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Ben Franklin: Son of Boston

Celebrate the life of Boston-born Benjamin Franklin by visiting his homes and haunts in Colonial Boston

Painting of Benjamin Franklin

Tour Description

Celebrate the life of Benjamin Franklin on this guided walk along his homes and haunts in Colonial Boston.

Born in Boston, he came of age in Philadelphia, and was the darling of Paris. His legacy is without measure. He was one of America's leading scientists, inventors, diplomats, humorists, and statesmen.

Uncover stories of Benjamin Franklin’s many inventions, his civic and educational impact, and his roles in the founding of the United States.

Tour Information

tour duration
DURATION

90 minutes

tour distance
DISTANCE

1.1 miles

tour terrain level 1
TERRAIN

mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide in the plaza at School and Washington Streets, between Walgreens and the Irish Famine Memorial in Downtown Crossing.

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: State (Blue & Orange Lines)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of Union and Hanover Streets (Haymarket)

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Haymarket (Green & Orange Lines)

“I particularly wanted to commend your guide for her excellent commentary on the Ben Franklin tour. Her commentary was the right pace, the right depth, stunningly well-informed, passionate and balanced at the same time, gently amusing... in fact, faultless. Thanks”
— Boston, MA