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Freedom Trail

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Address: Boston, MA 02109
Phone Number:
+1 617-357-8300
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The red line on the sidewalk leads you on this 2.5-mile, self-guided tour...

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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Probably the only interesting thing in Boston

This is the only touristy thing that you can do here in Boston. Do not skip this. visit the Boston Commons but it's nothing special.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the only touristy thing that you can do here in Boston. Do not skip this. visit the Boston Commons but it's nothing special.

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Howe, Texas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our guides were great! They had a great sense of humor and really knew their history. The tour was easy to follow and covered many aspects of Boston.

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National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An eclectic mix, Freedom Trail is a curate's egg. Some good spots (Boston Common, markets) and some normal ones!

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Frankfort, IL
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I purchased admission to the Freedom Trail Walk into History Tour with my go city card. The trail is pretty easy to follow though so doing a self-guided tour is definitely possible.

1 Thank Fronglay79
New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great for tourists to follow. Followed this trail from start to finish but took a little longer due to 2 different street mkts set up on the path and I lost the trail! Goes by many various historical sights.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Freedom Trail is like a terrific on the job training (OJT) for a very pedestrian friendly city. Added plus is all the history and wonderful architecture! A lot of the best sites of the city are along or nearby the route. Helped me fall in love with Boston!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is great to spend a day enjoying nice weather and going for a long walk through Boston and through American history. Grab a paper map from the visitor center, look for the trail on the ground, and head on out into history. The downside is that many of the more famous sites (and the sites that give National Park... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had been to visit the Freedom Trail guided tour years ago in the summer, and loved it! We had a fantastic tour guide who was a professor at a local college, and gave us an engaging tour of the historic trail. When I came back this winter, I insisted my friends and I do the tour to get a... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Start at Boston common welcome center, buy a map for $3, then follow the red line through the city for a self-tour. Easy to follow, well-marked, great way to hit the highlights and see the city!

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were in Boston for several days and although did not have very good weather we had one nice day and decided that was our Freedom Trail walking day. We took the guided tour with the Freedom Trail Foundation. I felt it was worth it to hear a little extra, The four of us really enjoyed the guide and all... More 

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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.
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