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Massachusetts State House Tours and Activities

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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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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off 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. If you upgrade to the Gold or Platinum Pass, you will be given your (seasonal) Harbor Cruise ticket when you check in for the Trolley Tour. These seasonal cruises depart periodically throughout the day close to Stop 1.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.35
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$49.35

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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$104.00
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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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$26.00
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$26.00

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 time with your local guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.50
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$48.50

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.99
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Private Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

Private 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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$68.75
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$68.75
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Walk the Freedom Trail With BostonTownCrier

Walk the Freedom Trail With BostonTownCrier

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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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$18.00
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$18.00

Self Guided Tour Boston Freedom Trail, Audio Tour, 3 tours in 1 bundle

Self Guided Tour Boston Freedom Trail, Audio Tour, 3 tours in 1 bundle

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Discover Boston's Revolutionary history including Old Boston, the North End and Charlestown. (3 tours in 1) - Go anytime, at your own pace and your schedule. -Navigated by the WalknTours app. -Tour never expires - take it anytime, as many times as you like. -Easy to navigate - the arrow in the app points you to the next stop. -Professionally narrated. -1 purchase works on 2 phones 3 Tours in 1 1. The Freedom Trail Part 1 - Revolutionary Boston Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Boston Massacre, Old South, Kings Chapel, Sam Adams Burial, more! ' 2. The Freedom Trail Part 2 - The North End Paul Revere's House, Old North, More! 3. The Freedom Trail Part 3 - Charlestown, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution Perfect for Solo Travelers. Especially Solo Travel Rebels. How it works: 1. Get the WalknTours app 2. Register an account and use the experience code in your booking to unlock the tour. 3. Go to The Boston Common Visitors Center. 4. Press start experience.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$7.99
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$7.99

Boston Private City Tour

Boston Private City Tour

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Discover the best of Boston and see the sights that interest you most on this half-day tour. Board your private vehicle along with your group and explore key landmarks in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. See Harvard University, Fenway Park, the Boston Public Library, Beacon Hill, and much more while listening to commentary from your driver about Boston’s history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$449.90
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Food Tour to Freedom Trail - Small Group Walking Tour

Food Tour to Freedom Trail - Small Group Walking Tour

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Who wants Revolution and a tasty treat? How about talking Paul Revere with a savory snack? History and food are both great, but combining them takes it to another level. See for yourself on our food and Freedom Trail tour, which leads you on a fascinating, entertaining, and delicious stroll through Beantown. Immerse yourself in the rich foodie culture of the North End and Boston’s markets before winding your way down the historic Boston Freedom Trail (as well as some off-trail spots that locals love). Along the way, enjoy a variety of local (and yummy!) food samples while your expert guide shows you their favorite local locales and gives you the inside scoop on Boston’s incredible past. It’s the best of Boston, all in one day!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Self Guided "Historic Boston Freedom Trail" Solo Walking Tour

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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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  • 40 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.00
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Boston Walk Through History Private & All-Inclusive Tour

Boston Walk Through History Private & All-Inclusive Tour

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Maximize time in Boston with this private sightseeing tour focused on city history. Meet your guide in the morning and set out on a city stroll that includes top historic landmarks including Boston Common, Paul Revere’s House, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Learn about American history along the Freedom Trail and taste some of Boston’s best food during this full-day private tour.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$299.00
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$299.00
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Small Group Boston Freedom Trail History Walking Tour

Small Group Boston Freedom Trail History Walking Tour

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Few cities in America can match the rich history of Boston, but there is so much more to this incredible seaside town. Our Highlights of the Freedom Trail Tour leads you through several different neighborhoods, with each one showing how Boston has grown from a quiet colonial settlement into a thriving metropolis. From the historic Faneuil Hall, stroll down the bustling streets of the modern downtown district, pass the glittering dome of the Massachusetts State House, and enjoy the picturesque Boston Public Garden. Along the way, you’ll have your eyes opened to how the Boston of yesterday has shaped and influenced the Boston of today. With your guide showing off a few local-favorite hidden gems included along the way - this is much more than your standard history tour!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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Boston - Beacon Hill: At your leisure and your pace. An audio walking tour.

Boston - Beacon Hill: At your leisure and your pace. An audio walking tour.

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Forget rigid walking tour itineraries and the need to wait for other travelers thanks to this self-guided audio tour of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Instead, begin the tour at the time which suits you and explore at your own pace while still learning about the history, culture, and architecture of your surrounds.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Boston Freedom Trail & North End Neighborhood Morning Walking Tour

Boston Freedom Trail & North End Neighborhood Morning Walking Tour

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Walk the Boston's Freedom Trail on the most comprehensive tour on the market, with a local historian guide - from the green fields of Boston Common to the towering steeple at the Old North Church. Visit the best of Beantown's famous sites on this two-hour walking tour. Explore the sites integral to America's fervent pursuit for independence such as Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, King's Chapel, the Granary Burying Grounds, and the site of the Boston Massacre. Your guide is an expert in creating the scene and invoking your imagination - as they offer up remnants of the past throughout Boston's North End with a deep dive into the Italian culture.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Private City Tour of Boston, Lexington, and Concord
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Private City Tour of Boston, Lexington, and Concord

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See all Boston's most important sights in a six hours, 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, Lexington and Concord 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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$674.85
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$674.85
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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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Private Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour

Private 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 private tour vehicle 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
  • Free Cancellation
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$281.25
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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

Many travelers only scratch Boston’s surface and gain just a superficial take on its history. Connect with the city more deeply on a private tour which includes a chauffeur and official guide, so you get the full picture. View the Freedom Trail and check out Harvard University, Faneuil Hall, North End and more as your guide shares detail and secrets about them that many visitors gloss over. Comfortable private transport and a choice of start times provide extra convenience.
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  • 4 hours
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$597.45
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$597.45
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Full-Day Private Tour of Boston with Pick Up

Full-Day Private Tour of Boston with Pick Up

For this private tour of Boston, let us take you to all the emblematic sites of the city. Also, enjoy a view of the famous Universities that Boston holds. This full-day private tour is perfect for you if you have a short time in Boston and want to take advantage of it as much as possible. Pick-up will be set from your hotel in Boston. Your official tour guide and your driver in a private vehicle will be waiting for you to start this 8-hour tour. Suggested itinerary: Boston Common Faneuil Hall Quincy Market Boston Stone Union Oyster House There will also be some time destined to visit the Universities. The exact duration of each stop will depend on each tour. Being private, the tour can be customised and the itinerary is just a suggested itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,032.89
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$1,032.89
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Boston Boo's and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

Boston Boo's and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

Join us and take a haunted crawl through some of Boston's most historic locations and notable pubs. You'll visit the bar that inspired the famous TV show "Cheers!", learn about the terrifying experiences some have had at the Boston Common, and visit the bar where John F. Kennedy Jr. wrote some of his famous speeches, along with visiting several other unique and haunted locations. On select nights, come have a few sips of local spirits while hearing about the city's local haunted Spirits and while exploring the beautiful streets of Boston. Join us on the new Spirits of Boston Haunted Pub Crawl and visit the city’s historic haunts and ghostly pubs and enjoy booze and Boo's at some of its most infamous paranormal and tipsy hotspots. *This tour price does not include tastings or tours of the facilities.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.00
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$34.00

Boston City Center Private Exploration Game

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
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$8.03
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$8.03
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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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$236.68
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$236.68
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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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Should I book Massachusetts State House tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Massachusetts State House can get crowded. 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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How much does it cost to visit Massachusetts State House 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Massachusetts State House costs USD 5.00. Guided Massachusetts State House tours start around USD 5.00 per person.
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