Why Boston’s Historic Freedom Trail Is Ideal For School Trips

written June 15, 2016, by Stefan Mercier

boston's freedom trail

When planning a trip for your class, Boston is a natural choice. The entire city is steeped in history and much of the formation of America as a nation took place there. Even better, Boston has a freedom trail that leads you easily through the city to sixteen historical sites.


The walk will take you and your students a couple of hours, but you can choose to spend more time to explore each stop. The trail begins at Boston Common, the oldest city park in America, though you can actually begin at any one of the stops.


Notable stops include state houses, chapels, the site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, Bunker Hill, and the USS Constitution, which is a tall ship also known as “Old Ironsides.” There will be something of interest to every kind of student, whether they’re more fascinated with the artwork of old grave markers or the artillery of a warship.


Be prepared that three of the stops on the trail do charge an admission fee, but thirteen are free of charge. If you would like, you can also sign up for a guided tour down the Freedom Trail with costumed guides who portray historical characters of the area.


The Boston Freedom Trail is the ideal school tour since it has so many historical sites packaged up for you. While you’re in Boston you can also see historic homes like the Nathan Appleton residence, the Frederick Ayer mansion, and the William Lloyd Garrison house.


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