Walking tours explore intriguing surroundings at a leisurely pace, much like a photography class held in a thick bog of quicksand. Let it all sink in with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $6 for a 90-minute Boston Civil War or Beacon Hill Civil War tour for one ($12 value)
- $10 for a 90-minute Boston Civil War or Beacon Hill Civil War tour for two ($24 value)
- $20 for a 90-minute Boston Civil War or Beacon Hill Civil War tour for four ($48 value)
Led by a knowledgeable tour guide, guests visit historically significant Civil War locales, including Court Square—a holding place for fugitive slaves—and the Parker House Hotel, where John Wilkes Booth stayed days before the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The Beacon Hill tour visits the homes of prominent abolitionists, such as Louisa May Alcott and Julia Ward Howe (the writer of Battle Hymn of the Republic), as well as homes and churches of the underground railroad.
Tours run on weekends, April 5th through June 29th, as well as on weekdays for Patriots Day and Memorial Day. Check the schedule for available dates. Admission is free for children 14 and younger.
Boston Civil War Tours
Bastions of the abolitionist movement, Boston and its progressive citizens helped motivate activists across the nation to stand against slavery, thus fanning a flame that contributed to the Civil War. During a 90-minute Boston Civil War tour, groups walk among historically significant sites where figureheads such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison publicly asserted their outrage and sought refuge from enraged mobs. While strolling through Beacon Hill on Sunday, knowledgeable guides point out the African Meeting House—a recruitment center for Massachusetts' all-black regiment—and the homes of famous authors such as Louisa May Alcott, who pulled from her experience as a Union Army nurse to write Hospital Sketches in 1863.
Boston Common Visitor Center
139 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111