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“Nice way to get a lay of the land” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail
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Private Boston Freedom Trail Tour with Driver
Ranked #3 of 374 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.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“Nice way to get a lay of the land”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is a 2.5 mile trail that takes you past some of the most historic buildings and sites in Boston. It's an easy walk. There are sites you can down load maps and info.

Tip: from Faneuil Hall there are free National Park Service tours of the south portion of the Trail, and also free Park Service tours of the Bunker Hill area that leave from the Constitution. Definitely a nice way to learn a little more about the places you are seeing.

Visited November 2012
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Salem, Massachusetts, United States
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“Gotta walk it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is it. Where it all began. Follow the walking trail or take a tour. Lots of stops, great restaurants, shopping, sights to see!

Visited August 2012
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Cambridge U.K.
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“Do the Freedom Trail backwards”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Take the trail in the opposite direction from the rest of the visitors! Take the ferry from Aquarium across the harbour to the USS Constitution and visit the museums and the ship. Then visit Bunker Hill and climb the monument while you are still fresh. Then do the rest of the trail.

Visited November 2012
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West Babylon, New York
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“Must do experience in Boston”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

The Freedom Trail is not for the faint of heart ! ... if you're doing it by foot that is. My boyfriend and I stayed in Boston for Thanksgiving weekend and decided to do the Freedom Tour on Thanksgiving Day. We were lucky with beautiful weather and started in the morning about 10am. We decided to do the trail ourselves walking and altogether walked about 6 miles or so (did the whole trail back as well, we love to walk!) and loved every minute of it. It was so fascinating to see the history of our country and where history was made. Some of our favorites were the old cemeteries, and the spot of the Boston Massacre and first reading of the Declaration of Independece, and the USS Constitution. All of the spots were special in their own way - it was a little sad to see that the old corner bookstore is now a Chipotle, I have a feeling it would have been very charming if it were still original. It was also really interesting to see all of the different parts of the city (Little Italy, etc.) each part has a different vibe of its own. If you are planning to do a lot of walking then wear comfy shoes ! It's definitely doable to walk the whole city but just leave yourself several hours to really do some exploring. Highly recommend this if you are visiting Boston, it's a great way to connect with our heritage and ancestors and really feel a great sense of pride and patriotism to our country, it made us proud to be Americans !

Visited November 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Educational and Interesting - A 'Must See'”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

I have walked the trail three times and have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. It is a long hike so you should wear comfy shoes if you plan to complete the route. The trail is marked by a red line so it is easily followed if you choose to go on your own. I believe that guided tours are available however, we chose to download the audio tour onto our MP3 players and walk the trail ourselves. The trail begins in Bostom Common. You can pick up a map that will highlight the major stops.

The second and third trips included large groups of high school students. Even those who were not history buffs found the trail interesting. We ended at the USS Constitution and took the Ferry back to the Aquarium.

The trail is jam packed with history and it's good exercise.

Visited November 2012
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