Let’s pretend you only have 24 hours in Boston. Instead of sitting in a corner biting your nails that you have such a short period of time in this great city, you can actually do a lot to enjoy it.
Tourist Attractions in Boston
Boston is home to so many important events that have shaped the history of the United States that you can spend a year visiting them all. However, thanks to journalist, William Schofield, who since 1951 had promoted the idea of a pedestrian trail to link together important local landmarks now called the Freedom Trail.
Freedom Trail in Boston – Marks the Most Historic Places to See in Boston
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile, red brick-lined route, with 16 historic sites mainly centering around the America Revolution period.
What You Will See Along the Trail (in order from beginning to end)
- Granary Burying Ground
- King’s Chapel
- King’s Chapel Burying Ground
- Benjamin Franklin statue and the former site of the first public school (Boston Latin School)
- Old Corner Bookstore
- Old South Meeting House
- Old State House Site of the Boston Massacre
- Faneuil Hall
Bet You Didn’t Know This About the Freedom Trail
By 1953 nearly 40,000 people had walked the trail.
The 16 historical sites covers two and a half centuries of America’s most significant past.
- It is said that it is one of the best collections of the American revolution sites.
Tips for Doing the Freedom Trail With Kids
We weren’t able to visit all the trail in one go. We did bits and pieces. Traveling with a three year old and a nine year old during the summer can be tough. However, Boston being so small you will definitely hit the trail (voluntarily or involuntarily) over and over again. It’s kind of like the yellow brick road in Oz, it’s always there. Also having a Freedom Trail Map in hand helps a lot. You can get them all over town for free or print out a copy for the link. If you have adventurous kids who are up for the 2.5 walk, this could take a full day because most of the attractions you can enter and visit. Otherwise, you will always find yourself crossing over the bricks during your visit.