Freedom Trail
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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Neighborhood: 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.
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  • Park St • 3 min walk
  • Boylston • 4 min walk
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  • rockymtnboilerbabe
    Denver, Colorado152 contributions
    Fantastic Freedom Trail
    We had an afternoon in Boston open up and it was gorgeous outside, so we hit the trail! We stopped at the visitor center in Boston Commons where Paul kindly helped us make our plan, and we purchased the cheapest of the trail “guidebooks.” There were 3 options and we spent $7. The map inside was clearly marked and it was easy to follow the physical red bricks and red paint on the ground. The book was nice because we didn’t have to use our phones to look up the facts at each of the stops along the way. The more expensive books had more detailed information, so when we hit a stop that was more interesting to us, we used our phones for that to help us get more information. We did not do the section after the river due to time constraints, but from Boston Commons we saw everything up to Paul Revere’s house and the North Church, before needing to head back. From the visitors center, doing the trail, the heading back to the Commons area was approximately 2 hours total. We did not pay to go inside any of the stops, but several points on the trail did have that as an option for further interest or if you simply had more time. Highly recommend! A wonderful inexpensive (or even free) gem given to us by the city.
    Traveled with family
    Written March 24, 2022
  • LOTRfan
    Jessup, Maryland324 contributions
    Outstanding Trail and Totally Worth Doing!
    I did this walk November of 2021. I'd read about it but had no idea it would be as good as it is. I would recommend to folks that they do the first mile and a half with a guide like I did as they can tell you more about what you're seeing along the trail. You start at Boston Common and make your way past a total of 16 places of interest. Some of the places you'll visit include the graveyard that holds the graves of Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams, the place where the Boston Massacre took place and at the end, the Battle of Bunker Hill Memorial. The Memorial is part of a national park and has park rangers. They give a free 20 to 30 minute talk on the battle which is really worth listening to. One Note: a few of the places on the trail charge admission if you want to go in i.e. Paul Revere's House and the Old North Church come to mind. The guided tour of the first mile and half of the trail that I recommend does cost something. I forget what I paid. I know you can buy tour tickets for the guided tour at the Visitor's Center which is located at Boston Common (that's where I bought my ticket). I was really delighted with this walking trail and would strongly recommend to anyone who is interested in American history. Boston is loaded with history and, this is 1 of the easiest ways to learn about it while getting in some exercise.
    Written April 19, 2022
  • Mauisron
    Santa Clarita, California163 contributions
    Amazing Boston Freedom Trail
    What a great way to spend the day in Boston. Take the train ( Blue line or Green Line) and take the nearest exit to Boston Common ( Huge park). Find the Visitor center and determine if a guided tour is right for you. We opted to solo walk, therefore purchased a guide pamphlet and hit the trail. I suggest doing a little detour to the Cheers Bar, which is just across Boston Common. You can double back to pick up the start of the trail. Take your time and do every stop, reading the info for each. Midway through the trail, you come to the market place area, Good place and time to grab a bite to eat and rest a spell. There are plenty of small stores to buy water & snacks. Another tip is go the day before on the Hop-on, Hop-Off bus. This takes you throughout the entire city and you can get an idea of where you want to spend more time. The North End near Paul Revere’s house has some fantastic Italian restaurants. Another tip…at the end of the trail is Bunker Hill. Rather than back tracking across the bridge, follow the alternate route to the Constitution ( Ship in harbor), go to pier 4, and take the Metro water ferry back to downtown. It is like $1.50 PP ( senior rate). You will thank me, guaranteed! We started about 11:00AM and docked at the Aquarium ( downtown) about 5:30 PM. Wear good walking shoes. The trail is marked with red bricks inlaid into the sidewalk, so you cannot get lost!
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2022
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN262 contributions
Jul 2022
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 August 8, 2022
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TPAMomma
Tampa, FL84 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
I’d highly recommend doing a small group tour and ALL the stops on the Freedom trail. We used Hub Town Tours, and they were fantastic. Perfect small group size, stopped at all Freedom trail stops. The trail itself is easy to follow by staying on a brick path through the city. It’s an easy flat walk, perfect for families. Plenty of places to stop along the way if needed. Amazing opportunity to walk the same paths as our ancestors.
Written October 21, 2022
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Atkinstravelers
Tellico Plains, TN140 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Jeremiah was our tour guide, he was dressed in period clothes which set the stage. He started the tour by telling the group his name, and Poope was really his last name. The group of that he took out was pretty large for a walking tour in a busy city with lots of tourists. Mr. Poope was very nice and knew his history and the details of each person that he told us about. The pace when walking was quite brisk, again for being in a busy historic city with lots of people and traffic. Our guide was able to be heard and waited for is group to gather around as much as possible. Jeremiah was funny and that kept your attention and made the tour very enjoyable, he also gave just enough of his own Boston experiences to add to the historical aspect. This is a must do, but just understand it’s a walking tour that is pretty brisk paced. Also be on the lookout for unusual sights, because this city is full of interesting things, people and Dogs. Great Job Mr. Poope!!
Written September 18, 2022
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08lj
Charleston, SC185 contributions
Nov 2022
If you're interested in checking out the history of the city (and country) this is a great way to do it. We did a self tour. It was easy to follow and didn't have trouble finding the landmarks. When we got to the different points of interest, we read about them from the freedom trail website and went in some of them. I can definitely see how having a tour guide to be great, to add commentary, but I was content with what we did and felt like I was able to get a good bit out of it.
Written January 13, 2023
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA540 contributions
Sep 2022
The Freedom Trail is a great way to walk around Boston and see the highlights of its historic past. Besides the standard guided tours, you can find the Trail by the distinctive vertical strip of bricks embedded in the sidewalks that lead from one site to the next. It can take all day to walk the entire trail, but it's good exercise and there not many hilly stretches in downtown Boston or Charlestown.

