Boston Freedom Trail Tours: Walk Into History Tour

There are a variety of Boston Freedom Trail tours. I most recently enjoyed the Walk Into History Tour which takes you to 11 of the Freedom Trail's 16 sites located in downtown Boston.

Granary Buring Ground on Boston's Freedom Trail The Massachusetts State House on Boston's Freedom Trail
The Massachusetts State House on Boston's Freedom Trail

If you don't know about this historic walk, it connects many of the locations and events that were integral in shaping our nation throughout the American Revolution.

It is about 2.5 miles long and is mostly connected by a red brick path. As you walk the trail, you will find yourself in a number of Boston's landmarks and popular locations including the Boston Common, North End, and Faneuil Hall.

The Freedom Trail itself is free to explore, and many sites are free with markers explaining its historical significance, but some stops along the way, such as the Paul Revere house, do have an admission fee.

The Walk Into History Tour is a 90-min walking tour that starts in the Boston Common (there is also a reverse tour that ends there). A guide dressed in revolutionary-era clothes will meet you outside the visitor center, and take you around 11 of the 16 Freedom Trail sites, sharing Boston’s history.

If you'd like to learn more about doing a self-guided tour, you can find loads of useful information on our Boston Freedom Trail page. Otherwise, stick with me here while I tell you about the Walk Into History Tour (and how to get it at a discount).

The Walk Into History Tour goes from the Boston Common to Faneuil Hall (there is also a reverse walking tour from Faneuil Hall to Boston Common). Freedom Trail sites are below; the starred ones are part of the walking tour.

  • Boston Common *
  • Massachusetts State House *
  • Park Street Church *
  • Granary Burying Ground *
  • King’s Chapel and Burying Ground*
  • Ben Franklin statue and Boston Latin School *
  • Old Corner Bookstore *
  • Old South Meeting House *
  • Old State House *
  • Boston Massacre site *
  • Faneuil Hall *
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church
  • Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
  • USS Consitution
  • Bunker Hill Monument

Freedom Trail Downtown BostonI found the tour very informative and entertaining, but it is important to wear comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking! It is also important to note that while there were people with strollers on the tour, there are areas with steps, so consider that before hand.

I wouldn’t recommend it to families with young children, as there is a lot of walking and it is 90 minutes long. I witnessed many children melting down during this tour. However, it is great for older children and adults, and for tourists interested in learning more about Boston’s history.

Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour Video

Learn all about Boston's history on the Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour! Watch this 1.5 min video of how the Boston Massacre got started!

Useful Information About The Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

Boston Discount Cards for the Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

Take a tour of Boston's Freedom Trail at a discount using either GoBoston or GoSelect Boston Discount Cards! All you have to do is give the card to a staff member at the Boston Common's visitor center to get your ticket. You can safely purchase the cards below or learn more about them at this Boston's discount card page.

Click here to safely purchase your GoBoston Card.

Click here to safely purchase your GoSelect Boston Pass.

Read an all-in-one overview of Boston's discount card options.

Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour
Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont Street, Boston

T Stops:
Red Line or Green Line to Park Street Station. The Boston Common Visitor Information Center is right across from the station exit.

  • Reservations not required; tickets can be bought ahead of time on the website, but not using one of Boston's discount cards.
  • Wear comfortable shoes! Note that there is a lot of walking required, and many places are not wheelchair/stroller accessible
Thank you to Deborah Holzer for contributing article, photos and video.

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