Small Group Tour of Freedom Trail History (Midday)

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  • E-Ticket
  • 1.5 hr

Boston's principal role in launching the American Revolution is linked by the brick-lined Freedom Trail. This world-famous pedestrian path is best experienced on foot, in a small group, with a compelling and knowledgeable tour guide! Our midday walking tour delves deeply into the years 1768 to 1776, the tumultuous years leading into the American Revolution. We walk in the footsteps of colonial Bostonians, all of whom grappled with the difficult—yet essential—question of loyalty or rebellion to crown and country. With a captivating storytelling approach, Hub Town Tours provides the perfect introduction to Boston's enduring status as America's "Cradle of Liberty." As you travel along the Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston, your guide shares the gripping story of a small colonial town careening toward war with a global empire. Our 90-minute midday tours begin three times daily (11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm) on Saturdays and all major holidays.

Itinerary Details

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At:

Meet your guide in the pedestrian-only zone, in front of the Staples Connect store. Please look for a blue sign reading, "Hub Town Tours Meet Here"—your guide will arrive 10 minutes prior to the tour start

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Faneuil Hall Marketplace

The iconic "Cradle of Liberty" (1742, 1805) was seat of Boston's town meeting and birthplace of the Sons of Liberty in the 1760s. Historic Faneuil Hall sits alongside world-renowned Quincy Market (1826)

Stop At: King's Chapel Burial Ground

Oldest burying ground in Boston (1630) is the final resting place for Boston's founding generation, the Puritans

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: King's Chapel

First permanent church of England in Boston (1686, 1754) and founding site of the Unitarian Church of America

Stop At: Granary Burying Ground

Boston's third-oldest burying ground (1660) is the final resting place for Revolutionary Boston, including Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and many others

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Park Street Church

Active church and former tallest building in Boston (1809) for much of the 19th-century

Pass By: Massachusetts State House

The "New State House" (1798) and current capitol of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Stop At: Boston Common

Oldest public land in the United States (1634) was communal grazing pasture for colonial Boston, and later site of military encampment for British redcoats during Revolutionary era

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Old City Hall

Seat of Boston's government for more than a century (1865) and excellent example of French Second Empire architectural style

Stop At: Statue of Benjamin Franklin

Overlooking former site of Boston Latin School (1635), oldest public school in the Americas, which educated luminaries such as Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Old Corner Bookstore

Former publishing house of Ticknor & Fields (1718) published works by American literary greats such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Stop At: Boston Irish Famine Memorial

Memorial to "An Gorta Mor," The Great Hunger in Ireland during the 1840s, overlooks two Freedom Trail landmarks: Old South Meeting House (1729) and the Old Corner Bookstore (1718)

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Old South Meeting House

Boston's largest colonial building (1729) hosted the Boston Massacre memorial orations and tea tax debates, culminating in the Boston Tea Party (1773)

Stop At:

Hidden bookstore across from Boston's original water source, a natural spring of drinkable water.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Old State House

Seat of colonial government and Boston's oldest public building (1713), where the Declaration of Independence was read to the people of Boston for the first time in 1776

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Boston Massacre Site

Central plaza of Colonial Boston and site of fatal tragedy in 1770, in which five Bostonians were killed at the hands of British redcoats

Duration: 15 minutes

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Your 90-minute walking tour concludes at the same location where it began, steps from excellent lunch options at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
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