Walking Boston - Tours
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Walking Boston offers a fun, private, educational tour of historic Boston. Very entertaining & informative guide. Walking Boston is Boston’s only historic tour given by a children’s book author with family ties to the Sons of Liberty and Paul Revere. Imagine yourself touring Boston with an actual relative of the legendary Paul Revere! Ben Edwards is a creative and engaging tour guide who offers private tours at a comfortable pace. His private guided walking tours for groups and families provide a personalized approach ensuring plenty of time for questions and the flexibility to stay longer at many of the sites. As a tour participant, you'll "hold history in your hands" as Ben shares rare documents and original colonial newspapers from his personal collection along the tour route. You'll also receive free access to a number of bonus items that support the tour.
Boston, Massachusetts

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2022

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stquaranta
Hillsborough, NC4 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
My family and I visited Boston over the July 4th holiday. We love American history and wanted an in-depth private tour that would really give us a feel of the city and its historical past. I did a lot of research to find the perfect tour guide and did I ever hit the jack pot with Ben Edwards! He was so engaging, thorough, knowledgeable, and full of energy. He kept the attention of my 10 year old son with games, questions, prizes and lots of cool historical facts. We were “on the go” from 9:30 am until he dropped us off at 5pm at our hotel, with stops for breakfast and lunch at historical restaurants. He brought to life the colorful past of the city, its role in the American revolution, how the Revere family story is woven through Boston’s history, and many other amazing facts one would never know without the guidance of someone who had spent their life studying and researching its history. He had maps, books, coins, artifacts, and a backpack full of treasures to give picture to the story he told. It is evident that Ben does this job because he loves it. He has dedicated his life to preserving his family’s past, understanding Boston’s complex history and sharing his knowledge with others. He’s particularly good with kids - my son loved meeting Ben and spending the day with him and claims our day with him was his favorite day on our trip!
Do yourself a HUGE favor and hire Ben to share his knowledge about Boston. I HIGHLY recommend him and his tours. You will not be disappointed.
Written July 11, 2022
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mdbarg
2 contributions
Oct 2021
Ben Edwards provided a tour that my group is still commenting positively about! This was the fourth time I took my group on his Boston Walking Tour and I'm still learning new details about Boston and American Heritage sites from him. Typical comments from my group's ten participants included, "Fantastic! Best tour I've ever experienced!" and "This tour was more than worth every hour of my time! I never knew these things before!" Demand for another tour is building and we will try to schedule one for some time in early Spring 2022. Ben brings many of his original rare documents and stories to share during the tour that distinguishes him from most other less professional tour guides.

On our most recent tour, we gave Ben a Boston Cream pie birthday surprise as a token of our appreciation for his professionalism and exceptional ability to make everyone in our group feel welcome and engaged with the tour. Ben adapted quickly to the external disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in a successful and enjoyable tour of historic Boston for our group of OIF and OEF veterans including a few of their children.
Written October 24, 2021
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mdbarg
Lexington, MA2 contributions
May 2022
This was the fifth time I hosted my group to take the Boston Walking Tour with our superb guide, Mr. Ben Edwards. Ben provided an exceptionally professional and enjoyable experience that engages our imaginations and inspires us to learn more about historic Boston. I plan another tour with Ben in the Fall because of the strong, positive feedback from all participants indicating his planning and execution resulted in a totally enjoyable experience.
Written July 18, 2022
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Chris
Brisbane3 contributions
Sep 2022
Superb! That is the best word to describe the guided tour that Ben conducts along Boston’s Freedom Trail. He has extensive knowledge of his subject, but is also enthusiastic, entertaining and very generous with his time. His passion for Boston is apparent from the moment the tour begins. I would strongly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn about this city and it’s essential history.
Chris (Australia)
Written September 4, 2022
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185jeff
Manhattan Beach2 contributions
Jul 2021
Ben was a great guide for our family of 5. He kept the kids engaged with trivia and prizes and knows just about everything there is to know about Boston history. He had a lot of very cool old documents to supplement the stories he was telling us, Mostly, I was extremely impressed with Ben's stamina and his willingness to be flexible during the tour. We happened to take our tour on a record cold day in Boston, in the high 50s. We stopped halfway through the tour to buy sweatshirts and sweatpants for the kids at the Gap and then hot chocolate and coffee, and Ben was very accommodating. Even after that delay he didn't rush through any part of the tour. What was supposed to be a 2.5 hour tour ended up closer to 5 hours and I think Ben was ready for 2 more after that. Thanks for the memories Ben!
Written July 21, 2021
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Homeschoolfanatic
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Oct 2021 • Family
My family and I are homeschoolers and have been studying the revolutionary War. We live in WV, and my husband and I discussed wanting to take our children to some of the original sites of America and the revolution. We started our trip in Philadelphia on a self-guided tour, then the next day we went on a Boston Tea Party tour, and then the following day met Ben for a tour on the Freedom trail. It was fantastic and by far the best part of our trip yet (We are going to Ft McHenry tomorrow, but I'm sure it will be no comparison).

