Guided Tours

A park ranger leads a tour for children outside the Old State House
 

Boston National Historical Park preserves and interprets sites which played a critical role in the creation, definition, and defense of the American nation. Join us and discover the human story behind these special places.

Talks are offered year-round, and are available to any size group. Tours are available seasonally and typically require a free ticket. Tickets may be obtained before each scheduled tour. Be sure to check all the details for each program below.

Groups of ten or larger should visit our reservation page before planning to join a tour or program. We also offer curriculum-based education programs for school groups.

 

FANEUIL HALL
"Cradle of Liberty" - Faneuil Hall Talks
Discover the importance of Faneuil Hall as a marketplace and meeting place from the eighteenth century to the present day. 15-20 minute talk in the historic Great Hall.
Daily, 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. Offered year-round.

Tours of the Freedom Trail®: Meetings, Mobs & Martyrs
When the British Parilament imposed taxes and unpopular policies on the American colonies, Bostonians gained a reputation for their varying methods of defiance. Free, 60 minutes.
Daily, July 1 through October 14, 2017, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Tours of the Freedom Trail®: Enemies to this Country
In 1774 Paul Revere and his neighbors in the North End were forced to make difficult and dangerous choices. As sides were drawn, both Patriots and Loyalists labeled the other "enemies to this country". Free, 60 minutes
Daily July 1 through October 14, 2017, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Revolutionary Town Meeting: The Townsend Acts
Stand up! Speak out! Join Boston National Historical Park rangers in period clothing at a lively Town Meeting in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall. Participate as one of a cast of characters, or simply watch matters get heated as we debate taxes and non-importation of British goods! Free, 30 minutes.
Sundays, July 1 through August 6, 2017, 2:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Ranger Choice Talks
Join a National Park Service ranger for an intriguing, little-known story that brings Boston's history to life. Each ranger will share exciting finds from their research in these unique 30-minute talks. Free, 15-20 minutes.
Daily, July 1 through October 14, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
 

BUNKER HILL MONUMENT

"Decisive Day" - Bunker Hill Talks
Two months after Lexington and Concord, a battle raged on the Charlestown Peninsula just outside Boston. Discover why this battle, a British victory and a colonial loss, was an important step in the colonists' fight to drive the British army out of Boston. 15-20 minute talk at the Bunker Hill Monument. Offered year-round.
Daily, every half-hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Muskets, Men & Liberty
Discover why men from many different backgrounds—free and enslaved, British and Yankee—carried a musket into this battle that raged outside Boston in 1775. This program includes a musket firing demonstration. Free, 30 minutes.
Fridays & Saturdays, July 1 through October 14, 2017, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
 

2017 EVENING PROGRAMS

Explore the Charlestown Navy Yard
The Charlestown Navy Yard was both a home for many people and a place of production and technological innovation. Learn how workers served the US Navy for generations. Free, walking tour begins by the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard.
July 7, August 1 & September 1, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Rosie’s Navy Yard
July 14 & August 11
Learn about SWONs: Shipbuilding Women of the Navy, who helped win World War II. Free, walking tour begins by the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard.
July 14 & August 11, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Twilight at Bunker Hill
Join a ranger and walk in the steps of the British soldiers as they advanced on the colonial stronghold during the battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. Tour concludes with a special sunset climb to the top of the Monument. Free, walking tour begins by the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard.
June 16, July 21 & August 18, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Planting the Seeds of Liberty: Puritan Boston 1630-1640
Explore how the Puritan beginnings of Boston helped lay the foundation for the Revolution and the creation of a Republic. Tour starts at Faneuil Hall. Tours are limited to 30 people per tour, so ask a ranger for a free ticket, 60 minutes.
June 30, July 28 & August 25, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Evening Town Meeting!
Stand up! Speak out! Join Boston National Historical Park rangers in period clothing at a lively Town Meeting in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall. Participate as one of a cast of characters, or simply watch matters get heated as we debate taxes and non-importation of British goods! Free, 30 minutes.
Sunday, July 2, 6 p.m.

Swinging Summer Nights - Charlestown Navy Yard Berklee Concert Series
Come enjoy local music and food on the lawn of the historic Commandant's House at the Navy Yard! Free Admission.
Thursdays, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, & August 3, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Last updated: June 23, 2017

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Mailing Address:

Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston , MA 02129

Phone:

(617) 242-5601

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