The Revolutionary Story Walking Tour in Boston


3 hours 45 minutes (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 12
Mobile ticket

Overview

Viator Experience Award Top 20 experience (#2) in the United States. What makes this tour different is that instead of walking the Freedom Trail geographically – starting at one end and following it to the other – the sightseeing is synchronized with and unfolds to the storytelling. There’s a lot less emphasis on dry facts and dates and a lot more on the passions, personalities, and psychologies driving the events. The escalating action of the Revolution guides us through the crooked streets of Boston, recreating the drama and recapturing the energy that invented America. It's not only much more enjoyable it's also the most effective way to explore the city and learn the history.

Built with the aspirations and anxieties of a fellow tourist in mind: the groups are kept small so you aren't herded around; we cover both major landmarks and hidden gems; visual aids and props help you grasp the material; we traverse all original neighborhoods getting a sense of the modern city as well. 

Inclusions

  • Insights from prestigious historians and scholarship
  • Restroom / Coffee / Snack break midway through
  • 12 (of 15) Freedom Trail sights visited
  • A sense of humor

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: The Revolutionary Story Tour, 1 City Hall Plaza Meet in front of Wax Museum, Boston, MA 02108-4309

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: 10 minutes

Stop At: King's Chapel Burial Ground, Tremont Street King's Chapel, Boston, MA

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

Stop At: Granary Burying Ground, Tremont Street (between Park and School Sreets), Boston, MA 02108

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: 15 minutes

Stop At: Old City Hall, 45 School St, Boston, MA 02108-3206

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: Old State House, 206 Washington St, Boston, MA 02109-1702

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, 206 Washington St, Boston, MA 02109-1702

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

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108-4616

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

Stop At: Post Office Square, Boston, MA, USA

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

Stop At: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Sq Quincy Market, Boston, MA 02109-1604

"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, 4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109-6201

Warning! Tourist traps abound!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Paul Revere House, 19 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113-2405

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

Stop At: North End, North End, Boston, Massachusetts

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, 193 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1123

"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

Stop At: Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Corner of Snow Hill and Hull Streets, Boston, MA 02118

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

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Boston Harbor, Boston, MA, USA

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, Atlantic Ave Richmond St, Boston, MA 02110

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

Time of tour

9:15 AM

Meeting point

City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02203, USA

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tour operates in most weather conditions. Pay attention to the forecast as the weather in Boston can shift even a day or two out. Please dress appropriately.
  • Not wheelchair accessible. We will be covering a significant amount of ground and those with injuries or significant mobility limitations will likely find it difficult to complete.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no hard age restriction but this is not a "kids" version of events. The narrative structure helps keep them engaged but the younger they are the more difficult it is to stay involved for the duration. However, every child is different and parents know their own best.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • We will be outside in the open air for the duration.

Exclusions

  • Museum Entrance (This is an external only WALKING tour)
  • Pedantic Lecturing
  • Partisan Bias (then or now)
  • Gratuity (optional)

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Cynthia_L
May 2022

Mike was a very knowledgeable and engaging narrator. He brought us to many sites, told interesting stories, and kept a good balance of standing and walking. He definitely knows his history! We recommend this tour!

Roam821997
May 2022

Mike is an excellent tour guide! Both my son and I loved every minute! Great tour with so much detailed history!

kberezowitz
May 2022

Mike is beyond excellent. His commentary & ability to pull it all together was so enjoyable. Loud and clear. Fast paced.

SuzanneT1120
May 2022

We as humans learn best through storytelling. Mike is a wonderful, and super knowledgable storyteller! It is one thing to walk the Freedom Trail; it is another to have the Revolutionary Story drama unfold, and build chronologically, with the psychology and actions of all sides considered. Mike ...

Gina_D
May 2022

Don't miss this tour!!!!! If you have never been to Boston this tour will give you more history in 3 and 1/2 hours than a semester in college. Mike was hilarious and beyond knowledgeable.

christies808
May 2022

This tour was amazing! Very informative and the tour guide Mike was awesome! Made it very fun and interactive for the tour participants! Answered questions and made it personal, even with a large group. Highly recommended!

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