Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail
4.5
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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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  • Katie C
    Indianapolis, Indiana489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun way to spend time in Boston!
    Such a fun way to spend time in Boston! We didn't do a tour, instead just popping in when we found ourselves near by the different stops on the trail which worked perfectly for us! We did pay to go in the Paul Revere house which was a great quick air conditioned stop with nice restrooms in addition to the lovely guides! This is so fun and we'll definitely continue down the trail the next time we're in town!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Dawn M B
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Officer/Captain? Pickles
    Our Freedom trail tour was led by Davie aka Officer or Captain Pickles and he was awesome. He was very passionate about his research of Boston and the American Revolution/ history. Very informative with a fresh perspective. Great Tour
    Visited July 2023
    Written 4 August 2023
  • KrisB4VA
    Midlothian, Virginia119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Highlights of Boston
    We opted for a self guided tour. Fantastic info available on the internet to help. If Quincy Market is too crowded for lunch, just a block away is a wonder street filled with restaurants. Enjoy!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 4 August 2023
  • 363cymru123
    Cardiff, United Kingdom127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Boston
    The Freedom Trail really is a must do thing in Boston. It starts on Boston Common, you can pick up a free map in the information centre to help you navigate the trail ( we didn't realise this and paid $3 for a map here). We found you have to be quite mobile to get around the whole trail and expect it to be an all day event. You could do it over two days to make it easier on your feet! There really is so much to see along the way, so may photo opportunities. You could book in with a tour guide to escort you around but we did our own thing and had a wonderful although tiring day but we didn't miss a thing, it was amazing. Just a little tip though, plan your restroom stops as there are very little public restrooms around Boston and even calling in for food or drinks along the way we found the establishments didn't have any restrooms available for us to use.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • toffeeandmallow
    Devizes, United Kingdom109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A city with a fascinating history that the trail clearly paves it way through
    Such a fantastic city and the freedom trail is so easy to follow and takes in so many of Boston’s must see sights . Easy to follow and can easily be done in a few hours. Then returned to to explore more of the sights in depth
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • ajanderson1078
    Columbia, Missouri116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    DO THIS! But bring your walking shoes!
    FANTASTIC! We only had one full day in Boston and we opted to walk the freedom trail. We didn’t have a tour guide, but we utilized the map and it worked out well. Yes, it’s a longer walk, and it did take us about two and a half hours, but it was worth it. Even my teens enjoyed it. We got to see a lot of the major historical sites for the area. Amazing!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Jonathan M
    Tuxedo Park, New York644 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Entertaining Urban Adventure
    If you have one day in Boston, we highly recommend spending it on the Freedom Trail. No map needed, just follow the brick pathway and you will see a wide variety of the city's interesting sites. Whether you know a lot or a little about early American history, you will be entertained. Make a whole day of it and stop frequently for snacks or a meal or to pop your head into a historical site that catches your eye. We walked it 'backwards' from Bunker Hill to Boston Common and found it a mostly downhill walk.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Kate D
    34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a tour unless you are not directionally challenged.
    This is amazing. The only problem is that Boston is not like other cities set up on a grip so it is easy to get lost. It is better to shell out money for the walking tour if you have it in your budget. We were lost for an hour trying to find the right bus line. The subway and the bus lines are both given the same names so it can be confusing. The city workers who are dressed in orange and grey are helpful but you might not be lucky enough to find one of them for directions. I would put it on your top things to do in Boston.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • markKTM
    New York City, New York145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and entertaining - a great experience
    A special shout out to Natalie for her customer service. We were having trouble accessing our tickets after ordering them online (apparently this is not uncommon) and she stepped right up and resolved the issue in a friendly and professional manner. Much appreciated. Tour guides Henry and Isaiah (we did two tours) were very informative, about both historic and contemporary Boston - and they were also a scream. Both should have futures in comedy. My only criticism would be that our Saturday tour was oversold and also for seniors it was difficult keeping up and sometimes the guide would start talking well before we could catch up and hear. Overall, a great experience, a big thank you to all three of these individuals.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Vacation_Commander
    Muncie, Indiana1,077 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best way to see Boston!
    We followed the whole trail from start to finish, as well as making a few side adventures out of the day, and ended up seeing quite a bit of downtown Boston, plus we got to learn a lot in the process. It was amazing to see the old cemetery with gravestones marked as far back as the 1600s and the old North church. I highly recommend anyone taking this trail if you only have one day to spend here, it's the best way to see the city and get a little history lesson as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
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Earth176 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was neat to see some of the great places in Revolutionary history, but I was disappointed. A lot of the attractions were very expensive for a small museum. The Old North Church was closed. (The churches all are still active churches.)

You can start anywhere in the Trail and break it up without missing much. It could be a long and hilly walk for some people. You will want a map--I never saw the red line.
Written 17 February 2020
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN284 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We had 4 kids in our group so we were worried that they'd get bored on a tour so we decided to just self tour. And it was fine. I was able to get a guide book that explained most of what we were seeing. The trail is easy to follow, the bricks are clearly marked on the path. The path is long and crisscrosses a bunch of streets in the heart of Boston so pay attention to your surroundings. We had a good time and I think the kids learned a bit (the older one enjoyed making connections to things they had read about in class). Most the buildings require a tour or a separate entrance fee so we only toured the Paul Revere house. It was fine but not very big. We did stop at the Clough House which is not an official stop of the tour but they have a historical printing shop there. That man was super amazing, he talked to the kids for at least 40 minutes and explained every step of what he was doing. Faneuil Hall doesn't even open until 11 so we skipped that stop entirely as we were trying to get the walk done in the morning before the heat really set in. Once we hit Charleston Harbor the kids really started having fun. They enjoyed exploring the two ships. We managed to turn in Jr Ranger books here with a very nice ranger.

