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Massachusetts State House Tours

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Massachusetts State House
Newcomers to the city of Boston often refer to it as “the city of history” because while walking along the Freedom Trail, you encounter so many important historical points—points that were instrumental in the founding of America. It makes for an incredible walk through time, and one of the highlights on this Freedom Trail is a visit to the Massachusetts State House.

Built in 1788, the “new” Massachusetts State House is built across from the Boston Common on the top of Beacon Hill. Known far and wide for its gilded gold dome (it’s actually made of wood and copper, but topped with 24-karat gold), the State House symbolizes what the founding fathers had envisioned upon landing at Plymouth Rock – to build a city upon a hill. Inside, the working State House houses working government officials, beautiful murals depicting colonial times of war, spacious marble-filled corridors, and other historical items that reflect the heritage of the Boston area – a pinecone high atop the dome pays homage to Boston’s logging industry, and the “Sacred Cod” is a nod to the fishing industry—both paragons of the early industry that made Boston one of the most influential cities in America.

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The Massachusetts State House is located on Beacon Hill, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Free 30 to 45-minute tours are given weekdays year-round from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Address: Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm
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Boston Classic: Duck Boat Sightseeing Tour

Boston Classic: Duck Boat Sightseeing Tour

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Hop into a duck boat—renovated World War II amphibious vehicle—for a comprehensive tour of Boston. Pass Boston Common, Quincy Market, and the Celtics' home turf at TD Garden. Then splashdown into the Charles River for a view of the city by boat. Learn all about Boston's history and landmarks as you go.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.34
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Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail Tour

Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail Tour

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Get to know Boston on a private 3-hour drive along the Freedom Trail, which crosses through 16 historical locations key to the founding of the United States. Head to landmarks including the Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and the Paul Revere House, among others. Then take the Charlestown Bridge to the USS Constitution and view the Bunker Hill Monument. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle with your own private driver-guide who shares live commentary about the sights. You select which stops along the Freedom Trail you would like to see, create your own itinerary with this unique, self-guided tour! Includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$267.92
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$267.92
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Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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Combine two attractions Boston has to offer—delicious food and rich history—on this tour that starts in the popular North End and continues along the Freedom Trail. Snack your way through this historic Italian neighborhood, trying fresh bread at a hidden bakery and enjoying an Italian salumeria. Once fortified, walk the Freedom Trail to discover the rich history of the American Revolution and experience the modern city Boston is now.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.30
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Boston Private City Tour

Boston Private City Tour

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See all Boston's most important sights in a four hour, private, guided city tour, in a comfortable luxury vehicle. If you value, time, privacy, comfort and would like to have a good overview of the city of Boston at your own convenience and pace, we are the right choice for you. We will drive by or stop and wait at the sights you are most interested in. Our tour is totally customizable and our priority is to please you, not keep a schedule.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$400.00
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Boston History & Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

Boston History & Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

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Explore Boston on foot with this small group walking tour. See highlights like Boston Harbor, Custom House Tower, Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market. Learn the true story behind the Boston Massacre, and if you’re lucky, get a glimpse of government in action at the Massachusetts State House. See Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, and the lovely Boston Public Garden. Rest your legs and enjoy a beer with your local guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.54
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Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour with Costumed Guide

Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour with Costumed Guide

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Walk the Freedom Trail with a guide in historic costume on a tour from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall, a 1.2-mile route that covers important sites in the heart of Boston. This tour's shorter distance lets you follow in the footsteps of the founding fathers and American revolutionaries without making the more strenuous trek all the way across the Charles River, finishing in a spot that’s convenient to top Boston attractions.
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  • 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Walking Tour of Freedom Trail History (Small Group)

Walking Tour of Freedom Trail History (Small Group)

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Take a deep dive into the history of the American Revolution on this walking tour of Boston. Your historian guide will focus on the years between and 1760 and 1775, a tumultuous time with lots to talk about. Stroll the Freedom Trail and ask plenty of questions along the way; your small group will make for an intimate atmosphere.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.50
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Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

