Self Guided Boston Walking Tours

This post lists 6 self-guided walking tours of Boston, including one GPS-enabled audio tour, all produced by our guides here at Free Tours by Foot.

Click here for our pay-what-you-wish guided walking tours of Boston.


THE FREEDOM TRAIL

The Freedom Trail at the center of historic Boston is a red brick path through the city leading visitors to the historic sites.

At the center of Revolutionary America, you’ll weave your way through the eighteenth century.  

We have created a general guide to planning your visit and walk along the trail, which includes tips on how to get here and where to eat and more. 

 

Freedom Trail Map

 

This self-guided tour and map will cover the entire 2.5 miles of Freedom Trail sites and should take you two hours to complete. You can also download a PDF version.

You could also take our GPS-led audio tour of the Freedom Trail (English and Spanish). Here’s a sample.

 

We also offer a daily, pay-what-you-wish-guided tour. This tour runs mostly in the morning and afternoons but also at night in the summer.

 

 

Make sure to take a look at our self-guided tour of the Granary Burial Ground, one of the Freedom Trail’s most important stops.


HARVARD AND CAMBRIDGE

Harvard University is the oldest college in the United States (1636). Eight United State Presidents attended Harvard University and the name is known worldwide.  

 

Harvard University Tour Map

 

Here offer a self-guided tour of Harvard University and Cambridge and an area guide that will help to explore some the wonderful sites on campus.

You can download the map to your smartphone or download a PDF version of the tour.

 

 

We also offer a guided pay-what-you-like walking tour several times each week (see the video above).


BEACON HILL 

Boston’s Beacon Hill is and always has been Boston’s most exclusive neighborhood where politicians, poets, and philanthropist among others have made their home. 

 

Beacon Hill Tour map

 

It is a neighborhood that many tourists fail to explore as it can be a bit intimidating without a guide but this 90-minute self-guided tour should make navigation of that neighborhood easy.

We offer a special guided tour called the Beacon Hill Crime Tour several nights a week from April through October. As with all of our guided tours, this tour operates on the pay-what-you-like model.


NORTH END AND LITTLE ITALY

Boston’s North End/Little Italy neighbor is famous for its delicious food as well as its colorful history.

We have put together a quick, self -guided walking tour of North End/Little Italy and some of its most interesting sites.

 

 

  • Additional Resources – There are many more self-guided tours of Boston available.  The City of Boston offers several resources, including walking maps, audio tours as well as theme tours, such as the JFK Boston trail.

 

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