All the historic highlights are hit, such as the Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Old State House, South Meeting House, USS Constitution, etc. Each stop will keep your interest for ~1 hour, and then you can move onto the next one at your own pace.

Note that those vertical strip of bricks embedded in the sidewalk have in places been removed due to various maintenance projects, so sometimes you'll notice a gap for a partial or full block. If you are walking without a guide, I'd be sure to take a map (or download one) so you don't get lost in all those confusing downtown Boston streets.
Written September 19, 2022
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Jay2Travel
Orange County NY, United States98 contributions
Oct 2021
We booked the tour through Freedom Trail Foundation at the Visitors Center in Boston Commons (139 Tremont St) using a Credit Card - $29.40 for 2 of us ($14.70/each), and at the end of the tours we gave a tip to the tour guide.
Our tour guide was Isaiah Thomas (the Revolutionary War publisher, not the Basketball player) in costume, and had a wonderful experience. He was informative, entertaining and kept us moving at a reasonable pace. You can walk the Freedom Trail on your own (there are markers) but you won't get the insights and background behind the basic information. The tour does not include the entire marked Freedom Trail, only about the first 18 items. You can do the rest on your own however we chose not to. At the end we walked into the Quincy Market and had lunch. A great way to end the walking tour.
I would definitely recommend taking the paid tour.
Written October 25, 2021
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royski69
Delaware175 contributions
Aug 2021
By following this trail, it's a great way to get an overview of Boston, as well as the historical places in the city.
I recommend to download the walking guide from the National Park Service website, which provided a brief description of each stop, as well as a great map of the trail. This makes it easy to do the walk yourself without a guide or tour.
Another tip is to go to the U.S.S. Constitution last, and then take the Charlestown Ferry back to the Long Wharf (Aquarium) section of the city.
Written August 27, 2021
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX1,049 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
If you love history and are in Boston then this is an absolute must! We didn't want to take a guided tour so I bought a guide book on Amazon to bring with me. It told me everything I needed to know and the trail was easy enough to follow. If you lose the trail...just look for a brick line in the ground. That's the freedom trail and it takes you from the first stop (Boston Common) to the last (USS Constitution). We spent an entire half day walking this trail but only went inside 2 of the historic sites. If you want to stop and tour each one then set aside an entire day. This is definitely a must!!! It's free to walk the trail but some of the historic sites have entrance fees.
Written July 27, 2022
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Eileen B
Wheaton, IL182 contributions
Sep 2020
American history starts here- Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), Paul Revere's House, Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, Boston Tea Party Site, the Granary Burial ground, King's Chapel, Old Corner Book Store are all must see sites. The "Red" trail takes you to all these places and more. Very easy walking short segments of the trail. Everyone friendly and wearing masks.
We started at Boston Common. Visitor center didnot have any free maps -the one they had was $3.00 and it was the same as we got at our hotel..so pick one up at your hotel if possible. They also had bathrooms.
Parking is free on Sundays on the streets so get there early in the day We stopped at Faneuil Hall for lunch and shopping. Visitor center was closed (not sure if is opened at all)
We drove over to USS Constitution (Old Ironsides). We found parking on the street. We didnot see any parking lots. Visitor center/museum was $10 per adult and worth visiting. The ship is free but they only allow 25 people at a time so go early in the day. Be prepared to stand in sun as they have limited shade and they do security and virus checks.
Written September 10, 2020
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN13,154 contributions
Aug 2021
Recently on July 17, 2021, there were 10 of us who walked the full length of the trail. We were visiting relatives in the Boston area and everyone was excited about walking it, even our local hosts. So many people who actually live in the Boston area have never walked it. It is truly a fun and informative walk.

I suggested it to everyone because I had walked it before, though it was almost 30 years ago. I wanted to do it again. So much to see, of historic sites that date back to when our country was just a colony of Great Britain. Great architecture, costumed actors one encounters on the way, even Ben Franklin or possibly Paul Revere. We started our walk about 9:30 AM at the Boston Commons. Here is a visitor center where you can pick up a map of the route and many other interesting sites information. Sure you can take a tour, but you don't really need a tour guide. There are inlaid red bricks in the sidewalks and streets all along the entire route to keep you on track. A nice stop to relax and take in a street performer about mid-day is Faneuil & Quincy Marketplace. For lunch I would advise going a bit away from tourist central to get a taste of local cuisine. The route ends at the USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard. From there we took the nearby ferry across the bay (also very scenic views) to catch a metro train. Fun, fun day. Highly reccommended!
Written August 20, 2021
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