Private Tours for Groups and Families
Boston’s BEST Family Tour (Book this Tour)
Three Private Tour Options for 2023
In 2023, Walking Boston is offering three private tour options as outlined below.
Tour Boston’s Freedom Trail with a Relative of Paul Revere
The Private Guided Walking Tour with Ben Edwards lasts either 3.5, 4.5, or 5.5 hours—the longest version can include time for Boston Cream Pie at Parker’s Restaurant and a lunch break at the midpoint at historic Union Oyster House.
The tour covers all the Freedom Trail sites in Boston. You’ll go inside King’s Chapel ($3 per person admission), Faneuil Hall, and 3 historic burying grounds. A visit inside the Paul Revere House and Old North Church is optional—admission fee required. On the longest tour you’ll also have the option to visit inside Old South Meeting House and the Old State House—admission for up to 4 people to both of these museums is included in your tour fee.
You’ll receive instant access to password protected Smartphone content that enhances your tour experience as well as Ben’s 256-page children’s book One April in Boston in print, eBook, and MP3 audio format.
Your private group can consist of up to 10 people for the fixed fees shown here. (See the FAQ section below for information on our larger group tours.) The cost for the 3.5-hour tour is $450, the 4.5-hour tour is $550, and the 5.5-hour tour is $650. Payment options are cash, check, or PayPal. You’ll receive further instructions for submitting payment when your tour confirmation email arrives.
What Each Private Tour Includes
|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 *||✓||✓||✓|
|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||✓||✓||✓|
|Time to enjoy Boston Cream Pie at Parker’s Restaurant **||✓|
|Time to tour inside the Old South Meeting House *||✓||✓|
|Time to tour inside the Old State 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 Boston Cream Pie not included ***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: Time to tour inside Old South Meeting House* and the Paul Revere House*
*Admission fee required. See Tour Information — Frequently Asked Questions
- All stops/features listed above, plus: Time to tour inside the Old State House*, and time for Boston Cream Pie at Parker’s Restaurant**
- Lunch break at Union Oyster House, America’s oldest continuously operating restaurant since 1826 ***
**Cost of Boston Cream Pie not included ***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, 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 in 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
Password-Protected Smartphone Content
- 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.
Visit the Paul Revere House on Tour Options 2 and 3
Time for Boston Cream Pie and a Lunch Break on Tour Option 3
We can make a reservation for your private group at Parker’s Restaurant in the historic and haunted Omni Parker House Hotel. Here you can order 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.
Have lunch at historic Union Oyster House
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.
“First Rate Private Tour of the Freedom Trail”
“We chose to take Ben Edwards’ extended walking tour of the Freedom Trail after reading all of the positive reviews, and after taking it, we couldn’t agree more with all of the glowing comments. Our family of five, including children ages 17, 14, and 12, all enjoyed the tour and learned a great deal about Boston’s role in our nation’s history. Our stop at the Parker House and lunch in JFK’s booth at the Union Oyster House were wonderful treats. Ben knows everyone at both of these establishments which results in very special service. Ben keeps the tour engaging for all ages through connections to his own family history, his backpack of maps, documents, and original newspapers, and his trivia contest. Ben helped us to commemorate the tour by taking and emailing us family photos and providing the kids with a special copy of the Declaration of Independence. He truly goes above and beyond before, during and after the tour!”
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“A Must in Boston!”
“I am a teacher, and I wanted to get a close look at Boston’s rich history. Who better to help me? Ben! I have two “Tweens” and a husband who were less than thrilled about a guided tour when I first booked it. However, ten minutes into the tour my husband and kids were saying “this is awesome!” Ben is knowledgeable, kind, works great with kids, and very patient. He has personal historical connections with the city, and knows so much about it! The only way to truly experience the city of Boston is with Ben. I have so much information to bring back to my classroom and my family has memories that will last a lifetime. This is the real deal! Thank you!!!!!!!!”
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“Best Quality Professional Historic Tour in Boston!”
Mr. Ben Edwards delivers a top-quality professional walking tour of historic Boston. Ben enhances his tour with many original historical documents along with a well-presented discussion of each visited site. I’ve taken different groups of 10 to 17 OIF/OEF combat veterans on Ben’s tour three times this year so far and each time Ben amazes me with his fresh insights. Many group members commented to me that they were highly impressed with the quality and professionalism that Ben delivers. Comments included, “Fantastic experience! I’m so glad I participated.” Also, “What a great way to spend a day! I learned so much!” I most strongly recommend Ben’s Walking Boston Tour.
