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Freedom Trail Followup

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Freedom Trail Followup

I was reading all the posts below regarding the timing of traveling the freedom trail. In all of your expert opinions, is it best to take a guided tour or walk it alone? My wife and I are the type that likes to wander on our own, but if the trail experience itself is best with a guide we'll bite the bullet and do it. Also where's the best place to eat lunch near or along the freedom trail?

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1. Re: Freedom Trail Followup

If you're into it and read the guidebooks about what you're seeing, you certainly can do it on your own. If reading is tough, i guide can help you "live" the experience and put it in historical context.

For lunch. Quincy Market for whatever you want or even the North End for Italian, depending on how far you get.

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The Warren Tavern in Charlestown is a nice spot to have a burger and a couple of adult beverages. Located down the hill from the Monument on the corner of Pleasant and Main Streets. Over 225 years old, It's a historical place in and of itself. George Washington had a beer there(seriously). Head to warrentavern.com for all the info you need.

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warren tavern is great....

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I would go it alone and the suggestion of the Warren Tavern is spot on. Check out www.warrerntavern.com

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Sorry it's delayed but thank you very much for the Warren Tavern tip. I have to at least grab a beer there, checked out the site, seems very interesting... Can't wait to go, the countdown is on, leaving Thursday.

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Unless you already are steeped in Boston's colonial history, a visit along the Trail will definitely be enhanced by some sort of guide to supplement the signage along the Freedom Trail because the markers & the freebie map/guide are fairly skimpy on information. Even the non-freebie guide available at the Visitors Center on the Common isn't chock-full of info, and many of us find it cumbersome to share a guidebook on the spot.

So for those folks who prefer a do-it-yourself MO or who can't take advantage of one of the tours led by a guide or National Park Service Ranger because of scheduling conflcts, I recommend an audtio tour. Here's the URL for the Boston Globe's PodCast tour of the Freedom Trial for which there is no charge to download:

boston.com/travel/…

If you two don't each have your own iPod/MP3 player, you can rent an audio tour handset from the official BostonVisitor Information Center on theTremont Street side of the Common (I believe the fee is $13/day). You might wish to call ahead of time to see if indeed they have some in stock for you: 617 536-4100

With both of these (different) audio tours, you can stop-and-start the narrative at will. CHEERS

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Unless you already are steeped in Boston's colonial history, a visit along the Trail will definitely be enhanced by some sort of guide to supplement the signage along the Freedom Trail because the markers & the freebie map/guide are fairly skimpy on information. Even the non-freebie guide available at the Visitors Center on the Common isn't chock-full of info, and many of us find it cumbersome to share a guidebook on the spot.

So for those folks who prefer a do-it-yourself MO or who can't take advantage of one of the tours led by a guide or National Park Service Ranger because of scheduling conflcts, I recommend an audtio tour. Here's the URL for the Boston Globe's PodCast tour of the Freedom Trial for which there is no charge to download:

boston.com/travel/…

If you two don't each have your own iPod/MP3 player, you can rent an audio tour handset from the official BostonVisitor Information Center on theTremont Street side of the Common (I believe the fee is $13/day). You might wish to call ahead of time to see if indeed they have some in stock for you: 617 536-4100

With both of these (different) audio tours, you can stop-and-start the narrative at will. CHEERS

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Hi,

If you are the type that likes to wander on your own, you should be fine doing the Freedom Trail on your own. It's designed to be a self-guided tour, and there is a very nice brochure you should pick up at the Visitor's center on Boston Common. It will guide you through the Trail.

If you would like to take a guided tour, that's fun too. You might consider taking one of the other guided walking tours of the city, offered by Boston by Foot, which are really a lot of fun and very informative:

http://www.bostonbyfoot.com

Eating at the Warren Tavern is a great idea. Another idea would be to stop at the Raw Bar at the Union Oyster House, and have some oysters and a cold beer. The Oyster House is the oldest continuously-operating restaurant in the US, and has loads of historical charm.

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