Freedom Trail is a three-mile ribbon of red paint that links 16 historical sites. Most visitors start the trail at the Boston ... More
Freedom Trail is a three-mile ribbon of red paint that links 16 historical sites. Most visitors start the trail at the Boston Common . The National Park Service offers 90-minute guided tours starting at the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center. Maps are also available here. Stops include the Old State House , Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church . You can also discover Paul Revere's house , the site of the Boston Massacre, and the Copp's Hill Burial Ground . At the end of the trail in Charlestown, the Bunker Hill Monument and the U.S.S. Constitution await you.
I did the Freedom Trail last March (2009). I loved it. You can take a tour and be lead around by a revolutionary tour guide who takes you through Boston Commons and up to the state house. My friend and I went without a tour guide and were able to go at our own pace. We used my tour guide book and walked all the way to Bunker Hill. It takes at least 2-3 hours to do the whole trail if you really want to look at the history. Before you start, check the open times at the spot you want to go into because we went to late in the day or the wrong days, and some of them were closed. Also make sure you have a map because sometimes its hard to see the red line you follow. I loved it and would do it again!
We booked a walking tour on line. (Received a discount) You can also walk-up and purchase tickets. Our guide was dressed in his traditional colonial clothes. Very informative. A lot of humor mixed into the history lesson. Wear comfortable shoes.
We also did the Trolley Tour. We saw a lot of the sames things, just without the details that we got with the walking tour. The Walking Tours are a better value.
I met some tourists in Boston who didn't want to do this because they said it's so touristy. Maybe, but it's touristy for a reason! It was amazing! Start at Boston Common and buy a map (for $2) at the information center. Crazy as it sounds, I lost sight of the trail a few times and needed the map to keep me on track. Once you know what to look for (the trail changes. Usually it's brick, but sometimes it's a painted red line) it becomes much easier. If you start at Boston Common the first half of the trail is very busy and takes you right through downtown. Buy water now because once you cross the bridge you head into a residential area and finding water is much much harder. I walked the entire trail and it was amazing to see so much history. I loved the Freedom Trail and can't wait to walk it again the next time I head to Boston.
What a great tour. I went with a young man named Ebenezer Macintosh. He was very knowledgeable and incredibly enthusiastic. I've never seen someone put so much energy into history.
I cannot recommend the Freedom Trail Foundation tours enough.
History comes alive here, my family and I love to visit Boston. We traveled often from the Big Easy to Beantown visiting all the National Parks. But nothing beats Boston where this country started. Love the Boston Pops on the 4th this is a must visit for anyone who love this country.
I recently went to Boston for the first time and I did everything on the freedom trail. It is an amazing tour. When on this tour, you get to see all of beautiful Boston, MA. It takes you up to the North End and all the way down to the Back Bay. If you can't or don't want to walk the entire way, there is a trolley that goes along the trail. The trail is so easy to follow, you just follow the red line on the road.
After you are done, you will have seen a lot. We did it all in a single day, so rather than a 3 mile hike, it seemed like a 10 mile hike, but it was more than worth it.
Don't forget to finish by climbing to the top of the Bunker Hill Memorial!
The freedom trail is a great workout, leisure walk, or exploration tool. It really takes you along the hot points of Boston and has a lot of rest stops along the way. Think of it as CliffsNotes version of Boston.
There is some construction going on around the area as of the time of this review. As a result, there are some unsightly spots along the way, but it doesn’t detract from the overall experience too much. What can I say? It’s free and enjoyable.
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