Wounded Warrior Project
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“The Ultimate in Boston Tours”
“I cannot imagine a more wonderful tour and a more perfect guide! The walk really does take one to all the great sites. And Ben’s knowledge of people, places, events, and dates is absolutely incomparable. And he truly brings history to life with a seemingly inexhaustible archive of lively stories, some of them connected in fascinating ways to the lives of his own ancestors. He knows how to communicate on many different levels, capturing the attention and imagination of the teenager while also satisfying the curiosity and interests of the mature adult. He paces the walk beautifully, too, making every moment rich with significant historical details.
My nephew and I will never forget Ben and the tour he gave us! An experience the two of us will treasure! Don’t miss the opportunity to take one of his tours!”
New York City, New York
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“Historical Boston Tour with a Paul Revere Relative!”
My family and I visited Boston over the July 4th holiday. We love American history and wanted an in-depth private tour that would really give us a feel of the city and its historical past. I did a lot of research to find the perfect tour guide and did I ever hit the jack pot with Ben Edwards! He was so engaging, thorough, knowledgeable, and full of energy. He kept the attention of my 10-year-old-son with games, questions, prizes and lots of cool historical facts. We were “on the go” from 9:30 am until he dropped us off at 5pm at our hotel, with stops for breakfast and lunch at historical restaurants. He brought to life the colorful past of the city, its role in the American revolution, how the Revere family story is woven through Boston’s history, and many other amazing facts one would never know without the guidance of someone who had spent their life studying and researching its history. He had maps, books, coins, artifacts, and a backpack full of treasures to give picture to the story he told. It is evident that Ben does this job because he loves it. He has dedicated his life to preserving his family’s past, understanding Boston’s complex history and sharing his knowledge with others. He’s particularly good with kids – my son loved meeting Ben and spending the day with him and claims our day with him was his favorite day on our trip!
Do yourself a HUGE favor and hire Ben to share his knowledge about Boston. I HIGHLY recommend him and his tours. You will not be disappointed.
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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“Excellent from Start to Finish!”
I can’t say enough about our experience with Ben Edwards on our walking tour of Boston. From start to finish, Ben was attentive, communicative, professional, and kind. The whole day was excellently planned and logically organized. We have two boys (ages 14 & 11), and Ben made sure to keep them engaged through trivia questions and special prizes. One of the things I appreciated most as a mom was that he took our picture at every site and then sent them to me with a caption of where we were with each photo! When you see so many things, it can be difficult to remember everything, so this was a special gift! Ben’s customer service is top notch, but at the same time, you forget it is a service because it ends up feeling like you’re touring around town with a dear family friend. I highly recommend Ben Edwards and his Walking Boston tour. His knowledge of history, the amazing realia he pulls out of his backpack to further enrich your learning, and his pure passion for the history of Boston are exceptional. Thank you, Ben!
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Tour Information — Frequently Asked Questions
What does the tour cost?
In 2023, we are offering three private tour options—a 3.5-hour tour for $450, a 4.5-hour tour for $550, and a 5.5-hour tour is $650. The longest version can include time for Boston Cream Pie at Parker’s Restaurant and a lunch break at the midpoint at historic Union Oyster House. 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 1,600 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.
We go inside Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel ($3 per person admission), King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Faneuil Hall, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. You may also elect to go inside the Paul Revere House (adult admission is $6, $5.50 for seniors and college students, and $1 for children ages 5-17) and Old North Church ($5 per person admission). On the 5.5-hour version you can also tour inside Old South Meeting House and the Old State House. (Admission for 4 is included in your tour fee. Beyond that, you can purchase a joint admission ticket to both museums for $15 for adults; $14 for seniors and college students; and $8 for children ages 12 and under.)
When are tours offered?
Tours run April 1 to December 1. Virtual programs 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?
Preferred methods of payment are cash or check. PayPal is also an option.
You can read reviews on Tripadvisor. Walking Boston has received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 7 consecutive years.
Walking Boston is proud to support Running Strong for American Indian Youth with an annual donation in memory of Lynn Edwards.