"Freedom Trail - Part 1" Freedom Trail Tip by Ewingjr98

Freedom Trail, Boston: 125 reviews and 208 photos

  Maps along the Freedom Trail
by Ewingjr98

If you are new to the city and have only a little time or just want a good intro the Freedom Trail is the place to start. This well-marked red path takes you from the Common to the Battle of Bunker Hill with 14 official stops in between (and several unofficial stops that are part of my tour!).

The primary stops on the Trail are:
1. Boston Common - Great place to relax, play catch, feed the squirrels & look at the monuments

2. Massachusetts State House -- spend some time looking inside

3. Park Street Church

4. Granary Burial Ground - Final resting place of the Franklins (except Ben) Sam Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Boston Massacre victims & others

* unofficial stop -- grab a beer and a sandwich at Beantown Pub

5. King's Chapel & Burying Ground - Burial place of one of the Pilgrims

6. First Public School Site - not much here except a design in the sidewalk...more impressive is the Old City Hall with its statues of Ben Franklin and the donkey (be sure to read the story of the Republican elephant vs the Democrat donkey)

7. Old Corner Bookstore - Was the Boston Globe's souvenir shop...now closed I think

* Unofficial stop - take a peek at the Irish immigration statues depicting a starving Irish family's transformation from poor and broken to proud Americans

8. Old South Meeting House - where the Son's of Liberty met before the Boston Tea Party

9. Old State House -

10. Boston Massacre Site - located about 15 yards due east of the Old State House...there is a small traffic island at the intersection of Congress Street & Devonshire Street with a circle of stones embedded in the concrete... no other sign marks this spot

* Unofficial stop - See City Hall and the JFK Federal Building on your way to Faneuil Hall

11. Faneuil Hall - See the Sam Adams monument, Larry Bird and Bill Rodger's shoes, & Red Auerbach statue. Check out the food at Quincy Market, even if you aren't hungry

Phone: +1 617-357-8300
Website: http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/

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  • Updated Dec 3, 2006
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