Boston's Freedom Trail

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Boston's Freedom Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boston, Massachusetts that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.7 miles
196 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




city walk

historic site

Discover the roots of the revolution and Boston's rich history on this popular walk. The Freedom Trail is more than a collection of historic sites related to the American Revolution or a suggested itinerary connecting Boston's unique neighborhoods. It's a chance to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers-literally, by following a crimson path on public sidewalks-and pay tribute to the figures all school kids know, like Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Ben Franklin. In history-proud Boston, past and present intersect before your eyes, not as a re-creation but as living history accessible to all. Boston played a key role in the dramatic events leading up to the American Revolution. Many of the founding fathers called the city home, and many of the initial meetings and actions that sparked the fight against the British took place here. In one day, you can visit Faneuil Hall-the "Cradle of Liberty"-where outraged colonial radicals met to oppose British authority; the site of the incendiary Boston Massacre; and the Old North Church, where lanterns hung to signal Paul Revere on his thrilling midnight ride. Colonists may have originally landed in Jamestown and Plymouth, but if you really want to see where America began, come to Boston. The Route: The Freedom Trail begins at Boston Common, winds through Downtown, Government Center, and the North End, and ends in Charlestown at the USS Constitution. The entire Freedom Trail is marked by a red line on the sidewalk; it's made of paint or brick at various points on the Trail. Timing: If you're stopping at a few (or all) of the 16 sites, it takes a full day to complete the route comfortably. If you have children in tow, you may want to split the trail into two or more days. Visitor Centers: There are Freedom Trail information centers in Boston Common (Tremont Street), at 15 State Street (near the Old State House), and at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center (in Building 5). Tours: The National Park Service's free 90-minute Freedom Trail walking tours begin at the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center at 15 State Street and cover sites from the Old South Meeting House to the Old North Church. Check online for times; it's a good idea to show up at least 30 minutes early, as the popular tours are limited to 30 people. Half-hour tours of the USS Constitution are offered Tuesday through Sunday. Note that visitors to the ship must go through security screening.

4 months ago

So much colonial and Revolutionary War history interspersed among modern-day Boston. Over the years, I have been to most of the attractions along the trail...many multiple times (from the Boston Common, the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's house, the Old North Church to the USS Constitution).

7 months ago

It's an amazing history lesson in the greatest city. Pull see more than just he historic parts (btw being told to you by people in pilgrim clothing) but you'll see the city as well. After the tour, go to modern bakery and try the duck boat tour if you have time. Boston has a lot of stuff for a small city.

7 months ago

Informative and entertaining walking tour of the Freedom Trail. I did this on a cold day in February. If you're going to tough it out, make sure you've got gloves, and maybe a hot beverage. The trail takes you through some historic spots in the heart of Boston. Highly recommended for history buffs and folks of all ages.

8 months ago

Nice historic trail ! Must do in Boston.

11 months ago

Hard to figure out but definitely worth it once you do!

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Excellent Trail. Lots of historical facts and sites to visit. The Boston Cemetary was excellent as well as the Boston common.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Very educational walk around Boston. Have done it twice, once in the summer and again in the winter.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I've done the Freedom Trail multiple times. There is always a plethora of sites and people to see. The sense of history is vivid and enjoyable.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

very nice
Boston has done a great job with the trail.
love the north end...

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Loved the history, not the crowds.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Loved it. You have to consider it "Urban Hiking". Bring cash too. Half the spots you have to pay to get into, and the rest are requested donation. Great for the history buff. Did 10 miles from Copley Square to Breeds hill and back again.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Great way to see Boston and learn all the history to go with it.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Amazing trail. Great historical trip and a must see, especially if you go on one of the tours where the guides are dressed in ye olde fashion.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Great time in a great city

Monday, February 01, 2016

I've done this several times with friends visiting from out of town. It's a great way to see a lot of historic spots in Boston. Highly recommend for tourists.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Love this historic trail especially when I walk it with a costumed Freedom Trail guide

Monday, November 30, 2015

Simply the best city walk !

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

A Must do in Boston!

Monday, September 07, 2015

I love the bricks on the ground! Amazing idea!!! Perfect!

Monday, September 07, 2015

Born and raised in Boston I have always enjoyed this walk. In the 20th century it was in the heart of downtown Boston. Now the downtown is more hollowed out. In my younger days government experts brutalized downtown by erasing Scollay Square and replacing it with a building that says everything about the way governors can sometimes be contemptuous of the governed. Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall manifested the good side of government. Private eenterprise and public taste have turned them into tourist malls. Still, this walk is worth it. One sees the lion and unicorn upon an American state house to remind us whence we came. There also one sees a physical place where protestors were gunned down.

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