The Revolutionary Story Tour 54 reviews
 
Boston, United States

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Activity Highlights
Itinerary
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Stop At: The Revolutionary Story Tour, 1 City Hall Plaza Meet in front of Wax Museum, Boston, MA 02108-4309

City Hall Plaza is a pedestrian only plaza very centrally located. We meet between the Staples Connect and City Hall (The big angular concrete building) I will be standing directly in front of a large statue of a basketball player.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: King's Chapel Burial Ground, Tremont Street King's Chapel, Boston, MA

Learn about the incredibly unique people who first settled Massachusetts and how they created the cultural bedrock the Revolution was built on. The Puritans are much more important (and weird) than you can imagine!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Granary Burying Ground, Tremont Street (between Park and School Sreets), Boston, MA 02108

The Sons of Liberty! We'll visit the tombs of Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Sam Adams. They'll be with us all day!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Old City Hall, 45 School St, Boston, MA 02108-3206

The most beautiful architecture in the city is the background of a discussion about about the role of Boston as the Athens of America, the historic obstacles to and inherent challenges of democracy, and the incomparable Benjamin Franklin.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Old State House, 206 Washington St, Boston, MA 02109-1702

The oldest public building in the country and the nerve center of Massachusetts politics. The great political debate between British authority and American rights was here

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Boston Massacre Site, 206 Washington St, Boston, MA 02109-1702

Learn about the soldiers, the citizens, the loyalists, and patriot leaders all pulled into this explosion of tensions!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108-4616

The Boston Tea Party starts here! The most pivotal event leading up to the American Revolution. There's no turning back after this!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Post Office Square, Boston, MA, USA

The road to revolution runs right the heart of downtown Boston. While the core of this tour is built upon 12 of the 15 Freedom Trail locations a beautiful and booming modern city has grown up all around its historic foundation. Neither should be missed and we will not overlook the present in our pursuit of the past.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Sq Quincy Market, Boston, MA 02109-1604

"The Cradle of Liberty" is not only the symbol of American Democracy but its deepest roots can be traced to this building. This is where a protest becomes a revolution!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Quincy Market, 4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109-6201

Warning! Tourist traps abound!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Paul Revere House, 19 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113-2405

The house is in the oldest and most charming square in the city and surrounded by some of the best restaurants in America. The man is even more impressive than the legend!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: North End, North End, Boston, Massachusetts

The oldest residential neighborhood in America. You won't find a better combination of culture, food, and history in any square mile in the country. Italian, Seafood, Pizza, Cannoli, we'll talk about it all!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1123

"One if by land, two if by sea." We go through Paul Revere's legendary midnight ride with the iconic steeple from which he signaled his famous warning; culminating in "the shot heard round the world," and chaotic battle at Lexington & Concord. The British are coming - are you?

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Corner of Snow Hill and Hull Streets, Boston, MA 02118

We go in depth on the Battle of Bunker Hill. The strategy, the tactics, the consequences.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Boston Harbor, Boston, MA, USA

We stroll along the Harbor Walk for one of the best views of the city, the beauty of Boston Harbor, and to finally kick the British out of Boston!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Atlantic Ave Richmond St, Boston, MA 02110

We finish up along at Christopher Columbus Park. A jewel in Boston's revitalized crown, some of best people watching in the city, and very centrally located between the North End (pizza, restaurants, & cannoli); Long Wharf (Aquarium, Harbor Tours, water shuttle to Charlestown, Metro station); and Quincy Market (souvenirs & shopping). Only a five minute walk to where we begin if you've parked nearby

Duration: 5 minutes

Activity Details
What makes this tour different is that instead of walking the Freedom Trail geographically – starting at one end and following it to the other – we let the escalating action of the American Revolution guide us through the crooked streets of Boston. The sightseeing is synchronized with and unfolds to the storytelling. There’s a lot less emphasis on dry facts and dates and a lot more on the passions, personalities, and psychologies driving the events; recreating the drama and recapturing the energy that invented America. It's not only much more enjoyable it's also the most effective way to explore the city and relive the history.

The entire experience has been built with the aspirations and anxieties of a fellow tourist in mind: the groups are kept small so you aren't herded around; we cover both the major sights and the hidden gems; extensive visual aids and props help you grasp the material, and you'll traverse all original neighborhoods getting a sense of the modern city as well. 
Departure & Return
Departure Point1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201, USA
ReturnChristopher Columbus Park Path, Boston, MA 02110, USA
What's Included
  • Limited group size. No massive crowds.
  • Professionally operated: no actors, costumes, scripts, or kitsch
  • Insights from prestigious historians and scholarship
  • Restroom / Coffee / Snack break midway through
  • 12 (of 15) Freedom Trail sights visited
  • Gratuities. (optional)
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tour operates in most weather conditions. Pay attention to the forecast as the weather in Boston can shift even a day or two out. Please dress appropriately.
  • Not wheelchair accessible. We will be covering a significant amount of ground and those with injuries or significant mobility limitations will likely find it difficult to complete.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no hard age restriction but this is not a "kids" version of events. The narrative structure helps keep them engaged but the younger they are the more difficult it is to stay involved for the duration. However, every child is different and parents know their own best.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • We will be outside in the open air for the duration. Guests should bring their own masks but disposable masks will be available.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveler Reviews
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  • Such a great experience!! Mike had a way of pulling you into the story and walking through it all without simply listing off facts. I could tell he really cares about and is knowledgeable in the city’s history. 100% must do!

