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Freedom Trail

139 Tremont St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111 USA

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Freedom Trail

Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour

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“walk your way to 17 historic sites”

The Freedom Trail is a red (mostly brick) path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that leads to 17 significant historic sites. It is a 2.5-mile walk from Boston Common to USS Constitution in Charlestown. Simple ground markers explaining events, graveyards, notable churches and other buildings, and a historic naval frigate are stops along the way.

Most sites are free; Old South Meeting House, Old State House, and Paul Revere House have small admission fees; still others suggest donations. The Freedom Trail is a unit of Boston National Historical Park and is overseen by The Freedom Trail Foundation and the City of Boston's "Freedom Trail Commission." The trail was originally conceived by local journalist William Schofield, who since 1951 had promoted the idea of a pedestrian trail to link together important local landmarks.

John Hynes, the mayor of Boston, decided to put Schofield's idea into action. By 1953, 40,000 people annually were enjoying the sites and history on the Freedom Trail. In 1974, Boston National Historical Park was established. The National Park Service opened a Visitor Center on State Street, where they give free maps of the Freedom Trail and other historic sites, as well as sell books about Boston and US history.

Today, people walk on the red path of the Freedom Trail to learn about important events as the people worked to gain independence from Great Britain. Some observers have noted the tendency of the Freedom Trail's narrative frame to omit important historical elements, such as the site of the Tea Party or the site of the Liberty Tree.nMembers of the Boy Scouts of America who hike or camp along the Freedom Trail may be eligible for the Historic Trails Award.

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,168 Reviews
  • 602 Helpful
July 13, 2014
Rated 4.0

Growing up in Boston, every kid did the Freedom Trail at least once with their school or parents. You'll want to plan at least half a day to accomplish the trail. It's 2 and a half miles long and takes about 2-3 hours to walk. Plus, you're definitely going to want to stop at a lot of the historic sites. The Freedom trail is obviously free, and there's plenty of stops along it for food and drinks.

5 people found this review helpful

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Anna Hider

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July 10, 2014
Rated 5.0

History nerd that I am, I can't get over how much has happened in such a small area. I love that you can take your time walking it. And if you're into this, then check out the Black Heritage Trail as well! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Heritage_Trail

4 people found this review helpful

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Plvogel

  • 98 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
May 18, 2015
Rated 5.0

Traveling on the Freedom Trail shows you how small historical Boston really was. The trail is free, clearly marked and you can go at your own pace. You can see almost all significant points in a few hours. If you want to nerd out and read every sign and gravestone, and go inside every church the Trail will take a full morning or afternoon.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ChadEisenhart

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 4, 2014
Rated 5.0

A good way to get out and explore the city. Start at the visitor center and follow the red line or brick. I bought a map and stopped using partway through. You can find more information when you arrive at each location than you do in the small map.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Nate

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  • 24 Helpful
July 14, 2014
Rated 5.0

We only got 2 miles into the trail before we had to quit for the day. So much history in such a small space. It seemed like we read every plaque and sign in every church, meeting hall, and graveyard. The sites along the trail fomented such curiosity that we frequently googled our phones for even more information.

I took a large stroller along the trail, which was difficult in parts due to the narrow sidewalks. But it is possible; most people were polite and allowed the babies to stroll through.

We even saw some democracy in action with a protest blocking our way along the trail.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
KateHambly

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 7, 2015
Rated 5.0

Great historic tour, fantastic guides, and the perfect length. Definitely would recommend.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
bkship

  • 17 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
September 20, 2014
Rated 5.0

Do NOT...DO NOT go to the visitor tiny box stand...what a joke. Follow the red line all by yourself...easily marked...unless you are blind...
Historically Architecturally beautiful..

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Natalie Akers

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  • 370 Reviews
  • 111 Helpful
September 2, 2014
Rated 4.0

This tour is a staple of a Boston visit. It's definitely a long-haul, but you can curate a tour yourself checking out the ghost sites, etc. Probably the densest area of Early American Historical markers and locations....ever. If you're feeling crazy and of-age you can even "drink" the freedom trail.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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  • 574 Reviews
  • 157 Helpful
August 4, 2014
Rated 5.0

The tour is VERY dense with information but the sites are really unique and bring to life so much of the stories and info you learned about in history class while growing up.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
TajPoudel

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 7, 2016
Rated 1.0

Don't recommend unless you're very enthusiastic about early American history. Felt like I was back on a school excursion, but not the fun ones

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Freedom Trail

139 Tremont St
Boston, Massachusetts
02111 USA

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  • No Wifi
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