Freedom Trail in Boston - If you are starting to do research for your next trip to Boston, one thing that needs to be on your list is the Freedom Trail. This is a 2.5-mile trail that connects nearly 20 of the city’s biggest historical attractions many of which are from the time of the Revolutionary War.
Travelers can rest easy as they never have to worry about getting lost while walking the Freedom Trail. The red bricks in the sidewalk have been placed so there is a permanent line which travelers can walk along to hit all the important attractions.
A great place to start is at the Bunker Hill Monument, which is the most northern part of the trail. Travelers will find a 221-foot obelisk that stands to honor the location where Colonial soldiers fought the British on June 17, 1775. At was at this battle that while low on gun powder Colonel Prescott told his soldiers “Don’t fire till you see the whites of their eyes.” Today, travelers can go to the top of the obelisk for a fantastic view of the city of Boston. The hours of the monument fluctuate depending on the season so make sure to check the National Park Service website depending on the time of year you are going.
From here, make sure to hit the Bunker Hill Museum and USS Constitution before crossing the Charlestown Bridge into the heart of Boston.
Once you are in downtown Boston you will run into amazing attractions. One of the first is the Old North Church. It was at this location; lanterns were hung to signal the British soldiers’ movements. The saying “One if by Land, Two if by Sea” comes from the lantern’s in the church steeple. Not far away from here is the house of Paul Revere who was a key person in the Revolution.
Travelers can continue on down the Freedom Trail to the Visitors Center. Here they have public bathrooms and flyers for other attractions and events in the city for after you finish the trail.
The Boston Massacre Site is an important part of the trail because it is the spot where on March 5, 1770, British Soldiers gunned down 5 colonials in the streets. Nearby is the Old State House which served as the capitol of Massachusetts for many years. Further on down the trail you run into the current State House of Massachusetts which is set off by its beautiful gold dome.
Make sure not to miss some of the historic cemeteries near the State House. You can see the graves of John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence, the victims of the Boston Massacre, Samuel Adams and others.
Overly, we know you will enjoy your time in Boston, Massachusetts walking the Freedom Trail. Make sure not to miss out on the opportunity to learn so much about the time period around the Revolutionary War.