Explore Boston

-Freedom Trail Overview

INFO

Contact Information: 

The Freedom Trail Foundation
99 Chauncy Street, suite 401
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 357-8300
Fax: (617) 357-8303
info@thefreedomtrail.org

Freedom Trail Foundation Website

City of Boston Freedom Trail Site

Description: 

Photo of a round metal marker set into the ground.  It reads "The Freedom Trail."  On either side of the plaque, the stripe of red brick, which marks the path of the Freedom Trail, extends outward.

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that begins at the Boston Common Visitors' Center and ends in Charlestown at the USS Constitution.  The Freedom Trail leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, each one a historic treasure of American Revolutionary history. Created in 1958, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.

The Freedom Trail Foundation and the City of Boston continue to work to preserve this perfect introduction to Colonial Revolutionary Boston. The Trail takes the visitor to 16 historical sites in the course of two or three hours and covers two and a half centuries of America's most significant past. A red brick or painted line connects the sites on the Trail and serves as a guide.

  • The Boston Common
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Park Street Church
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • King's Chapel and Burying Ground
  • Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School
  • Old Corner Bookstore
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Old State House
  • Site of the Boston Massacre
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church
  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground
  • Bunker Hilll Monument
  • USS Constitution

The 2.5 mile route does include some steep inclines that can be quite challenging.  An alternate route that avoids steep inclines and shows alternate, wheelchair accessible routes to several Freedom Trail sites is provided below.

 

GETTING THERE

Entrances: 

This map shows two Freedom Trail routes.  The Red route is the traditonal route.  The Blue route is an alternative route for people who are wheelchair users or may have stamina issues.  The pushpins mark the Freedom Trail sites. 

OTHER

Multimedia Access: 

The City of Boston has produced four videos outlining the Freedom Trail. They can be watched by following these links:

Freedom Trail Part 1

Freedom Trail Part 2

Freedom Trail Part 3

Freedom Trail Part 4