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Freedom Trail
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Boston's Freedom Trail 5K Run
Ranked #3 of 400 things to do in Boston
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 23, 2011

We stayed in the suburbs and drove to the Bunker Hill end of the Freedom trail (easy parking) and walked unguided, my wife and I and 3 college age kids. Don't miss climbing the Bunker Hill Monument, but do it first before you are tired. Then its mostly downhill through to all the historical locations. Be aware some cost extra. Also, you'll need a photo ID at "Old Ironsides". Take plenty of water if its hot, the 2.5 miles could take many hours if you take time at all the sights.
A ride back to our car would have been a good idea!

Thank dgeyer
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Guide tours by costumed tour guides. Makes "learning" your American History that much more fun.

1  Thank smurph13
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

We walked the Freedom Trail on our own, but there are also tours offered (I can't speak to the value of them as we didn't partake, but when we passed the tour guides, it seemed pretty interesting-- they were explaining the area and were dressed in colonial garb, which I think adds a nice element to the tour). Walking the Freedom Trail without a guide is still a great experience. Each of the stops along the tour have plaques that give a little background on what the building or monument is. If you really stop at every point on the trail and walk through the cemetery, churches, etc. and read all of the historical information, you could easily spend at least 4 hours on the trail. In addition to learning about Paul Revere's historical ride, you pass through a lot of the main tourist areas in Boston (the Boston Commons, Fanuiel Hall, the North End, Bunker Hill, etc.), so you really cover a lot of ground. Definitely wear comfortable walking shoes if you plan on walking the whole trail. The great thing about doing it yourself without a guided tour is that you can spend as much or as little time at each of the stops as you would like, you can veer off of the trail at times (step off the trail to stop into Mike's and buy a cannoli!), and can also stop before the end of the trail and pick up another time. Whether or not you're a history buff, you can get a lot out of walking the Freedom Trail.

6  Thank vix814
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

The walk is very pleasant and easy to follow (red bricks path). There are many points and historical information about characters, places and events of US Independence. A true cultural tour. Enjoy you´ve crossed the bridge to reach the final at Banker Hill (the less interesting part) and take a taxi straight to Harvard Square.

4  Thank GUSDALI
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

We took the Orange line to Communit College and walked through Charleston neighborhood to Bunker Hill monument first thing in the morning. You want to climb the 300 steps in the beginning of your day I would think. Plus its alot easier when it's less crowded because people are wlking down the same set of steps that you are trying to walk up! We then walked to USS Constitution and took the FREE tour of the ship. Visit the visitor center for restrooms and Boston information. Our 1 day T-pass enabled us to ride for FREE the ferry from dry dock 2 near the Constitution to the port at the Aquarium. This was so much fun for the kids and great photo opportunity of the city. The port is a short walk to Fanieul Hall, Quincy Market and Christopher Columbus park where we picked up hot dogs and ate in the park. You can then pick up the rest of the Freedom Trail and still not feel exhausted at the end of the day. We ended at Boston Common at 5pm and sat in the park while the kids took their shoes off and splashed in the large fountain. Our T-stop for the Red line was right there also. What a great day trip.

Thank Megnzay
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