While there are several different versions of freedom walks and trails, I’m referring to the walk I took with the Freedom Trail Foundation‘s self guided audio tour. MP3 downloads and players are available for $15 USD, and takes you on a tour of 41 significant sites in Boston. Each location has its own track on the MP3 player, and includes commentary and input from subject matter expects and several notable Americans such as longtime Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy, among others. The player comes with headphones and runs off of the larger watch style batteries.
The tour begins at the visitor center on Tremont in the Boston Commons. From there you follow the typically red brick path from point to point. Each site has information placards which nicely complement the information on the audio tour and often nearby are other points of interest not on the tour. What’s nice about the self guided tours is you can take it as slow or as fast as you like, where with a tour guide, it’s hit or miss on the extra knowledge the guide may or my not have while you are definitely limited to his or her schedule. As such, we broke our tour down over two days.
Personal Highlights: The cemetery containing the resting places of Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock and Samuel Adams among others.
The site of the Boston Massacre:
The Monument to the one of the first African-American Civil War units and the subject of the movie “Glory,” the Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment:
The USS Constitution (which went into dry dock the day after we visited, hence the lack of armament and rigging.
The Constitution definitely made the Boston walk for me.
In closing, if you have the time, go, with or without the guide or player. You’ll find something to enjoy both on and off the path. Thanks for reading.