Freedom Trail, Boston
For Americans probably the most patriotic thing to do while in Boston is to tour the Freedom Trail. These are a collection of sites on a 2.5 mile trail that leads through historic Boston. Although many of the attractions on this trail have played a prominent role in the American Revolution some, like the U.S.S. Constitution do not. What you do have here is a great insight into the historical development of the magnificent city. Perhaps one of the odd things about the trail is that none of the attractions that you visit is outstanding in themselves. The sum here is greater than the parts. The atmosphere behind your visit is superb and a truely rewarding experience.
Usually your walk along the Freedom Trail will begin at Boston Common, America's first public park and then wind its way through to the historical centre of the city. You will complete your journey at the monument on Bunker Hill (actually Breed's Hill). How long you take to see all these attractions is up to you. I am pretty thorough in my site seeing so it took me about 5.5 hours including a stop for lunch.
Fondest memory: I was really impressed by the U.S.S. Constitution.
Favorite thing: The Freedom Trail is under new management and is nothing like it used to be. In the past tours were conducted by guides in AUTHENTIC colonial garb,and these folks knew their stuff. Now,any jerk in a costume can give the "Authentic Fredom Trail Tour" DON'T BE FOOLED BY THESE FOOLS. Buy the guide book and do it yourself. These costumed dolts are full of incorrect facts.
This is one of the places you will stop along the Freedom Trail. This building, once an apothecary shop, became known as the Old Corner Bookstore in 1832. Some of its customers were: Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Henry David Thoreau.
Fondest memory: It is located on the Freedom Trail at School Street.
For information phone:
Start at the Boston Common where there is an information booth.
These 44 acres of land are America's oldest public park. It was once used as a pasture for grazing cattle owned by Boston residents. Later it was a "trayning" field for the militia.
During the occupation of Boston it was used as a British Army Camp.
Walk the Freedom Trail. This is a stripe painted on the side walks that leads from Boston Commons to Bunker Hill. It passes by Paul Revere's house, the Old North Church, the site of the Boston Tea Party, etc. It is a long, long walk. Wear comfortable shoes.
Fondest memory: Having a conversation with the 'Sons of Italy.' I walked past on the Freedom Trail into the North End. Here were two guys standing outside who looked like extras from Goodfellas or the Godfather. I told them that I wished we had the Sons of Italy in Long Beach. They asked 'Whadda ya got?' I said we had the 'Sons of Cambodia, Sons of Vietnam, and the Iowa Picnic.' They laughed and told me that if we invited them they would come and clean out everyone to make it safe for Italians.
When in Boston make sure you'll pack your walkingshoes!! This is a wonderful city so see on foot! Beautiful old buildings, Faneuil Hall, the Cheers cafe, Hancock tower with an amazing view, the romantic swan boats in the public garden, the harbour with great views, North End makes you feels like you're in Italy... Too much, you just have to see everything!!!
Fondest memory: A lot of people may think it is too touristic but we did like the Freedom Trail. It is a good way to see a lot of the city eventhrough sometimes you'd wish there weren't that many tourists, haha! Have to say that the trail does not cover all of the good places to see so you don't have to stick to the red line on the street. Also very interesting is the African Meeting House. We happended to meet a ranger there who gave abundant information about the museum and exhibition areas. Beacon Hill and Back Bay must not be forgotten to been seen. Beautiful houses and streets.Also the area around Copley Square is worth seeing. We also visited the museum of fine arts, which is easy to get to by streetcar if you've had enough of walking. The only thing we missed -and much regretted-the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum... So we have to come back for that...
make the Liberty Trail. A red trail, painted on the footpath or made in red bricks, indicates the itinerary of 6 Km within the city to pass by the main landmarks of the American Revolution.
Fondest memory: It begins in front of the visitors center at the corner of Tremont and Park. See the website : www.thefreedomtrail.com
I thinl the freedom trail was fascinating. You can walk it and it hits most of the historical spots. Great for taking children on to teach about the history of the United States.
Fondest memory: My favorite thing about visiting Boston was going to Cambridge. We took a short look around Harvard. It was great. My daughter wants to be a lawyer and go to Harvard(Legally Blonde)! It was a great experience for her and us! College just four years away!
Walk the Freedom Trail. It's marked by a strip of red brick in the middle of the pavement and runs from the Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Memorial in Charlestown. This trail leads through Boston's most important historical sites at the time of the American Revolution. You will be amazed at the number of things that popped out of the history book and materialize right in front of you. I was and still am amazed. American history lives and breathes right here.
I personally haven't done the trail in its entirety (keep getting sidetracked). Besides, one's interests are different as a resident :)
To learn somehting about Boston just walk down the Freedom Trail. It is a red line on the ground that leads you to all important places in Boston (well almost) You will see the Boston Common, the Quincy Market, Paul Reveere House and ship where the Boston Tea party was...
You also have to visit the back bay and beacon hill.. 2 very expensive but very nice places...
Fondest memory: Indian Summer in Boston is probebly the most beautiful thing I ever saw. So try to get there during september or october. But you will have to book early as the Indian Summer is a very famous 'attraction'...
Walk the Liberty Trail. The trail takes you past many historical buildings and sites from the US Revolutionary War and the founding of the country. Start before the tail begins at the Boston Tea Party ship and then go on the trail.
Fondest memory: The bars and touring the USS Constitution. Old Iron Sides is the oldest commisioned warship in the world and is still maintained and sailed by the US Navy.
You should definately walk the Freedom trail. There is so much history, but be sure to wear you walking shoes. If you're looking for a little peace don't miss a stroll through the Boston Common. This is a great place to meet the natives of Boston. If you like to shop then I recommend visiting the Downtown Crossing. Lots of great shops and reasonably priced. If you want a view of the entire city vist the observatory. What a spectacular view.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Boston was when my fiancee flew up to visit me and we took a Sunset Cruise of the historic Boston Harbor.
see the 16 historical sights on the freedom trail.
Following the red brick's path you can see and experience colonial Boston. The starting point is at the Boston Common, the oldest public park in America.
The trail is an historical one, and it it takes you past the most important points of interest of the city. The 16 sights are the following:
1. Boston Common
2. State House
3. Park Street Church
4. Granary Burying Ground
5. King's Chapel
6. First Public School Site
7. Globe Corner Bookstore
8. Old South Meeting House
9. Old State House
10. Boston Massacre Site
11. Faneuil Hall
12. Paul Revere House
13. Old North (Christ) Church
14. Copp's Hill Burial Ground
15. Bunker Hill Monument
16. U.S.S. Constitution
Walk the Freedom Trail into Charlestown. Visit Bunker Hill, the actual site of the American Revolution, where the battles with the British were fought. There is a giant tower at Bunker Hill in which you can climb. There are 294 stairs before you get to the top. It's like climbing a castle tower, except much more taller, and you can only go up or down. Once at the top of the tower, there are several small windows which give you a beautiful panoramic view of Boston and Cambridge. For more pictures, check out my Bunker Hill travelogue!
Photo: Following the Freedom Trail through Charlestown to Bunker Hill. Photo taken by me!
The various sites of the Boston National Historical Park
Fondest memory: Visiting the numerous buildings and monuments associated with the American Revolutionary War. Most of which are preserved in the Historical Park.