For a moment pretend that you are in Boston and have only 24 hours to explore the city. Instead of biting your nails because you have such a short period of time, you need to start walking.
Tourist Attractions in Boston
Boston has been an important part of some of the most important events in the history of the US. To see them all and experience them all would take you months, but thanks to a journalist called William Schofield back in 1951, there is now a pedestrian trail that links together 16 of these landmarks. It is called the Freedom Trail.
Freedom Trail in Boston – Marks the Most Historic Places to See in Boston
The freedom trail consists of a red brick-lined route that takes you to 16 historic sites, mostly about the America Revolution period over a 2.5 mile span.
What You Will See Along the Freedom Trail (in order from beginning to end)
• Boston Common
• Massachusetts State House
• Park Street Church
• Granary Burying Ground
• King’s Chapel
• King’s Chapel Burying Ground
• Benjamin Franklin Statue & Boston Latin School
• Old Corner Book Store
• Old South Meeting House
• Old State House
• Site of Boston Massacre
• Faneuil Hall
• Paul Revere House
• Old North Church
• Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
• Bunker Hill Monument
• USS Constitution
Bet You Didn’t Know This About the Freedom Trail
• By 1953 nearly 40,000 people had walked the trail.
• The 16 historical sites cover two and a half centuries of America’s most significant past.
• It is said that it is one of the best collections of the American Revolution sites.
Tips for Doing the Freedom Trail With Kids
We only did bits and pieces of the trail because we were traveling with two boys under ten years old in the midst of a summer heat wave. However, Boston is a small place and whenever we deviated for a rest we still kept bumping into the trail. Having a map of it also helps a lot.
If you are coming with older kids or with adults only the 2.5 miles walk is a great idea, but leave a whole day for it or maybe two since most of the attractions can be entered and explored deeper. .