The Revolutionary Story Walking Tour in Boston

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  • 3.8 hr

A curated route through Boston's original neighborhoods weaving the main events, characters, and sights of the American Revolution into one epic story. Most tours walk the Freedom Trail geographically – starting at one end and following it to the other. This tour walks chronologically - recreating the dramatic story from the first settlers to the final siege. The sightseeing is synchronized with and unfolds to the storytelling to bring the passions, personalities, and psychologies driving the events onto the stage. We also don't limit ourselves to just what's on the Freedom Trail but break off for a comprehensive experience of Boston, old and new. The history is meticulously researched and incorporates insights from prestigious scholarship but is presented with light-hearted humor and like a Broadway show so neither novices nor buffs will be disappointed. Boston Magazine's Best Historical Tour 2022. Viator Experience Award #2 reviewed experience in the United States.

Itinerary Details

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City Hall Plaza is a pedestrian only plaza very centrally located. We meet between the Staples Connect and City Hall (The big angular concrete building) I will be standing directly in front of a large statue of a basketball player.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Boston City Hall

Famous (or infamous) for its unique architecture.

Stop At: King's Chapel Burial Ground

Learn about the incredibly unique people who first settled Massachusetts and how they created the cultural bedrock the Revolution was built on. The Puritans are much more important (and weird) than you can imagine!

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: King's Chapel

First Anglican Church in Boston

Stop At: Granary Burying Ground

The Sons of Liberty! We'll visit the tombs of Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Sam Adams. They'll be with us all day!

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Park Street Church

Brimstone corner. Famous for its fiery sermons. July 4, 1829 "William Lloyd Garrison made his first public address against slavery here.

Stop At: Old City Hall

The most beautiful architecture in the city is the background of a discussion about about the role of Boston as the Athens of America, the historic obstacles to and inherent challenges of democracy, and the incomparable Benjamin Franklin.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Statue of Benjamin Franklin

Sight of Boston Latin School

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Old State House

The oldest public building in the country and the nerve center of Massachusetts politics. The great political debate between British authority and American rights was here

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Boston Massacre Site

Learn about the soldiers, the citizens, the loyalists, and patriot leaders all pulled into this explosion of tensions!

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Old Corner Bookstore

Former publishing house of American literary icons (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathanial Hawthorne, and more)

Stop At: Old South Meeting House

The Boston Tea Party starts here! The most pivotal event leading up to the American Revolution. There's no turning back after this!

Duration: 15 minutes

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The road to revolution runs right the heart of downtown Boston. While the core of this tour is built upon 12 of the 15 Freedom Trail locations a beautiful and booming modern city has grown up all around its historic foundation. Neither should be missed and we will not overlook the present in our pursuit of the past.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By:

Education, Healthcare, & Finance

Stop At: Faneuil Hall Marketplace

"The Cradle of Liberty" is not only the symbol of American Democracy but its deepest roots can be traced to this building. This is where a protest becomes a revolution!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Quincy Market

Warning! Tourist traps abound!

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Rose Kennedy Greenway

Much better than before

Stop At: The Paul Revere House

The house is in the oldest and most charming square in the city and surrounded by some of the best restaurants in America. The man is even more impressive than the legend!

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: North Square Park

Oldest residential square in America

Stop At: Paul Revere Statue

Iconic photo opportunity

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: North End

The oldest residential neighborhood in America. You won't find a better combination of culture, food, and history in any square mile in the country. Italian, Seafood, Pizza, Cannoli, we'll talk about it all!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Old North Church & Historic Site

"One if by land, two if by sea." We go through Paul Revere's legendary midnight ride with the iconic steeple from which he signaled his famous warning; culminating in "the shot heard round the world," and chaotic battle at Lexington & Concord. The British are coming - are you?

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Copp's Hill Burying Ground

We go in depth on the Battle of Bunker Hill. The strategy, the tactics, the consequences.

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We stroll along the Harbor Walk for one of the best views of the city, the beauty of Boston Harbor, and to finally kick the British out of Boston!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

We finish up along at Christopher Columbus Park. A jewel in Boston's revitalized crown, some of best people watching in the city, and very centrally located between the North End (pizza, restaurants, & cannoli); Long Wharf (Aquarium, Harbor Tours, water shuttle to Charlestown, Metro station); and Quincy Market (souvenirs & shopping). Only a five minute walk to where we begin if you've parked nearby

Duration: 5 minutes
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