The Freedom Trail

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by gatorgirl1977 on November 8, 2006

Another great thing to do while in Boston is to walk the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a marked walking path that is absolutely free to walk. There are several sites on the path that request a small fee ($5 or under) or a donation. Our GoBostonCard, included these fees and donations, so walking the trail was a completely free attraction for me.

The trail is marked by a double red brick line or a wide red painted line. It runs for about 2 1/2 to 3 miles and encompasses sights like Bunker Hill, old graveyards, and Paul Revere's home. This was a really neat thing to do and you could spot people following the trail all over Boston. This is the best way to take in the historical sights. What a feeling to walk down streets where patriots like Samuel Adams and Paul Revere walked!

One of the neatest sights on the trail for me was the Old North Church, where the lanterns were hanging to signify which way the British were invading. The church still holds services today and Paul Revere's prayer box is marked and still maintained by his family. As the trail winds its way past monuments, graveyards, and homes of patriots, you can just imagine the conversations and excitement present during the Revolutionary period of American History. It was really an awesome way to spend the afternoon.

This being said... do not forget really good walking shoes. Also my friend, who has a heart condition grew tired on some of the hills along the trail. People who have physical conditions may need to break up the trail into different segments over longer periods of time. Also, we never found a really good map available of the trail to help plan our progression. There are maps available at the Visitor Center, near the Old North Church, but I found it to difficult to handle and read.

Overall, this was a wonderful way to see Boston and to take in a lot of history. It is something I would suggest that everyone do at least some of if the come to Boston. It was nice to tour the streets of Boston as we wandered from sight to sight, and you just can beat the price ---free!

Freedom Trail
15 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02109
(617) 242-5642

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