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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
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iconOffered in: English

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Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses, and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
  • Discover the historic sights of Boston during this walking tour along the famous Freedom Trail
  • Get a dose of early American History during this visit to some of Boston's most famous landmarks
  • Check colonial-era attractions like Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and the site of the Boston Massacre
  • See modern Boston as you check out skyscrapers like the John Hancock Tower
  • Great way to get a sense for the numerous historic attractions of Boston
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2-Hour Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston
See popular sites between Faneuil Hall and Copley Square including Old State House & Quincy Market
Stroll through the Boston Public Garden and view the Swan Boats
See Victorian Brownstones throughout the Back Bay neighborhood
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Gratuities
28 State Street , 28 State Street, 28 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

Departure Point: The corner of State and Congress Streets (outside 28 State Street), across from the Old State House Address: 28 State Street, Boston, MA 02109 Dates: Daily

10:00 AM
Boston Marathon Winners Memorial , 607 Boylston Street #LL, Boston, MA 02116, USA

Copley Square. Note that this tour does not return to the Starting Point.

Meet your knowledgeable guide in the morning across the street from Boston’s Old State House. Take your first steps along Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail, a historic walking path that snakes past many of Beantown’s most famous landmarks from the colonial and revolutionary-eras. Check out the stately Faneuil Hall and explore both Boston’s Old and New State Houses before stopping to pay your respects at the site of the 1770 Boston Massacre.

Continue by foot past the Old Corner Bookstore and King’s Chapel before heading toward Boston’s downtown area. As you head into the forest of skyscrapers, catch a few glimpses of the Boston of old along the way, including Boston Common, the Public Garden, and one of the world’s smallest suspension bridges.

Arriving downtown, gaze up at the John Hancock Tower before passing by the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church? Want to feel like a real winner? Make sure to take a ceremonial pass over the finish line location for the famous Boston Marathon. End your trip amidst the beautiful architecture of Copley Square.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Boston CityWalks
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "There is allot of walking so if it's cold, could be challenging but our guide was so entertaining we didn't mind the weather." See review
  • "If you are looking for tour that covers some revolutionary war history and more recent Boston history, this is a great tour." See review

