Freedom Trail guide

Whether you’re new to Boston or need an American history refresher, reacquaint yourself with Boston’s patriotic heritage
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Boston Common There’s plenty of history to take in here—like the statue of George Washington on horseback (above), or the plaque dedicated to a now-fallen tree once used for public hangings.
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Faneuil Hall Boston’s imposing marketplace-cum-political forum is positively dripping in historical associations.
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Ducks in the Public Garden The lovely 25-acre Public Garden is home to an array of rare flora and statuary, including a bronze tribute to the well-loved children’s book Make Way for Ducklings, which is set in the park.
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Photograph: ShutterstockMassachusetts State House The seat of the state's government makes for an interesting tour, stuffed with quirky historical anecdotes—including the etymology of the term “hooker.”
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Park Street Church It was here that William Lloyd Garrison gave his first anti-slavery oration and, in 1818, the nation’s first Sunday School class took place.
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Paul Revere House The home of the great silversmith, industrialist and sometime patriot lives on as a remarkable display of Revolution-era domestic life.
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USS Constitution The oldest commissioned warship in the world doubles up as an enlightening interactive museum of naval history.
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Freedom Trail sign
By Time Out contributors |
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For the first-time visitor to Boston, the Freedom Trail provides a useful starting point before checking off the best attractions in Boston. The self-guided, two-and-a-half-mile tour is clearly marked by a red line on the sidewalk, which has winded its way past several of the Hub’s best-known historical sites since 1958. The Trail begins at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common (147 Tremont St, 617-426-3115) - where you can pick up a map or hire an audio tour - and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument. To find out more, head to the Trail’s official website.

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