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Boston Common Tours

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Boston Common
The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. At 50 acres (20 hectares), it is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston’s neighborhoods. The historic park was once a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War.

The Basics
Walking paths crisscross the Common’s green space, which is dotted with monuments, including the Boston Massacre Monument, the Great Elm site, and the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial. In winter, ice skaters head to Frog Pond, while summer draws theater lovers for Shakespeare on the Common. The Common is a stop on walking and driving tours of the Freedom Trail and on Boston bike tours. The hop-on hop-off trolley also stops at the park.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an on-site information kiosk with maps.
  • The Common is a good spot for picnics.
  • This is a family-friendly location with ballfields, a playground, a carousel, and a spray pool for kids to enjoy in the summer.
  • The Common is close to other sights, such as  the Central Burying Ground and the Boston Athenaeum.

How to Get There
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. Bluebikes, from Boston's bike-share program, are available to rent around town. You can also take a hop-on hop-off trolley to the Common.

When to Get There
The Common hosts a number of activities throughout the year (especially in the summer). These range from free concerts to political rallies to seasonal festivals. The most popular time to visit Boston is during the summer, when the weather is warm, and in the early fall, when the trees change color.

Walking the Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a historic walking path that takes you past many of Boston’s landmarks. The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) trail includes 16 locations that played a pivotal part in the American Revolution, such as the sites of the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, along with Faneuil Hall and Boston Common. Opt for a guided tour if you want to learn about the city’s history as you go.
Address: Between Beacon, Park, Tremont, Boylston, and Charles Streets, Boston 02111, USA
Admission: Free
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Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour with 18 StopsHistorical & Heritage Tours

Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour with 18 Stops

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Old State House, Dreamland Wax Museum, and the Old North Church with the purchase of your tour.
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Boston Classic: Duck Boat Sightseeing TourDay Cruises

Boston Classic: Duck Boat Sightseeing Tour

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Hop into a duck boat—renovated World War II amphibious vehicle—for a comprehensive tour of Boston. Pass Boston Common, Quincy Market, and the Celtics' home turf at TD Garden. Then splashdown into the Charles River for a view of the city by boat. Learn all about Boston's history and landmarks as you go.
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley TourHop-on Hop-off Tours

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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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 to include a Boston harbor cruise.
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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston

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Explore Boston's Freedom Trail on this informative and historic tour complete with a guide. 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.
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Freedom Trail Best Tour (Boston Common to Faneuil Hall)Historical & Heritage Tours

Freedom Trail Best Tour (Boston Common to Faneuil Hall)

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Cover the highlights of the Freedom Trail on this walking tour of Downtown Boston. A shorter route leading between Boston Common and Faneuil Hall Marketplace is ideal for travelers who don’t have the time or inclination to cover the full extended route. A costumed guide adds a theatrical touch to the experience.
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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour PLUS Beacon Hill to Copley Square, Back Bay Architecture Tours

Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour PLUS Beacon Hill to Copley Square, Back Bay

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Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this 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. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
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Boston Shore Excursion: Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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Disembark your ship and take a short walk from Cruiseport Boston to explore the best the city has to offer—a hop-on hop-off tour of Beantown. Visit Boston’s top attractions on a loop around town. Get to know the city, on your own, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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Boston City View Bicycle Tour: See Fenway Park, North End, Back Bay, and MoreBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Boston City View Bicycle Tour: See Fenway Park, North End, Back Bay, and More

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Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
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Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail TourHalf-day Tours

Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail Tour

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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.
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Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour with Costumed Guide

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Walk the Freedom Trail with a guide in historic costume on a tour from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall, a 1.2-mile route that covers important sites in the heart of Boston. This tour's shorter distance lets you follow in the footsteps of the founding fathers and American revolutionaries without making the more strenuous trek all the way across the Charles River, finishing in a spot that’s convenient to top Boston attractions.
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Boston Private City Tour

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See all Boston's most important sights in a four hour, private, guided city tour, in a comfortable luxury vehicle. If you value, time, privacy, comfort and would like to have a good overview of the city of Boston at your own convenience and pace, we are the right choice for you. We will drive by or stop and wait at the sights you are most interested in. Our tour is totally customizable and our priority is to please you, not keep a schedule.
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Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

