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National Park Service Visitor Center
Ranked #107 of 383 things to do in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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1,083 reviews
689 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 497 helpful votes
“Stop here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

From here you can get tours of relevant historic sites that are truly fantastic. Learn about the revolution as well as the events that spurred the Civil War.

Visited October 2013
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Hobe Sound, Florida
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60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Raccoons in the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Located near te waterfront and right downtown the National Park Service has a very good exibit during the day they bring out different local animal and talk about them. Very reasonanable tours to the local islands are also offered.

Visited September 2013
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New England
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240 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Free, Informative, Perfect for adults with an interest in history. Tickets go quickly at peak times.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Take advantage of these free and informative tours”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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nj
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Great way to learn”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2013
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