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

    Boston

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Guided Tours

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®: Meetings, Mobs &Martyrs

By imposing taxes and oppressive policies on the American colonies, the British Parliament threatened their traditions of self-government and Bostonians defied them. Join a National Park Service Ranger for a 60 minute walk focusing on Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, the Boston Massacre Site, and Old South Meeting House. Along the Freedom Trail®, discover how Bostonians resisted these repressive strategies. The tour is limited to 30 people, and tickets are handed out on a first come, first served basis. Tours begin inside the Faneuil Hall Visitor Center.

Starting on October 1, daily tours at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Please note, the final day for ranger guided tours in 2014 is October 31.

Tours of the Freedom Trail®: Allegiance to Revolution

Dumping 46 tons of privately owned tea into Boston Harbor set in motion a series of events that would lead to Great Britain's loss of her American colonies. Join a National Park Service Ranger for a 60 minute walk focusing on Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, and Old North Church. Along the Freedom Trail®, meet the people who shifted the conversation from allegiance to revolution. The tour is limited to 30 people, and tickets are handed out on a first come, first served basis. Tours begin inside the Faneuil Hall Visitor Center.

Daily tours offered at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. Please note, the final day for ranger guided tours in 2014 is October 31.

"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 Rangers for a 45 minute tour from the Charlestown Navy Yard to the Bunker Hill Monument. Walk in the footsteps of the British soldiers and Marines who assaulted the hill on June 17th, 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.

Starting on October 1, daily tour at 11 a.m. Please note, the final day for ranger guided tours in 2014 is October 31.

USS Cassin Young
The main deck USS Cassin Young will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tours Tuesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please note, the final day for ranger guided tours in 2014 is October 31.

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: To ensure safety, all visitors 18 and over wishing to embark USS Constitution may be subject to present a valid federal or state-issued photo ID at the ship's security entrance.

 

Did You Know?

Old North Church Steeple

Did you know that Old North Church's steeple has been replaced twice since the display of the signal lanterns on April 18, 1775? In neither case was the downfall caused by revolution, but by a mighty wind, a nameless storm of October, 1804, and Hurricane Carol, August, 1954.