Recent Searches
Clear

COVID-19: Check local travel restrictions and learn what we're doing to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Boston Old State House Tours

star-4.5
3 Reviews
Boston Old State House
Built in 1713, Boston's Old State House is the city’s oldest public building and considered pivotal to prerevolutionary US history. Dwarfed by Boston’s skyscrapers and a fixture on its revolution-tracing Freedom Trail, the onetime government building is now a museum to the city’s revolutionary era and the events that kindled the American Revolution.
 
The Basics 
The Old State House presided over two key American Revolution events: the 1770 Boston Massacre and the public reading of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Having served various functions since then, the house now welcomes visitors keen to explore its revolutionary-themed collections. Attractions include tea from the Boston Tea Party, historical furnishings and art, costumed revolutionary characters, and in-house guided tours.
 
As a top sight on Boston’s Freedom Trail, the Old State House appears on almost all city tours. View it on a panoramic, trolley car, pedicab, or ‘duck’ tour; explore its exhibits on a Freedom Trail guided walk; buy a Boston sightseeing pass that includes entry; or prebook admission online to visit independently. The building is also a stop on many day trips from New York and other cities. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Old State House attracts history buffs of all ages. 
  • Allow 30 minutes to an hour to explore inside and out.
  • The historic building is not wheelchair-accessible. Strollers must be checked in at the baggage area.
  • The Old State House gift shop is accessible without entering the museum itself.
 
How to Get There
The Old State House stands in downtown Boston, at the intersection of State and Washington streets. Take Boston’s subway to the State Street station—situated beneath the building—or, if you’re driving, follow signs to the Government Center, Faneuil Hall, and the Financial District. Several parking garages are available nearby.
 
When to Get There
The Old State House is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Every March, the house marks the events surrounding the 1770 Boston Massacre with storytelling, Q and As, and costumed reenactments. If you’re in Boston at the time, it’s worth checking out the commemorations.
 
Must-Sees at the Old State House
After exploring inside the Old State House, see the commemorative stones under its balcony. They mark the area of the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770, when British sentries faced a taunting crowd of locals and fired at them, killing five and stoking the colonists’ sentiment against the British in the lead-up to the American Revolution. Then, look up at the balcony, from which America’s Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on July 18, 1776.
Address: 206 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02109, USA
Admission: Varies
Read More

19 Tours and Activities to Experience Boston Old State House

Filter
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow




Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details
Sort by:Featured
Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

star-4.5
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.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$47.25
From
$47.25
Taking safety measures

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

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

star-5
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.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$102.30
From
$102.30
Taking safety measures

Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass

Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass

star-4
Seeing the best of Boston doesn’t get any easier, or more economical, than with the Go Boston Pass. This flexible sightseeing pass allows visitors to pick and choose from a wide variety of Boston’s top attractions, almost 40 in all, at any pace desired over the course of one, two, three, five, or seven consecutive days. Enjoy immediate entry to attractions. Simply save the pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go. No voucher redemption is required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
More
  • 1 to 7 days
From
$65.00
From
$65.00

Freedom Trail Guided Photography Walking Tour in Boston (Small Group)

Freedom Trail Guided Photography Walking Tour in Boston (Small Group)

star-4.5
Boston’s red-brick Freedom Trail takes you on a journey through revolutionary history, to sites where patriots protested against British rule and worked to form a new government. This walking tour takes you to famous sites along the trail, including Boston Common, the Old State House, and Park Street Church. While you walk, your guide provides historical background and offers tips for capturing photographs of these historic sites.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$42.67
From
$42.67
Taking safety measures

Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston

Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston

star-4.5
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.
More
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$20.00
From
$20.00
Taking safety measures

Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail Tour

Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail Tour

star-4
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.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$267.92
per group
From
$267.92
per group

Walking Tour of Freedom Trail History (Small Group)

Walking Tour of Freedom Trail History (Small Group)

star-5
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.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$35.50
From
$35.50
Taking safety measures

Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

star-5
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.
More
  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$450.00
per group
From
$450.00
per group
Taking safety measures

