Freedom Trail

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Freedom Trail
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The red line on the sidewalk leads you on this 2.5-mile, self-guided tour of American Revolution sites. It starts at the Boston Common, America's oldest public park, and ends at the famed Bunker Hill Monument.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Park St • 3 min walk
  • Boylston • 4 min walk
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giugiberto
Brescia, Italy93 contributions
Couples
This 4km walk through the centre of Boston is very tipicall and will make you see the most important attractions of the city.. simply walking! So don’t Be lazy and Enjoy the 16 ancient monuments of the city. You have to follow the red brick line so you can’t lode direction and it start at Boston Common. Spectacular!
Written 14 August 2022
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Erica P
Hightstown, NJ138 contributions
This was a really great activity to do the first day of our trip into Boston because of the flexibility of just being able to wander the trail at any time essentially. However, if you're a history buff, you'll probably want a full two days to really immerse yourself into all the knowledge this trail holds. We did it for one full day almost from 12pm-6pm and we only got halfway through. I'm a huge fan of history though so I really examine all of the signage and exhibits. I definitely recommend at least stopping by a few sites on any trip to Boston. Boston Common, The Old State House, Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market were the highlights for us for the first half of the trail.
Written 13 August 2022
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Loriben
2 contributions
Couples
The tour guide was fantastic! Jeremiah was funny, well spoken, and very informative. Will definitely be doing this tour again in the future.
Written 10 August 2022
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Francesca W
Montreal, Canada38 contributions
Family
We did it by bike. We loved it even if it was obviously not done for bikers. Take care, people don’t necessary respect lights and everything. Friendly environment.
Written 9 August 2022
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Lawrence M
Clermont, FL70 contributions
From” old Ironsides “ to the “old State House explore and live history.. People are friendly, lots of history to discover and Boston is alive and vibrant around you.
Written 8 August 2022
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN262 contributions
We had 4 kids in our group so we were worried that they'd get bored on a tour so we decided to just self tour. And it was fine. I was able to get a guide book that explained most of what we were seeing. The trail is easy to follow, the bricks are clearly marked on the path. The path is long and crisscrosses a bunch of streets in the heart of Boston so pay attention to your surroundings. We had a good time and I think the kids learned a bit (the older one enjoyed making connections to things they had read about in class). Most the buildings require a tour or a separate entrance fee so we only toured the Paul Revere house. It was fine but not very big. We did stop at the Clough House which is not an official stop of the tour but they have a historical printing shop there. That man was super amazing, he talked to the kids for at least 40 minutes and explained every step of what he was doing. Faneuil Hall doesn't even open until 11 so we skipped that stop entirely as we were trying to get the walk done in the morning before the heat really set in. Once we hit Charleston Harbor the kids really started having fun. They enjoyed exploring the two ships. We managed to turn in Jr Ranger books here with a very nice ranger.

Overall if you are big into US History the walk is worth it, it takes you through several Boston neighborhoods. It's a lot of walking though be prepared.
Written 8 August 2022
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Dave48838
Greenville, MI538 contributions
We have been on this trail twice. The first time was with a guide. We had younger children who tired of the walk so we cut out mid way through. The second time, we walked following a map we down loaded. The day was hot so we chose the places we wanted to see. While the trail is historical, it does not follow any particular scheme. Many of the places are seen on other tours and many of the buildings are only seen from the outside. Furthermore, some of the locations on the tour are only open with the price of admission. If you were going to see the sites fully, it would cost $$$ and take all day. Unless you really like to talk, a visitor can get an equivalent experience without walking the whole trail.
Written 7 August 2022
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Lala C
Glasgow, UK86 contributions
Couples
Great experience and our guide was very knowledgable, entertaining and funny. They only cover just over half of the trail but the full trail is not needed. They cover the main part and it is better to do the second half with a few pubs in between on your own. So it was ideal. Great start to the day.
Written 7 August 2022
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Beth W
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I love how it is so well laid out and easy for anyone to follow....and plenty of places to find shade and air conditioning along the way.
Written 6 August 2022
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theuncle2018
Scottsdale, AZ218 contributions
Excellent walking tour. We did some of it with a guide and then went a few other times just on our own. The whole thing is very well marked and there is something interesting every couple hundred feet or less. Its something every American should do at some point. The sheer amount of history including where the shot heard round the world was fired is totally amazing. There are plenty of places to stop and take a break if you don't want to do it all at once.
Written 6 August 2022
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