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Fans of Boston-based TV shows and movies will love this walking tour of Boston Common and Beacon Hill. Step inside the bar where ‘Cheers’ was made famous and see more than 30 filming locations for popular flicks such as ‘Good Will Hunting.’ A local actor serves as your guide and entertains with fun facts about Boston highlights.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.00
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$31.00
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Freedom Trail Best Tour (Boston Common to Faneuil Hall)

Freedom Trail Best Tour (Boston Common to Faneuil Hall)

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Cover the highlights of the Freedom Trail on this walking tour of Downtown Boston. A shorter route leading between Boston Common and Faneuil Hall Marketplace is ideal for travelers who don’t have the time or inclination to cover the full extended route. A costumed guide adds a theatrical touch to the experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston Ghost Tour

Boston Ghost Tour

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With its centuries of history, it’s no surprise Boston is packed with haunted sights, though they aren’t always easy for visitors to find. On this nighttime ghost tour, follow a guide to some of the city’s most storied landmarks, such as the Granary Burying Ground, the Boston Opera House, and the Massachusetts State House, and discover the hidden history and spooky sightings associated with each.
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  • 1 hour
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Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour

Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour

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Boston may be miles away from the bright lights of Hollywood, but this New England metropolis has seen its fair share of cinematic action. Visit locations, from popular silver screen productions including The Departed, Good Will Hunting, and Mystic River. Hop on your tour bus and head toward Boston Common and Beacon Hill, known locally as the "Movie Mile." Your expert guide, a local actor, offers behind-the-scenes insight into the TV and movie sets you see, as well as the ins-and-outs of the entertainment industry. Pass by the pub that served as the inspiration for the Cheers set, see different sites from The Departed, pan across the windows of the building used in Boston Legal and Ally McBeal, and grab a drink at the L Street Tavern, where Good Will Hunting was shot. Head to Ben Affleck's neighborhood from The Town, roll by iconic Fenway Park for a look at the baseball stadium featured in Fever Pitch and Field of Dreams, and cut to the FBI Headquarters from The Heat
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  • 3 hours
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$48.00
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Boston Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Boston Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt

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Are you planning a visit to Boston? Our downtown tourist scavenger hunt will take you from Old City Hall to the New England Aquarium by way of Boston Commons, Massachusetts State House, and Faneuil Hall! You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you. Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the largest city in this eastern state of the United States. Its own population is slightly less than 700,000, but its metropolitan area exceeded 4.5 million in 2017.
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  • 3 hours
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$34.85
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Boston's Beacon Hill Guided Photography Walking Tour

Boston's Beacon Hill Guided Photography Walking Tour

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Follow a friendly professional photographer guide through Beacon Hill and learn how to capture amazing pictures in less than two hours. Enjoy historical commentary as you navigate walkways between key landmarks and head home with incredible images that capture this leisurely adventure.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston Walk Through History Private Tour All-Inclusive

Boston Walk Through History Private Tour All-Inclusive

Our Boston Walk Through History Tour will take you to the most historic spots in Boston in one day. If you are looking for a bit of delicious food, some great photos, and a ton of American History, then this is the tour for you. The morning will start with meeting with your friendly local guide. From there your tour will begin as you start your day walking through Boston and exploring the most historic landmarks in Boston. ==== Full schedule 9:00 AM- Meet your guide Park Street Station 9:15 AM- Arrive at Boston Common 9:30 AM- Arrive at Massachusetts State House 10:00 AM- Granary Burying Ground 10:20 AM- Mesmerizing Kings Chapel 10:45 AM- Learn about the Old South Meeting House 12:00 PM- Boston Massacre Site 12:15 PM- Lunch! 1:00 PM- Faneuil Hall Marketplace 1:30 PM- Go to Paul Revere's House 1:50 PM- The Old North Church 2:30 PM- Walk along Griffin’s Wharf 3:00 PM- Get dropped off by your guide at the Boston South Station
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$279.00
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Boston's Freedom Trail, 3 tours in 1, Smart Phone Guided Tour (GPS) - go anytime

