Boston Common Tours

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The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. At 50 acres/20 hectares, the Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston’s neighborhoods.

The Common has served many purposes over the years, including as a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War. Today, though, the Common serves picnickers, sunbathers, and people watches. In winter, the Frog Pond attracts ice-skaters, while summer draws theater lovers for Shakespeare on the Common.

Spend a day wandering freely in the Common. Walking paths crisscross its green, which is dotted with such monuments and memorials as the Boston Massacre Monument, the Great Elm Site, and the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial. Nearby sites include the Central Burying Ground and the Boston Athenaeum.

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Boston Common is on the south end of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The MBTA subway, or the T, services the area with a number of stations, enabling you to visit a variety of nearby sites. An on-site information kiosk is a great source of information and maps. Throughout the year, especially in summer, the Common hosts a number of activities, from free concerts to political rallies to seasonal festivities.

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Address: Between Beacon, Park, Tremont, Boylston, and Charles Streets, Boston 02111, USA
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Private Boston Freedom Trail Tour in Luxury Rolls-Royce

Explore the Freedom Trail on a private 3-hour tour of the historic sites of Boston and neighboring Charlestown. Ride in the luxury of a Rolls-Royce Ghost with your own private driver who lets you choose the places you want to see along the Freedom Trail. You might take in highlights like the Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and the Paul Revere House before crossing into Charlestown. Your private driver shares commentary throughout the tour and hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$900.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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$900.00 USD

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Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit Boston’s top attractions — like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few — on a 1.45-hour loop. Enjoy admission to the Old State House, Dreamland Wax Museum as well as half priced admission to Old North Church with the purchase of your tour.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$44.05 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail Tour

Get to know Boston on a private 3-hour drive along the Freedom Trail, which crosses through 16 historical locations key to the founding of the United States. Head to landmarks including the Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and the Paul Revere House, among others. Then take the Charlestown Bridge to the USS Constitution and view the Bunker Hill Monument. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle with your own private driver-guide who shares live commentary about the sights. You select which stops along the Freedom Trail you would like to see, create your own itinerary with this unique, self-guided tour! Includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$236.40 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV Tour

Discover the cinematic side of Boston on a 3-hour tour with your own private driver-guide. See the filming sites for movies and TV shows such as 'Mystic River,' 'Good Will Hunting,' and 'Cheers' in a deluxe private vehicle. Drive through the West End, North Boston, South Boston, Beacon Hill, and downtown Boston, and pass landmarks like the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour

Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this 2-hour guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. You’ll then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide will join your trip to help add context.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$35.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit nine of Boston’s top attractions — like the USS Constitution, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and Fenway Park, to name a few — on a 1.75-hour loop. Select your pass, then board at any of the nine stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live on-board commentary from a professional tour conductor. Upgrade your experience by including a 45-minute Boston harbor cruise for just $5.00 more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston

Spend 70 minutes exploring Boston's Freedom Trail on this informative and historic tour complete with a guide. You'll wander cobblestone streets, check out the architecture, and learn about the colorful past of this dynamic destination. Stops include Faneuil Hall, King's Chapel, Boston Common, and more.
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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$20.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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PhotoWalks Freedom Trail Tour

Boston’s red-brick Freedom Trail takes you on a journey through revolutionary history, to sites where patriots protested against British rule and worked to form a new government. This walking tour takes you to famous sites along the trail, including Boston Common, the Old State House, and Park Street Church. While you walk, your guide provides historical background and offers tips for capturing photographs of these historic sites.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$40.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide

Explore the best of the East Coast, from New York City to Boston, on this guided tour. Explore one of the nation's oldest cities and check out its many top attractions and landmarks, like Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, Harvard University, Fenway Park, Faneuil Hall, and much more. Along the way, learn about Beantown's history, architecture, and traditions from a Spanish-speaking guide.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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$99.00 USD
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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$99.00 USD

New York to Boston Day Trip by Rail

Explore a historic American city with a full-day trip to Boston from New York. Start your day with a scenic rail trip, then visit Boston at your own pace with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour in a classic trolley that visits all the city’s most historic sites and landmarks. Enjoy a 2-course lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe then follow the footsteps of revolutionaries on the Freedom Trail; see the USS Constitution in the Boston Harbor and take in the home of the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
  • Duration: 16 hours
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$349.00 USD
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  • Duration: 16 hours
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$349.00 USD

