The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Boston, MA 02109
The Freedom Trail Description
One of the most historic strolls you can take in the U.S., the Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile red-brick walking tour that takes you through nationally significant sites. On the way you'll stop at iconic historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution, including gorgeous Boston Common; a burial ground; Bunker Hill; the site of the Boston Massacre; the "Old Ironsides" ship, and the funky Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
School-Age Kids: Kids 6-12 will especially enjoy the Boston by Little Feet tour, which also points out attractions such as Shem's grasshopper, the royal lion and unicorn, Benjamin Franklin flying a kite, and the Democrat donkey.
- Pick your tour. Freedom Trail tours are provided by multiple organizations. Each offers different types of tours, some led by guides in costume. Start with Boston by Foot, the Freedom Trail Foundation, and Walking Boston.
- Go May through October. Many Freedom Trail tours only run during spring through fall, when the weather is best.
- Dress in layers. Even in the mild seasons, New England weather can be unpredictable, going from hot to chilly quickly.
- Wear good shoes. It should go without saying for a walking tour, but 2.5 miles can be a long way for little feet. Make sure everyone is ready to walk for a while.
- End or start at Faneuil Hall. If you can, plan your tour around a longer stop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace -- or be sure to come back when you're done. There are tons of shops, a whole hall of delicious to-go foods, and street performers in the courtyard.
Just the Facts
Hours: Tour times vary; Call for details.
Fees: $30 - $40