The Freedom Trail in Boston is an amazing walk through a lot of Boston’s history. Located in a beautiful part of Boston, you will see everything from graveyards in the middle of the city, to the first ever public school. While my family and I spent a day in Boston, we knew walking the Freedom Trail would give us the most historical information. It would also give us a great tour of the city! So we decided to just do it. If you would like to see how we spent 24 hours in Boston, visit this post!
We started the Freedom Trail in Boston Common, close to the Beacon Hill neighborhood. There is another place to start if you would like. Boston Common is a huge beautiful park right next to the Boston Public Garden on a map. To start the Freedom Trail, we walked across the park to the East and found the visitors center. We got a map and started off! Boston Common is actually the first stop on the Freedom Trail. In the park itself there are a couple of cool statues to see.
The Freedom Trail
1: Massachusetts State House
The Massachusetts State House is located across the street from Boston Common. It is the current State Capitol building and seat of government for the Commonwealth of Boston. Take a picture, but you will not be allowed inside.
2: Park Street Church
Next on the map is Park Street Church. It is actually an active church with Sunday services. You can find 1000-2000 people here on a Sunday Morning.
3: Granary Burying Ground
Granary Burying Ground was the most cool place I visited on the Freedom Trail. So many amazing people of history are either buried here or have a memorial. Although, it was weird to see a cemetery in the middle of sky-high apartment buildings.
4: King’s Chapel
Walking on a little further, we found King’s Chapel and it’s accompanied burial ground. King’s Chapel is an eclectic looking church where people actually had to pay for their pew. The more money you had, the closer you were to the front. There is no admission fee to get into this church. However, they will not allow flash photography.
5: Site of the First Public School
The first public school site is no longer at this location. However, there is a memory of it on the road while walking the Freedom Trail. This seal is in front of Boston’s Old City Hall. A statue stands in front of City Hall to commemorate Benjamin Franklin for his part in the first school. Remember, this is an active City Hall so we were not allowed inside.
6: Old South Meeting House
Inside this Meeting House, is a proud history of democracy. If you would like, you can actually go inside and reenact the Boston Tea Party meeting!
7: Old State House Museum
My favorite building in Boston is the Old State House Museum. Just look at the contrast between the old architecture and the new skyscrapers that border it. Such tall buildings make history look so small. However, this building holds so much history inside it’s walls. I could just imagine horse carts and people walking on cobblestone roads through here such a long time ago.
8: Boston Massacre Site
On the wall of the Old State House, is the plaque for the Boston Massacre Site. Tours are available inside the museum for a small fee. Learn all about the Boston Massacre and what really happened.
9: Faneuil Hall
Just outside of Faneuil Hall is a statue of Samuel Adams. Faneuil Hall is now a marketplace with dining and shopping. The Hall used to hold meetings, debates and protests in Revolutionary times. If you walk around and look closely, you may find the filming site of Cheers! Behind Faneuil Hall is Quincy Market. Also a marketplace, it is well-known around Boston.
10: Paul Revere House
Paul Revere’s House, is located in the North End of Boston. By the time you reach this point, you have walked a long way through Boston’s history. For a fee, you are able to go in this house and look around. There is a lot of history associated with this house.
11: Paul Revere Mall
Paul Revere Mall is a long walkway between the Paul Revere House and Old North Church. A statue is located in the middle of the walkway to symbolize where Paul Revere rode his horse to warn of the British invasion.
12: Old North Church
Old North Church, in the North End of Boston, is the famous spot where the “One if by land, two if by sea” signal is said to have been sent. The phrase refers to Paul Revere’s midnight ride during the American Revolution. This Church is also the oldest standing church in Boston.
15: USS Constitution and Museum
USS Constitution is a Navy ship named by George Washington after the United States Constitution. The ship is in port in Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. Nicknamed Old Ironsides, this ship is most famous for its actions in the War of 1812.
16: Bunker Hill Monument and Museum
Located in the neighborhood of Charlestown in Boston, Bunker Hill is named after the Battle of Bunker Hill that took place. This battle fought in the American Revolutionary War was a key battle in fighting against the British Army when they were invading Boston. The Monument and Museum is a very far walk from the North End of Boston. However, if you have the time and energy, you should definitely walk to it.
The Freedom Trail in Boston is a walking trail that I think everyone should do at least once. History is so rich in Boston that it needs to be experienced and shared! My husband, parents and I walked almost the whole trail in about 4-5 hours. The Trail started for us in Boston Common. We ended in the North End of Boston due to the sun setting and dinner calling our names. It was such a great experience.
Has anyone done the whole trail before? How long did it take? Comment with any ideas or funny stories!