Free Tours by Foot (MA)

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    Freedom Trail Tour

    Boston's historic center may be small, but it packs in so much history. From an experiment in Puritan exclusiveness to an all inclusive modern metropolis, every street, corner and building whispers stories of the past. The Boston Massacre and the original Tea Party took place here, and Sam Adams, Ben Franklin and George Washington all roamed its streets. Now’s your chance to stroll the Freedom Trail's ancient paths! Pass by historic cemeteries and colonial stone houses all the while hearing tales of rebellion, war and the independence of a nation. It's the epic story of Boston's rise and America's birth you won’t want to miss!
    Freedom Trail Tour

    Park St T Station, Boston

    • Tour the historically rich city of Boston by foot with an expert guide
    • Visit the locations of The Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party
    • Stroll down the Freedom Trail while hearing tales of war and rebellion
    • Cover city hot spots like the Boston Commons and the Massachusetts State House
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    North End/Little Italy Tour

    Visit Boston’s oldest neighborhood, one that’s known for both its rich historic past, its fine restaurants, and its Italian-American population. Surf the wave of immigration through Little Italy, checking out sites like the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and The Holocaust Memorial. While enjoying expert commentary from your guide about old mafia hangouts and burial grounds, cover city hot spots like one of Boston’s oldest and thinnest houses, known as the “The Skinny House”! You’ll be excited for a return trip to this beautiful neighborhood the second your tour ends.
    North End/Little Italy Tour

    1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston

    • Explore Boston’s historic North End and Little Italy on a guided walking tour
    • Visit city highlights, including old mafia hangouts and the birthplace of Rose Kennedy
    • Hear stories about significant past neighborhood residents like Paul Revere and Cotton Mather
    • Gain a greater firsthand knowledge of Massachusetts’ colorful immigrant past
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    Cambridge and Harvard University Tour

    Boston as a region may be known as a world center for learning, but Cambridge is really where it’s at! Boasting two of the world’s leading universities and a diverse population with an edgy, progressive political mindset, Cambridge also holds its share of U.S. history. Come explore where George Washington took command of the newly formed U.S. Army during the Siege of Boston, and stop by the countless museums, bookstores, boutiques and cafes of the area. Jump off the Freedom Trail and cross the Charles River to the City of Cambridge, where you’ll see tons of important city sites like Harvard University, the Cambridge Common and the Washington Elm. Find out for yourself why countless numbers of America’s elite have nurtured their intellects within the city limits. Maybe you’ll even get a chance to “pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd.”
    Cambridge and Harvard University Tour

    Cambridge Office For Tourism, Cambridge

    • Embark on a tour of Boston and explore its academic center of Cambridge
    • See the locations where many of America’s intellectual elite have honed their academic talents
    • Visit a slew of Boston highlights like Harvard University, Washington Elm, and the Cambridge Common
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    Little Italy Food Tour

    On this walking tour, emphasis is always placed on fresh ingredients, not fancy décor, to ensure you enjoy the best-tasting foods in comfortable, authentic settings. Sample pizza from shops specializing in thin crust and Sicilian and refresh yourself with the Polcari family’s famous lemon slush, all before ending on a sweet note with a world famous cannoli! Explore the North End’s famous Hanover Street down through quaint side streets on your way to various family owned shops, all of which have been serving their own secret recipes for generations. Pass by the country’s oldest continuously operated restaurant as well as a tavern that used to be frequented by Paul Revere -- and even get to eat some pizza right outside his home while hearing stories of puritans and patriots from your expert guide. What a perfect combination of food and facts!
    Little Italy Food Tour

    Hanover St & Union St, Boston

    • Experience the flavors and speciality food times of Boston’s Little Italy
    • Visit authentic restaurants to sample secret family recipes preserved for generations
    • See the old hangouts of Paul Revere, including his home and favorite tavern
    • Indulge in a world famous cannoli to end your tour on a sweet note
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    Beacon Hill Crime Tour

    The swanky, gas-lit streets of Beacon Hill are among the most beautiful in all of Boston, but beneath the neighborhood’s genteel veneer lies a sinister past. Join this walking tour to visit the infamous stomping grounds of the Boston Strangler, one of the city’s most notorious serial killers, who terrorized its citizens during a gruesome 18 month killing spree. Step back in time to visit the crime scenes and meet the the victims, the madmen, and the detectives who hunted him down -- all while exploring the beautiful streets of Boston’s Beacon Hill. Come relive some of the most terrifyingly captivating moments in the city’s hidden dark history.
    Beacon Hill Crime Tour

    Park Street Station, Boston

    • Travel back in time to relive the darker moments of Beacon Hill’s history
    • Visit significant locations from the Boston Strangler’s infamous killing spree on a guided walk
    • Hear stories from your guide about the pursuit and eventual capture of this crazy killer
    • See the homes of various Strangler victims, and the jail where he would eventually end up
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    Boston's Back Bay Tour

    Come and explore Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood on this history-packed guided walking tour! You will travel through the picturesque Boston Public Garden, Copley Square, and one of America’s most architecturally influential buildings, the Trinity Church of Boston. As you pass Boston’s tallest skyscraper for a photo opportunity, learn about the city’s architecture and history, as well as the important characters that once roamed the “new” section of Boston’s Back Bay. Don’t miss the chance to walk through this neighborhood that once used to be under water, basically a real life Atlantis!
    Boston's Back Bay Tour

    351 Boylston St, Boston

    • Tour the historically rich city of Boston’s Back Bay by foot with an expert guide
    • See city icons like the Boston Public Garden, Copley Square, and Trinity Church
    • Hear stories about the important historical characters who once roamed these streets
    • Experience an area that was once completely submerged in water
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    Women of the Freedom Trail Tour

    Think you know the basics of U.S. history? What about U.S. her-story? Join this tour to fill in the gaps in the great American story of women of the Freedom Trail! See famous historic sites like The Boston Commons, the hanging tree, and the Massachusetts State House while hearing the heroic stories of the likes of Anne Hutchinson, Mary Dyer, reformer Dorothea Dix, and Mercy Otis Warren. Pay respects at the Granary Burial Ground, home to the grave of Mother Goose, and King’s Chapel Burial Ground, the resting place of the first Pilgrim in America, the greatest “she-merchant” of Boston, and the model for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Hester Prynn from The Scarlet Letter. And at The Old South Meetinghouse, experience the spiritual home of Boston’s first African American poet Phyllis Wheatley. End your tour at Faneuil Hall public meeting room where one of the most famous female rights activists, Susan B. Anthony, delivered her speeches. Begin to appreciate the important impact the women of Boston had on the founding of the nation -- it ain’t just a man’s world anymore.
    Women of the Freedom Trail Tour

    Park St T Station, Boston

    • Gain an inside look into the impact Boston’s women had on American history with a walking tour
    • See significant sites like the Massachusetts State House and Faneuil House
    • Listen to the stories of important female rights activists, including Dorothea Dix and Susan B. Anthony
    • Begin to see the nation’s history in an entirely new and informed light
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    8 positive reviews

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