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star-5
Great tour
Ellen_C
, Aug 2022
Freedom trail history was my favorite experience on the walking tour. The guide was excellent and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We're glad you enjoyed the history from your excellent and knowledgeable guide!
star-5
Just right
Deborah_C
, Aug 2022
Alan was knowledgeable, easy going, friendly. He was open to questions and had a great sense of humor. He paced the tour well despite the distance and amount of info covered. We’d highly recommend to anyone wanting know more about Boston and colonial America.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We love your review!!
star-5
Great Freedom Trail tour!
William_T
, Aug 2022
Very interesting tour - Andrew was a great tour guide! We were most interested in learning more about the specific players and the role they played in the early days of the American Revolution.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Andrew is very knowledgeable and interesting!
star-3
Ok
Amy_K
, Aug 2022
Was decent. Not the best tour I've been on but wasn't terrible, so I rated it average. Some interesting stories. 2nd half didn't have as many stories.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We try very hard not to be just "decent" but strive to be the very best. Sorry you didn't feel that. Contact us for a refund if you would like.
star-5
Great intro tour to Boston
John_A
, Aug 2022
Great introduction to Boston. Great for kids 8 and up. Takes a little over 2 hours. Slow to moderate pace you do not have to be in great shape.
star-5
Fascinating and Unique Boston Facts!
Tricia_B
, Jul 2022
We had such a great time learning about Boston! Our guide, Andrew, was very knowledgeable and kept us laughing with cool stories about historical figures, some familiar, but many I had never heard of as well! My favorite part was learning about many women, left out of my history book, who helped to make Boston the great city that it is!
star-3
I wanted a tour of text...
Rebecca_B
, Jul 2022
I wanted a tour of text book Boston/American history. This was not it. The tour guide was very animated and knowledgeable, but we barely were on the freedom trail the whole tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
I am not sure I understand. You chose a tour that includes the Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon and Back Bay. The Downtown Freedom Trail is the "textbook" American History you said you want and is about 60% of the tour. The rest is quintessential Boston - Beacon Hill, where the Boston aristocracy lives, and beautiful 19th century architecture Back Bay. That is what you signed up for, right?
star-5
Not your ordinary walking tour
Patricia_D
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide went off parts of the traditional walking tour so we could gain even more history of Boston. He was extremely knowledgeable and had many interesting details of the places and landmarks we visited.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Happy you enjoyed our foray into what makes Boston Boston. We love it when you can feel it!
star-5
Educational Experience for all!
annettecowhy
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the city. It is an educational experience for all ages. Great way to learn more about our US History. I would highly recommend this tour. However, one needs to remember this is a walking tour so there is extensive walking up and down the streets.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hope you enjoyed the tour as well!
star-5
Wealth of Knowledge
seegerfam
, Jun 2022
Allen did a fabulous job with our tour. He was a perfect mix of history, architecture, fun and cleverness. He also was a wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend this walking tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Just the mix we were going for!!
star-5
Tour guide was very...
Carla_S
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was very thorough. Lots of details shared. Tour was good length. Weather was perfect. Enjoyed the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Glad you enjoyed the tour!
star-5
Great tour
Deborah_O
, Jun 2022
Allen was our guide and full of facts. Tour was a combo of architecture and history. Easy walking and small enough tour to hear guide.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Happy you enjoyed that history and architecture combo.
star-5
Best of Boston
Tish_A
, May 2022
Alan was exceptional in sharing the rich history of Boston. He was patient, kind and knowledgeable. The tour showed us so many wonderful highlights. We would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks very much for the kind words.
star-4
Andrew was a great guide....
Mark_J
, May 2022
Andrew was a great guide. Really enjoyed the info on everything we saw. His commentary was very entertaining
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Andrew is very popular.
star-3
Boston cliffs notes tour.
Jacqueline_J
, May 2022
This was a great tour, I think the error is in not describing it well enough. This is not walking the full length of the freedom trail and it's less history focused and more architecture forward. The tour guide was ok, very personable. It's an easy 2.3mi according to my Garmin, but it doesn't feel like that long of a walk as there are many stops. If you want a great overview of the main parts of Voston, this is a great tour. If you want deep history or a comprehensive freedom walk tour, this is not the tour for you.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I am sorry, but nobody described this tour as the full length of the Freedom Trail. It is the Downtown Freedom Trail from Faneuil Hall to Boston Common plus Back Bay via Beacon Hill. And, yes, it does include architecture. And culture of Boston as well. And none of this is of the Cliff Notes variety. But I do agree that this is a great overview of Boston!!
star-4
Beautiful Architecture on Beacon Hill
patriciah_b
, May 2022
It was very interesting! Got to see and learn about the beautiful architecture of Boston & where some of the rich and famous lived on Beacon Hill.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Glad you enjoyed Beacon Hill but hope you also were enamored with the historic Freedom Trail and beautiful Back Bay.
star-5
Great tour! The guide was...
Erin_M
, May 2022
Great tour! The guide was really nice. I learned so much about the city and it was great to be able to see so much in 2 hours. Definitely a "must do" tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Really appreciate your "must do" rating! We try to give you a broad perspective of the city.
star-5
Awesome Tour Guide
Ashley_C
, May 2022
Our tour guide, Alan, was awesome! He was very knowledgeable and gave recommendations on what to do aground the city.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Awesome is Awesome! Thanks!!
star-5
Great way to learn about Boston and see the city!
Rebecca_P
, May 2022
Allen was a great guide. We learned so much and he kept it enjoyable! He kept us moving through Boston pointing out interesting points along the way.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks very much! Glad you found the so interesting..
star-5
Alan is a great guide....
Sensei_S
, Apr 2022
Alan is a great guide. Informative and friendly. Good tour that packs the right amount into 2 hours.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
I appreciate the great review!

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