Private Tours for Groups and Families
Boston’s Best Family Tour
Two Private Tour Options for Summer 2021
For the summer of 2021, Walking Boston is offering two private tour options (2.5 or 3.5 hours) as outlined below.
Tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail with a Relative of Paul Revere
The Private Guided Walking Tour with Ben Edwards lasts either 2.5 hours or 3.5 hours—the longer version can include time for a lunch break.
The tour covers all the Freedom Trail sites in Boston. You’ll go inside King’s Chapel (when open) and 3 historic burying grounds. A visit inside the Paul Revere House (open 6 days per week 10 am to 4:30 pm, closed on Tuesdays) and/or Old North Church (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, closed on Sunday and Monday) is optional—admission fee required. All visitors are required to wear a mask inside the historic sites.
You’ll receive instant access to password protected Smartphone content that enhances your tour experience both during and after the tour as well as Ben’s children’s book One April in Boston in eBook and MP3 audio format. Children will have a chance to win the print version as well.
Your private group can consist of up to 10 people. The cost for the 2.5-hour tour is $350. The cost for the 3.5-hour tour is $450.
Payment options are by cash or check. You’ll receive further instructions for submitting payment when your tour confirmation email arrives.
Previous Tour Options
|Tour Stops/Features||Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben Option 1 $450 / 3.5 hours (Book this Tour)||Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben Option 2 $550 / 4.5 hours (Book this Tour)||Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben Option 3 $650 / 5.5 hours (Book this Tour)|
|Massachusetts State House||✓||✓||✓|
|Park Street Church||✓||✓||✓|
|Granary Burying Ground||✓||✓||✓|
|King’s Chapel Burying Ground||✓||✓||✓|
|Old Corner Bookstore Building||✓||✓||✓|
|Old South Meeting House||✓||✓||✓|
|Old State House||✓||✓||✓|
|Boston Massacre Site||✓||✓||✓|
|Paul Revere House (exterior)||✓||✓||✓|
|Old North Church *||✓||✓||✓|
|Copp’s Hill Burying Ground||✓||✓||✓|
|Complimentary Boston Cream Pie at Parker’s Restaurant||✓||✓|
|Time to tour inside the Old South Meeting House *||✓||✓|
|Time to tour inside the Paul Revere House complex *||✓|
|Lunch break at Union Oyster House, America’s oldest continuously operating restaurant since 1826 **||✓|
|*Admission fee required. See Tour Information—Frequently Asked Questions **Cost of lunch not included|
- Massachusetts State House
- Boston Common
- Park Street Church
- Granary Burying Ground
- King’s Chapel
- King’s Chapel Burying Ground
- Old Corner Bookstore Building
- Old South Meeting House
- Old State House
- Boston Massacre Site
- Faneuil Hall
- Paul Revere House (exterior)
- Old North Church
- Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
- Secret/Hidden Spots
- All stops/features listed above, plus:
- Complimentary Boston Cream Pie at Parker’s Restaurant
- Time to tour inside the Old South Meeting House *
*Admission fee required. See Tour Information — Frequently Asked Questions
- All stops/features listed above, plus:
- Time to tour inside the Paul Revere House complex *
- Lunch break at Union Oyster House, America’s oldest continuously operating restaurant since 1826 **
*Admission fee required. See Tour Information — Frequently Asked Questions **Cost of lunch not included
Each private tour covers all the Freedom Trail sites in Boston, including those in the North End, plus several secret spots. We go inside King’s Chapel, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, and all 3 burying grounds. Learn more about Boston’s Freedom Trail sites. View tour route.
Free Audio Products
You’ll receive the following free audio products:
- Ben’s children’s book One April in Boston: The Gift of the Spyglass in eBook and MP3 audio format
- An MP3 audio of Longfellow’s famous poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” by award-winning narrator Phil Rosenthal
Hold History in Your Hands
- Ben shares his extensive collection of rare documents and historic newspapers along the tour route
The ‘Art’ of Storytelling
- New artwork depicting life in Colonial Boston transports you back in time and enhances your tour experience
- Password access to the most historically accurate artwork ever produced covering the events of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride
Additional benefits are outlined in the Priceless Value—How We’re Different section.
Also included in tour options 2 and 3
A Delicious Stop at the Omni Parker House Hotel
We stop for a reservation at Parker’s Restaurant in the historic and haunted Omni Parker House Hotel. Here you’ll be treated to complimentary Boston Cream Pie (where it was perfected) and Parker House Rolls, while Ben continues his storytelling (ghost stories included) and shares his collection of rare Parker House memorabilia. Another food treat, with less calories, is in store when we reach the North End.
Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben Option 3 Tour
Tour inside the Paul Revere House and stop for a lunch break along the Freedom Trail
In 2016, the Paul Revere House opened a 3,600 square foot Education and Visitor Center in a restored row house from 1835 that abuts the Revere House courtyard and stands on a piece of Paul Revere’s original property. Who better to take you through the expanded Paul Revere House complex than Ben Edwards—a relative of Paul Revere who has served on the Board of Directors of the Paul Revere Memorial Association since 1999.
During our lunch break at Union Oyster House, you’ll see the 1826 oyster bar, JFK’s favorite booth, and the Heritage Room which once housed the printing shop of Isaiah Thomas—patriot printer of The Massachusetts Spy. Ben will share an original issue of The Massachusetts Spy printed in that very room in 1771. Ben will also convey his passion for the restaurant, a place he believes his third great grandfather Joseph B. Edwards, a street paver, ate and drank at from the time it opened as Atwood’s Oyster House in 1826.
Tour Information — Frequently Asked Questions
What does the tour cost?
Pricing is $450 for the 3.5-hour private tour—Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben Option 1; $550 for the 4.5-hour private tour—Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben Option 2; and $650 for the 5.5-hour private tour—Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben Option 3. You can have up to 10 people in your group for the fixed fees shown above. We don’t combine individuals, or smaller parties, into larger groups. A private tour is defined as your family, friends, or other group of people you’ve assembled. Please note: Some of the sites we visit have an admission fee. More on that below.
Do you offer private tours for individuals or couples?
Absolutely! We love giving private tours to individuals, couples, and business travelers. The same customized private tours shown above, with the same fixed fees apply.
Do you offer private tours for larger groups?
Yes, we do! We work with more than 1,800 students on field trips of Boston’s Freedom Trail each year as well as corporate groups, clubs, associations, and civic organizations. Tours for larger groups range in size from 20 to upwards of 60 people. For more information on tours and pricing for school groups, visit our School Groups section. For information and pricing on group tours for other organizations, please contact us.
Where does the tour begin?
Private tours begin on Boston Common at the corner of Park and Tremont streets. Usual start time is 9:30 am. If you are staying in the city (downtown, Back Bay, Fenway), and it is more convenient for you, Ben is happy to meet you in the lobby of your hotel and show you how to navigate the subway to the starting point of the tour on Boston Common.
What Freedom Trail sites do we see on the tour?
The tour covers the 14 Freedom Trail sites in Boston. For a list, view the Tour Stops/Features column in the graphic at the top of this page.
What Freedom Trail sites do we go inside?
How much are the admission fees?
We go inside Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel, King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. On tour options 2 and 3 you can tour inside the Old South Meeting House (optional) where there is an admission fee of $6.00 for adults; $5.00 for seniors and college students; and $1.00 for children ages 5-17. On Tour Option 3 we tour inside the Paul Revere House complex, where there is an admission fee of $5.00 for adults; $4.50 for seniors and college students; and $1.00 for children ages 5-17. All tours visit the Old North Church where the admission fee is normally $8.00 for adults; $6.00 for seniors and college students; and $4.00 for children ages 5-17. You’ll receive a discounted rate of $3.00 per person.
When are tours offered?
Tours run year-round. Contact us today to see if the date you are seeking is available.
Do tours run rain or shine?
Yes. We operate in the rain but do have a liberal cancellation policy. If you feel the weather on the day of the tour is too inclement for your group, you may cancel without obligation. We reserve the right to cancel any tour in the case of severe or unsafe weather conditions.
How do I book a private tour?
To book a private tour for your group or family of up to 10 people you can use the Book Online form or phone Ben at 617.670.1888. Ben will reply advising if the date you are seeking is available and pass along additional details confirming your tour. To obtain pricing for a larger group contact Ben by email or phone. Schools should use the School Groups Reservation form and Homeschoolers the Homeschoolers Reservation form. Please note that as we are out giving tours daily, phone calls are returned in the evening.
What forms of payment do you take?
Payment is by cash or check. We don’t accept credit cards.
You can read reviews on TripAdvisor. Walking Boston has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year for the past 7 years.
Walking Boston is proud to support Running Strong for American Indian Youth with an annual donation in memory of Lynn Edwards.