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. To accommodate groups visiting our sites, we require at least 2 weeks notice for reservations for Bunker Hill Monument or education programs.

 

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 am to 4:30 pm, 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, May 26 through September 29, 2018, 10 am & 11 am.

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 May 26 through September 29, 2018, 2 pm & 3 pm.

Revolutionary Town Meeting: Boston, 1768
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 the arrival of British soldiers! Free, 30 minutes.
Sundays, June 24 through July 29, 2018, 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm.

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, May 26 through September 29, 2018, 3:30 pm.
 

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 hour on the hour from 10 am to 4:00 pm.

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, June 29 through September 29, 2018, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm.

Walk the Battlefield
Go beyond the the Monument grounds and explore parts of today's Charlestown neighborhood that comprised the rest of the Bunker Hill battlefield.
Fridays & Saturdays, June 24 through September 29, 2018, 11 am & 2 pm.
 

Charlestown Navy Yard
1812 Marines Living History Encampment
In 1812 the U.S. Marines guarded the Charlestown Navy Yard on shore and fought on the decks of USS Constitution at sea. Come see them in action as they demonstrate camp life, unit drills, and musket firings.
Every third Saturday from April through October, weather permitting. Musket firing times to be announced the day of each encampment.
USS Cassin Young Tours
Go up to the bridge and down to the bunks in this 45 minute tour of Cassin Young beyond the Main Deck! Space is limited. Free tickets available first come first served the day of aboard the ship. Visitors must be over 46" in height and able to climb steep ladders.
May 5 - June 23, 2 pm
June 24 - September 29, 11 am, 2 pm, & 3 pm
 

2018 EVENING PROGRAMS
Boston in the War of 1812
Discover the role the Charlestown Navy Yard had in supporting USS Constitution and the Navy during the War of 1812. This 60 minute walking tour begins at the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard.
June 22 & September 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Rosie’s Navy Yard
Over 8,000 women joined the workforce at the Boston Naval Shipyard to help win World War II. Join this free 60 minute walking tour to explore their stories. Tour begins at the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard.
June 29, July 20 & August 10, 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 at the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard.
June 15, July 6, July 27, August 17 & August 31 , 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Boston Navy Yard in the Civil War
Discover how the Boston Navy Charlestown helped defeat the South during the Civil War. This 60-minute walking tour begins at the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1 and concludes with a special visit to the Commandant's House.
July 13 & September 14, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30

Boston Navy Yard in the Second World War
Civilian workers at the Boston Naval Shipyard built over 200 ships, including 14 Fletcher Class destroyers. Learn why their accomplishments were so important for laying the foundation for the Allied victory. This 60-minute walking tour begins at the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1 and concludes with a special visit aboard Cassin Young.
August 3, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30

Boston Navy Yard in the Cold War
Not long after the Allied victory of World War II, the United States faced new threats in the era of the Cold War. Discover how the Naval Shipyard workers stepped up to these challenges and began modernizing the U.S. Naval fleet in the 1950s and 60s. This 60-minute walking tour begins at the large flagpole at the base of Pier 1 and concludes with a special visit aboard Cassin Young.
August 24, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30

Swinging Summer Nights - Charlestown Navy Yard 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 28, July 5, 12, 19, 25, & August 2, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Last updated: May 3, 2018

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Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston , MA 02129

Phone:

(617) 242-5601

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