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Why choose Hub Town Tours?
We know you have many, many choices for tour guide services when exploring Boston. Hub Town Tours has a straightforward mission: to provide consistently accurate, affordable, and engaging historical tours. That's it. We keep our groups small, our walking routes manageable, and our tour guides happy. Most importantly of all, we emphasize the "story" within history, without boring you to sleep. Whether you've lived here for a lifetime or are just visiting for the day, there's always more history to experience in Boston... we hope you'll choose Hub Town Tours to bring you along!
Where does my tour start?
The starting location of your tour depends on the type of tour you've booked. If you're taking a Custom or Corporate tour with us, our meeting point will be specified in your personalized itinerary. If you're joining for a Communal tour, however, the starting location is determined by whichever part of the story you've chosen: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, or Chapter 3. [Click map links for exact GPS directions to each tour rally point.]
- Our Communal chapter 1 tour, Resistance, begins on Boston Common [map], and concludes beside the Old State House in Downtown.
- Our Communal chapter 2 tour, Rebellion, begins beside the Old State House [map], and concludes at Copp's Hill Terrace in the North End.
- Our Communal chapter 3 tour, Revolution, begins at Copp's Hill Terrace [map], and concludes beside the Warren Tavern in Charlestown.
Which tour chapter do I select?
The most popular tour we offer is our second chapter, Rebellion. Chapter 2 is a perfect introduction to the Freedom Trail® and its most significant historic landmarks. If you have four hours to explore, we recommend starting with chapter 1, Resistance. And for you truly dedicated history buffs out there, including our third chapter, Revolution, will mean you've successfully conquered the trail from end-to-end! Some chapter highlights are:
- Resistance: Boston Common; Liberty Tree; Massachusetts State House; Granary Burying Ground; King's Chapel; Old South Meeting House
- Rebellion: Old State House; site of Boston Massacre; Faneuil Hall; Quincy Market; Paul Revere House; Paul Revere statue; Old North Church
- Revolution: Copp's Hill Burying Ground and Battery; Charlestown Navy Yard; U.S.S. Constitution; Bunker Hill Monument; the Warren Tavern
What is the duration of the tour?
It depends on how interested you are in Boston's Revolutionary story! The Freedom Trail® is 2.5 miles long, and we've arranged its complex history into three tour chapters, which are each two hours in duration. Using this narrative framework, our Communal tours are always two hours apiece. If you're looking to reserve a Custom or Corporate tour with us, however, the duration can be customized to fit your exact schedule and interests!
How strenuous is the walking?
Boston's world-renowned Freedom Trail® is a red-brick line that runs for approximately 2.5 miles through Boston. Hub Town Tours has fashioned one-of-a-kind tour chapters through the three major neighborhoods along the trail: Downtown Boston, the North End, and Charlestown. Each tour travels between 1.0 and 1.4 miles along relatively level, paved surfaces. Please note, burying grounds along our route have stairs-only access.
When do the tours begin?
All Communal tours are publicly scheduled, and are conveniently listed on our tour calendar webpage. Custom and Corporate tours are available to begin at your convenience, be that an early morning tour to beat the crowds, a post-work evening walk for business outings, or any time in between!
Is there a limit on group size?
It's an open secret in Boston that the Freedom Trail® is suffering somewhat from its own popularity... tour group sizes have ballooned in recent years, but Hub Town Tours recognizes a tour is only worthwhile if you can hear your guide! As such, we limit our public Communal tours to 12 guests, no exceptions. For Custom and Corporate tours, we are always happy to be cater to your group size, whatever you decide are the needs of your party.
What will we see on the tour?
It's up to you! The Freedom Trail® comprises a wide range of history, from 17th-century cow pastures (Boston Common) to 18th-century colonial capitals (Old State House) to 19th-century marketplaces (Quincy Market). While 2.5 miles may not sound exceedingly daunting, we discourage guests from trying to see the entire trail in only a single day—this "forced march" sightseeing approach detracts from the overall experience.
Will we enter any historic sites?
Aside from select public parks and burying grounds, your guided experience with Hub Town Tours will NOT enter any historic sites. Many sites on the Freedom Trail® are privately operated churches or museums, several of which charge admission fees. If you would like to enter select sites, we are happy to arrange such visits for any Custom or Corporate tour booking. We always recommend returning after your tour has concluded, too!
Can I arrive via public transit?
Hub Town Tours encourages all our visitors to use public transportation. In Boston, the subway system is referred to as “the T”: stations are identified by large T-in-circle signs and the various lines are color-coded. Depending on your tour starting location, your options are (in order of proximity):
- Resistance [map to rally point]: Park Street Station (Green and Red Lines); Downtown Crossing (Orange Line); Government Center (Blue Line)
- Rebellion [map to rally point]: State Street Station (Orange Line); Government Center (Green and Blue Lines); Downtown Crossing (Red Line)
- Revolution [map to rally point]: North Station (Green and Orange Line); Haymarket (numerous bus lines); Aquarium (Blue Line, public ferries)
Where should I park my vehicle?
Driving and parking in Downtown Boston is difficult and typically expensive. If possible, utilize public transportation! On weekends and evenings, Post Office Square Garage (130 Congress Street) offers parking for a $9.00 flat rate, which is among the most affordable in Boston. The closest parking garage to the center of the Freedom Trail® at Faneuil Hall is Dock Square Garage (20 Clinton Street)—please be aware that this particular garage often fills up early in the day due to many attractions nearby. Other garages within a short walk: 75 State Street Parking (5 Broad Street); Government Center Garage (50 Sudbury Street); and Pi Alley Parking Garage (275 Washington Street). If you're feeling lucky, street parking is available on a very limited basis, but read all posted signs carefully—Boston has active meter attendants and tickets are never less than $25.00!
Is this a good tour for all ages?
Hub Town Tours strives to offer a tour experience that is accessible for a wide range of ages and learning levels. We absolutely welcome visitors of any age, but please note each tour chapter involves more than one mile of walking over the course of two hours, and delivers an in-depth historical narrative that is likely best suited for school-age children and older. As such, children ages 4 and under are always free with an accompanying adult.
How should I dress for my tour?
Comfortable footwear is an absolute necessity! Appropriate footwear is essential to ensure your comfort, as well as navigate the numerous paving surfaces found throughout Downtown Boston—concrete, asphalt, bricks, pavers, cobblestones—few of which are actually level. The weather in Boston is usually temperate, but it is good practice to bring a light jacket, except perhaps during the hottest summer months of July and August.
Are your tour routes accessible?
Hub Town Tours endeavors to make our tour routes accessible for everyone. As mentioned above, Boston has a number of very narrow or unevenly paved sidewalks that can make passage difficult. We kindly ask that you let us know in advance about any accessibility concerns, and pledge to do our best to accommodate. Note: the only access into Granary Burying Ground and Copp's Hill Burying Ground is via short flights of steep stairs.
What happens in poor weather?
We make every effort to deliver any tour that's on our calendar, rain or shine (or wind or wave or...). If it's just a little rain, we are prepared to get wet for the sake of history! Aside from seriously atypical conditions, the only reason we might cancel a tour due to weather would be the presence of thunder and/or lightning. If your tour is prematurely ended due to weather at any point, you are entitled to a full refund to the card on record.
What is your tour refund policy?
We aim to provide a guided tour experience through Boston that is consistently enjoyable and valued by every guest. If you feel your experience has fallen shy of that standard, please let us know and we will promptly provide you with a full refund to the card on record, within 24 hours of your tour. Full refunds are also possible at any time prior to the scheduled tour time, for any reason; please email refund requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.