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.

FANEUIL HALL

"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 city sponsored events. 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 and end at Old South Meeting House.

April 18 until June 27: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00,a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

June 28 through September 7: Daily, 10:00 a.m.,11:00 a.m. 12:00 pm, 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

For groups of 10 or more, please email bost_rsvp@nps.gov.


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 and end at Old North Church.

April 18 until June 27: Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

June 28 through September 7: Daily, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

For groups of 10 or more, please email bost_rsvp@nps.gov.


Revolutionary Town Meeting:Stamp Act

Boston National Historical Park rangers in costume stage an historic Town Meeting in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall where visitors can join in by portraying the cast of characters who decide the fate of citizens on topics of importance to Boston's future. Colonial crowdsourcing, anyone?

Sundays 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Free. For more information, call (617) 242-5642.


BUNKER HILL MONUMENT

"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. 15 minute talk at the Bunker Hill Monument.

Daily, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Please note, the final day for ranger talks in 2015 is October 31.

For groups of 10 or more, please e-mail bost_rsvp@nps.gov.


"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.

June 28 through September 7: Daily, 11 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tours begin at Gate 1, Charlestown Navy Yard.

For groups of 10 or more, please e-mail bost_rsvp@nps.gov.


Muskets, Men & Liberty

What were the colonists fighting for at the Battle of Bunker Hill and why were they willing to take up arms against fellow British subjects? Discover why three men from very different backgrounds were fighting for a common cause because of their shared desire for liberty. Observe a ranger dressed in period clothing fire a musket on the grounds of the Bunker Hill Monument.

Free, Saturdays, July 4 through Sept 7., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


CHARLESTOWN NAVY YARD

USS Cassin Young

Visit the main deck of USS Cassin Young, a Fletcher-class destroyer used by the US Navy during World War II and Cold War.

Free, USS Cassin Young is scheduled to open mid-June. Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 617-242-5601 for more information.

USS Constitution

USS Constitution is scheduled to open Mid June. Please call 617-242-5601 for more information.

For information on the USS Constitution's restoration, please visit the U.S. Navy's website.

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


Swinging Summer Nights: The Berklee Navy Yard Series

Boston National Historical Park, Berklee College of Music, Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard and Summer on the Waterfront present "Swinging Summer Nights: Berklee Navy Yard Series." Join us on the Commandant's House Lawn in the Charlestown Navy Yard for an evening of music and fun. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy food for sale. Family-friendly activities. A different band will perform every Friday night in July. No alcohol.

Fridays in July, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free, weather permitting

July 3, Jive McFly, A Boston-based band specializing in a blend of funk, rock, and pop.

July 10, Grey Season This band performs their unique brand of folk music wrapped in rock 'n' roll.

July 17, Low Key, An indie/folk/rock band from Boston.

July 24, 3 Sudacas, Met as Berklee students two years ago have been playing together ever since.

July 31, Ellen Siberian-Tiger, This band plays their folk-inspired orchestral music, mixed with grunge and garage rock.

 

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