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Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour

4.5 / 5

71 reviews

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Boston: Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 8.92 per person

Explore Boston and retrace the history of American Independence on this self-guided Freedom Trail tour.

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Valid 365 days
from first activation
Audio guide included
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover Boston's fascinating Freedom Trail at your own pace
  • Listen to the impressive story of American Independence
  • See iconic historical landmarks including Park Street Church, Massachusetts State House, and more
  • Use your self-guided GPS app to explore the trail and learn about the landmarks
Full description

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once you’ve downloaded the tour, your journey will begin in the center of the city at Boston Common, where you’ll hear about the founding of the city and the first murmurs of independence from Britain. Then you’ll head to the historic State House, complete with a dome of real gold. On your way to the Park Street Church (a landmark loaded with history), you’ll learn what led Britain to levy such harsh taxes against the colonies, as well as how those colonists responded. Then, at the Granary Burying Ground, you’ll have the chance to visit the graves of famous figures like Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere. After that is King’s Chapel, dating all the way back to 1754. Even older is the Latin School, up next, founded in 1635. Then it’s on to the Old South Meeting House, where you’ll get the whole story behind the famous Boston Tea Party protest. Next is the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians. Then you’ll head to the site of the infamous (and oft-misunderstood) Boston Massacre and get the truth behind that fateful night. Following a stop at the famed marketplace of Faneuil Hall, you’ll see the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway – not an official stop along the Freedom Trail, but well worth a look regardless. Continuing on, you’ll reach Paul Revere’s house, perfectly preserved since his famous Midnight Ride. Past that is the Old North Church, where Revere famously asked for “one lantern if by land, two if by sea.” The next stop is almost impossible to miss — it’s the USS Constitution. This enormous ship, nicknamed Old Ironsides, is enough to make the trip worth it all on its own. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Bunker Hill Monument, memorializing a pivotal battle during the Revolutionary War. Your tour concludes here.

Includes
  • Self-guided tour taken via Action Tour Guide app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access to the app
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at Boston Common Visitors Center , 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map.
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 71 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.9/5

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This was SO great. Before I had even purchased this self guided audio tour I had a question and emailed “Get Your Guide”. I had a response within minutes. The person responding said they were not positive about the answer so they would check with someone else and let me know. Again, I had an answer in a very, very short time. What excellent customer service. And the same with the audio tour. It was excellent from start to finish. I can’t say enough about how great it was. So much information; it always started right when it should and easily allowed me to backup if I wanted to re-hear anything.

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September 24, 2022

Started at Boston Common, took us a little while to find the Freedom Trail brick path and begin matching up the information on the tour with the trail, but once we did it was easy. Teenagers were not using their own guided tour as much, but followed from my phone and some information that they were interested in that I played aloud.

August 28, 2022

Purchased this to do a walking tour with my exhausted teenaged son on the last day of a 7 day whirlwind Northeast college tour. He was too tired to do the whole thing but I coaxed him to Faneuil Hall for lunch then did a bit of it from there and then listened to the rest. The tour was informative. It gave cues on how to walk to the next point. It is GPS linked so senses when the next tour spot is reached. It has not audio and text to read. It has additional information that one can opt into. The app was super easy to use. In short, no weaknesses in this experience. I will definitely purchase more of these on future trips!!

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April 14, 2022

Product ID: 360605