Homeschoolers — Info and Booking

The Ultimate Field Trip for Homeschoolers — Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben (Extended)

No Boston Field Trip Offers Homeschoolers Greater Value

If you’re a homeschooling parent, field trips are surely one of your favorite things. They get everyone out of the house for a day, offering a break from the typical routine of books and computers. Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben (Extended) is a field trip that is unlike any you have ever imagined. It educates your children about American history while inspiring them to create goals. On top of that, it’s a field trip that is simply FUN.

On this field trip you and your kids will:

  • Be the guest of children’s book author and private tour guide Ben Edwards — a relative of Paul Revere
  • Receive Ben’s children’s book One April in Boston: The Gift of the Spyglass as an eBook and 3 1/2-hour audio book on 3 CDs
  • Learn about the beginning of the American Revolution from a gifted storyteller as you explore the sites along Boston’s Freedom Trail
  • Hold and read some wonderful primary sources including rare documents and original colonial newspapers from Ben’s personal collection
  • Enjoy a special treat of complimentary Boston Cream Pie and Parker House Rolls when we stop for our reservation at Parker’s Restaurant in the historic and haunted Omni Parker House Hotel
  • Have time for a lunch break during the tour. You may decide on a quick stop at the food court at Quincy Market or a sit down lunch with Ben at historic Union Oyster House — America’s oldest continuously operating restaurant since 1826
  • Tour the Paul Revere House (admission fee required) including the new Education and Visitor Center that opened in 2016
  • Receive access to a wonderful audio recording of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” by award-winning narrator Phil Rosenthal
  • Receive the first product in Ben’s Teach History Primary Source Audio series developed for educators, homeschoolers, and history buffs

About Ben’s Book

Ben’s book One April in Boston: The Gift of the Spyglass is written for ages 10-13. It teaches American history, the power of imagination, and the value of goal setting. Set in Colonial Boston, the story follows Ben’s actual ancestors as they experience the events of Paul Revere’s Ride and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Shortly after the Declaration of Independence is read in Boston on July 18, 1776, the story transports readers into the future with fascinating and moving connections to the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and World War I. The newly revised second edition (2015) of One April in Boston: The Gift of the Spyglass contains 46 original pen and ink illustrations created by Cortney Skinner. The audio book is read by award-winning narrator Phil Rosenthal.

Field Trip Information and Pricing

The Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben (Extended) field trip for homeschoolers runs from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The field trip is 5 1/2 hours long plus a half hour lunch break at the mid-point.

You’ll see the following sites along Boston’s Freedom Trail:

Massachusetts State House, Boston Common, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel, King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Old Corner Bookstore Building, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Boston Massacre Site, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, plus several secret spots along the way. Learn more about these tour sites.

We go inside King’s Chapel, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House (admission fee required), Old North Church, and all 3 burying grounds.

Current admission fee for the Paul Revere House is $3.50 for adults and $1.00 for children.

Many homeschoolers elect to tap into their network and combine with other families to reduce the cost per family.

Option One

This option includes all the bulleted items shown at the top of this page: one CD set of One April in Boston: The Gift of the Spyglass for up to 3 families; a stop for complimentary Boston Cream Pie and Parker House Rolls for up to 10 people; time for a lunch break at either the food court at Quincy Market or Union Oyster House; time to tour inside the Paul Revere House; and the two additional audio products as noted.

One homeschool family: $550 for the 5.5-hour tour
Two homeschool families: $275 per family for the 5.5-hour tour
Three homeschool families: $184 per family for the 5.5-hour tour

You can have up to 10 people in the entire group for the pricing shown above.

Note: Boston’s Freedom Trail with Ben (Extended) is normally $650. We have discounted it $100 for homeschoolers.

Option Two

This is our most economical option for homeschoolers. You can have up to 40 people in your homeschool group for the $550 fee. (If you gather 10 homeschool families from your network it would be just $55 per family.) This option does not include the physical 3 CD set of One April in Boston: The Gift of the Spyglass but instead provides password access to the MP3 audio files for that same product. We do not stop for Boston Cream Pie, and the lunch break would be limited to the food court at Quincy Market. Besides that, the other bulleted items at the top of this page are included.

                      A homeschooling family from Florida

                    A homeschool group from Connecticut

Testimonials

Fantastic Homeschool Field Trip

Hands down I would recommend Ben’s tour to any homeschoolers who want an engaging, interactive tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Ben is a gifted storyteller who knows how to keep students interested. We were a group of 40 people and he guided our group easily on this 5.5 hour walking tour. At almost every stop he had unique ways of keeping the students involved, and shared lots of original source documents (newspapers, old photos, etc.) from his personal collection. My hard-to-please teenagers really enjoyed this trip. Ben was professional, kind, knowledgeable, and interesting. Absolutely an exceptional, hands-on learning experience!!

Lori K — Posted on TripAdvisor, November 2016

A Homeschooler’s “Must Do” While in Boston!

As a homeschooling family, we thoroughly enjoyed Ben’s multifaceted tour of the Freedom Trail. He approaches the tour with a personal passion born out of his Edwards family Boston roots with Revere family ties and engaged our children 6, 9 and 17 at every turn with the historical and relevant items he carries with him throughout the afternoon. He maintained our family’s attention with surprise, suspense and competitive interaction on historically related items during the tour. Ben conducted the tour the way we teach our children mixing current state with the past to construct a more complete picture. He encouraged questions and was always patient with our children’s many questions. We especially enjoyed Ben’s behind the scenes knowledge of facts, people, and personal ties along the Freedom Trail.

We highly recommend Ben for his knowledge, perspective and ability to engage our children. We recommend his tour at the beginning of your visit to set the stage for what to experience during the rest of your trip. This may include dining, touring and additional educational experiences. He took the time to personally text and email more activities and historical sites even after the tour.

Sincere thanks from the Knobel family in CA — Posted on TripAdvisor, May 2015

Homeschoolers Reservation Form

This reservation form is for homeschoolers only. For school groups, please use this form. If you have questions, you may also contact Ben Edwards directly.

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