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Freedom Trail

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Address: Boston, MA 02109
Phone Number:
+1 617-357-8300
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The red line on the sidewalk leads you on this 2.5-mile, self-guided tour...

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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Calling All History Buffs

We walked the Freedom Trail in bits and pieces. Lots of things to learn along the way. Our favorite area was in the historic district. Just do it!

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hillsborough, New Jersey
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked the Freedom Trail in bits and pieces. Lots of things to learn along the way. Our favorite area was in the historic district. Just do it!

Thank Raree18
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a really beautiful day to walk this trail. It was cool to take a walk through all the places you've heard about in history class. It was an easy walk and super easy to follow the brick trail. There are a lot of stops to really explore the history.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Get on the Red Line on the sidewalk and walk away, that easy. In 3 days, you can see all of Boston at your own pace. Can be hilly at times but be aware. Historical sites, modern day statutes and plenty of shops/bars alone the trail, so you will never be hungry. I suggest a 3,5,or 7 day T -Pass.... More 

1 Thank mcstephen66
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband is here on business so I needed to find something to do while he was working. The freedom trail was fun and really easy to follow and there are a lot of historical sites along the way. Some of the museums cost money (5-6 bucks) and some are donations. I felt very safe being alone and there are... More 

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Monrovia, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Freedom Trail is a must see while in Boston. Walk through the historic district and experience the history that unfolded here. I love the brick pathway that lets you know the way to go even without a map.

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Decatur, Alabama, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You have too. You will learn a lot of history and see some important sites. You can also stop to eat and drink on the way.

Thank Rebecca B
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The trail is easy to follow and provides a good introduction to the city. We followed the brick line on the pavement and didn't bother with a tour guide. There were plenty of school groups along the way so it can get a bit congested at points.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The trail is obviously historic - its inspiring, fun and easy to do. Marked clearly with red bricks along the walkway, you can start at any point and stop at so many places along the way, it is a must do part of any trip to Boston. Afraid you cannot make it 2.5 miles? Break it up over a couple... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Having the road marked and just following as you go made this very easy. The whole walk is only a few miles and the city is very walkable. Highly recommended.

1 Thank PortlandRoss
Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very educational and fun but long and far to walk. Many different types of terrain to walk over. Best done as a tour.

Thank C1178HCjenniferm

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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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