Boston's Freedom Trail

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Boston's Freedom Trail is a 7.6 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.

7.6 miles
314 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.

1 month ago

Great trail to see some historical sites!

1 month ago

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

3 months ago

A very nice way to get acquainted with the city when you are there for the first time. We all enjoyed it, including our 8-year-old son.

3 months ago

This is a must do when going to the Boston area. It’s full of history and and wonderful hike through Boston. We elected to use a tour guide and it made it so much richer.

3 months ago

A great family hike around Boston! Food options were delicious; gotta check out Quincy Market. Love Boston culture and its history.

4 months ago


5 months ago

Great time. Easy walk with plenty to see.

6 months ago


7 months ago

An absolutely wonderful way to see Boston and learn a lot of history!

7 months ago

This is just a spectacular trail. If you have read any of my other reviews, while doing city routes, I like to make these into a pub crawl. And the local Irish ☘️ has made this the best pub crawl/trail I have ever done. Yes, it was spectacular to see all of the history along the route, the only other place i’ve done a hike that had this much history and monuments is the National Mall in DC. The bars and food were amazing as well! The only thing that was a downer about this (which is my fault because I didn’t plan) is that I started this around 1600 and many of the places were closed. Because of this, I had to do some detours and could not see many of the churches, graveyards, and Paul Revere’s house. I’m just traveling through, so I do not think I’ll be able to do this again, but if I get a chance I certainly will.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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).

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Nice historic trail ! Must do in Boston.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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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