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Paul Revere Ride to Freedom Bike Tour

This guide takes you from the Old North Church in Boston’s North End and follows Revere’s ride on April 18, 1775.
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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 46.7 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  The Paul Revere Ride to Freedom takes you from the Old North Church in Boston’s North End and follows Revere’s ride on April 18, 1775 ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Christopher Columbus Park

The first stop of the tour is the lovely Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. The closest Chris got to Boston was Cuba, and he never met Paul Revere. Nonetheless, take a moment to ride around and get used to your bikes before heading out to Lexington and Concord.

Old North Church is where, upon instructions from Paul Revere, Robert Newman hung lanterns to alert the Patriots that the British were coming!

"One if by land, two if by sea." (There were two).

3. Paul Revere Park

Crossing the locks to Charlestown, you are now in the same neighborhood as Paul Revere was when he waited for lanterns to be hung in the Old North Church. Revere had to row across the Charles River. He didn't have the luxury of walking his bike across this path. In fact, the locks are used to allow boats to travel by the Charles River Dam and the ... More

The USS Constitution was built in 1797 and has fought in three wars. The first was the Barbary War where the ship protected American merchants from pirates in the Mediterranean. The second war was the infamous War of 1812 between the United States of America and the British Empire. The third was the deadliest war in American history, the American ... More

5. Minuteman Bikeway Trailhead

After arriving in Charlestown, Revere borrowed a horse from his friend Deacon John Larkin. After he verified with the local "Sons of Liberty" that the British troops would row "by sea" to Cambridge, rather than marching "by land" out Boston Neck, Revere road out to alarm the country-side, stopping at each house, and... More

The opening engagement of the American Revolution occurred here on April 19, 1775.

After the passage of the Intolerable Acts by the British Parliament in 1774, unrest in the colonies had increased. The British commander in Boston, General Thomas Gage, sought to avoid armed rebellion by sending a column of royal infantry from Boston to capture... More

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7. Revere's Capture Site

After delivering his message to Adams and Hancock, Revere was joined by a second rider, William Dawes, who had been sent on the same errand by a different route. Deciding on their own to continue on to Concord, where weapons and supplies were hidden, Revere and Dawes were joined by a third rider, Dr. Samuel Prescott (no relation to Urban... More

Following the retreat of the Minutemen in Lexington, the British regulars moved on towards Concord.

At the North Bridge in Concord, approximately 500 colonial militiamen fought and defeated three companies of British troops. The outnumbered regulars fell back from the minutemen after a pitched battle in open territory. The British fought a... More