The Freedom Trail connects 16 historic sites in Boston and is a must do. Join our tours to see 10 of the sites and drink beer along the way. Afterward, you can explore some of favorite free stops, listed below.
1. Massachusetts State House Tour
The Massachusetts State House atop Beacon Hill is at the start of the Freedom Trail. This is the “new” State House, built in 1798 (the Old State House is also a stop on the Freedom Trail, now a museum with paid admission). The building’s staff provides free tours on weekdays between 10am and 3:30pm, lasting 30-45 minutes. You’ll learn about the building’s history and see the House/Senate chambers. Advance reservations required.
2. Granary Burying Ground
Around the corner from the State House you’ll find Granary Burying Ground, established in 1660. Your self-guided tour will take you by over 2,000 grave markers, including some belonging to Boston’s famous Revolutionary-era inhabitants. The Puritans, who settled Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, didn’t believe in religious iconography, so keep an eye out for skulls, depictions of the Grim Reaper, and winged cherubs.
3. USS Constitution
On the other end of the Freedom Trail in Charlestown Navy Yard, you’ll find the USS Constitution. “Old Ironsides” is the oldest commissioned war ship still afloat, first launched in 1797 and most famous for her role in the War of 1812. You can visit the ship for free (after showing a valid ID or passport), with tours kicking off every 15 minutes Wednesday-Sunday, 10am to 4pm. You'll even get to see the ship's officer's quarters, which is a fun sneak peek.
4. Bunker Hill Monument
Finish up at the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, across the harbor from Boston proper. The 221-foot tall, granite obelisk marks the spot of the bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War fought on June 17, 1775. If you have a few more steps in you, head up the staircase to the top! There’s also a free museum across the street where you can learn more about the battle, including a diorama of the troops' placements.