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

star-4.5
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.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
From
$7.99
From
$7.99
Taking safety measures

Freedom Trail Best Tour (Boston Common to Faneuil Hall)

Freedom Trail Best Tour (Boston Common to Faneuil Hall)

star-4.5
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.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$14.94
From
$14.94

Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour with Costumed Guide

Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour with Costumed Guide

star-4
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.
More
  • 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$25.00
From
$25.00

Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

star-4.5
Explore elegant neighborhoods, historic streets, and American landmarks on a Boston walking tour from the Back Bay to Beacon Hill and downtown portions of the Freedom Trail. Learn about Boston’s history and culture as you stroll brownstone-lined avenues and walk the shady paths of the Boston Public Garden. Step into Boston’s Revolutionary history in the churches, cemeteries, and battlegrounds of the American struggle for independence.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$35.00
From
$35.00
Taking safety measures

Tour of The Freedom Trail

Tour of The Freedom Trail

star-4.5
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. 
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
From
$16.00
From
$16.00

Boston Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Boston Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt

star-5
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.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$35.43
per group
From
$35.43
per group
Taking safety measures

Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

star-5
Private tours are priced per GROUP, not per person. This amazing tour is for those who want more than a driving tour but not a ton of walking.(aprox. 90 minute walk) Stroll through the historic North End. Have a snack from a famous North End pastry shop. Go inside the Old North Church and see Paul Revere's house, Explore Copp's Hill Burial Ground and learn about the "Spite House", the "Brink's Job" robbery. and the Great Molasses Flood. Visit the USS Constitution, and go up Bunker Hill where the first organized battle of the Revolutionary war took place. Learn how the Colonists lost that battle but won at the same time. Ride through Downtown, up Beacon Hill, The Back Bay, Fenway and over to Cambridge to see Harvard & MIT. You will see the entire city in half a day. ​Learn all about our history as well as what makes Boston such a great 21st century city. We can confirm tour start time after booking is complete. Weekday tours during the school year tours can only start after 2:30PM
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$426.67
per group
From
$426.67
per group
Taking safety measures

Boston Most Famous Foodie Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Boston Most Famous Foodie Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

star-5
Our Boston Food Tour will take you to the most iconic and delicious spots in Boston all in one day. If you are looking for a little bit of culture, great photos, and a ton of delicious food then this is the tour for you. The day will start with meeting with your friendly local guide. From there your tour will begin as you start your day walking throughout Boston and dining at the most famous and delicious food spots in Boston. This half-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, yummy food and much much more! ==== Full schedule 12:00 PM - Meet your guide at the Aquarium Subway Station 12:10 PM - Enjoy some Boston Clam Chowder near Quincy Market 12:50 PM - Taste a historical favorite and a Samuel Adams beer 1:50 PM - Munch on pizza and beer at the Boston Public Market 2:30 PM - Indulge in a slice of delicious Boston Cream Pie 3:00 PM - Say goodbye to your guide at the Haymarket Subway Station
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$299.00
Price varies by group size
From
$299.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Haunted Boston Ghost and Pub Walking Tour

Haunted Boston Ghost and Pub Walking Tour

Unearth the spooky history of Boston on this 2.5-hour guided ghost tour and pub crawl. A costumed guide will lead you through historic streets and tell you tales from the haunted buildings along the way. During the tour, you will also stop at several Boston bars and pubs to enjoy a beverage before continuing on your way.
More
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$26.50
From
$26.50
Taking safety measures

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

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

star-5
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.
More
  • 30 to 55 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$5.00
From
$5.00
Taking safety measures

Boston's North End and Waterfront Walking Tour

Boston's North End and Waterfront Walking Tour

Explore the historic streets and landmarks of Boston’s oldest section on a walking tour from downtown to the North End. Get a taste of Revolutionary New England as you visit key sites along the Freedom Trail, then immerse yourself in a colorful neighborhood with rich Italian American heritage. Follow in the footsteps of Paul Revere, the ‘Sons of Liberty,’ and generations of immigrants with an experienced guide that brings their stories to life.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$35.00
From
$35.00
Taking safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What's the best way to experience Boston Old State House?