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Boston Common Tours

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Boston Common
The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. At 50 acres (20 hectares), it is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston’s neighborhoods. The historic park was once a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War.

The Basics
Walking paths crisscross the Common’s green space, which is dotted with monuments, including the Boston Massacre Monument, the Great Elm site, and the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial. In winter, ice skaters head to Frog Pond, while summer draws theater lovers for Shakespeare on the Common. The Common is a stop on walking and driving tours of the Freedom Trail and on Boston bike tours. The hop-on hop-off trolley also stops at the park.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an on-site information kiosk with maps.
  • The Common is a good spot for picnics.
  • This is a family-friendly location with ballfields, a playground, a carousel, and a spray pool for kids to enjoy in the summer.
  • The Common is close to other sights, such as  the Central Burying Ground and the Boston Athenaeum.

How to Get There
Boston Common is on the south end of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The MBTA subway, or the “T,” services the area with a number of stations. Bluebikes, from Boston's bike-share program, are available to rent around town. You can also take a hop-on hop-off trolley to the Common.

When to Get There
The Common hosts a number of activities throughout the year (especially in the summer). These range from free concerts to political rallies to seasonal festivals. The most popular time to visit Boston is during the summer, when the weather is warm, and in the early fall, when the trees change color.

Walking the Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a historic walking path that takes you past many of Boston’s landmarks. The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) trail includes 16 locations that played a pivotal part in the American Revolution, such as the sites of the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, along with Faneuil Hall and Boston Common. Opt for a guided tour if you want to learn about the city’s history as you go.
Address: Between Beacon, Park, Tremont, Boylston, and Charles Streets, Boston 02111, USA
Admission: Free
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Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Start your tour at 200 Atlantic Avenue (end of Marriott Longwharf Hotel). Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this trolley tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.25
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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston

Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston

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Explore Boston's Freedom Trail on this informative and historic tour complete with a guide. Wander cobblestone streets, check out the architecture, and learn about the colorful past of this dynamic destination. Stops include Faneuil Hall, King's Chapel, Boston Common, and more.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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$20.00
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit nine of Boston’s top attractions — like the USS Constitution, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and Fenway Park, to name a few — on a 1.75-hour loop. Select your pass, then board at any of the nine stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live on-board commentary from a professional tour conductor. Upgrade your experience to include a Boston harbor cruise.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.27
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$53.27

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$400.00
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$400.00
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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.94
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Boston City view Bicycle Tour

Boston City view Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.00
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$68.00
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

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Explore Boston in a way that interests you on a private walking tour that can be customized to your preferences. You'll follow a flexible itinerary tailored to include attractions that you want to see, such as Boston Common, Freedom Trail, or Copley Square. If you don't have specific interests, you can leave the itinerary up to your guide. Either way, this is a chance to enjoy Boston's history and charm with a guide all to yourself.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$450.00
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$450.00
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Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV Tour

Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV Tour

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Discover the cinematic side of Boston on a 3-hour tour with your own private driver-guide. See the filming sites for movies and TV shows such as 'Mystic River,' 'Good Will Hunting,' and 'Cheers' in a deluxe private vehicle. Drive through the West End, North Boston, South Boston, Beacon Hill, and downtown Boston, and pass landmarks like the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden. Includes private guide and vehicle, and 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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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.50
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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. -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 Freedom Trail GPS Self-Guided Audio Walk on Your Phone

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Boston Freedom Trail GPS Self-Guided Audio Walk on Your Phone

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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 audio tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail! Journey back in time to historic Boston in the days of George Washington, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and their revolutionary collaborators. As you walk along the Freedom Trail, learn about everything from Boston Common to Bunker Hill -- and everything in between, at your own pace. Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the Boston Common Visitor Center, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route for the best experience. Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking! This tour doesn’t include entrance to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Boston Light Painting Photography Tour

Boston Light Painting Photography Tour

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This is a tour AND a photography class. 2 in 1. All travelers will meet at the Boston Common. The address is 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. We will paint the town with light, and travel through time. We will get to see the Boston Common, the Boston Public Garden, the Charles River, and the North End. We will finish up with a desert of your choice at Mike's Pastry in the historic North End. You will leave with forty unique, and stunning images that span multiple timelines in the heart of one city. Each of you will get to get pick three of your photos you want to put on a T-shirt. After class, I will send you three T-shirts, and your forty images in an album edited professionally by me. They will help you remember this journey forever, and enlighten others to the beauty, and memories of Boston.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00

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

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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$16.00
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The Ghosts of Boston's Past Haunted Self-guided Tour

The Ghosts of Boston's Past Haunted Self-guided Tour

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This an on demand, smart phone guided haunted walking tour in Boston. Go to 10 1/2 Beacon Street, press play and put your phone in your pocket. From there you are guided turn by turn along the haunted streets of Boston. This is best experienced using headphones. Speakers can be used but not recommended. What makes this tour special? - You will see over 8 ghostly sites and hear their stories in less than 45 minutes.- -It's on demand, go anytime, at your own pace, all on the WalknTours app. - Great bang for your buck. What will you see? The most haunted hotel in New England, The old hanging tree where the last witch of Boston was hung, haunted subway, 2 haunted burial grounds, Nathaniel Hawthornes old haunt, the haunted theater and more. NOTE: Many of these sites have opening hours. This includes the Granary burial ground and Central Burial ground. Hotels and theaters are closed or limited because of COVID. This tour does not go inside these places, only outside.
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  • 30 to 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$5.00
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Comfort Hybrid Boston City Bike Rental

Comfort Hybrid Boston City Bike Rental

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Set out for the colonial streets of Boston with this 2-hour or 24-hour bike rental and explore the city’s winding neighborhoods at your own pace. Select among a variety of comfortable hybrid bikes and pedal past the North End, Boston’s picturesque wharfs, historical Fenway Park, the dignified brownstones of Beacon Hill and the downtown public park of Boston Common within minutes.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.00
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$27.00
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Boston Freedom Trail Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Boston Freedom Trail Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Discover Boston in a fun new way on this 3-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure from Boston Common to the Freedom Trail, the North End neighborhood and other real-life locations around town. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of this capital city of Massachusetts. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.52
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Boston

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Boston

Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Boston  and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Boston, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$272.44
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Boston

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Boston

Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Boston  and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Boston, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$381.42
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Boston

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Boston

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Boston  and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Boston, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$544.88
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Boston

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Boston

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Boston  and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Boston, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$708.34
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Boston Scavenger Hunt: The Story of America

Boston Scavenger Hunt: The Story of America

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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$12.31
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$12.31

Boston City Center Private Exploration Game

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Boston City Center Private Exploration Game

Learn about Boston’s rich history and its standing in the U.S history of being “first in the nation” to build and enact many things. You’ll see the architecturally beautiful Public Library, historic State House, lush Boston Common, and many more iconic firsts. See the first and architecturally beautiful Boston Public Library and learn about the first state constitution in the United States, discover where Alexander Graham Bell first used the telephone. Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, an outdoor escape game, and a treasure hunt. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions. As you answer the questions, solve the challenge, or guess the answer, the secret story of each place is unlocked. The city game will take you about 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete, but there’s no time limit which will allow you to go at your own pace. Just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.46
$9.12
$3.66 savings
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$9.12
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