Boston's Freedom Trail, 3 tours in 1, Smart Phone Guided Tour (GPS) - go anytime

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WalknTours is your personal tour guide. Pro Narration, theatrically crafted, go anytime. 1 purchase works on 4 devices. 3 Tours in 1. Contactless and social distance friendly. 3 Tours in 1 Experience 1. The Freedom Trail Part 1 - Revolutionary Boston 2. The Freedom Trail Part 2 - The North End 3. The Freedom Trail Part 3 - Charlestown, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution Simply go to the Boston Common Visitors Center, press play and put your phone in your pocket. From there you are guided turn by turn along the revolutionary streets of Boston. Listen on headphones, bluetooth speakers or your phone. What makes this tour special? -The revolutionary narrator is one of a kind. Immersive. -It's guided by your personal tour guide (AKA the WalknTours technology tour technology) -This is not a fact dumping tour. It's a freedom trail adventure. -Go anytime. Go at your own pace -Great bang for your buck. Get the revolutionary adventure for a fraction of the price of other tours.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston's Freedom Trail - Smart Phone guided (GPS) walking tour - go anytime

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Boston's Freedom Trail - Smart Phone guided (GPS) walking tour - go anytime

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Interactive, immersive and on demand experience of the classic Freedom Trail on your phone. High quality narration. 1 purchase works on 4 phones (iOS and Android) Simply go to the Boston Common Visitors Center, press play and put your phone in your pocket. From there you are guided turn by turn along the revolutionary streets of Boston covering the classic tour of the freedom trial. Listen on headphones, bluetooth speakers or your phone. What makes this tour special? -The revolutionary narrators are fantastic. And the sound editing will make you forget it's technology that's guiding you. - It's guided by your personal tour guide (AKA the WalknTours technology tour technology) -This is not a fact dumping tour. It's a freedom trail adventure. -Go anytime. -Great bang for your buck.
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  • 30 to 55 minutes
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Boston Freedom Trail Self-Guided Walking Tour

Boston Freedom Trail Self-Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes, discover the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided tour! Journey back in time to historic Boston in the days of George Washington, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and their revolutionary collaborators. Learn about everything from Boston Common (the heart of colonial Boston) to Bunker Hill (site of the first Revolutionary War battle) -- and everything in between! This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore Boston's wonders with maximum flexibility and value. Here's how it works: Within 30 mins, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone and enter the password. Then download the tour inside. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Once there, launch the app and simply follow the instructions from there! Stick to our recommended route for the best experience.
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  • 4 hours
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$10.00
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Tour of The Freedom Trail

Tour of The Freedom Trail

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Travel back in time to colonial New England on a 90-minute historic walking tour. With a length of just 1.2-miles, you can enjoy the experience without breaking a sweat. Your costumed and in-character guide gives you an immersive understanding of life during America’s infancy. Hear exclusive stories about the country’s Founding Fathers and discover iconic historical sites. 
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private 4-hour City Tour in Boston with private driver and official guide

Private 4-hour City Tour in Boston with private driver and official guide

Enjoy this private half day tour with your own private driver and official tour guide and explore the vibrant city of Boston. Get ready to explore the most emblematic and nicest spots in this wonderful city. We will pick you up from your hotel or place of choice (hotel or apartment) in Boston and take you on this private tour, with your own chauffeur and guide to The Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Market place, Quincy Market and many more fantastic sites in the home of the first subway system of the United States. Once we start the tour, we offer you to visit, amongst other sites Freedom Trail Harvard University Trinity Church Boston Common Massachusetts State House Boston City Hall HarborWalk Faneuil Hall Marketplace North End At the end of the tour, your private driver will take you back to your hotel in Boston. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$627.89
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Private 4-hour Walking Tour in Boston with official tour guide

Private 4-hour Walking Tour in Boston with official tour guide

Enjoy this private half day walking tour with your own official tour guide and explore the vibrant city of Boston. Get ready to explore the most emblematic and nicest spots in this wonderful city. You will meet the guide in a central point or in your hotel centrally located in Boston who will take you on this private tour. You will be able to visit The Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market and many more fantastic sites in the home of the first subway system of the United States. Once we start the tour, we offer you to visit, amongst other sites Trinity Church Boston Common Massachusetts State House Boston City Hall HarborWalk Faneuil Hall Marketplace North End - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.74
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Massachusetts State House hours of operation?
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Massachusetts State House hours of operation: Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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