Pirates & Patriots Take Over Boston Waterfront!

Connecting the Freedom Trail to Boston’s waterfront with lively, new and exciting activities is important. The Pirates & Patriot’s Tour which prowls the waterfront, the hub of the all-important colonial maritime trade, helps visitors experience every part of our fight for freedom. “It’s fascinating to learn about pirates and privateers, and this tour tells stories of those who played a significant role in building Boston’s economy, creating the city’s harbor, and securing America’s freedom, ” says Suzanne Taylor, executive director of the Freedom Trail Foundation.

swashbuckler pirateWith the recent opening of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the daily Pirates & Patriots Tour helps add more history to Boston’s waterfront while connecting the Freedom Trail to the Boston’s Innovation District, emerging along the South Boston waterfront. Throughout the 90-minute tour, stories unfold of Boston’s 18th century men and women lived and worked here. Tales of landlubbers and jack tars, pirates and privateers, impressed sailors and smugglers, Tories and revolutionaries, all of whom occupied America’s largest port city plying their trade – legal and illegal – as Boston marched towards independence, spark the imagination.

During this exciting walking tour, kids will be intrigued by the tales of pirates who preyed on merchant vessels, where the infamous Captain Kidd was brought through Boston in chains, what punishment awaited buccaneers unfortunate enough to be caught in New England waters, and the hidden meaning behind the symbols of pirate flags! Young and old alike will get caught up in the tales of the actions taken by the men and women of colonial Boston to separate from the most powerful country in the world, and the importance of their acts and contributions to Boston’s pre-eminent position pre- and post-Revolution.

The exploration of the waterfront world of piracy and patriots on foot, led by one of Boston’s Freedom Trail Players® in full period garb, is conveniently scheduled at 11:30 a.m. from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall, concluding at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Visitor Information Center, and at 2:00 p.m. from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Visitor Information Center, bringing one back to Faneuil Hall to explore the Freedom Trail.

All Freedom Trail Foundation walking tours with 18th century costumed guides, including the Pirates and Patriots Tour, are affordably priced at $13 for adults, $11 for seniors/students, and $7 for children.