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Last Updated: April 28th, 2019
❗️Important Note: I do not run any of the tours found in the article below. This article was simply created as a resource to provide you with information about some of the many free tours available in Boston, Massachusetts. Please do not contact me about any of the tours listed on this page.
Do you enjoy joining free walking tours when you travel to new places?
Well, you’re in luck because Boston is not only a very walkable city but also a city which really comes alive during the spring, summer months.
There’s certainly no better way to see all that this beautiful city has to offer than to stroll the streets and learn about its incredible history while you do so.
Below, you’ll find a short list of free walking tours in Boston that you cannot miss.
1. Explore Boston’s Historic Freedom Trail
Free Tours by Foot offer a free 2-hour, walking tour along Boston’s Freedom Trail.
Boston’s Freedom trail is a 2.5 mile red brick walking trail that will lead you past more than 16 of Boston’s most important historical sites including:
- The Boston Common
- The State House
- Park Street Church
- Granary Burying Ground
- King’s Chapel & Burial Grounds
- Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School
- Old Corner Book Store
- Old South Meeting House
- Old State House
- Site of the Boston Massacre
- Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House
- The Old North Church
- Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
- Bunker Hill Monument
- The USS Constitution
The Free Tours by Foot Freedom Trail Walking Tours are first come, first serve.
Also, please note that tours fill up quickly in summer months so try to arrive early.
? More information: Free Tours by Foot – Freedom Trail Walking Tour
2. Samuel Adams Brewery Tour
Get behind the scenes at one of the regions most popular breweries.
The Sam Adams Brewery is located in Jamaica Plain and offers FREE tours approximately every 45 minutes.
The best part is at the end of the tour where you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of Samuel Adam’s award winning brews!
The Samuel Adams Brewery Tour is open to ALL AGES, but you must be 21 with proper ID to take advantage of the award winning brew tasting at the end of the tour.
Tours are given on a first-come, first-served basis and the brewery does not take reservations.
? More information: Samuel Adams Brewery Tour Website or call 617-368-5256.
3. Tour Boston’s Public Library
Take a walking tour of the Boston Public Library and you’ll be sure to find all sorts of interesting events, lectures, art exhibits and more.
The Boston Public Library offers tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as many works of famed sculptors and painters.
The library tour lasts about an hour and are given by volunteer guides.
- Sunday 2:00 p.m
- Monday 2:30 p.m.
- Tuesday 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesday – No Tours
- Thursday 6:00 p.m.
- Friday 11:00 a.m.
- Saturday 11:00 a.m.
- Please Note: The 3rd Floor galleries are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and will not be part of the tour.
4. Fort Point Channel Harborwalk
Let your iPhone take control with the Fort Point Channel Harborwalk Audio tour.
This hour long audio tour will start at the InterContinental Hotel and take you 1.2 miles alongside one of Boston’s landmark neighborhoods.
Some of the highlights of the Harborwalk tour are the following:
- Hear sculptor Ana Crowley give an insider’s view of an artist-owned co-op building
- Step back to the 1950’s at the underground Lucky’s Lounge
- Check out where Martin Sheen met his demise in the Oscar-winning movie “The Departed”
- Starting Point: InterContinental Hotel [See Map]
- Nearest T Stop: South Station
- Best Times to Walk: 10am to 4pm daily
For even more information and to download the audio tour mp3, Click Here.
? More information: Fort Point Harborwalk (Audio Guide)
5. Downtown Boston Harborwalk
The one-hour Boston Harborwalk audio tour will start at the Christopher Columbus Park and bring you along the edge of Boston’s legendary waterfront.
Along the way you’ll listen closely to local characters tell their stories about shipwrecks, Boston Harbor, and much more all from the comforts of your mp3 player.
- Starting Point: Christopher Columbus Statue [See Map]
- Nearest T Stop: Aquarium Station
- Best Times to Walk: 10am to 4pm daily
? More information: Downtown Boston Harborwalk (Audio Guide)
Do you have any other free walking tours in Boston that you’d like to recommend? Let us know in a comment below and we’ll add them our list.
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