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Freedom Trail

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Address: Boston, MA 02109
Phone Number: 617-357-8300
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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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great history trail

thought this was going to be boring, but the lady tour guide that took us knew her stuff and made you feel like you were part of it, was a great walk filled iwth lots of american... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
linda c
Bexleyheath, United Kingdom

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Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

thought this was going to be boring, but the lady tour guide that took us knew her stuff and made you feel like you were part of it, was a great walk filled iwth lots of american history.

Thank linda c
Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

You have just arrived in Boston and have no clue were to start. Just look down. This narrow brick road will lead you all over the the fine city of Boston. Past the Bunker Hill Monument , USS Constitution , Paul Revere's home, The old North Church. ( one if by land two if by sea! ) the journey is... More 

Thank Paula B
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This walk is beautiful and loaded with history. It is best to get a trail map and your hotel may have one available. Plan on taking a good potion of the day and don't forget your camera. If you don't like history it is still a beautiful walk but if you don't like walking you can take one of the... More 

Thank WorldTraveler0725
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

There's no better way in Massachusetts to learn about the foundation of the United States of America, that started right here in Boston! This is what the USA was all about. It's also a great place to kick off a stay in Boston. You'll wind through the heart of Boston to find shops and vendors, restaurants and maps that will... More 

Thank candyhorse
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a classic Boston urban self-directed tour. There are stops in cemeteries, historic houses (including Paul Revere's house, near lots of great pizza shops in the North End), and more. Most useful for 5th graders and above - especially good if you review some Revolutionary War highlights beforehand. Easy walking, and very memorable.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walking in the footsteps of history is amazing. I have lost count how many times I have visited the Freedom Trail-it is always something I have to do when I visit Boston! An absolute must see for any traveler! Don't forget to stop at the Grainery Burial Ground to "visit" Boston's founding fathers when you are by the Commons and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Follow the red brick road and enjoy a walking tour of Boston. Doesn't get any easier than this! Occasionally the path splits off or leads to areas that are closed certain times of day. Fairly easy to reconnect a block later if you lose the path for awhile.

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Waco, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

In my opinion every American should walk the Freedom Trail. America is a wonderful, unique democratic republic and the men and women that you learn about on this walk make history "come alive". Our American Story is so significant. Parents, you owe it to your children to take them on this Trail. (BTW, then go to see the Mayflower II... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We bought the book Revolutionary Boston, Lexington, and Concord by Joseph L. Andrews, Jr. etc. This book gives you great background on what is inside the buildings on the Freedom Trail. If you get a guide you go past the outside of many of the buildings. With the book (less than 150 pages) we were able to guide ourselves and... More 

Thank 825Sandy
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I lived in Boston, so got to experience the city as an "outsider" but not as a "tourist" - so I got to do lots of leisurely sightseeing and the Freedom Trail is one of my favorites. A must for anyone that enjoys history.

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Staying in Downtown

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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.