Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail
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Learn about early Boston and U.S. history on this 2.5-mile-long trail that passes through 16 historic locations. Look out for the brick markers—starting in downtown Boston, crossing through the North End, and finishing at the famous Bunker Hill Monument in neighboring Charlestown. You'll pass by notable stops like Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, and the USS Constitution frigate. You can embark on the Freedom Trail for free and at your own pace, but audio guides and guided tours are also available. The trail is lined with lots of cool cafes and restaurants for you to fuel up along the way. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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  • Park St • 3 min walk
  • Boylston • 4 min walk
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  • dbinhou7511
    Houston, Texas1,646 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk in American history
    Buy a guide book at the tourist shop at the beginning in the Boston Commons to help you navigate. This has all the important Boston Revolutionary War stops. Includes other important history stops as well. The path is fairly easy to follow.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Elizabeth M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Isaiah Thomas was a great guide!
    Fantastic information and very personable guide. Isaiah Thomas was chock full of information. Only frustration was the huge number of people. Probably about 50! They definitely were making their money! But the guide handled it all very well!
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Jane B
    Chicago, Illinois243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    🇺🇲Great Tour🇺🇲
    Had a wonderful time! Our knowledgeable guide "Steve" was gracious, entertaining and answered all of our questions. Would highly recommend if you're in Boston. This tour is also great for kids and teens. Learned alot and had a great afternoon. Thanks Steve!!🙂🙂
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 April 2023
  • Douglas W
    Roswell, Georgia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Freedom Trail guide
    our guide made a the trail come alive for us and our grandson. Our guide, Mark Krumm, really "stitched together the entire trail for us that was entertaining and informative for our grandson and for us.... (we did the Freedom Trail on our own [las century], and having Mark as a guide - we saw how much we missed and how events/places were connected via people, purpose ,and - at times - happenstance. Mark made it an educational and interesting experience for us all. It was a cold early April Day, but Mark made it absolutely worthwhile and braved the cold with us.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Marc S
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You're in Boston... Just do it!
    If you like history, you don't have a choice, you have to follow the freedom trail. The trail is clearly marked by red bricks inlaid into the roads and sidewalks. It will take you to all the historic sites. A great way to visit this amazing city without missing any of the hotspots.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 26 April 2023
  • MarieInSarasota
    Lakewood Ranch, Florida280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking the Freedom Trail
    My daughter arranged for us to have a mother-daughter long weekend in Boston. Being my first time, we wanted to cover as much of it as we could over the four days. I’d heard that we should do The Freedom Trail, but I didn’t know what that was. As we vstarted a walk around town, we saw the medallion on the sidewalk and a red brick line down the middle of the sidewalk. We figured out that this was The Freedom Trail. My daughter picked up some literature and we read that this was a 2.5 mile walking urban trail leading to 16 historically significant sites relating to the American Revolution. We picked up the trail here and there as we also included other activities in our stay. It was nice to see we could pick up the trail at any point as we came across it.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2023
  • Gabe
    Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not bad, worth doing if in Boston
    The tour itself was fine. Nick was an excellent tour guide. He was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history of the American revolution. He reminded me of one of my old high school history teachers. Even as someone who knows a lot about this subject matter, I learned a few things, which was great. As for Boston itself, it’s a nightmare to drive through and the parking situation is a joke. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your tour on time. And then plan to spend at least three hours doing the tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Lisa E
    Aurora, Colorado194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and Interesting.
    The Freedom Trail was clearly marked and easy to follow. I'd suggest buying the guide book, as it gave a ton of information. There are plenty of places to eat along the way if needed. The first half of the trail took the whole day, but we read a lot and spent time in some of the burial grounds and such. I realized just how little I knew about the American Revolution! It seems to me it would be way to much walking for little kids. Also, we didn't go into all the museums.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Andrea S
    Nepean, Canada24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully-kept City, welcoming and historic downtown. Tons of parks and trees.
    This was a lovely day, time well spent. We learned a lot and also enjoyed the beautiful parks, heritage buildings, waterfront, pubs and monuments. Boston is a green and clean city- tons of trees in the urban areas and very little litter! One thing that could be helpful is more public washrooms, along the Trail.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2023
  • EssexBetty64
    Essex, United Kingdom477 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great introduction to Boston
    We followed the Freedom Trail on our first day in Boston. Get a map telling you about each place which will make it far more interesting. We loved it found it easy to follow and gave us a good introduction to Boston.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
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Aniket
Houston, TX3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
The trail walks us through historical monuments based in Boston. You better be ready to walk a fair bit if you want to complete the trail. You can also hide a guide who can give you more details about the trail. I walked solo along the trail and googled the monument as I went by. Weekends are pretty crowded so plan ahead of time.
Written 26 February 2024
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CindyB
El Dorado, AR79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The freedom trail whines between modern and historic buildings. There are even markers on the side walk. We only made it as far as the Faneuil Hall which is loaded with lots of counter service restaurants and booths selling souvenirs. Perfect weather May 2023. Which I had a guide. Next time!
Written 22 February 2024
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victoriabuckner
Sahuarita, AZ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
The Freedom Trail is a 'must see' item when you visit Boston. Not only do you get to see so many historical places but, you get to experience the city. Boston is very clean, safe and so walkable!
Written 20 February 2024
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Vivian C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great experience touring with the Freedom Trail foundation. We took a 1pm tour with Ben Soloway aka "Mather Byles." Really appreciated his sense of humor, enthusiasm, and knowledge. The tour was really informative and entertaining. It definitely allowed me to appreciate the stories behind each stop more. Highly recommend!
Written 20 February 2024
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markdmarc
Mount Washington, MA180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had a great small group tour via Viator! Highly recommended! Will was a great guide and storyteller. It was a wonderful time!
Written 28 January 2024
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tereasa
Westport, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was a most informative experience with a lively,well-informed guide, who led us gently on the walk and broadened our information with facts and interesting anecdotes.
Written 20 January 2024
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Evil_E207
Savannah417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A must for any American history lover! You will retrace the steps of history as you walk the trail and stop at the many historic places. The small cemeteries located amongst the tall buildings just invite one to visit many of our nation's historical figures markers - from Sam Adams to Mother Goose. Definitely a must stop on the trail. The tour is free but if one really wants to learn the history, an audio tour is a must. There are also guided tours, but we didn't do that - maybe next time. Paul Revere's house is quite amazing!
Written 4 January 2024
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Neeraj A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The tour guide was extremely funny and was very insightful. All in all, an experience I would recommend.
Written 30 December 2023
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Michelle F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Jeremiah gave an outstanding tour. Informative, interesting, full of inside scoop, and he is fun and humorous! Can’t say enough good things about this tour! So glad we went!!!
Written 12 December 2023
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Bea
703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
An amazing way to learn more about the history of the USA. During this walk you can see 16 interesting historic sites. You can download a freedom trail map for free from internet and easily do the walking on your own.
Written 12 December 2023
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