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National Park Service Visitor Center

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Address: Faneuil Hall, First Floor, Boston, MA 02109
Phone Number: 617 242 5642
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Great free tour of the freedon trail

We were wandering around Faneuil Hall sight seeing and noticed a sign for a tour. The price was right- free and we really enjoyed the walking tour. The tour guide (I'm sorry I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 24, 2015
Dawn L

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We were wandering around Faneuil Hall sight seeing and noticed a sign for a tour. The price was right- free and we really enjoyed the walking tour. The tour guide (I'm sorry I can't remember his name) was animated and knowledgeable; He really made the tour fun. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Travelling from Canada, we were very happy with our experience touring Faneuil Hall, and one of the history walking tours led by a ranger on one day. The next day we came back and took the longer black history tour at the Boston African American National Monument Site, based on Beacon Hill ( meeting in front of the Massachusettes State... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

On the ground floor of the historic Faneuil Hall building you'll find a National Parks Visitor Centre, staff by rangers eager to provide information about the Freedom Trail and available tours you can take to learn more about this particular building and other historical sights in downtown Boston. There is a wall of area National Park's brochures as well that... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The National Park staff in Boston is top notch. They are always very helpful. If you want a map, ask at the desk. If you are a NP stamp collector, they have several for the area. There is an interesting film (and clean bathrooms) in the basement. A good stopping point along the Freedom Trail

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Thank surfinginflorida
Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

These people are real history buffs, able to give you a great background in Boston history and how it relates to the American Revolution. Please NOTE: on the 3rd Floor of Faneuil Hall is the Museum of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. The museum includes some Revolutionary War muskets - they are huge! Check it out.

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Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We were taken around the freedom trail with a very passionate ranger. He was knowledgeable and friendly, can't ask for another more. Highly recommended start to Boston's great history. The run hourly tours but get booked up early so arrive early to get your green sticker.

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Thank Rakhee T
Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Boston what a Great town. So much history and sights to see. Start here at Faneuil hall and do the Freedom Trail. Wow

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Don't stay on first floor go up stair. There is a small elevator to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Quarters and Museum. NOT advertised and open for walk about. Third oldest military company in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We had planned to tour the Freedom Trail while in Boston, but I was overwhelmed by the number and types of tours available. We picked up one of the small books for under $10 you can find anywhere in Boston that details the trail, but we really wanted someone to walk us through who could really bring it to life.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

I took a free tour and learned a lot. What I liked about the ranger talk is that he presented both sides. Many lost everything when the revolution took place and others did very well.

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.