Boston is a fun and interesting place to visit, there’s no doubt about it! This is especially true for history buffs. If you’re in search of free historic sites to visit in the city, you have tons of options to choose from. Here are a few to consider.
Boston Freedom Trail
The Boston Freedom Trail is the red brick walking trail that takes visitors to several themed sites across the city, important during the American Revolution.
Follow the trail to get a look at some of Boston’s most famous spots. This includes Paul Revere’s house, the site of the Boston Massacre, Granary Burial Ground and the Old North Church from which revolutionaries used those infamous lanterns to signal that the British were coming.
There are several (daily) 90-minute walking tours, which take you along the trail. Knowledgeable guides provide information about each site. Or, if you prefer to walk the trail at your own pace, audio players are available from the Freedom Trail Foundation. The players feature stories and information that you don’t get on the guided tour.
The Bunker Hill Monument
The Bunker Hill Monument was erected to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was one of the first major battles between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War. The battle was fought in that spot on June 17, 1775. If you’ve ever heard the saying “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”, this is where it was said.
You can climb 294 stairs daily from 10 am-5:30 pm, but if you wish to climb the monument you will need a climbing pass from the Bunker Hill Museum located at the base of the hill (43 Monument Square). The passes are free, but they are first come, first serve.
Black Heritage Trail
Another walking trail packed with historic sites, the Black Heritage Trail, highlights and celebrates prominent African American activist and Community leaders who lived in or near the Beacon Hill community of Boston.
While many of the sites along the 1.6 mile route are now private residences, you can still get a look at the places where renowned abolitionists to include Lewis Hayden and John Coburn lived. You can also visit the monument dedicated to the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first documented African American regiment to serve in the Civil War.
The National Park Service located at 46 Joy Street offers free guided tours and brochures for self-guided tours.
The USS Constitution is the oldest surviving American Navy vessel. It’s most famous for its battle with HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812. Today, the ship has a permanent home at the Charleston Navy Yard and sightseers are welcomed aboard every 30 minutes for a tour. All visitors need to pass through a security check to enter the ship & make sure you have a photo ID with you because they check!
These are just several (of many) historically-based sites to visit in Boston. Put on your most comfortable pair of walking shoes and check them out today!