History & Highlights of Boston Audio Tour
Take a self-guided walking tour of the most historic sights in Boston. Streamed through your smartphone, this 90-120 minute tour explores some of the most famous landmarks in town.
Places to eat, shop, and chill
North End, Greenway, Faneuil Hall, Boston Common & more
$8 per person
Available when it’s convenient for you
Starts at Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in Boston’s Historic North End.
The audio tour is available instantly upon purchase. All files stream through your phone, so there is no app to download, no accounts to create, and no passwords to remember.
- North End: Copp’s Hill, Old North Church, Paul Revere Mall & Home, Mike’s Pastry, Regina Pizzeria
- Rose Kennedy Greenway: Armenian Genocide Memorial, Water fountains, Carousel
- Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market
- Old State House & Boston Massacre
- Granary Burying Ground: Gravesites of Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and more
- Boston Common & Public Garden
What You Should Bring
- Bring along a smartphone to listen to the tour. You may share between people in your group, or use headphones to listen in individually.
- If you have a portable phone charger, bring that along as well. Phone batteries drain quickly in Boston when using the GPS function. You may want to enable your phone’s Low Battery Mode. to save battery.
Best Times for This Excursion
- This tour can be enjoyed whenever is good for you during daylight hours.
- If you would like to enter some of the buildings along the tour, then you will want to check the operating hours of those locations (Separate fees apply).
Where does the tour take place?
The tour is conducted within public grounds and areas. We discuss some interior locations, but if you would like to access these areas, there may be a separate fee to enter. Old North Church, Paul Revere House, and Old State House are examples.
Are there restrooms along the route?
Public restrooms are available at Quincy Market and Boston Common Visitor Center.
Walk Along Boston’s Most Historic Route
Join me as we journey along our own version of Boston’s freedom trail in this tribute to one of America’s truly great, historical cities. This is a self-guided walking tour from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground to the George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden. Within this enjoyable stroll, you’ll unlock the story behind our country’s origins through the city’s landmark buildings and monuments.
Our tour starts in one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, the North End, otherwise known as Little Italy, where I’ll share tidbits from the Colonial and Revolutionary history of the area. We’ll travel as far back as 1692 with a visit to the grave of Cotton Mather, the minister at the hysterical heart of the Salem Witch Trials. Then we’ll walk to the Old North Church and the pre-Revolution years when Paul Revere organized the midnight riders and alerted the Minutemen that ”The British are coming!” We will walk past the aromas of Little Italy’s restaurants and bakeries to get to the Paul Revere House, before enjoying a stroll along the Rose Kennedy Greenway while I tell you about Boston’s ”Big Dig.”
You will have some time to shop around lively Quincy Market or catch some of the marketplace’s regular street performers while I tell you about Faneuil Hall and one of America’s fiercest proponents of liberty, Samuel Adams. We will stop by the Old State House to hear how future President John Adams adamantly defended the British Soldiers who shot the five victims of the Boston Massacre, but also recognized that “it was then and there that the foundation of American Liberty was laid.” I’ll tell you about the two choices that Irish families faced in the 1800s while we pass by the Boston Irish Famine Memorial en route to visit Adams’ grave, where he lies in good company with John Hancock and Paul Revere in the Granary Burying Ground.
You will know the answers to these questions and much more after this tour:
• Who sent the signal from the Old North Church steeple to Paul Revere?
• What did Revere do after the American Revolution?
• Why did Italian Heritage bloom in the North End?
• How did 2 million gallons of sugary molasses congeal the whole North End back in 1919?
• Did Samuel Adams really brew beer? (The answer is a bit tricky)
• What led to the creation of America’s first public park, the Boston Common?
• How did the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, featured in the 1989 film Glory contribute to the Union during the American Civil War?
Give yourself 2 hours, or more with some stops at one of the over 80 Italian restaurants in the North End to answer these and many more questions on this tour of America’s Cradle of Liberty.
How It Works
Click the button below and you will be taken to a secure purchase form via my booking vendor.
After purchase, you will receive an automated email with instructions for downloading the Voice Map application through the Apple or Google Play stores, along with a voucher code to access the tour. Further instructions are included in the email, along with my cell number in the event of any technical issues (you shouldn’t have any, but just in case…). It’s pretty easy.