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The Freedom Trail

Historic Site and Trail
Downtown Boston, Boston
  • Matt W.
    "Official freedom trail tours are from the visitor center."(3 Tips)
    Ben B.
    "Start at Boston Commons and end at Bunker Hill monument."(4 Tips)
    Social N.
    "house and enjoy Faneuil Hall!"(3 Tips)
    Fordcast Tour
    "Great place for visitors to go to learn about the history of Boston!"(2 Tips)
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  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 11, 2012
    The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, marked with a wide red line, begins at the Common and leads visitors to 16 historic sites, among them the King’s Chapel, Faneuil Hall, and the Bunker Hill Monument. Read more
  • Trevor N.
    Trevor NashleanasJuly 18, 2014
    After you're done walking the Freedom Trail take a ride to Cambridge and relax in one of the lawn chairs in the Harvard yard. By the time you're done with the trail it will feel like heaven!
  • Mary C.
    Mary ConwayJuly 24, 2014
    Great history, and rather surreal as you go from site to site, and each are surrounded by tall buildings, cars, etc., modern day Boston. Bring water if it's a hot, humid day, like ours was.
    Otel.comSeptember 13, 2011
    Do a walking tour down the historic Freedom Trail marked by lines of red paint in sidewalks. Places you’ll pass by are old State House, Paul Revere’s house, and Faneuil Hall. A must-do when in Boston!
  • Eshrefe S.
    Eshrefe ShehuFebruary 2, 2017
    For a first time and a day visit in Boston, this trail is a very nice option to explore the city's most important spots.
  • Cole T.
    Cole TJune 19, 2017
    The most touristy thing to do in Boston but you HAVE to walk it once. Goes through many historical sites and is a great way to kill an afternoon. Lot of the stops require cash admittance.
  • Cory O.
    Cory O'BrienSeptember 10, 2012
    A great way to see the best of Boston. It's an easy walk, you can take plenty of side trips along the way, and there's a red line to keep you on track.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 28, 2011
    2.5 mile path that connects 17 historical sites related to American Revolution. Product of Boston columnist Bill Schofield who came up with idea in 1951. Red path added 1958. More tips in blog. <LINK> Read more
  • BU Student Activities
    BU Student ActivitiesFebruary 7, 2012
    Hey BU! Show your student ID and get a $9.00 ticket for any of the following guided tours: Walk Into History, Reverse Walk Into History, African-American Patriots, North End, and Pirates & Patriots!!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkNovember 8, 2012
    A must see when visiting Boston. Get a little exercise, stop by Paul Revere's house and enjoy Faneuil Hall! History buff or not - it's a must.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkNovember 25, 2013
    Go back in time with this historic trail and sites. Just be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a stroller for young children.
  • Benjamin S.
    Benjamin StandeferSeptember 6, 2014
    Tom says "The Freedom Trail can be knocked out in a couple hours and takes you to a lot of good historical sites. Also there's an app for narration.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GilesSeptember 27, 2014
    Fun tour provided by the Towne Crier. Authentic garb of the 18th century colonial figure complete with mini enactments to spice it up $:-!
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 9, 2012
    Divide it in two and walk half one day, the other half the next, devoting some time to enjoying the surrounding neighborhoods. It's the best way to put history in context with the modern city. Read more
  • Terrence
    TerrenceApril 28, 2013
    take some time and wander around. best to bring a map or snap a pic of the full trail as its easy to get lost at times.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BarkerSeptember 27, 2011
    A 4km (2.5 mile) historical hike through Boston. Pro tip: Follow the History Channel on Foursquare for great facts on each stop along the route. Read more
  • Michael C.
    Michael CalleMarch 10, 2013
    Save your energy and take your time if you're starting in the south. You'll need it for the 300 step climb up Bunker Hill Monument that awaits you at the end.
  • Kristena R.
    Kristena RudloffSeptember 1, 2014
    Great way to see historical sites. You can do it in a couple of hours, or do all the side trips (and pubs) :-) and take all day.
  • Michelin Lifestyle
    Michelin LifestyleFebruary 24, 2011
    New England weather is anything but predictable. Keep your traction on the brick path with Michelin Pilot hiking shoes. You'll go back in time with 16 historical landmarks in Boston.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BergusAugust 21, 2016
    Simple idea: a line you follow to historical spots throughout the north end. A good excuse for a decent walk.
  • Allie E.
    Allie EmApril 14, 2014
    This is one of my favorite things to do when I go to Boston. So much history and the North End is wonderful!
  • Jana
    JanaNovember 22, 2017
    Go earlier in the day in winter, a lot of the sights close between 4 and 5 pm.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • ERGObaby
    ERGObabyJuly 19, 2011
    If you want to take your baby with you, this walk (or the guided tour with the period-costumed guide) is significantly easier with your ERGObaby carrier than a stroller.
  • travel42
    travel42August 31, 2011
    With so many places to stop for snacks, drinks and photo ops, you could make an entire day out of this trail.
  • TG
    TGMay 8, 2013
    Pay the money and do the tour. The guides are amazing. Worth every penny.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    From November to January, walk the train on a Historical Holiday Stroll, which ends with hot chocolate and crumpets. --Green Guide Editor
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiOctober 15, 2015
    If you are visiting Boston, you have to walk the Freedom Trail!!
