Boston Freedom Trail - Part 1

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by IsabelleTravels on January 7, 2007

The Freedom Trail is an absolutely free way to see Boston's historical sites. A red painted or doubled red brick line acts as a guide through the city, with a freedom trail marker telling you that yes, this is historical. There are some places where the line might disappear for a second and because of that, it might be useful to get a map. There is also a chance that you will want to know what you are looking at and if that's the case, get the guidebook. The map and guidebook are available at the Boston Common Visitor Center, which is conveniently also the start of the Freedom Trail! The Trail starts in Boston and ends in Charlestown, right across the river. We only went through Boston, which ended in the North End. It was less than 2 miles one way. (To do Charlestown also is a total of 2.5 miles.)

Before starting, make sure you have at least 3 hours to devote to this, some cash, comfortable shoes, and a camera. We decided against purchasing the map and just got the guidebook. The guidebook was only $7, the map $2. The guidebook included suggested detours off of the trail, but we decided not to do those. We began at Boston Common. The history of the common is as old as the history of Boston itself. Like many parks in America's cities its diverse usage includes agriculture and hangings.

We next marched up to the New State House. The guide book told us that the New State house is actually 200 years old, but is called new because it is newer than the Old State House. The day we were there, there was a protest outside of the State House. It was great to see government in action. We did not get to really enjoy the site, but it is still a pretty magnificent building. If anyone has seen the movie "The Departed," this building is the view Matt Damon's character has when he gets his Boston condo.

We followed the red line to Park Street Church. It's a simple church that could probably go unnoticed. On the steps of this Church the song "America" or "My Country Tis of Thee" was first sung. Right next to the church is the Burial ground that according to the guidebook holds a large number of famous historical names. A big statue in the center of the cemetery marks the graves of Benjamin Franklin's parents.

Next was King's Chapel. We weren't able to go in this trip, but I have been in before and found it to be quite different than any other chapel I have ever been to. I recommend it. There is also a Burial ground next to this.

On the way to the next stop, you will walk by the Omni Parker House Hotel. Here you can eat Boston Creme Pie and the Dinner Roll from the very place that invented it.

Part 2
Boston Common
Charles, Beacon And Tremont Streets
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116

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