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.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 314 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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kid friendly

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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.

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!

hiking
icy
1 month ago

Crowded holiday weekend day.

hiking
closed
3 months ago

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

walking
3 months ago

A must if you’re in Boston.

walking
3 months ago

Schöner geschichtlicher Weg durch Boston.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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!

walking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

History, exercise and construction

hiking
5 months ago

Worth taking the tour. Very entertaining.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

walking
6 months ago

Get a cannoli.

hiking
6 months ago

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!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

An easy hike throughout the city of Boston that was easy to follow. The Freedom Trail is easy to follow due to the red brick path that marks the trail.This trail is a great review of history and facts you may or may not have learned about the United States early beginnings. It was a great way to spend the day. We started in Charlestown at Bunker hill monument. The USS Constitution was a real highlight for me. The ship is incredible!

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

June 2018, busy but so much fun

hiking
10 months ago

Great guided tour

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Wed Jan 02 2019

Awesome hike for history buffs.

hiking
Sat Dec 29 2018

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!

hiking
Fri Nov 02 2018

Great trail to see some historical sites!

walking
Sun Oct 28 2018

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

hiking
Mon Sep 10 2018

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.

Sun Sep 02 2018

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.

Sat Aug 18 2018

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

Fri Jul 20 2018

Cute

Tue Jun 26 2018

Great time. Easy walk with plenty to see.

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