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The red line on the sidewalk leads you on this 2.5-mile, self-guided tour of American Revolution sites. It starts at the Boston Common, America's oldest public park, and ends at the famed Bunker Hill Monument.
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The weather was cold and wet, and the Princess excursion tour guide was terrible, she ran through her script and obviously paid by the trip and not by the hour. What facts she had, she pretty much kept to herself or made them up. The...More
Starting at Boston Common, a former cow pasture and Militia training ground, you wind your way past Park Street Church to Granary Burying Ground (Signers of the Declaration and Mother Goose!), King’s Chapel, Old City Hall and Ben Franklin to Old South Church, and Fanueil...More
While we did not have time to walk the entire trail, the parts we did walk were brimming with the historical ambiance you would expect from the city. It was also fun to see the locations where movies like "The Departed" were filmed (we did...More
My wife and I took a guided tour of the downtown Freedom Trail and had Prince Hall as our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable. We did a self guided tour of the North End section (Paul Revere's House/Old North Church). Follow the red trail and...More
An absolute must while in Boston. Set 2 and a half hours aside and enjoy our nation's history at your own leisure pace. There are so many sites and beautiful architecture, it makes the time go by quickly. Get out and go for a stroll!...More
We had a history teacher for our guide and he was fantastic, although I think he may be more “Tory” then patriot , ha! He provided so much facts and info about the rebellion that I had never known and made it so interesting ....More
My first trip to Boston (it won't be my last!) and after settling in at our VRBO, we started walking the Freedom Trail. The courses on American history in high school and college came rushing back. It's a good thing to understand how our country...More
We loved walking the Freedom Trail after parking at the incredible Boston Commons Garage! Leave plenty of time for walking, taking photos, and talking to the tour guides. We did not take one of the tours, but thoroughly enjoyed the sights, sites, and Bostonians. The...More
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.
We took our almost 12 year old grandson on the tour done by the Freedom Trail Foundation - the Walk into History tour (there is a ‘Reverse’ tour that visits the same sites in reverse order, just depends on where it is more... More
We took our almost 12 year old grandson on the tour done by the Freedom Trail Foundation - the Walk into History tour (there is a ‘Reverse’ tour that visits the same sites in reverse order, just depends on where it is more convenient for you to start). He enjoyed the guide being ‘in character’ for most of the tour.
I started at Boston commons. The ‘welcome center’ will try to sell you a map or have you download an app you have to pay for, this isn’t needed unless you want to. Walking the Trail is free and only one or two sites have... More
I started at Boston commons. The ‘welcome center’ will try to sell you a map or have you download an app you have to pay for, this isn’t needed unless you want to. Walking the Trail is free and only one or two sites have guided tours or cost money, everything else is at your own pace and how much you want to read it read descriptive plaques.
There are several free apps for the Freedlm Trail, and the trail is in the concrete with each site marked by a big Freedom Trail Logo. It’s pretty hard to lose your way. There are also plaques explaining each site or stewards willing to answer questions. If people ask for donations they aren’t official (the guy at the cemetery will try to hand you a portfolio with a nice description of the cemetery and notable graves, but he isn’t official.)
There are guided tours but I didn’t do that because I’d rather spend the time I want to at a site to explore or read, or pass on uninteresting locations.