Discover Boston's bold and unassuming side in this Boston walking tour of the Freedom Trail and Boston's North End! Join an expert local guide as they talk to you about the rich history of the city and its culture, all the while walking by well-known national landmarks and the unassuming beloved spaces of the people who call Boston their home.
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The tour will meet at the corner of Park Street & Tremont Street (Boston Common). The meeting place is a few steps from the corner inside Boston Common next to the large white marble plaque, as confirmed in your confirmation email. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour's start time. Tour guide(s) will be holding a sign with the Walks logo and the words “MEET HERE” on it.
This morning walking tour is approximately 2 hours.
If you are running late, it's best to contact the tour operator at the phone number on your e-ticket so they can reach out to your guide. This is not always possible for all tours - their guides are with other clients and are already into the tour (they ask them not to use their phones during their tour). But in some cases, a few-minute delay can be remedied. Most times, guides leave the meeting point within 5 minutes of the tour start time.
You will be given a local English-speaking guide and an expertly guided walking tour. The tours are all given in English. They don’t offer multi-language tours.
You will be seeing the Boston Common, the Massachusetts State House, the Park Street Church, the Granary Burying Ground, the King's Chapel and Burying Ground, the Boston Latin School, the Old Corner Book Store, the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, the Boston Massacre Site, the Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the Union Oyster House, the Bell in Hand Tavern, the North End Neighborhood, the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church.
No, but multiple parking garages and street parking are available near the tour's departure point. The departure point is also near public transportation.
There aren't any age restrictions for this tour. True to their name, most Walks Inc.'s tours involve walking for at least half, if not most of the time. Except for a few of their day trips, driving tours, or boat excursions, you can expect to walk a fair amount. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.
Yes! There are a lot of photo opportunities on this tour.
You may bring water, a hat, sunglasses, parasol, and/or sunscreen, a coat, umbrella, or outer layers for the cooler months), and a photo ID for some of the stop-over sights.
They recommend guests wear attire appropriate for the day's weather forecast and comfortable walking shoes so it's easy to navigate along uneven surfaces, dirt paths, cobblestone, etc. Due to the religious nature of holy sites such as churches and catacombs, all individuals, regardless of gender and age, must cover their shoulders and knees. During warmer seasons, you can bring extra covering (scarves, sweaters, sarongs, etc.) to put on just before entering.
The tours run rain or shine, and their guides are great at navigating various weather conditions to ensure you're as comfortable as possible. They will find shade where they can, overhangs to pause under - stuff like that. On rare occasions, if the weather is particularly dramatic, some sites may close (e.g., the Colosseum may close in case of flooding). If time allows and they have a prior warning, they will contact you as soon as they find out.
A physical or digital copy of this confirmation email is not required to join your tour. Your guide (or tour coordinator) will have your name in their database, so as long as you know the name on the booking, you're set!
The tour is ideal for small groups of 20 individuals or less. Their tours allow up to 20 individuals at a time.