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Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour

1. 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.

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Boston: Historic After Dark Ghosts and Spirits Tour

2. Boston: Historic After Dark Ghosts and Spirits Tour

Embark on a unique after-dark tour and explore downtown Boston’s most haunted hotspots. Discover both the paranormal and historical worlds of each carefully selected tour site and listen to researched, authentic, and up-to-date accounts that ensure you have the best, most chilling experience possible. Highlights of the tour include: Omni Parker House Haunted by its first owner and other notable ghostly guests, the Omni Parker House is considered Boston’s most haunted location. One room, in particular, has caused so much trouble, terror, and grief that the hotel was eventually forced to convert it into a storage room, lest they risk another guest suffering from a grisly night’s stay in the cursed room. What could possibly drive a hotel to permanently retire an otherwise perfectly good guest room? Discover the details on our tour. Boston Common This seemingly placid area is the country’s oldest park. For a century of its long history, Boston Common was the site of hundreds of hangings. Not all of the victims of these executions managed to escape the park, even after death. The grim ghosts of the hanging victims are the least of your paranormal concerns in the Common. Keep your eyes open and your wits about you whenever you’re at this park… or else. Old South Meeting House Witness the birthplace of the Boston Tea Party protest and the very American Revolution itself at the Old South Meeting House. This building is of crucially historic importance, but that’s not the only legacy the meeting house is known for. It is a specter that sometimes appears and always acts as a harbinger of impending death. Or perhaps it’s no messenger of death at all, but instead directly responsible for the string of deaths that have befallen the unlucky ones who’ve encountered it. Old City Hall This former hub of Boston’s local government has since become a bustling mixed-use commercial and office property. Because of its historical significance being covered up with the new polish of redevelopment, at least one ghost exacts its revenge for this perceived disrespect for history on visitors. The Old City Hall may be magnificent looking, but watch where you look inside…

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Boston and the Freedom Trail from New York: Day Trip

3. Boston and the Freedom Trail from New York: Day Trip

Depart New York along the Eastern Coast through Connecticut to Massachusetts and to its capital, Boston. Your first stop is the city of Cambridge where will find one of the most famous and most prestigious universities in the world: Harvard. The tour starts with a walk in Harvard Yard; the oldest academic ground in America. See Widener library, then rub the shoe of John Harvard for good luck. Continue to a panoramic tour passing by City Hall, MIT and Cambridge College. Then cross the Charles River and arrive in the center of the intellectual capital of the country. Visit Copley Square, home to beautiful Trinity church. Next up is a walk along the Freedom Trail through Boston Common Park. Break for lunch at Quincy Market, and try the world famous Clam Chowder or a lobster roll. After lunch, visit the site of the famous Tea Party and the navy ship Constitution. In the late afternoon, depart southwest for an evening arrival in New York.

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Boston: Freedom Trail History and Architecture Walking Tour

4. Boston: Freedom Trail History and Architecture Walking Tour

Get to know and love Boston in just one morning. Come and explore the cobblestone streets, admire the architecture, and discover the history of the downtown, as lead by a local guide. You will hear stories that highlight Boston’s history and culture as you walk the Freedom Trail from Faneuil Hall to Boston Common. This tour puts it all in context for you, from the time Boston was first settled through to today’s quirky streets and mixed architecture. Sites you will encounter throughout your tour include the Old and New State House, Faneuil Hall, the Boston Massacre Site, Park Street Church, the King’s Chapel, the Old South Meeting House, the Old Granary Cemetery, the Old City Hall and First Schoolhouse Site. You will also discover the Old Corner Bookstore, Boston Common, and the Irish Famine Memorial, among others.

