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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: Freedom Trail History and Architecture Walking Tour

3. 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: 2-Hour Back Bay and Freedom Trail Walking Tour

4. 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: Freedom Trail Historical Guided Walking Tour

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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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Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

8. Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

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. Continue to Cape Cod and see its quintessential lighthouses and sandy beaches. As you drive, learn more about the Cape’s seafaring traditions, Pilgrim history, and miles of beautiful beaches. From Barnstable to Provincetown, visit Nauset Lighthouse, First Encounter Beach, Marconi Station, and more.

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New York City: Full-Day Boston and Woodbury Shopping Tour

9. New York City: Full-Day Boston and Woodbury Shopping Tour

Your day will begin at 4:30AM from Times Square, where you will meet your guide and board a comfortable motor coach. After an approximate 4.5-hour drive, you will arrive to one of the oldest cities in the United States. Founded in 1630, Boston was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution. Your first stop will be at Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, where your tour guide will lead you on a short walk through the institution. You will also receive views of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), before crossing the Charles River on your way to the house of the Boston Red Sox and the oldest baseball park in major league baseball: Fenway Park. The next stop will be to the Boston Common, the first public park in the United States. From there you will be guided through several historic sites included on the Freedom Trail, and will also learn the history and significance of places such as the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Street, the Granary Burying ground, King’s Chapel, Old State House, the Boston Massacre Site, and the Old North Church. Your Boston tour will eventually end with free time to explore, shop and have lunch at Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. You will then board your comfortable motor coach for a 3 hour drive to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets which features 250 of the most sought after, high-end designer brands including Armani, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Coach, Nike, North Face, Abercrombie, Adidas, Fendi, and Michael Kors. You will later arrive back in New York City at around 10:30PM.

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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 Boston Common

Overall rating

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based on 123 reviews

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

Jarrod was our guide! He was amazing! He was dressed like a British soldier and literally told the best stories and knew all the creepy secrets of Boston. He really kept us on our toes and was also funny. Such a good tour! 10/10 would recommend!

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!..

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