1 - 2 Hours
One Per Person
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Boston Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour
Walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes with this self-guided audio tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail! Get the facts behind the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, relive the fight for American Independence, and much more—journey back in time to historic Boston in the days of Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. As you walk the Freedom Trail, you’ll learn about everything from the Boston Common to the USS Constitution.
Walk the Boston Freedom Trail
Your tour starts at the center of the city at Boston Common. Here, you’ll turn back the clock all the way to the city’s founding in the 1930s, then learn about the first murmurs of independence from Britain. You’ll learn about the Stamp Act Riots, the Liberty Tree, and more! Then you’ll head to the historic State House (complete with a dome of real gold!) and find out about the time capsule placed there in 1795.
On your way to the Park Street Church (a landmark loaded with history), you’ll stop by the memorial to Robert Gould Shaw, famous for his role in a different war: The Civil War!
Then, return to the 1700s and learn what led Britain to levy such harsh taxes against the colonies and how those colonists responded. Then, at the Granary Burying Ground, you’ll have the chance to visit the graves of famous figures like Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere!
After that is King’s Chapel, the first Anglican church in Boston, which dates all the way back to 1754! Even older is the Latin School, up next, founded in 1635. Benjamin Franklin, Robert Paine, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams all studied here! Then it’s on to the Old South Meeting House, where you’ll get the many ins and outs of the true story behind the famous Boston Tea Party protest.
Next is the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians! Then you’ll head to the site of the infamous (and oft-misunderstood) Boston Massacre and get the truth behind that fateful night.
Following a stop at the famed marketplace of Faneuil Hall (where you’ll find just about any kind of refreshments you need), you’ll see the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway. It may not be an official stop along the Freedom Trail, but this gorgeous urban park is worth a look, regardless!
Continuing on, you’ll get a great look at the historic Custom House, one of Boston’s most iconic structures, before reaching Paul Revere’s house, perfectly preserved since his famous Midnight Ride. Past that is the Old North Church, where Revere famously asked for “one lantern if by land, two if by sea.”
The next stop is almost impossible to miss—the USS Constitution! This enormous ship, nicknamed Old Ironsides, is enough to make the trip worth it all on its own. Here, you’ll get familiar with some of the old warship’s most nail-biting battles.
Finally, you’ll arrive at the Bunker Hill Monument, memorializing a pivotal Revolutionary War battle. Your tour concludes here, but you can also take the Freedom Trail & Bunker Hill Monument bundle to learn about the revolution’s first major battle in depth.
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Where to start?
We strongly recommend starting the tour from either of the locations for the best experience.
Boston Common: Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
Bunker Hill: Bunker Hill Monument
How does it work?
- Instructions will be sent via text or email once you book the tour.
- You will need to download the app while in an area with good wifi or signal and use your unique password to gain access to your tours.
- When you’re ready to begin, head to the Starting Point and launch the app to start your tour.
- The audio will start automatically, so make sure to stick to the designated tour route and adhere to the speed limit for the optimal experience.
- It’s important to note that no one will greet you at the starting point.
What You'll See
Massachusetts State House
Park Street Church
Granary Burying Ground
The Latin School
Irish Famine Memorial
Old South Meeting House
The Old Corner Bookstore
Old State House
Boston Massacre Site
The Paul Revere House
Old North Church
Copp's Hill Burying Ground
USS Constitution vs. the Guerriere
Bunker Hill Monument
Preview The Tour
The Freedom trail is located in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s a 2.5-mile trail that winds through the city, connecting points of historical interest. It is non-sequential and can be traveled North to South or South to North.
Boston’s Freedom Trail is marked by a red brick or paint line. However, if you choose to use a self-guided walking tour, your trek through Downtown Boston will be even easier.
The Freedom trail is a 2.5 mile route that connects 16 historic sites in the city of Boston. Without stopping, it should take the average person a little over an hour to finish the 2.5 mile route.
The Freedom Trail takes you through the heart of Boston. Passing sixteen historic sites, the Freedom Trail is best enjoyed from May to October and with a good pair of walking shoes.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that winds its way through the heart of Boston. You can walk the tour solo or with a guided tour.
Pets on leashes or harnesses are welcome on the Bostons’ Freedom Trail. However, many of the historic sites will not allow an animal inside.
Inclusions and Exclusions
- App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide App and Password for your tours.
- Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on next trip. Never expires.
- Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
- At your own pace: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace.
- Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
- Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated videos, text, and hidden gems.
- Transportation, parking fees, food, and drinks.
- Entry tickets or reservations to any attractions along the route.
- Car Rental: Please arrange a rental car at the closest airport or train station.