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“Free, Informative, Perfect for adults with an interest in history. Tickets go quickly at peak times.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Park Service Visitor Center

National Park Service Visitor Center
Faneuil Hall, First Floor, Boston, MA 02109
617 242 5642
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Ranked #44 of 195 Attractions in Boston
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Outdoors
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
New England
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“Free, Informative, Perfect for adults with an interest in history. Tickets go quickly at peak times.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We took 2 tours: Meeting, Mobs and Martyrs with Travis Early and Allegiance to Revolution with a second park ranger Both park rangers spoke loudly and clearly and told fascinating stories of the history of Boston from 1630 up to the American Revolution. Each was 1 hour (or just over) in length.

These tours do not go INTO the sites (many Freedom Trail sites charge admission), rather they stop outside the sites and talk to the group about what happened there, enriching in a very balanced view the many of the stories that many American school children learn about the days leading up to the American Revolution. Therefore, the tours might be dull for children. The walks are short and the talks are long (and fascinating!) and geared for adults. Be aware that there are a lot of uneven cobblestones -- wear comfortable footwear.

On busy days (such as during leaf peeping season), the tours fill up early. Free tickets are distributed 30 minutes prior to each tour. After receiving your ticket enjoy the performers at right outside or the food markets before assembling for the tour. There are public restrooms available in the basement of the Faneuil Hall Visitor Center (which is on the Congress Street side of Faneuil Hall Marketplace)

I highly recommend!!

Visited September 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Take advantage of these free and informative tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We took two different tours: "Meetings, Mobs, and Martyrs" in the morning and "Allegiance to Revolution" in the afternoon. Our morning ranger was Maryalice and our afternoon ranger was Travis Early. Both rangers knew their information thoroughly and were quite open to questions. Maryalice was harder to understand as she used a portable microphone and speaker system which distorted her voice. She also took us through more of the downtown area (Faneuil Hall, Old State House, and Old South Meeting House) which was more congested and noisy than the North End. Travis had a booming voice, plus he took us through the quieter part of town (North End: Paul Revere House, Lieutenant Governor's House, and Old North Church). Both Maryalice and Travis were passionate about their subjects and made the learning enjoyable.

I highly recommend taking tours offered by the National Park Service, particularly because if you are a USA taxpayer, you've already "paid" for them anyway!

Visited September 2013
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“Great way to learn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Our ranger was very enthusiastic which made our visit to the North End all the better. Very interesting and time for questions. It helped that we went on a nice day.

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Brisbane, Australia
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“An Education”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We did three tours with the National Parks Service, two from Faneuil Hall and one from Charlestown Navy Yard. In each case we were highly impressed by the tour guides, who were all passionate about their subjects, and keen to give us a real sense of the thoughts and motivations on both sides of the conflicts. I was particularly impressed by their honesty about historical events as persons elevated by folklore to heroic status were not necessarily so. In a city that clearly derives much income from its place in history, it is refreshing that such a service is provided free of charge.

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“Fantastic free walking tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Took the 10am free NPS walking tour with ranger Travis E. Subject was "Meetings, Mobs and Martyrs" and we walked from Faneuil Hall to Old State House to the Old South Church. Tickets (free, available 30 minutes prior to each tour from the info desk) meet downstairs. Travis did an excellent tour with the large (30) crowd, telling a very interesting story of how the citizens of Boston were nearly predispositioned to become the first revolutionaries in the colonies. Very easy to follow, very interesting, and very enjoyable. He does a wonderful tour!

Tours also available going around the North End (Paul Revere, Old North Church). Check NPS official schedule for tour dates, topics and times.

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