  • Fantastic tour! Our guide really brought the history to life, rather than just a boring list of names and dates. One of the best historical tours I’ve taken. Highly recommended!

  • Mike was amazing! He brought the Sons of Liberty to life!! The way he told the story was different. Mike had you hanging on every word.

  • Mike did a great job despite less than ideal weather. Made it enjoyable for our teenage children. A great tour!

  • Mike was great about sharing lots of history in a fun and entertaining way. We enjoyed the stories about the major historical figures. It moved quick to cover all the important information and locations. Our teenagers were engaged and kept up but would not recommend for younger kids. Highly recommend this tour.

  • Would recommend to anyone! Tour was fun and informative, guide was excellent and one could tell he loved both history and the city

  • Whatever you’re paying Micheal, you need to pay him double! This man made the Revolutionary War and the Sons of Liberty come to life. Micheal gave us an interesting, detailed and intertwined story of the history of those men who laid the foundation for our country that spanned the length of the tour. He didn’t just throw out cold facts here and there, but rather led us on an interactive story that sprang to life as we tour historic Boston. There are other guides, but only Micheal is an enthusiastic history buff that will deliver a story that will make you want to be a Son of Liberty!

  • Our tour leader, Mike, has created a masterful journey around Boston that weaves together so many of the details of the revolutionary time period in our country. More importantly, he involves the tour group as members of the group are asked to assume the roles of many of the key players along the way. This technique helps keep everyone involved in the learning experience, because you just don’t hear a bunch of recited facts at the major landmarks…instead Mike really helps paint the picture of what the key figures were thinking and how their personalities help fashion the outcomes of our history.

    Mike is passionate about painting the picture in your mind about what drives the events of our revolutionary story and does a wonderful job of weaving in interesting facts about Boston along the way. Well worth the price - we’d go again.

    Greg and Cindy Register

  • Mike was amazing!!! We had a lot of fun despite the heat. Incredibly knowledgeable and a must do for any history buff and Revolutionary War enthusiast!

  • Excellent knowledge of Boston and American history! Mike made tour completely engaging for all ages. Thank you!

  • Amazing tour with so much information. My 11 year old said that it was the best part of our visit to Boston.

  • Highly recommend this tour! It was interesting, engaging and a really fun time. In addition to the Revolutionary War history, you get to see so much of Boston and learn about the city as it is now.

  • I have been on a lot of walking tours but this is one of the best ones I have had. Mike is very enthusiastic and informative. He doesn't just recite data and information but really tells a story leading up to the Revolutionary War.

  • Mike’s tour was well thought out and informative. He showed us the heart of Boston and we walked away with a true historic understanding. No gimmicks here. He is incredibly knowledge and I would highly encourage anyone to take his tour!!!

  • Mike gave a spectacular tour - a great historical perspective that included emotions and context instead of only dry facts. The tour was interactive as well as informative. Mike is an EXCELLENT tour guide/historian.

  • I wanted a tour that hit as many of the Freedom Trail sites as possible and this fit the bill. I am so happy I chose this tour. Mike, who created and is the guide of this tour, is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the revolution and brings the characters and events to life. He is funny and interacts well with the group. It’s a bit longer than other tours but it’s unique and great for those who want more insight and details than a typical tour. So book this, you can’t go wrong with this tour!

  • Mike was early on arrival and efficient with time thru out the tour. His passion for history was evident with several personal touches such as visual aides(maps etc). This tour not only shows the physical sites but u also get to know the major player’s and their personalities.

  • What an amazing tour!!
    Mike, our tour guide was amazing.
    Took his time truly telling us a History Story! Extremely knowledgeable about every place he took us.
    He made the whole tour fun and interactive! I walked away knowing so much more than I did before the tour.
    If you’re looking for a history tour... skip the actors and book Mike!!
    Would recommend 1000%

  • Mike was very knowledgeable and he made every part of the tour interesting! He interacted with the group and answered questions. You could tell he wasn’t working off a script.

  • By far the most informative, enjoyable, and entertaining tour I've ever experienced. Our guide (Mike) was incredibly engaging, and he brought the story of America's founding alive in an inspiring and very real way. I will absolutely recommend The Revolutionary Story Tour to everyone I know!

  • Everything was awesome... even if you are not a history buff you will love this tour.. Mike is very entertaining and makes the tour a delight. You will have a totally different look at the city of Boston after this tour... I highly reccomend everyone who visits Boston or even lives in boston to experience this tour!

  • The tour was awesome. Mike was fantastic! The tour was very engaging and interesting. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Mike was great! Even my 14yr old son put down his phone and paid attention!!!! I learned a lot and had fun at the same time! Highly recommend this tour.

  • We’ve taken tours in several domestic and international cities in the past 25 years. This was in the top 1%. Mike was educated, prepared, engaging, communicative, funny and very informative. I hope that he will teach American history at some university that in the near future. A very good value if you want a snapshot of events leading up to the American Revolution.

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