Day Trip from Providence to Boston by Rail

Explore a historic American city on a full-day trip to Boston from Providence, RI. Start your day with a scenic rail trip, then visit Boston at your own pace with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour in a classic trolley that visits all the city’s most historic sites and landmarks. Enjoy a 2-course lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe then follow the footsteps of revolutionaries on the Freedom Trail; see the USS Constitution in the Boston Harbor and take in the home of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. 
  • Duration: 1 day
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$159.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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$159.00 USD

Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

Explore Boston in a way that interests you on a private walking tour that can be customized to your preferences. You'll follow a flexible itinerary tailored to include attractions that you want to see, such as Boston Common, Freedom Trail, or Copley Square. If you don't have specific interests, you can leave the itinerary up to your guide. Either way, this is a chance to enjoy Boston's history and charm with a guide all to yourself.
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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$350.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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$350.00 USD

Full-Day City Tour of Boston and Cambridge

See the highlights of Boston and Cambridge on a full-day coach tour with a knowledgeable guide. Walk around the campuses of Harvard University and MIT; pass the Massachusetts State House and Trinity Church; have lunch at Faneuil Hall; and trace the Freedom Trail to the Old State House. Take a stroll down the tree-lined paths of the Boston Common, and have the option to purchase a ticket for the USS Constitution sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor on this comprehensive tour of the Massachusetts capital.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$54.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Freedom Trail and Fun Tales Pedicab Tour

Discover Boston’s revolutionary past on the back of a pedicab. Cruise through the city as you visit historic sights like the Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Granary Burying Ground, and more. Ask questions and learn all about the birth of America from your local guide. This customizable tour can stop wherever you want, adding places of interest or a break for cannoli.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$170.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Full Day Boston City Tour from New Hampshire

Explore Boston’s most historic sites and landmarks with a guided, full day tour from Manchester, New Hampshire. Get the perfect overview of the city from the three-masted USS Constitution to the pastry shops and Italian stores that line the atmospheric North End. Purchase lunch at historic Quincy Market, follow the footsteps of America’s early revolutionaries as you visit a series of colonial-era icons, then walk the tree-lined paths of Harvard Yard before returning to New Hampshire.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$129.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Boston Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Discover Boston in a fun new way on this 3-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure from Boston Common to the Freedom Trail, the North End neighborhood and other real-life locations around town. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of this capital city of Massachusetts. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$15.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Boston Bike Rental

Set out for the colonial streets of Boston with this 2-hour or 24-hour bike rental and explore the city’s winding neighborhoods at your own pace. Select among a variety of comfortable hybrid bikes and pedal past the North End, Boston’s picturesque wharfs, historical Fenway Park, the dignified brownstones of Beacon Hill and the downtown public park of Boston Common within minutes.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$27.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Aluminum Road Bike Rental

Explore the city streets of Boston on two wheels with an economical and health-conscious bike rental. Choose the 1-day rental and a high-end road bike. Then explore everything Beantown has to offer at leisure — from the North End, the city's oldest residential community, to the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill, plus Boston Common and everywhere else in and around this fascinating metropolis. Rental includes use of bicycle, plus lock, helmet, flat-tire kit, and lights, if desired. Bike rentals begin across from Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. Availability begins at noon local time.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$78.75 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Private 3-Hour Boston Movie Sites Tour by Luxury Rolls-Royce

Explore Boston's movie filming locations during a private 3-hour tour with your own driver. Ride in luxury in a Rolls-Royce Ghost to see where movies and TV shows such as 'Good Will Hunting,' 'Mystic River,' and 'Cheers' were filmed. You'll pass through North Boston, South Boston, the West End, downtown Boston, and Beacon Hill, and take in landmarks like the Boston Common and South Boston waterfront. Includes transportation by private luxury vehicle and driver-guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$900.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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$900.00 USD

Boston Day Trip with Duck Tour

Visit Boston on an 8-hour tour from New Hampshire for a chance to see some of the United States' top historical attractions in one of its most attractive cities. Check out landmarks such as Quincy Market, Boston Common, and Newbury Street, and take a sightseeing tour on an amphibious vehicle known as a 'duck,' which travels on both land and water. Lunch in Boston's North End is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$129.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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$129.00 USD


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