Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 3 mile walking tour around the heart of historic Boston. The path is marked by a red line that is painted or bricked into the sidewalk. The historic sites relate mostly to the American Revolution. The Freedom Trail begins in Boston Common and ends in Charlestown at the Bunker Hill Monument. A map can be purchased at the Information Booth near Park Street Station, but also note that most hotels offer free historic brochures that contain maps.

The foot path can be very educational, but is also a great path to follow for shopping, dining, or to just enjoy the city. If you want to spend a lot of time at each site, consider following the trail from Boston Common to the Old South Meeting House or Old State House, and then start again from there on the next day. The Trail can take many hours to explore if you are interested in a lot of detail.

Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail Marker

The Freedom Trail was conceived in 1951, and attempts had been made throughout the 1950s to create a permanent trail that linked all the historic sites together. Downtown was a bit dilapidated in the 1950s, and the trail was a fantastic idea to promote tourism.

The official start of the Trail is located at Boston Common, near Park Street Station, although one can find the brick marker line on many between the Common and Quincy Market.

Below is a list of the official Freedom Trail sites, with selective additional detail pages that are located along the footpath:

 

Boston Freedom Trail & Nearby Sites

 

List in Alphabetic Order 
List by MBTA Station 

 

Boston Common [Photos] [FAQs]

   Shaw & Mass 54th Memorial [Photos]

Massachusetts State House [Photos]

   Sacred Cod

Park Street Church [Photos]

Granary Burying Ground [Photos] [FAQs] [Map]

   Samuel Sewall 
   James Otis, Jr. 
   Samuel Adams 
   Paul Revere

King's Chapel & Cemetery [Photos] [FAQs]

   John Winthrop 
   John Cotton 

1st Public School Site

   Benjamin Franklin Statue [Photos
   Josiah Quincy Statue 
   Old City Hall

Old Corner Bookstore [Photos]

Old South Meeting House

   Boston Tea Party

Old State House [Photos]

Boston Massacre Site

Faneuil Hall [Photos]

   Samuel Adams Statue 
   Mayor Curley Park 
   Holocaust Memorial [Photos
   Capen House 
   Ebenezer Hancock House 
   Boston Stone

Paul Revere House

   Christopher Snider

Old North Church

Copp's Hill Burying Ground [Photos]

   Daniel Malcom

USS Constitution [Photos]

   HMS Guerriere 
   HMS Java

Bunker Hill Monument [Photos]

   Colonel Prescott 
   General Warren 
   Salem Poor 
   Peter Salem

 

Additional sites near the Freedom Trail:

Central Burying Ground [Photos
Benjamin Franklin Birthplace 
First Telephone Marker 
Garden of Peace Memorial 
Lenny Zakim Bridge 
Boston Tea Party Site

Contact Information & Address:

Freedom Trail (Boston Common Start) 
147 Tremont Street opposite West Street, Boston, MA 02111 
617.635.4505 
cityofboston.gov

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