7 Tips For Walking The Freedom Trail In Boston

Walking The Freedom Trail In Boston

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.

Old State House Boston

Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of your day 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.

Pick Up A Map At Boston Common Visitor Center

2) Check The Opening Hours For Sites On The Freedom Trail

Before you grab your backpack and head out the door, double-check the opening hours for any of the buildings you plan to go into. Opening and closing times can vary. You don’t want to end up disappointed if your top site on the Freedom Trail is closed when you get there.

3) 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.

Walking The Freedom Trail Boston

4) 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.

Some of the sites that will charge admission include:

  • The Old North Church
  • 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.

Old North Church Boston

5) 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
  • The Stamp Act
  • Townshend Revenue Act
  • The Sugar Act
  • The Tea Act and Boston Tea Party
  • Boston Massacre
Soldiers Revolutionary War

6) 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.

7) 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.

Bunker  Hill Monument Boston

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.

Contact us, or go online today, to book our Freedom Trail Tour!

5 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 6

The Everything Tour

The name says it all. This exciting journey covers all major sites with a stop for lunch. In this detailed excursion you will experience all of the sites & attractions we offer.

595 USD
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 6

The Overview Tour

This tour covers the many exciting sites & attractions of Boston, Cambridge & Charlestown in a short amount of time. See sites along the waterfront, through the North End, Charlestown, The West End, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and Cambridge, including Harvard and MIT.

375 USD
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 10

Beacon Hill Tour

Beacon Hill is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in America. From the golden dome of the State House to the luxury homes of Louisburg Square, this tour takes you by picturesque streets, highlighting examples of early American Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian architecture.

Learn about Boston's first settler, Reverend William Blackstone, a reclusive clergyman. Hear about Robert Gould Shaw and his role in leading freed slaves in the Civil War. Walk portions of the Black History Trail and stroll along the famous cobbles of Acorn Street.

375 USD
2 hours
Group Size
Up to 10

Plymouth - Pilgrim Walk Tour

Walk where the Pilgrims trod and hear how their faith inspired them to flee from England, find refuge in Holland, and cross the ocean to the shores of New England.

This tour will help you understand the monuments of Plymouth erected in honor of her founders as you hear the stories of these Separatists in their own words.

250 USD