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Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

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1,101 Reviews
Daily
139 Tremont St, Boston

The Basics

Visitors can easily spend a full day independently exploring the Freedom Trail’s many stops, but most travelers simply wander the trail, choose a couple sites to fully experience, or join one of the daily 90-minute walking tours led by guides in 18th-century garb to cover the trail and some of the historic sites’ exteriors in sections. (These run hourly, except from November to March when they are less frequent.) It’s also possible to visit via group and private Freedom Trail tours and Boston city sightseeing tours that also stop at other top attractions such as the Boston Navy Yard and the Boston Tea Party site. The Freedom Trail is a suggested route, so independent travelers can choose where to start and end.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Boston

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Great for tweens, teens and adults
Frenchie01, May 2021
Walking Tour of The Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square & Back Bay
I booked this tour with 13 year old son and 11 year daughter. Because of Covid, my daughter’s 5th grade Freedom Trail trip became virtual. She loved it! My son had done something similar 2 years ago with his school, but felt our guide was much better. We were very happy with our experience.
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Very good experience!
CARLOS_L, Jul 2021
Guided Walking Tour of Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail
Very interesting and informative. Allen, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable and helpful. I recommend it.
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Worth every penny!
Neela_J, Jul 2021
Fascinating History + Photo Walking Tour of Boston's Freedom Trail(Small Group)
Wonderful tour! Small group- great leader- so so much more than what the description says! My teen too..texted his friends to say how great it was!
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Super tour. Ted was very knowledgeable. We all had a great time.
Betty_M, Jul 2021
Private Family Tour of Boston's Freedom Trail
Super tour. Ted was very knowledgeable. We had a great time and got our exercise for the day. We all enjoyed it and Ted was very accommodating and delightful.
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Best tour in Boston
Elizabeth-M, Jul 2021
Fascinating History + Photo Walking Tour of Boston's Freedom Trail(Small Group)
We loved the tour! Saba is very knowledgeable and helped us get amazing shots. Definitely recommend!
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Loved the self guided your!
Traci_O, Jun 2021
GPS Mobile Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour Guide App of Boston Freedom Trail.
I loved being able to walk the tour at my own pace, to spend as much or as little time as I wanted at each point of interest or make additional pit stops. The audio tour auto plays when you arrive at the location and you have to option to learn more about each site.
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Great time
Eva_B, Apr 2021
Fascinating History + Photo Walking Tour of Boston's Freedom Trail(Small Group)
Saba was great! Very knowledgeable and had great photo tips. She even took us to a few spots off Freedom Trail that were very cool.
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Great guide
Jerry_M, Jun 2021
Guided Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston
Tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Would definitely recommend. I wish we knew there was an extended version of the tour.
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Informative, Interesting and engaging
Macy_P, Jun 2021
Guided Walking Tour of Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The pace was just right for a two hour tour. My granddaughter enjoyed the tour and is looking forward to the next one
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Great experience
Sean_S, Jun 2021
Walking Tour of The Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square & Back Bay
We had a great guide showing and describing everything on the tour. Allen kept everyone engaged, and made it fun for all.
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ok first day tour
Steven_H, May 2021
Walking Tour of The Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square & Back Bay
hit the most common elements but not the entire freedom trail. narrator was ok but sometimes lost track. good for a first timer on first day tour
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Boston Freedom Trail
Margaret_B, May 2021
GPS Mobile Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour Guide App of Boston Freedom Trail.
Sometimes difficult to hear so had to use the pdf version. That worked great. Had a little trouble getting started but probably user error!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most choose to walk from site to site rather than drive. Remember to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

  • Though the Freedom Trail itself doesn’t charge admission, fees are required to enter some of the designated stops: the Old State house, the Old South Meeting House, and the Paul Revere House.

  • Self-guided audio tours are available for purchase at the Boston Common Visitor Center.

  • While the Freedom Trail is wheelchair accessible, some of the sites are not.

  • It’s best to allot at least 30 minutes inside each Freedom Trail site.

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How to Get There

The Freedom Trail is accessible at any point along its length and winds from Boston Common to Beacon Hill, downtown, the waterfront, the North End, and across the Charles River. Many choose to start at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center, in the heart of downtown Boston, where 10 of the 16 sites are clustered within a mile-long section of the trail. Several Freedom Trail stops can be reached by bus or subway (locally called “the T”), including Boston Common (via Park Street Station on the green and red lines).

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When to Get There

The Freedom Trail is accessible year-round, but the most pleasant days for exploring are sunny ones in spring and fall. The trail can be walked any hour of the day, but most stops are only open to the public between 9am and 4 or 4:30pm. The USS Constitution is always closed on Mondays, and the Boston Common Visitor Center is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Tours typically do not sell out.

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Things to See on Boston’s Freedom Trail

The trail features Boston Common, the Massachusetts State House, the Park Street Church, the Granary Burying Ground (final resting place of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere), the King’s Chapel and Burying Ground (established in 1686), the Boston Latin School, the Old Corner Bookstore, the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall (a popular spot for lunch), the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground (with its grand views across the river to Charlestown), the USS Constitution, and the Bunker Hill Monument. Each official stop is indicated by a circular brass marker embedded in the sidewalk.

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