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Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley 1-Day Ticket

5. Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley 1-Day Ticket

Tour Boston on board 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 premiere 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. Trolleys run from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, every 10-30 minutes, depending on the season. So you’ll never have long to wait when you are ready to continue your journey. 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

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Boston: 2-Hour Back Bay and Freedom Trail Walking Tour

6. Boston: 2-Hour Back Bay and Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Your tour begins in the affluent neighborhood of Back Bay. Walkthrough Back Bay and see many of Boston's most famous architectural sites. Learn about the neighborhood and its development since the 19th-century. Continue your tour towards the stately Beacon Hill, once home to Boston's Aristocracy. during the 18th and 19th-centuries. Afterward, proceed to Boston's downtown area to see the major attractions of Freedom Trail. Visit Fanueil Hall and the Quincy Market Area, where you can later shop or eat to your heart's delight.  On this 2-hour tour see the beauty and grace of Copley Square, the Boston Public Garden, cobblestone drives and gaslights of historic Beacon Hill, the quirky, vibrant architecture and streets of old Downtown Boston, and walk along Freedom Trail from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall.

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Boston: 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour

7. Boston: 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour

This 2-hour Freedom Trail, Beacon Hill, and Back Bay walking tour will give you just the right mix of history, architecture, and culture to bring Boston's personality alive.  During your 2-hour walk, see the Freedom Trail that runs from Faneuil Hall to the Boston Common. Check out the quirky, vibrant architecture and streets of the old city center. Wander among the cobblestone drives and gaslights of historic Beacon Hill and the Back Bay area, then check out the Public Garden and graceful Copley Square. Visit important sites such as Faneuil Hall, the Old and New State Houses, the Old South Meeting House, the Old Corner Bookstore, King's Chapel, the Old Granary Burial Ground, Louisburg Square, Newbury Street, the John Hancock Tower, Trinity Church, and the Boston Marathon Finish Line. There are also plenty more Boston hotspots that you'll get to discover on this guided walking tour! This small-group tour allows you to hear everything your guide is saying as you see Boston's highlights. Feel like part of the city as your guide shares facts, stories, and humor that reflect the quirky nature of Boston in its past and present.

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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.

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Boston: City Center Exploration Game

9. Boston: City Center Exploration Game

Imagine you’re a professional record-setter who aims to be the first in everything you do, but how do you become the first at everything? Simple. You race to be the first person to visit every "first" in a country, a feat you can only accomplish in one place - Boston. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Up for a fun challenge? Start at Boston’s Public Library. The game will take you around 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Union Oyster House. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phone. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

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Boston: 2.5-Hour City View Bike Tour

10. Boston: 2.5-Hour City View Bike Tour

The Urban AdvenTours Boston City View Bicycle Tour offers a classic ride for those looking to get a great overall introduction to the city. During the 2.5-hour tour you’ll get to know the city and find neighborhoods that you can explore in greater depth later. Discover the unique character and charm of each area you visit up close, in person, and only possible by bicycle. This comprehensive tour covers all of Boston’s best sites, including: • Historic Fenway Park • The Christian Science Center • Boston Common • The beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End • The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston’s newest public park • The Charles River Esplanade • The North End, Boston’s oldest residential, Italian neighborhood • Copley Square, where you’ll see the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, and the John Hancock building The City View tour includes an individually-fitted bike, helmet, water, and of course, a friendly and knowledgeable guide who will lead you on your travels. The tour covers 10-12 miles, from the bustling streets of downtown, to the serene bike paths along the Charles River, this tour truly brings you the best of Boston by bicycle! You can opt to do the City View tour on a regular hybrid bike, or on a pedal assist electric (e-bike). Select your bike choice at the time of booking.

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Love it! I took a trip to Boston last minute because I found a great deal on airfare. As a result, I couldn't find a travel buddy to tag along. Because of Covid, I didn't want to join with a tour guide group, so this self-guided tour was perfect. I did the Freedom Trail and because the tour is mapped out with red bricks on the road, I was able to do the whole tour without staring at my phone. The GPS automatically tracked where I was so whenever I was near a point of interest, the audio played. I loved this and I would highly recommend it, especially for solo travelers.

Alan was great, explaining everything to everyone, telling the history, answering questions with kindness, giving recommendations. I learned a lot and had a great tour thanks to Alan! He does it with love and fun and deserves all the credit, he does it good

Very professionally organized, guides were pleasant & knowledgeable, the Tour Location is located right on the waterfront, my wife & I couldn’t have asked for a better experience in Boston. Highly Recommend!..

We used this service twice and enjoyed it every time. The drivers were very friendly and fun to listen to. Make the trips very enjoyable.

This self paced experience was amazing if you have little ones that you may have extra stops for!