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.

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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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Jim O'Donnell
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USA! USA!

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Yari Babich
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Emma French
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WalkingGreat!

Little chilly in January, but the spirit of freedom warmed our hearts. Never before have I experienced so much freedom on one place. It was a life changing journey to understanding freedom and experiencing freedom in the best possible way.

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Greg Johnson
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Be a patriot.

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Murtaza Nasir
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Jordan Petersen
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Amazing walk through American and British colonial history.

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patrick choi
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Patrick O
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Connor Fleck
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Road bikingGreat!

While some work was being done at a few of the sites, that’s to be expected in a major city. Weather was perfect for the fall, sites are great to see, recommend downloading an audio tour as well. You can rent a bike for a day in Boston (2 hour max use, but unlimited uses for 24 hours), which I’d recommend. Start of trail is a bit sketch, seems like there may be a drug problem there, but police were nearby. I particularly enjoyed the experience of my trail partner being preoccupied with her phone while the apparent addicts circled, muttering nonsense words or wandering aimlessly. Great Fallout 4 ghoul event recreation, I applaud the efforts. She assured me she had a taser, which we later determined was not working. After the start of the trail there were no similar concerns. Should be fine during the day, highly recommend for Boston visitors.

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Heather Rader
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John Peront
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Jessi Burrack
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Steven Chorma
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Great tour of the city

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nastasia Broncard
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Icy

Hello

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Jennie Grubb
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Jill Zeng
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Amanda Sanfield
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Take a tour. Super bummed I walked it on my own because it would have been a much better experience with a historian guide.

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Dobrin Dobrev
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Jim Bouchard
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Pavlína Černá
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Too muggy, started too late. Will return tomorrow

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Sheryl Gross
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WalkingGreat!

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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Stephen Hamano
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3/15/20 Have decent rating since fairly easy and we'll marked. Unfortunately during the COVID-19 pandemic and all points of interest were closed. Needed to detour around Old North Church. Meandered around Boston Common. I know Boston but felt bad for the few tourist who came a long or short way to basically just walk and not be able to enter these great historic sites.

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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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Yukiko Mihlbauer
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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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