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“Pirates and Patriots - Boston's Best Pirate Tour”
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Freedom Trail
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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston
Ranked #3 of 411 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 September 15, 2011

We did the Pirates and Patriots tour under the guidance of Privateer Nathaniel Ellis. In short, it was a very memorable 90 minutes filled with good stories, obscure history and a talented tour guide. We walked the entire tour and even though there were only 4 in the tour, Nate, as he asked to be called, never let that slow down his pace. We hit a few off the beaten path areas due to our small group and he had a lot of passersby hanging on his stories in different areas. He was knowledgeable and entertaining and I would recommend this tour to anyone seeking a bit of non standard history wit their tour.

Well worth the $13 admission! If ye don't take this tour ye arrr a good fer nothin' land lubber!

Thank Harliquinn
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

We were in Boston and my bible is usually top 10 of eyewithness- No 1 attraction is the freedom trail. We have to do it and we were going to do it on our own ( my niece gave me a map with explanation of every stop ) and we saw that costumed lady announcing her next tour at 11h00am - the tour cost $13.65 per adult and you see 16 of 18 stops of the freedom trail - The girl was very knowledgeable - very funny . She was probably a student in history -One thing for sure- she knews her stuff - and could answered to all questions of our large group . the tour lasted 90 minutes and plus - started from Boston common and ended at Quincy market . I would definitely recommend it to anybody who would like to know history of Boston .

2  Thank Praline23
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Even if you are not a huge history buff this is a great way to see a lot of Boston! It's nice because you choose how engaged you want to be - whether be part of a tour, go in to some of the historical houses, or just walk by!

Thank rpczarnecki
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

The problem with the freedom trail is that it tends to confine tourists to a single route through the city, and there is much else to see. It also finishes in the north east where there is not much obvious public transport for returning to the city centre. There is a trolley service, but visitors from Europe tend to be more independently capable.

1  Thank Lambert99
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We took the 92 bus route up to Winthrop & Warren to start the walk at Bunker Hill and end at Boston Common. This direction makes more sense if you have a hotel downtown. The bus is only $1.50/rider and our 12-year old rode free. By walking, you really get the "flavor" of the city between the Freedom Trail sites and you know when you are in Little Italy or in the Irish district; we found it fascinating. If you're not used to big cities - no worries! You cannot get lost in this city because as soon as you have a quizzical look on your face, someone will stop and ask if you need help - seriously! We felt completely safe and everyone was really friendly. You hear about Boston drivers not being courteous, but we found just the opposite to be true - MANY busy drivers stopped to let us cross the streets. We printed this map out at home in 3 sections (north, middle & south) to bring with us: http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/maps/pdfs/boston-nps-map.pdf It's the same map they show you at the information centers, but to be honest, I didn't see any that were available to take with you, so I was glad we had our print-out. We weren't exactly timing ourselves, but I think it took us 3-1/2 hours, but I stopped a took a *lot* of pictures along the way. There IS a Starbucks along the route - it's the first shop on the left in Quincy Market, across from Faneuil Hall. Wear comfortable shoes and watch out for those cobblestone streets and uneven pavers; they add to the overall experience, but are tricky to walk on. The walk is free, but some of the stops charge a small admission if you want to explore further inside the buildings.

5  Thank Ciel_M
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