Freedom Trail
5
15 points
The Freedom Trail is a 2 1/2 mile walking trail leading to 16 notable, historic sites within Boston and Charlestown Massachusetts, from Boston Common to the USS Constitution. To explore this itinerary, simply go to the first point, and then follow then the red-brick line along the sideways, park paths, and cobblestone streets of old Bostonia. Most of the stops along the way are free to the public, while a few require a small donation, and others have a suggested donation. Along the way you'll encounter characters in authentic dress from the time period, including Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere. You'll also travel through the heart of one of the most walkable metropolitan centers in America, with ample opportunities to sample the cuisine and culture of one of America's oldest cities. This itinerary is great for families with school age children (although the amount of walking might be a bit much for younger children and toddlers), college students, couples, retirees - basically anyone interested in the history of Boston and America et. large. The best time for this itinerary is during a sunny day in the late Spring or Early Fall, avoiding the snow in winter, and the humidity of high summer. Rainy days should also be avoided, as much of the trail is uncovered, and puddles can be difficult to sidestep in Boston's old streets, parks, and cemeteries. Along the way be sure to stop for some great Italian cuisine and desserts in the North End, and to view Boston's stunning waterfront, along the harbor and the River Charles.
Categories: Family Activities
Recommended mode of travel: Walking
Recommended times: Day
Duration: All Day
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Photo credit: Michael Laferriere
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Charles Street
Boston, Massachusetts
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24 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts
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1 Park Street Beacon Hill Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
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58 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 School Street
Boston, Massachusetts
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310 Washington Street 4616
Boston, Massachusetts
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206 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
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206 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
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1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, Massachusetts
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19 North Square
Boston, Massachusetts
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193 Salem Street North End
Boston, Massachusetts
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Hull Street
Boston, Massachusetts
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Monument Square Charlestown
Massachusetts
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22 Charlestown Navy Yard Charlestown
Massachusetts
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My family and I had a great day on the Freedom Trail this past Mothers' Day. The sun was shining, the magnolias were out, and the setting was perfect. My children particularly enjoyed the USS Constitution, and Faneuil Hall.

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This is a great way to see the more iconic historical sights in Boston! If you have younger children, you may want to consider splitting this itinerary across 2 days. We particularly enjoyed seeing the Meeting House and Paul Revere's house. You can really picture how life must have been like over 200 years ago.
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