Overall if you are big into US History the walk is worth it, it takes you through several Boston neighborhoods. It's a lot of walking though be prepared.
Written 8 August 2022
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Mariliacardoso120
State of Sao Paulo41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Our guide arrived as if we were in 1750, meaning not only dressed but impersonating the first African-American woman to publish a book of poetry: Phillis Wheatley. And like Wheatley she guided us through this fascinating period in the United States. We passed a cemetery where some names on some headstones were of people who made this story. Our guide spoke and walked very quickly. I don't know what the other guides are like, but you need to have a good breath and a good ear to follow Wheatley! In the end, the experience was interesting and it would have been better if I had known more about the American past.
Written 31 January 2020
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LOTRfan
Jessup, MD343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I did this walk November of 2021. I'd read about it but had no idea it would be as good as it is. I would recommend to folks that they do the first mile and a half with a guide like I did as they can tell you more about what you're seeing along the trail. You start at Boston Common and make your way past a total of 16 places of interest. Some of the places you'll visit include the graveyard that holds the graves of Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams, the place where the Boston Massacre took place and at the end, the Battle of Bunker Hill Memorial. The Memorial is part of a national park and has park rangers. They give a free 20 to 30 minute talk on the battle which is really worth listening to.

One Note: a few of the places on the trail charge admission if you want to go in i.e. Paul Revere's House and the Old North Church come to mind. The guided tour of the first mile and half of the trail that I recommend does cost something. I forget what I paid. I know you can buy tour tickets for the guided tour at the Visitor's Center which is located at Boston Common (that's where I bought my ticket).

I was really delighted with this walking trail and would strongly recommend to anyone who is interested in American history. Boston is loaded with history and, this is 1 of the easiest ways to learn about it while getting in some exercise.
Written 19 April 2022
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This historical, educational 2.5-mile trail takes you through some of the most important historical sites in Boston, such as the Boston Common, the Boston Massacre site, and the Old State House. The trail is mostly over cobblestones and is marked with a red line, so you can follow the trail without a tour guide if you want. Many of the sites are places we would have visited anyway, so this trail was a good way to see the places we wanted to see, while still learning about the history of Boston (and of the entire region). Some of the sites charge an entrance fee (I think the Old State House and the Paul Revere House do, at least), but most of them are free to enter). You can take your own time on the trail and enter as many sites as you wish, so you can take as long as you want. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes. The trail takes you through modern-day Boston, so there are plenty of restaurants and coffeeshops where you can stop and take a break.
Written 10 June 2021
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royski69
Delaware177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
By following this trail, it's a great way to get an overview of Boston, as well as the historical places in the city.
I recommend to download the walking guide from the National Park Service website, which provided a brief description of each stop, as well as a great map of the trail. This makes it easy to do the walk yourself without a guide or tour.
Another tip is to go to the U.S.S. Constitution last, and then take the Charlestown Ferry back to the Long Wharf (Aquarium) section of the city.
Written 27 August 2021
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN16,288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Recently on July 17, 2021, there were 10 of us who walked the full length of the trail. We were visiting relatives in the Boston area and everyone was excited about walking it, even our local hosts. So many people who actually live in the Boston area have never walked it. It is truly a fun and informative walk.

I suggested it to everyone because I had walked it before, though it was almost 30 years ago. I wanted to do it again. So much to see, of historic sites that date back to when our country was just a colony of Great Britain. Great architecture, costumed actors one encounters on the way, even Ben Franklin or possibly Paul Revere. We started our walk about 9:30 AM at the Boston Commons. Here is a visitor center where you can pick up a map of the route and many other interesting sites information. Sure you can take a tour, but you don't really need a tour guide. There are inlaid red bricks in the sidewalks and streets all along the entire route to keep you on track. A nice stop to relax and take in a street performer about mid-day is Faneuil & Quincy Marketplace. For lunch I would advise going a bit away from tourist central to get a taste of local cuisine. The route ends at the USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard. From there we took the nearby ferry across the bay (also very scenic views) to catch a metro train. Fun, fun day. Highly reccommended!
Written 20 August 2021
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Jay2Travel
Orange County NY, United States128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We booked the tour through Freedom Trail Foundation at the Visitors Center in Boston Commons (139 Tremont St) using a Credit Card - $29.40 for 2 of us ($14.70/each), and at the end of the tours we gave a tip to the tour guide.
Our tour guide was Isaiah Thomas (the Revolutionary War publisher, not the Basketball player) in costume, and had a wonderful experience. He was informative, entertaining and kept us moving at a reasonable pace. You can walk the Freedom Trail on your own (there are markers) but you won't get the insights and background behind the basic information. The tour does not include the entire marked Freedom Trail, only about the first 18 items. You can do the rest on your own however we chose not to. At the end we walked into the Quincy Market and had lunch. A great way to end the walking tour.
I would definitely recommend taking the paid tour.
Written 25 October 2021
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Gustav L
Varberg, Sweden26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
As we only had one full day in Boston, the Freedom Trail provided a perfect way for us to see most of the city's best tourist attractions in a short space of time. We visited a few museums at some of the stops and still completed the trail in 6-7 hours. More cities should do this!
Written 21 January 2020
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A&R24
63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
As lovers of the past and descendants of the tyrants (the English), we took a lovely long wander along the Freedom Trail. We enjoyed the path directions to guide us across Boston to access both the great history of the city and as a means of experiencing the city as it is today. We would highly recommend to any tourists. Thank you for having us.
Written 2 August 2020
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