The Boston Freedom Trail is a walking tour that winds through the heart of Boston, passing by sixteen historical sites. The trail is 2.5 miles long, and while there is plenty of flexibility in how you enjoy the Freedom Trail, a few tips can optimize your experience.
The first step when preparing for any hike is to ensure that you are equipped with the proper gear, food, and water. The Boston Freedom Trail is an urban hike with plenty of access to food, water, and directions if you get turned around, but you will still want to have an excellent self-guided app, a pair of walking shoes, snacks, and water.
Faneuil Hall is roughly the midpoint if you intend to walk the entire Freedom Trail. This is a great place to take a quick break until you continue your journey. Not only can you enjoy the rich history of Faneuil Hall, but you can also sample one (or two!) of the many restaurants and eateries nearby.
Timing is also a vital consideration when walking the Freedom Trail. Boston is a port city in Northern New England. This means the city faces harsh winters each year. While locals might not be phased, it’s essential to think about what kind of weather you’d feel most comfortable walking in. Most travelers recommend visiting Boston from May to October. By November, a cutting wind begins to blow from the icy Atlantic making for a chilly walk!