Highlights of the Boston Freedom Trail

Guests, local and tourists alike, often ask us about Boston's Freedom Trail. Yes, we've done the Freedom Trail and it really brought to life the history of Boston over the past 250 years and the American Revolution. It's really fun to see guides dressed in period costume.

Here are some bullet points to help you familiarize yourself with the Freedom Trail:

  • The trail is a 2.5 mile walking path that is denoted by a red line on the ground.
  • The Freedom Trail visits 16 historical sites and can take up to 5 days to explore in its entirety! It covers a lot of ground so make sure you bring water to hydrate yourself.
  • Over 4 million people walk the Freedom Trail each year, which has grown exponentially since its inception in 1951.
  • We recommend starting at the Boston Common, which is the oldest public park in the United States. In the summer there’s also often fun festivals and outdoor concerts at the park, and in the winter we even have ice skating at Frog Pond within the Common.
  • The Massachusetts State House is also one of the sites on the Boston Freedom Trail. Did you know that you can take tours inside the State House as well? The impressive building was designed by Charles Bulfinch who attended Boston Latin (also a stop) and Harvard and was also the one who remodeled nearby Faneuil Hall (also a stop).
  • The Old Corner Bookstore is a favorite stop of ours since it’s downtown Boston’s oldest commercial building from 1718. There’s also delicious spots to eat nearby, so you can do a bit of people-watching from this area near Downtown Crossing.
  • One part of the Boston Freedom Trail that guests may not find time to visit is the USS Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard. On a nice day, it can be really fun to take the ferry to Charlestown to visit the USS Constitution museum. Even if you merely cross the bay to grab a bite at a Charlestown restaurant, it’s only $3,50 one way and worth every penny!

We hope to see you on a future Off The Beaten Path Food Tour! We walk 1-1.5 miles on our tours, and we explore off-the-beaten-path destinations with rich history and delicious food in Boston neighborhoods such as Somerville, Cambridge, Lowell, and Boston.

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