Freedom Trail Tours
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Walk into history on the Freedom Trail! Join a Colonial guide dressed in old fashioned garb as he or she takes you on a 90-minute walking tour of The Freedom Trail, from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. You can view a map of the freedom here on Google.
Altogether, the Freedom Trail is Boston's 2.5 mile walk through history- follow the famous red brick path to 16 historic sites, including:
1. Boston Common
2. The Massachusetts State House
3. Park Street Church
4. Granary Burying Ground
5. King's Chapel
6. Ben Franklin's statue (the marker for Boston Latin School
7. Old South Meeting House
8. Site of the Old Corner Bookstore
9. Old State House
10. Boston Massacre Site
11. Faneuil Hall
12. Paul Revere House
13. Old North Church
14. Copp's Hill Burying Ground
15. USS Constitution
16. Bunker Hill Monument
Boston Common Visitors Information Center
139 Tremont Street (near Park Street station)
M-F 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sat & Sun - 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Freedom Trail is open year-round and official historic sites are open and Foundation-led tours are offered 362 days per year. Most walking tours last between 60-90 minutes. If you are interested in spending some time at each historic site, plan for at least 20-45 minutes per venue.
Guided Tour Options
Walking tours begin at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. There are several walking tour companies available that include a knowledgeable 18th century costumed guide. A few of our favorites include:
The Boston Town Crier Tours
Freedom Foundation Tours
Boston by Foot Tours
Lessons on Liberty Tours
About the Tour
Freedom Trail walking tours generally stop at the first 11 sites and cover a little less than 1 mile in distance. The tour itself takes about 90 minutes - so plan to spend about 10 minutes at each of the 11 sites that you'll visit along the way.
Remember, the Trail is outside and is always open for walking. Wear sneakers and comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing (especially if it is cold, hot or rainy)
Of course, visitors are welcome to follow the trail on their own as well. We recommend purchasing a guidebook (~$8.95) and a map. You can view a freedom trail map here on Google. (there are free maps available, but we recommend buying the official map - for just a few dollars, it is worth it!).
If you are walking the trail on your own, plan to spend around 3-4 hours on the Trail, depending on your itinerary and time for all of the local distractions along the way.
The good news is, even if you don't have a map - you can just follow the red brick trail through the city and you will be able to visit the sites as you go. A map, however, or at least a list of the sites is recommended if you are not familiar with the venues along the route.
Audio Guide to the Freedom Trail:
Take in all of Boston's Freedom Trail at your own pace and have your own 'personal' guide. Pick up your audio guide at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common and start the Trail. Put on the head set, click on the sites to listen to the history, sounds, and stories of the American Revolution in Boston - the city where American history and patriotism began. (Picture identification and a credit card deposit is required.)
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Open Seasonally (~April - October) Some years the season runs longer. Call for specific dates (617) 536-4100.
Tours leave at 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am and then every half hour until 5:00pmfrom Boston Common Visitor Information Center (139 Tremont Street near Park Street Station).
Tickets may be purchased just before the tour or online in advance: $14 for adults, $12 for students, seniors & active U.S. Military, $8 children. (Children under six are free, although it is best suited for ages 7+). Contact the private tour companies for private tour & school tour options. Boston Town Crier, Freedom Trail Tours
- Consider taking an early morning tour - they are often cooler and less crowded.
- There are public restrooms at Visitors Center at Park St Station, and also at Faneuil Hall, where tours wind up!
- In the event of inclement weather, call the visitors center to make sure that your tour is still running for that day - (617) 536-4100.
- There are free maps available for self-guided tours, but we recommend buying the $3 map - it is worth it.
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