ⓘ Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the U ..


ⓘ Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Stops along the trail include simple explanatory ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval frigate. While most of the sites are free or suggest donations, the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House charge admission. The Freedom Trail is overseen by the City of Bostons Freedom Trail Commission and is supported in part by grants from various nonprofits and foundations, private philanthropy, and Boston National Historical Park.

The Freedom Trail was conceived by local journalist William Schofield, who in 1951 suggested building a pedestrian trail to link important local landmarks. Boston mayor John Hynes decided to put Schofields idea into action. By 1953, 40.000 people were walking the trail annually.

The National Park Service operates a visitors center on the first floor of Faneuil Hall, where they offer tours, provide free maps of the Freedom Trail and other historic sites, and sell books about Boston and United States history.

Some observers have noted the tendency of the Freedom Trails narrative frame to omit certain historical locations, such as the sites of the Boston Tea Party and the Liberty Tree.

Members of the Boy Scouts of America who hike or camp along the Freedom Trail may be eligible for the Historic Trails Award.


1. Official trail sites

The official trail sites are generally from south-to-north:

  • Paul Revere House
  • Old State House
  • Boston Common
  • Old Corner Bookstore
  • Kings Chapel and Burying Ground
  • USS Constitution
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • Old North Church
  • Site of the Boston Massacre
  • Park Street Church
  • Copps Hill Burying Ground
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Benjamin Franklin statue and former site of Boston Latin School
  • Old South Meeting House

The Black Heritage Trail crosses the Freedom Trail between the Massachusetts State House and Park Street Church. The Boston Irish Famine Memorial is also located along the Freedom Trail.


2. Self-Guided Audio Tour of The Freedom Trail

The visitor center at the Freedom Trail also offers GPS enabled self-guided audio tour guide app for both iPhone and Android. It works offline; the password to access the Tour/App can be purchased at the visitor center or online via Viator. Each point of interest along the tour has a narrated story, narrated directions, and helpful images. As you walk along the path and approach a pin, its story automatically pops-up and starts playing professionally narrated stories prepared by local guides. The self-guided tour eliminates the need to follow any scheduled tour timings, one can skip crowded groups.