Freedom Trail® Walk Into History Tour

Meander down this famous red-brick trail and you'll feel like you're walking through a history book. Packing a total of 11 national historic sites in just under 1 mile, this tour takes you on a journey of the American Revolution.
  • Adult gate price $14.00
  • Child gate price $8.00
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You should NOT leave Boston without learning about its historical significance by taking a trip along the city’s world-famous Freedom Trail! This legendary path is a red brick line that physically leads you through the city, passing by the most important historical sites of the early days of American Revolution that led to eventual independence from Britain.

Walk Into History with the Freedom Trail Foundation’s 18th-century costumed guides along the red brick line of Boston's Freedom Trail®, and learn what really happened. On the official Freedom Trail® tours, famous patriots such as James Otis, Abigail Adams, and William Dawes tell stories about the people, places, events, and drama of the American Revolution, and share lively anecdotes about the importance and historical significance of the city of Boston!

The 90-minute tours begin at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center on Tremont Street and end at Faneuil Hall, covering 12 of the 16 Freedom Trail® sites. Your tour will take you to the following Boston landmarks:

  • Boston Common: The “Central Park” of Boston. Dated to 1634, it is the oldest city park in the United States
  • Massachusetts State House: The current state capitol and house of government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, located in the affluent Beacon Hill neighborhood and highly recognizable by its prominent gold-domed roof
  • Park Street Church: Founded by former members of the Old South Meeting House, this church features a prominent 217-foot steeple that stands out among the skyscrapers of the Financial District, and was used to store gunpowder during the War of 1812
  • Granary Burying Ground: A cemetery founded in 1660, and the resting place for three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Paul Revere, and the five victims of the Boston Massacre, as well as “Mother Goose”
  • King’s Chapel Burying Ground: The oldest cemetery in the city, founded in 1630, and the final resting place of John Winthrop, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s father, and Mary Chilton- the first European woman to step ashore in New England
  • Old Corner Bookstore: Formerly the home of Anne Hutchinson, accused heretic, and subsequently a meeting-place for such authors as Wadsworth, Longfellow, Emerson, Hawthorne, Dickens, and Wendell-Holmes
  • Old South Meeting House: The famed organizing point for the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773
  • Old State House: The oldest surviving public building in Boston and the seat of the first elected legislature in the ‘New World’
  • Boston Massacre Site: The physical location (now in the middle of an intersection!) where the American rebellion was sparked by the killing of five civilians
  • Faneuil Hall: A marketplace and meetinghouse since 1742, and the site of speeches given by Samuel Adams, and James Otis as they encouraged independence from Great Britain

Needless to say, the Freedom Trail® Foundation Walk Into History Tour is the most comprehensive and “up-close” look at the events of the American Revolution available, and will not only let you stretch your legs in the beautiful city of Boston, but send you home with a broad understanding of how the United States gained independence.

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By flinflan123 from Albany NY on
Pros:
Wittyknowledgeable Guide
Cons:
Not Enough Stops
Best Uses:
Quick Overview
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Freedom Trail� Walk Into History Tour:

Great way to see a lot of Boston on a budget

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A great tour of Boston history
By Boston Strong Bob from Rapid City, SD on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Freedom Trail� Walk Into History Tour:

We had a fabulous history lesson of Boston on our Freedom Trail Tour. Our tour guide had such a passion for explaining the "little things" about how Boston was settled. I could have listened to him for hours. It felt like our guide actually lived next door to Paul Revere and Sam Adams. I will do another tour on my next visit to Boston.

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Fun & Educational
By Floridian Family from Fleming Island, FL on
Pros:
Family friendly
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Freedom Trail� Walk Into History Tour:

This was a very nice and informative tour. "Zeal" was our tour guide and he was a ton of fun and full of knowledge. The tour was interactive - as he would call on participants and kids. Great sites and deeper knowledge!

