Guided Day Trip

8. From NYC: Boston City and Harvard Guided Day Trip

Come discover beautiful Boston. Have your transportation and itinerary taken care of your while your only job is to sit back and enjoy this stunning city. Explore the best Boston has to offer including: Fenway Park stadium, home to the Boston Red SoxHarvard University Main campus: Harvard Yard, Old Yard, John Harvard Statue, Johnston Gate, Harvard souvenir store.Copley Square: Trinity church, Fairmont Copley Hotel, Boston Public Library, John Hancock Tower, “End line” to Boston MarathonBoston Common and the public gardens  Freedom trail: Massachusetts State house, Old state House, Granary Burying ground, Kings chapel, Faneuil hallQuincy Market Start your day in New York City, where your tour guide will share stories of different places on your journey to Boston. Once in Boston, begin your tour at Copley Square, have lunch at Quincy Market and visit Harvard University's main campus.

Boston: North End to Freedom Trail Food and History Tour

9. Boston: North End to Freedom Trail Food and History 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 History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

10. Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

Begin at the lifeblood of Boston, the Boston Harbor, with a walk through a scenic waterfront park, with views of the harbor. From the harbor, continue past the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street, and the historic Custom House Tower, the city’s first skyscraper. Then, your guide will lead you toward the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, which both boast stunning views. Moving into the heart of Downtown Boston, stop in front of the Old State House and the site of the Boston Massacre. Was it really a massacre or maybe just great propaganda for the Revolution? Ask your expert guide about that one!  A short trek through Downtown Crossing brings you to Old City Hall. This beautiful building, done in French Revivalist architecture, was the seat of city government for years in Boston. It also happens to be the site of the birth of public education in America. You'll definitely want to have your guide snap your picture with the bronze donkey outside the entrance. On most weekdays, you’ll have a chance to see the government at work (or not) inside the inspiring, historic and beautiful Massachusetts State House, designed and built by famous federalist architect Charles Bulfinch in 1798. Outside the State House, take in the views of modern Boston, including the skyscrapers of Downtown, the Financial District, and the tallest building in New England: the John Hancock Tower.   Continue your journey through Beacon Hill, where you’ll have a chance to take in the quintessential architecture of Boston’s red brick row houses. Get out your cameras — this neighborhood is one of the most photogenic in the city. Finally, arrive at the beautiful Boston Public Garden, one of Boston’s favorite green spaces, where you’ll see locals walking the dogs, playing with the kids, and enjoying lunch in the shade. Your guide will point you in the right direction, and will help with any and all recommendations for great things to do in Boston that evening and beyond. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,502 reviews

Our tour was fantastic!! Nick Roberts, our guide, was very passionate and charismatic. He told jokes, put a little acting into it and seemed disappointed when no one had questions. Lol. He was so very good and I learned a lot that they definitely don't teach you in school about the Sons of Liberty and the Boston Massacre. 10 out of 5 stars to the guide

Noah, the guide was extremely knowledgeable and engaging; despite choosing too go when it was freezing, each stop was informative and Noah told the story of each spot in a way that invited questions and kept our attention.

Perfect! Best guide ever, could reply to all our questions and shared very interesting facts about the tour itself and even more! Would definitely recommend

Had a great time, despite being a cold February day. Our guide, Mark was very entertaining and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend this tour.

Alissa was a great tour guide. Really enjoyed the tour