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.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
196 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

walking

river

views

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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