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Boston's Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Boston, Massachusetts that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 131 ft Route type Point to Point
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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.

Allow plenty of time for this walk; while the path itself is 2.5 miles, each point of interest may take longer to see (and after 16 it adds up). You can see museums, listen to talks and walk through the cemeteries looking for names of famous people (which you will surely find). If you like seafood, find a restaurant in North End to eat the fresh catch of the day.

Getting There and Back: The route starts near the Park Street T stop. When you've completed the Freedom Trail, head for the nearby Charlestown water shuttle, which goes directly to the downtown area. For schedules and maps, visit www.mbta.com.

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Sheryl Gross
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We did a weekend night tour in November 2019. It was still pretty awesome considering it was dark. Really no traffic, but an there was a chilling wind. A friendly local gave us amazing tour!!

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Marife Delacruz
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Roy Atkinson
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Blunt force American history!

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Brandon Cates
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Took the pup for her first Boston walk. Completed about half the trail from bunker hill before the return walk. Pup tired out around four miles

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Hemingway The German Shepherd
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this doesn't follow the actual marked trail

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Stephanie Ernst
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with this called the Freedom trail, I expected it to follow the freedom trail which it does when it wants to. I personally detoured from the trail due to the time I was out and areas were not yet open, construction was in the way at points (making the city better), and I started in the middle so shortcut back to my starting point. I suggest not following this route and enjoy the red brick road!

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Tamara Vena
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Crowded holiday weekend day.

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Kate Chen
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Not bike friendly:’) many one-ways and closed sidewalks

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Jeff Johnson
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A must if you’re in Boston.

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Lars Birkmann
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Schöner geschichtlicher Weg durch Boston.

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Tiffany Stetson
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Must do! I can’t recommend more. Just do it!

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Brandon Williams
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Definitely the coolest trail I’ve done that’s not a nature trail. The history comes alive during your walk and you’ll see many National Park sites! If you’re in Boston this is the #1 thing you must do!

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Crystal Blower
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One of the coolest parts of Boston. Be sure to visit the Holocaust remembrance, the USS Constitution, and the Union Oyster House! There’s a good smoothie place around there too, but I can’t remember the name of it. There was a lot of construction but it was all easy to maneuver.

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Richard Stephens
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Although this is only listed as a 2 1/2 mile trail past 16 sites key in US history, this short and easy hike can take the best part of a full day in downtown Boston. Add the nearly 300 steps up the Bunker Hill monument and all side hikes and tours and expect 5 mile day. Awesome.

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Steve Judd
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History, exercise and construction

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Carrie Bailey
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Worth taking the tour. Very entertaining.

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Matt Hall
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Amazing urban historical trail. I recommend the self guided audio tour that uses an app on your phone. You can get all the information at the visitors center.

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Warren Croxton
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Great way to get your steps in while learning about the Revolutionary War.

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Mike Kenney
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Get a cannoli.

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Matthew Oranges
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Great way to explore Boston on a self guided tour. I’ve lived here for 5 years and had never done the trail, so decided to on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Amazing bits of history at each stop along the trail and some beautiful paths through some of Boston’s nicest areas. Highly recommend to both visitors and long time residents!

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Alex Proctor
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Educational and beautiful adventure along the roads of Boston. I live locally and decided to follow this path to explore parts of the city I haven't seen yet. It was fantastic and a great tour of Boston and her history.

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Merry Gordon
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Not a hiking trail, so to speak, but incredible history here. If you want more of a physical challenge, break off and climb up the Bunker Hill Monument on a summer's day.

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Stephanie valdez-kaminsky
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There are some beautiful, quiet spaces along this trail, intermixed with the heavily visited historic sites.

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Kim B
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June 2018, busy but so much fun

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Rob Seymour
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Great guided tour

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Dr. John Pakiela
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We did this hike as a part of a group tour. In hindsight, we should’ve done it on our own or had a private tour. The group tour dynamic did not go too well. The private tours should be booked two weeks in advance to make sure that there is availability.

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Aliaksei C
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Excellent hiking inside the city! It's rare case when you don't need your hiking boots to have a great hike! ;) There are a lot of great historical places which will be faced on this trail. Nice trail!

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Mike Durham
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Great trail to see some historical sites!

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David Hildner
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Excellent experience if you love history. Even if you are not a history buff this pathway is great for sightseeing.

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Tyler Johnson
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