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokAugust 21, 2015
    Nice way to go for a walk through Boston even if you are not that into American history.
  • Roz T.
    Roz ThomasOctober 22, 2015
    There's a fab self-guided walking tour audio guide that you can buy from the information centre on Boston Common.
  • Julia D.
    Julia DeJosephSeptember 2, 2012
    Best way to see the basics of Boston! Make it a leisurely day long trip and stop for snacks.
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CurielJune 5, 2017
    Explore Boston's history and the many sites linked to American Independence!
  • Fare Buzz
    Fare BuzzOctober 6, 2011
    The best tour for all of the historical attractions Boston has to offer. It's free and you can do it on your own time!
  • Megan M.
    Megan MastersApril 19, 2017
    Easiest way to see the historic sites :)
  • BET
    BETFebruary 1, 2013
    Crispus Attucks is widely hailed as a hero of the American Revolution! See more great examples of African-Americans' contributions to us all:
  • Andra Z.
    Andra ZapartanOctober 4, 2016
    Just walk the trail 👣
    Upvoted Oct 23, 2017
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronMay 22, 2016
    Start at Boston Commons and end at Bunker Hill monument. Carve out at least 2 hours of walking.
  • Antonio M.
    Antonio MartinsJune 20, 2013
    Start the freedom trail early if you want to visit all the stops, every thing close at 05:00pm.
  • Megan H.
    Megan HubbardJuly 30, 2013
    Buy a guide book, you'll be glad you did!! (
  • The Liberty Hotel
    The Liberty HotelMarch 19, 2015
    Learn about the history of Boston by checking out one of their tours!
  • Eddie O.
    Eddie OApril 2, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're a runner, check-out the Freedom Trail Run, every Saturday & Sunday at 8:30 am []
  • David Smaller @.
    A great intro to Boston! Just follow the red brick trail :)
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJanuary 19, 2016
    A must-do for first-timers to Boston! Get a real feel for Revolutionary Boston.
  • Fordcast Tour
    Fordcast TourAugust 30, 2011
    Great place for visitors to go to learn about the history of Boston!
  • Peter K.
    Peter KlausApril 24, 2010
    Go to the visitor center to sign up for the 2-hour guided tour. Visitor center is address 148... you will see McDonald's across the way on Tremont St.
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy S.August 7, 2014
    Follow the trail and learn some history!
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NixonJune 21, 2016
    Awesome tour guide (Michael)! Great to see these places in person!
  • American M.
    American MensaMarch 12, 2014
    The 2½-mile walking route begins at Boston Common. There are the expected museums — Paul Revere’s house, for example. Read more
  • Rodrigo A.
    Rodrigo ArtaviaApril 11, 2015
    Most of the landmarks as you walk
  • Ovgu C.
    Ovgu C. O.November 8, 2014
    Just follow the Freedom Trail to discover the Oldcity in Boston.
  • V
    VJuly 26, 2010
    Give yourself enough time so you can relax and take little detours on the trail.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱February 8, 2016
    Check it out if you enjoy history or exploring the city by feet.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WildingNovember 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Official freedom trail tours are from the visitor center. If it's not with a costumed guide, it ain't worth it.
  • Bing
    BingJuly 21, 2012
    Some rich US History took place here. It’s a must-see on any road trip.
  • Zach T.
    Zach ThomasDecember 23, 2014
    Must for history lovers
  • Kate S.
    Kate SisilOctober 19, 2014
    Great walking tour
  • Bing M.
    Bing ManagerJuly 21, 2012
    Some rich US History took place here. It’s a must-see on any road trip.
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerSeptember 18, 2014
    A must do when in Boston.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 8, 2014
    Loved all the landmarks
  • Wesley S.
    Wesley ScanlonDecember 29, 2014
    Walk walk walk. Bring a thermos
  • Bilgen O.
    Bilgen OğuzSeptember 13, 2016
    Perfect way to go sightseeing around Boston!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarkerNovember 9, 2014
    So much history 😎
  • Kyle P.
    Kyle PurdonMarch 10, 2017
    Great way to get out and around Boston.
  • Julie P.
    Julie PetriellaDecember 28, 2011
    Don't walk up the bunker hill monument if you smoke
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MegganSeptember 27, 2013
    Best way to tour boston!
  • barbee
    barbeeJuly 20, 2015
    Pretty awesome
  • The Pet Nanny S.
    Skip paying to enter Paul Revere house. Not much to see and not worth the fee. Take a pic from the street.
  • Silvina G.
    Silvina GutierrezJune 5, 2015
    Deberan caminar!
  • Stella P.
    Stella PlatoJune 7, 2010
    Take the Ye Olde Boston tour, it is hilarious!
  • Rob E.
    Rob EMarch 17, 2012
    One does not simply have freedom
  • Brian W.
    Brian WrightsonAugust 24, 2010
    Easiest choice ever: MAKE IT A PUB CRAWL.
  • Oliver O.
    Oliver OberthürSeptember 12, 2016
    Ein Weg mit allen wichtigen Sehenswürdigkeiten. Es lohnt sich aber auch rechts und links des Weges, wo keine "Sehenswürdigkeit" ist zu schauen. ;)
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