Boston Freedom Trail: A Walk into History
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- Freedom Trail: A 2.5-mile walk though history that features 16 sites. Informative and entertaining guides lead the way, explaining where and how 13 British colonies became one American nation.
- Where it happened: See Boston Common, the Old North Church, the cemetery where John Hancock and Paul Revere are buried, Revere's house, the USS Constitution, and more.
- Boston Massacre site: Visit the spot and learn the story behind the deadly skirmish that erupted in 1770 between redcoats and colonists, killing five and launching widespread rebellion.
- Guided tour: Enjoy insider information on points of interests along the way from your customed guides.
- Skip the line: Skip the ticket lines with pre-purchased tickets.
- Flexibility: The tickets purchased on GoBe can be used any time the Boston Common Visitor Center is open. So, if your travel plans change, there is no need to rebook. Don't like the weather? Go another day. The choice is yours.
About this Boston, Massachusetts tour
It's long been said that history is written by the victors, and nowhere is that history more famous, quotable, and fascinating than at the sites you'll see along Boston's Freedom Trail.
In a single walk, led by costumed guides expert in their storytelling skills, you'll encounter a mind-boggling array of landmarks around the Common, America's oldest park. Visit Paul Revere's modest home, dating from 1620 and the Old South Meeting House, where an impassioned crowd gathered on Dec 17, 1773, before heading to the infamous Tea Party.
You'll see the Old North Church steeple, where the "One if by land, two if by sea" lanterns were hung to signal the approach of the British on the evening of Paul Revere's famous 1775 ride of warning to Lexington.
Declaration-signers Samuel Adams and John Hancock rest at the Granary Burying Ground, while the burial ground on Copp's Hill is where Cotton Mather of Salem witch trial fame rests (probably not in peace), along with Robert Newman, the man who hung those two-famed lanterns in the church tower.
At the Old State House, you'll see a balcony where the new Declaration of Independence was first read publically in July 1776. And the spot where, just six years earlier, tensions between colonists and British soldiers had boiled over with five locals killed in what was branded the Boston Massacre.
Across the Charles River, the Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the revolution's first major battle, in which the barely prepared colonials were told, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" and managed to kill or injure nearly half the redcoats before retreating.
These and the other stops along the Trail together tell a story the world has never forgotten. One you'll appreciate in a revolutionary new way, having seen it in person.
The beginning of the end
The Boston Massacre was really a street fight that got out of control. In March 1770, a mob of around 50 Bostonians began expressing their displeasure with redcoat presence by throwing snowballs and harder projectiles at a British sentinel. Reinforcements were called in, and when they too were attacked, shots were fired into the crowd. Five were killed, including Crispus Attucks, an African American who earned the dubious distinction of being first to die in the War of Independence.
Your meeting location will either be at Boston Common Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont St, Boston, or ArtsBoston BosTix booth at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (North End). Please check your tickets for exact location.
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour departure. Tour price does not include entrance to Freedom Trail sites which have admission fees (Old South Meeting House, Old State House and Paul Revere House), however you can purchase tickets directly at the sites. Be sure to allow at least 30 minutes inside each Freedom Trail site. Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Plan to stand or walk for the duration of the tour. The 2.5 mile long Freedom Trail is handicapped accessible, however many of the Freedom Trail sites are not.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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