The Freedom Trail is a 2 1/2-mile walk from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument that connects 16 of the top American Revolution historical sites.
You’ll see iconic places like the Old North Church, the South Meeting House, and the Old State House. Boston’s Freedom Trail brings history to life as you pass by the site of the Boston Massacre, explore the history of the American Revolution, and visit museums like the Old State House.
Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of your day with us on the Freedom Trail.
1) Pick Up A Map
Stop by the visitor center at Boston Common to pick up a map and brochures. If you are carrying a small backpack, tuck a few brochures in it for sites like The South Meeting House, Old State House, and the Old North Church. The visitor center is also a great place to ask any questions you may have about the Freedom Trail.
The Boston Common visitor center is located at 139 Tremont Street in Boston. They are open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
2) Wear Comfortable Shoes On Your Walking Tour
This tip can not be over-stressed. Wearing the proper footwear on a walking tour makes the difference between a good day or a great day.
Walking the full length of the Freedom Trail is 2 1/2 miles along brick and cobblestone streets. Wear durable athletic shoes with well-cushioned soles that can stand up to the uneven terrain.
Also, make sure you have good socks. Choose socks that are cushioned and made from a breathable material. Thick athletic or hiking socks would be a good option.
3) Purchase Admission Tickets In Advance, If You Can
Walking the Freedom Trail is free, but some of the stops charge for admission to enter the building. Whenever it’s possible, purchase tickets online to save time for those that you wish to visit.
Some of the sites that will charge admission include:
- The Old North Church – Neal’s Favorite!
- Old South Meeting House
- Old State House
- Paul Revere House
- King’s Chapel
Not all sites will sell tickets online in advance, but where you can, then you should take advantage of it.
4) Study A Little History Ahead Of Time
If it has been a while since you studied American history, then spend some time brushing up ahead of time. It isn’t mandatory. There is no quiz at the end. But you’ll appreciate your time on the Freedom Trail, even more, that way.
Here are just a few subjects to refresh yourself with:
- Revolutionary war
- Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
- The Stamp Act
- Townshend Revenue Act
- The Sugar Act
- The Tea Act and Boston Tea Party
- Boston Massacre
5) Step Off The Walking Tour Path And Take A Side Street
There are a couple of sites not listed on the Freedom Trail map that you might want to see. By stepping off the red line of the Freedom Trail, you will be able to see some things you may have missed otherwise.
For instance, Benjamin Franklin’s birthplace is between the Old Corner Bookstore and the Old South Meeting Hall at 1 Milk Street. This noteworthy place is marked with a small white bust of Benjamin Franklin. The original building where he was born burned down in 1810.
Find the skinny house. This 4-story house is only 10 feet wide and has earned the title of the narrowest house in Boston. The Skinny House is at 44 Hull Street, across from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. The house is still occupied today. Our guides will tell you all about it!
6) Experience Freedom Trail Tours With One Of Our Knowledgeable Guides
Don’t miss out on the details along the path. Our Freedom Trail tours are led by experienced local guides who are the very best in the business.
You’ll hear stories from the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Explore over 250 years of history with guides who are eager to share. We’ll make sure you don’t miss the details.
You’ll experience the history of America and have a whole lot of fun doing it!
In addition to our Freedom Trail itinerary, we offer fantastic guided tours of Boston and the surrounding area. Discover more of Boston’s rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, education, and food.