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.
With the use of cell phones individuals in a group can go ahead or lag behind. That is just what my extended family did this 4th of July. It was a wonderful way to spend the 4th - very patriotic. We did the typical stops - a beer at Cheers, shops at Faneuil Hall and a canoli at Mike's Bakery (not to mention the historical stuff). We saw the Declaration of Independance read at the State Building and the 4th of July parade. Very patriotic!!
We took a family guided tour through TheFreedomTrail.com! Ask for Jeremiah, he's fantastic! All of their guides know soooo much and take you back 300 years in time! If you only do one thing in Boston, go to Fenway, if you do two, get a guided tour of the Freedom Trail!
I really enjoyed going to this place because it was interesting to see all of the headstones of the people that lived in Boston back then and believe there were a lot. It was something that reminded me of what it was like to live back then in a place my mom used to live. It is really worth checking out because you really want to caputure historical places when you go on vacation. So if you are ever traveling to the Boston Area you should really take the time to check it out and be sure and take some pictures.
we stumbled upon this by accident while at the red dragon pub. it was an educational experience that really tugged at my heartstings (especially the concentration camp portion). it was free and good exercise for both the body and the mind. it really made you think while you walked. it was a very eye-opening experience.
this is a must do for anyone visiting the boston area!
I would reccomend the self-guided tour. You can buy a book with explanations of sites and a map for a nominal fee and then move at your own pace. I am a nerd and spent 2 days on the trail. The guided tour appears entertaining, but I have reservations about it as I overheard the guide presenting incorrect information last year. That being said, I did not take the tour and that could have been the only instance of error in the whole tour.
The trail is definately a must do in Boston. I took a friend who wasn't that interested in history and we added pub stops so he could enjoy the trip as much as I did.
Boston is an amazing collection of sites and sounds! I have taken walks on the Freedom Trail every time I have visited. This time I arrived at the Commons Visitors Center and invested in a Guided walking Tour!! what a difference! a few dollars well spent. Our guide from The Path To Independence Tour (there are different Companies)Bully Jim Denton was our guide decked out in colonial costume from Bostons colonial era. I just can not say enough about this tour.Bully Jim portrayed the beginings of America with passion and a different point of view.
When you come to Boston next time find this tour!!!
I don't know what some of these users were expecting with the Freedom Trail but I thought it was an excellent way to see Boston without much pressure. The trail takes you through the Commons to the state house through downtown and Fanieul Hall over to the North End. My family saw so much the first time we came to Boston and now I live here--but I still love visiting those places.
Also there is no need to go all the way to Charlestown unless you're REALLY into American History. I've done the Freedom Trail twice--once without seeing Charlestown and once while seeing it--chances are if you're in Boston you're going to walk the freedom trail whether it's by accident or not.
We used a Go Boston Card to get into the attractions because we were also planning on seeing the Aquarium, take a Duck Tour, and go on a Whale Watch. A really good deal for the historical attractions on the Freedom Trail is also the Explorer Pass which is the main cultural/historical attractions and the aquarium/museums too.
I only had a day and a half in Boston, and after seeing many of the freedom trail sights from the Duck Tour my friend and I decided to see them up close and personal by walking the trail. Its just about three miles but it really didn't feel like it in my opinion, because we would stop for awhile at each of the sixteen sites. We started at the commons and bought tickets for the guided tour that took us to the first half of the sites, that was well worth the few dollars. Our guide was funny, informative, and true to his colonial character of John Otis. The trail also took us into some of the nicest areas of Boston that we wouldn't have seen if we had been driving. Walking three miles to and from was totally worth it and I can't wait to do it again!
This is a great thing to do on your own, but it's FANTASTIC if you call at the Visitor's Center on Boston Common first and sign up for one of the guided walks. Our guide wore period costume and there was nothing he didn't know about the Freedom Trail - we stopped in burial grounds along the route and saw the headstones of some of the great personalities of the freedom struggle. Ended up at Faneuil Hall. I wanted to see Paul Revere's house - the tour didn't go that far but he gave us great directions of how to find it. You can't get lost anyway, just follow the red line! A very entertaining day, and a must for all visitors to Boston!
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