My kids, ranging in age from 6 to 11, all absolutely loved Ben and wanted to take him home with us! Ben gave super cool prizes along the way (some of which we will use in homeschooling), and kept the kids engaged. He is very knowledgeable and personable. The kids invited him to lunch with us, and he was so nice to accept and recommend a restaurant. The kids (and parents alike) had a blast getting to chat with him.

Ben is by far the best attraction in Boston. If you want to learn more about or just experience where events of the Recolutionary War took place, you won't want to miss out on a tour with Ben!
Written October 10, 2021
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Sujhar
Atlanta25 contributions
Jul 2021
My 10 year old son and I had a WONDERFUL experience with Ben. Within 15 minutes my son told me he was having a great time and the tour was awesome. Not only is Ben extremely knowledgable but he has amazing ability to engage kids and keep them engaged during the tour. He kept it fun with quiz questions throughout the tour and special prizes. The prizes were awesome. He truly loves what he does and that shows during the tour in the things he shows you and photos and other special items he shares with you. He also took great photos of us during the tour and shared them via text allowing us to keep our phones away and enjoy the tour. I highly recommend this tour if you want a guide that is knowledgeable, fun and passionate and a tour that is very kid friendly.
Written July 25, 2021
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Zabouel
Amsterdam, The Netherlands6 contributions
Oct 2022
What a treat!

I really enjoyed the walked back in history. Ben was extremely passionate and knowledgeable, so I felt I learnt loads already… although Ben did not miss to give me some homework to do, with interesting books to read (including his!) and historical movies to watch too.
As part of the tour, Ben also ensure to organize an amazing food experience, so I enjoyed a fancy breakfast in a very posh (and haunted!) hotel and a delicious oyster plate (with wine, of course!) in the oldest US restaurant… and, of course, tasted my first Boston pie. It was such a treat, I truly felt like a princess! Sorry, I should say like Jackie Kennedy! Oh, did I mention I had a proper Italian espresso too? Amazing. Truly, I am so thankful for the experience… It was the best introduction to Boston I could ever get!

A fellow patriot 😉
Written October 11, 2022
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Amy C
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Aug 2021 • Family
This tour during our recent Boston vacation was the highlight of our trip. Ben’s knowledge and enthusiasm were amazing and her personalized the experience for our family. We walked and talked for 4 1/2 hours and Ben kept our entire group engaged and entertained. Our group included an 8 year old and a 16 year old and both of them loved it. Ben even included some bonus trivia for our kids who are big Hamilton fans. This is an absolute “must do” for families visiting Boston.
Written August 23, 2021
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Molly I
1 contribution
Oct 2021
I can't say enough about our experience with Ben Edwards on our walking tour of Boston. From start to finish, Ben was attentive, communicative, professional, and kind. The whole day was excellently planned and logically organized. We have two boys (ages 14 & 11), and Ben made sure to keep them engaged through trivia questions and special prizes. One of the things I appreciated most as a mom was that he took our picture at every site and then sent them to me with a caption of where we were with each photo! When you see so many things, it can be difficult to remember everything, so this was a special gift! Ben's customer service is top notch, but at the same time, you forget it is a service because it ends up feeling like you're touring around town with a dear family friend. I highly recommend Ben Edwards and his Walking Boston tour. His knowledge of history, the amazing realia he pulls out of his backpack to further enrich your learning, and his pure passion for the history of Boston are exceptional. Thank you, Ben!
Written October 24, 2021
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