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Family Fun in Boston: The Freedom Trail

I have always wanted to explore the history in Boston, so I was super excited when my family and I took a weekend trip to the Massachusetts city at the end of September. I was most excited about walking The Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a two-and-a-half-mile path through downtown Boston that passes by sixteen locations significant to the history of the United States of America. The unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, historic markers, and more that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.

Boston Common

Back of Robert Gould Shaw Memorial Front of Robert Gould Shaw Memorial

Massachusetts State House Park Street Church

My family and I arrived in Boston right after lunch. We easily found parking in the Boston Common Garage, which is a paid public parking garage located beneath the Boston Common. We then set out for the visitor center on the Boston Common and purchased a map of The Freedom Trail. You can also find a free downloadable map of the trail online, but I wanted a paper map. I ended up purchasing a map and guide book, which contained tons of information about each stop along the trail.

Marker in Granary Burying Ground

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Paul Revere Grave in Granary Burying Ground Granary Burying Ground

Boston Old City Hall Old Corner Bookstore

Walking from the start of The Freedom Trail at the Boston Common to the end at the Bunker Hill Monument and back again took my family and I about four hours. I wore our son in a baby carrier while my husband pushed our daughter in an umbrella stroller most of the time. If you have younger children who might get tuckered out while walking the two-and-a-half-mile trail, I definitely recommend a baby carrier or stroller. My daughter never would have lasted the entire time walking on her own!

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Old South Meeting House Old State House

Inside the Old State House Faneuil Hall

North Square Paul Revere Mall

Even though we spent a few hours walking The Freedom Trail, I felt a bit rushed. We did not have time to stop at the museums, which cost extra, along the way. We basically just walked from location to location, stopping for only a minute or so at each spot to read a little about the history. If you want to take your time and really take in each historical location along The Freedom Trail, I recommend starting earlier in the day and eating lunch along the way.

Old North Church

Bunker Hill Monument 1 Bunker Hill Monument 2

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

I had a great time exploring The Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts with my family. I hope to go back again someday and check out each historical location in more detail. All in all, the experience was great for me, my husband, and our kids. If you are ever in Boston for the day, I highly recommend walking The Freedom Trail!

For more information, visit The Freedom Trail website.

Image Credits

Boston Common © 2015 Heather Johnson
Back of Robert Gould Shaw Memorial © 2015 Heather Johnson
Front of Robert Gould Shaw Memorial © 2015 Heather Johnson
Massachusetts State House © 2015 Heather Johnson
Park Street Church © 2015 Heather Johnson
Marker in Granary Burying Ground © 2015 Heather Johnson
Paul Revere Grave in Granary Burying Ground © 2015 Heather Johnson
Granary Burying Ground © 2015 Heather Johnson
Boston Old City Hall © 2015 Heather Johnson
Old Corner Bookstore © 2015 Heather Johnson
Old South Meeting House © 2015 Heather Johnson
Old State House © 2015 Heather Johnson
Inside the Old State House © 2015 Heather Johnson
Faneuil Hall © 2015 Heather Johnson
North Square © 2015 Heather Johnson
Paul Revere Mall © 2015 Heather Johnson
Old North Church © 2015 Heather Johnson
Bunker Hill Monument 1 © 2015 Heather Johnson
Bunker Hill Monument 2 © 2015 Heather Johnson
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere © 2015 Heather Johnson

Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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