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Freedom Trail
Taking in 16 of Boston’s most famous cultural and historical sites, the 2.5-mile-long (4-kilometer) Freedom Trail winds through downtown Boston, from southerly Boston Common, the nation’s oldest public park, to the Bunker Hill Monument on the north side of the Charles River. The red-brick path and its designated stops, including colonial-era churches, museums, and meeting houses, make for an excellent introduction to Boston and its role in the American Revolution and United States history.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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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Historical & Heritage Tours

Freedom Trail Walking Tour with Costumed Guide

Walk the Freedom Trail with a guide in historic costume on a tour from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall, a 1.2-mile route that covers important sites in the heart of Boston. This tour's shorter distance lets you follow in the footsteps of the founding fathers and American revolutionaries without making the more strenuous trek all the way across the Charles River, finishing in a spot that’s convenient to top Boston attractions.
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Sightseeing Passes

Boston Explorer Pass

See more of Boston for one low price by purchasing the Boston Explorer Pass. Save big off regular prices as you get admission to your choice of three, four or five Boston attractions, picking among top city highlights like a Fenway Park Tour, USS Constitution Cruise, Freedom Trail Walking Tour, and much more. An included guidebook helps design the perfect itinerary.
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  • 4 to 24 hours
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  • 4 to 24 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Ye Olde Tavern Tours

Ye Olde Tavern Tours offers historic tavern tours in Boston because we believe beer makes history even better. On our guided tours, you'll walk the Freedom Trail to see ten historic sites related to the American Revolution and grab a beer at some of the nation's most historic taverns. Led by expertly-trained historians (our guides have a minimum of a Bachelor's in History and many of them are currently working towards or have a PhD in History), you'll learn about the drunken and revolutionary history of Boston in the eighteenth century. We cap each tour at 12 people to provide an intimate and accessible experience. Our tours are the most fun and social way to experience Boston!ALL GUESTS MUST BE 21+ YEARS OF AGE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Photography Tours

PhotoWalks Freedom Trail Tour

Boston’s red-brick Freedom Trail takes you on a journey through revolutionary history, to sites where patriots protested against British rule and worked to form a new government. This walking tour takes you to famous sites along the trail, including Boston Common, the Old State House, and Park Street Church. While you walk, your guide provides historical background and offers tips for capturing photographs of these historic sites.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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FREEDOM TRAIL + HARVARD YARD - COMBO - Self Guided Audio Guide (iPhone, Android)

This app offers a fully-guided experience - just like a local giving you a personalized, fully-guided tour. -------- What do you get?App for iPhone and AndroidPASSWORD will be sent on successful booking. -------- BENEFITS OVER LIVE GUIDES AND GROUP TOURS: . FULLY AUTOMATIC: Each point of interest along the tour has a narrated story, narrated directions, and helpful images. As you walk along the path and approach a pin, it’s story will automatically pop up and start playing--------FASCINATING STORIES: Engaging, and entertaining story about each point of interest -professionally narrated and prepared by local guides --------FREEDOM TO TRAVEL: No scheduled tour timings, no crowded groups, and no rush to move along past stops that interest you--------SAVE A TON: No “per person” tickets for guided tours! No tips per person --------
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

City View Bike Tour - Bike the Boston Neighborhoods

Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square, Fenway Park and Quincy Market. Cross the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that passes significant locations to United States history. It’s a classic tour and a great overall introduction to Boston.
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Walking Tours

Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour

Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this 2-hour guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. You’ll then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide will join your trip to help add context.
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Half-day Tours

North End Boston Secret Food Tour

Get to know Boston through its food on this small-group walking tour limited to 12 people. With a guide, you sample seafood, Italian dishes, and other fare as you explore the city's North End neighborhood. Along the way, learn about the history of the area.
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  • 3 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail Tour

Get to know Boston on a private 3-hour drive along the Freedom Trail, which crosses through 16 historical locations key to the founding of the United States. Head to landmarks including the Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and the Paul Revere House, among others. Then take the Charlestown Bridge to the USS Constitution and view the Bunker Hill Monument. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle with your own private driver-guide who shares live commentary about the sights. You select which stops along the Freedom Trail you would like to see, create your own itinerary with this unique, self-guided tour! Includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
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Walking Tours

Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Explore elegant neighborhoods, historic streets, and American landmarks on a Boston walking tour from the Back Bay to Beacon Hill and downtown portions of the Freedom Trail. Learn about Boston’s history and culture as you stroll brownstone-lined avenues and walk the shady paths of the Boston Public Garden. Step into Boston’s Revolutionary history in the churches, cemeteries, and battlegrounds of the American struggle for independence.
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Custom Private Tours

Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

Explore Boston in a way that interests you on a private walking tour that can be customized to your preferences. You'll follow a flexible itinerary tailored to include attractions that you want to see, such as Boston Common, Freedom Trail, or Copley Square. If you don't have specific interests, you can leave the itinerary up to your guide. Either way, this is a chance to enjoy Boston's history and charm with a guide all to yourself.
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  • 120 to 150 minutes
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  • 120 to 150 minutes

Walking Tours

Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston

Spend 70 minutes exploring Boston's Freedom Trail on this informative and historic tour complete with a guide. You'll wander cobblestone streets, check out the architecture, and learn about the colorful past of this dynamic destination. Stops include Faneuil Hall, King's Chapel, Boston Common, and more.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Ports of Call Tours

New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide

Explore the best of the East Coast, from New York City to Boston, on this guided tour. Explore one of the nation's oldest cities and check out its many top attractions and landmarks, like Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, Harvard University, Fenway Park, Faneuil Hall, and much more. Along the way, learn about Beantown's history, architecture, and traditions from a Spanish-speaking guide.
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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Boston Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Discover Boston in a fun new way on this 3-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure from Boston Common to the Freedom Trail, the North End neighborhood and other real-life locations around town. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of this capital city of Massachusetts. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
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Day Trips

New York to Boston Day Trip by Air

Soar high above the traffic with a full-day trip to Boston from New York City, and spend your time exploring the city with a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Follow the Freedom Trail through Revolutionary history, take in the Bunker Hill monument, and see the Green Monster at Fenway Park before stopping for a 2-course lunch at Hard Rock Cafe. Spend the afternoon at Faneuil Hall, explore the bustling waterfront, or stop for a beer at the Cheers bar, then return to the airport for an evening flight back to NYC.  
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