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Fans of Boston-based TV shows and movies will love this walking tour of Boston Common and Beacon Hill. Step inside the bar where ‘Cheers’ was made famous and see more than 30 filming locations for popular flicks such as ‘Good Will Hunting.’ A local actor serves as your guide and entertains with fun facts about Boston highlights.
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

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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.
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Evening Tour of Freedom Trail through Revolutionary Boston

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Take a deep dive into the history of the American Revolution on this walking tour of Boston. Your historian guide will focus on the years between and 1760 and 1775, a tumultuous time with lots to talk about. Stroll the Freedom Trail and ask plenty of questions along the way; your small group will make for an intimate atmosphere.
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Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV TourHalf-day Tours

Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV Tour

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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.
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Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

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Private tours are priced per GROUP, not per person. This amazing tour is for those who want more than a driving tour but not a ton of walking.(aprox. 90 minute walk) Stroll through the historic North End. Have a snack from a famous North End pastry shop. Go inside the Old North Church and see Paul Revere's house, Explore Copp's Hill Burial Ground and learn about the "Spite House", the "Brink's Job" robbery. and the Great Molasses Flood. Visit the USS Constitution, and go up Bunker Hill where the first organized battle of the Revolutionary war took place. Learn how the Colonists lost that battle but won at the same time. Ride through Downtown, up Beacon Hill, The Back Bay, Fenway and over to Cambridge to see Harvard & MIT. You will see the entire city in half a day. ​Learn all about our history as well as what makes Boston such a great 21st century city. We can confirm tour start time after booking is complete. Weekday tours during the school year tours can only start after 2:30PM
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Boston Combo: Duck Boat Sightseeing Tour & Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley TourAudio Guided Tours

Boston Combo: Duck Boat Sightseeing Tour & Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

BOSTON DUCK TOUR Board your "DUCK", an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. You'll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the Fleet Center, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. Then, i's time for "Splashdown" as your ConDUCKtor splashes your DUCK right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, the kind of view you just won't get anywhere else. HOP-ON HOP-OFF TROLLEY Route stops include: • New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace • Historic North End and Little Italy • USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard • Old State House Museum • Cheers "The Original" • Cambridge, MIT, and Harvard Square • Charles Street and Antique Row • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.
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Comfort Hybrid Boston City Bike Rental

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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.
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Boston Freedom Trail Scavenger Hunt AdventureSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Boston Freedom Trail Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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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.
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The Anne Hutchinson Tour of BostonCultural Tours

The Anne Hutchinson Tour of Boston

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It's been many years since my banishment from Boston, but I've returned, ready to share my beliefs once more! Won't you join? We'll walk along Boston's... ahem... Freedom... Trail from the Massachusetts State House to Faneuil Hall, and I will tell you Boston's REAL history filtered only through Christ's grace. Though this is under a mile in distance if we were to walk straight, I have many things to say and may fall into revelation. Do give your soul 90 minutes to recieve the seal of the Spirit on my tour. I've grown to quite like the accusations of "Licentiousnesse and sinfull Liberty" thrown against me in 1630s Boston, and therefore my tour is for adults only. See you soon...
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in BostonPhotography Tours

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Boston

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Boston  and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Boston, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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Boston Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt

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Are you planning a visit to Boston? Our downtown tourist scavenger hunt will take you from Old City Hall to the New England Aquarium by way of Boston Commons, Massachusetts State House, and Faneuil Hall! You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you. Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the largest city in this eastern state of the United States. Its own population is slightly less than 700,000, but its metropolitan area exceeded 4.5 million in 2017.
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Freedom Trail and Fun Tales Pedicab TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

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.
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Boston Light Painting Photography Tour

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This is a tour AND a photography class. 2 in 1. All travelers will meet at the Boston Common. The address is 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. We will paint the town with light, and travel through time. We will get to see the Boston Common, the Boston Public Garden, the Charles River, and the North End. We will finish up with a desert of your choice at Mike's Pastry in the historic North End. You will leave with forty unique, and stunning images that span multiple timelines in the heart of one city. Each of you will get to get pick three of your photos you want to put on a T-shirt. After class, I will send you three T-shirts, and your forty images in an album edited professionally by me. They will help you remember this journey forever, and enlighten others to the beauty, and memories of Boston.
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