• Colonial Boston Map, Faneuil Hall and the Charlestown Navy Yard skyline

    Boston

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Ranger Guided

Freedom Trail Tour

Boston National Historical Park preserves and interprets Boston's involvement in the American Revolution and the establishment of one of the first United States navy yards. Come join us to discover the human story of the struggles, ideals and sacrifices Bostonians made for the fight for freedom.

We offer tours and talks for school groups, organizations, and any other group interested in learning about the importance of Boston and its history. We also offer curriculum based education programs. If you would like to reserve a program for your group of ten or more, please visit our reservation page.

"Cradle of Liberty" - Faneuil Hall Talks

Discover the importance of Faneuil Hall as a marketplace and meeting place from the 18th-century to the present day. 15-20 minute talk in the historic Great Hall.
Talk times: every half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., unless the Great Hall is in use. For more information, call the Faneuil Hall Visitor Center at 617-242-5642.

Tours of the Freedom Trail®

Join a ranger for a 60-minute walking tour of the Freedom Trail®. Learn about the people, places, and events in Boston that helped shape the American Revolution. The tour is limited to 30 people. Tours begin inside the Faneuil Hall Visitor Center.
Tours begin on April 21, 2014
Weekday Tour times: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

Weekend Tour times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

"Decisive Day" - Bunker Hill Talks

Learn about the experiences of soldiers on both sides of the first real battle of the Revolutionary War. Discover why the battle, a British victory and a colonial loss, was an important step in the colonists' fight to drive the British army out of Boston. 20-30 minute talk at the Bunker Hill Monument.
Talk times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

"Taking the High Ground" - Bunker Hill Tours

Join a ranger for a 45-minute walking tour that will take you from the Charlestown Navy Yard to the Bunker Hill Monument in the footsteps of the British soldiers and Marines assaulting the hill on June 17, 1775. Learn about the tactics and strategies of the battle, and about the experiences of the participants. Tour starts outside the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center.
Tour times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. from the last week of June through November 3.

USS Cassin Young
USS Cassin Young is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starting April 1, USS Cassin Young will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NOTE: USS Cassin Young will remain closed during icy conditions.

USS Constitution

USS Constitution is open year round for tours with the following schedule:

November 1 through March 31: Thursday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 1 through September 30: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October 1 through October 31: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

USS Constitution does not take reservations.

Notice: All visitors are required to go through a screening process, and visitors over 18 years of age must have a valid ID. It is a good idea to arrive at least a half-hour early to allow time to get through the security tent. As a reminder, all items banned from federal buildings and airports will not be allowed on board "Old Ironsides," including guns, mace, and any sharp objects such as razors, knives, pocket knives, Swiss Army knives, "Leatherman" type tools, scissors, letter openers, etc.

Did You Know?

Lucy Stone

The request to reserve Faneuil Hall on December 16, 1873, identified the event as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. In truth, Suffragette Lucy Stone held the first women's suffragette meeting in the "Cradle of Liberty." She surprised many with her real agenda that day.