As you contemplate a visit to the East Coast of the United States you have to seriously consider some time in Boston, Massachusetts. If you love history, The Freedom Trail is definitely what you should be doing. What better place than the spot where Paul Revere started his journey that has been long dramatized as the start of the American Revolution. Boston, Massachusetts is a city that is not only rich in history but also easy to navigate while injecting some education into your vacation.
The Freedom Trail. This 2.5 mile route through the city is a haven for those who crave information and specifically the history of the American Revolution. While discovering the facets of the people and places that played huge roles in the formation of the nation’s perseverance you explore the surrounding neighborhoods and the current population. This is more than a walk back through history; it is a side-by-side comparison of what happened then and what is happening now. This walk along the Freedom Trail allows you to see where the country has come from the days of it’s infancy up to present day.
The Freedom Trail connects 16 distinct and significant historical landmarks as they pertain to the American Revolution. It also highlights the prominent players in the struggle to create a new country. This walking trail is outlined by a red brick line and is easily navigable on a free self guided tour. (Tours are available for a fee.) This maybe the most profound historical tour in the country and it is easily accessible to any Boston visitor. While you are walking make sure to download the mobile phone App to help you navigate the trail.
The Freedom Trail: What You’ll See:
Boston Common (Free) – This 50 acre park is the oldest in the country and will also connect you with neighborhoods through the Boston Area. If you enjoy visiting neighborhoods, you’ll feel as if you are never far from a park. Those parks are connected through the Common.
Massachusetts State House (Free) – This active building of the State Government was built in 1798 and looks out on to the common from Beacon Hill.
Park Street Church (Free) - This church dates back to 1809 and is found on Brimstone Corner, you do understand the reference to fire and brimstone, right? So, you might be in for a sermon.
Granary Burying Ground (Free) – This is the final resting place of many of the icons of the American Revolution.
King's Chapel and Burying Ground (Free) This chapel is over 250 years old and serves as the oldest American pulpit.
First Public School Site and Ben Franklin Statue (Free) – Americas first Public School
Former Site of the Old Corner Bookstore (Free) - Boston’s Oldest Commercial building
Old South Meeting House (Admission $6 ) – Where the Boston Tea Party got its start.
Old State House (Admision $10) – The once center of the revolution, this spot now has exhibits, tours and entertainment.
Boston Massacre Site (Free) - Where the “redcoats” and Boston collided.
Faneuil Hall (Free) - The home of freedom of speech.
Paul Revere House (Admission $3.50) – The oldest remaining structure in Downtown Boston.
Old North Church (Free) - One of the most visited historical sites in Boston as this church was where Paul Revere’s story was immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Copp's Hill Burying Ground (Free) - Those that perished on the North End are laid to rest here.
USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard (Free) -Visit this fully commissioned warship launched in 1797.
Bunker Hill Monument (Free) -Fully interactive museum with exhibits spanning over 200 years of history.