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Informative & Fun Tour!
By Suzy Verified Reviewer from Roanoke, IL on
Pros:
Entertaining guide, Learn history
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Freedom Trail� Walk Into History Tour:

Our tour guide, Susanna Rosin, was very funny & informative! We learned a lot of Boston history in a short amount of time. This is definitely the way to do the Freedom Trail. We have boys ages 9, 9 and 11 and it kept them interested too. The only thing I didn't like was that the guide asked for tips at the end of the tour. Overall I would recommend this as a definite Boston must.

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Great Tour
By Steph from Oklahoma City on
Pros:
Very personable, Highly Entertaining, Very knowledgable
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Freedom Trail� Walk Into History Tour:

Our tour guide was Robert Newman and he did a fantastic job! He has an incredible story-telli9ng ability to keep you engaged and wanting to know more!

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Wonderful Tour!!!!!
By Vacationer Verified Reviewer from Florida on
Pros:
Educational, Entertaining
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Freedom Trail� Walk Into History Tour:

We had the BEST tour guide! This is the only way to see the Freedom Trail! Don't waste your time or money buying a guide and trying to do it yourself. You have to take this tour! Our tour guide was passionate and full of information that kept us engaged the whole time. Excellent tour!

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

If you have the time, this is great
By Deb from Charleston on
Pros:
You can pace yourself, The trail is well marked
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Freedom Trail� Walk Into History Tour:

One of the best aspects of the Freedom Trail is that you can follow it all at once or over several days, depending on your time. We followed about 9/10s of it over two days in Boston, avoiding the hottest time of the day. Most of the information along the Trail is well marked, so you can guide yourself through Boston history.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Great Historical Tour
By Tuteja from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on
Pros:
Boston History, Photo opps, Costumed guide
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Freedom Trail� Walk Into History Tour:

The tour was very interesting and fun. It lasts for about 90 minutes. Fun way to learn about American history and some good photo ops. Highly recommended.

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[12 of 13 customers found this review helpful]

Deinitely worth checking out!
By DRLA Verified Reviewer from Beverly Hills, CA 90210 on
Pros:
Entertaining Tour Guide, See everything up close, Easy walking tour, Amazing History
Cons:
Could be a little slower,
Best Uses:
Learn America's beginning,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Freedom Trail� Walk Into History Tour:

Our tour guide was informative, entertaining and fun. We thoroughly enjoyed his tour and liked how he moved the tour along. It did feel like it moved just a tad fast but we did cover a lot of ground in what I consider a short amount of time -so it was definitely worth it. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Boston. History is all around you in this city and you'll learn all about it in this tour - complete with anecdotes that you might not otherwise learn. Take this tour!

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Freedom Trail® Walk Into History Tour Details

Phone: (617) 357-8300

Address
ArtsBoston BosTix kiosk, directly adjacent to Faneuil Hall
Boston Common Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont Street.
Boston, MA 02111
Hours
April 1-November 30 : Tuesday - Sunday tours from ArtsBoston BosTix - Faneuil Hall depart at 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm.
December 1 - March 31: Daily tours from Boston Common Visitor Center at 11:00am and 12:00 noon.
April 1 - November 30: Monday tours depart from Boston Common Visitor Center at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
Tuesday - Sunday tours from ArtsBoston BosTix - Faneuil Hall depart at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.
Note

Restrictions: Reservations are required if you are travelling with a group of 10 or more. Please call ahead to make arrangements. The Go Boston Card grants admission to the Walk Through History tour offered May 1-October 31. Specialty tours such as the Historic Holiday Stroll and Historic Pub Crawl are not included. However, if you are interested in taking the Pirates & Patriots Tour or the North End Tour instead of the Walk Into History Tour, your Go Boston Card will be honored at the BosTix location only (Tuesday - Sunday).

  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
ArtsBoston BosTix kiosk, directly adjacent to Faneuil Hall
Boston Common Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont Street.
Boston, MA 02111
Public Transportation
Take the T: Green Line to Haymarket for ArtsBoston location. Red or Green Line to Park Street for Boston Common Visitor Center location.
Driving Directions
Paid parking is available in the garage under Boston Common.

Admission and Offer Information

Getting In

Tuesday - Sunday: Present your pass at the ArtsBoston BosTix kiosk, directly adjacent to Faneuil Hall

Monday: Present your pass at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont Street.

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