Aug 072018

Here are just three (of many) historically-based sites to visit in Boston. Put on your most comfortable pair of walking shoes and check them out today!

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.

USS Constitution 

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!

  27 Responses to “Free Historic Sites to Visit in Boston”

  1. Grea picks, as always. You know all the best places to go in New England! I’m actually using this series to plan a road trip all through the area.

  2. We just went to Boston to ballgame and spent time at Quincy Markets. We should have done some of these things too-looks like a good time.

  3. Visiting historic sites is always on our list of things to do. We haven’t been to Boston but it is on our list of places to visit. This list would be perfect for us.

  4. I would love being able to bring my family here to visit one day and we will be adding the places you listed to our Homeschool Lessons when we begin States and study Boston.

  5. Thanks for sharing this list. This would be perfect when we plan our day trip to Boston.

  6. Anything that is free and I can educate my family with I am all for! You always make Boston sound like such a awesome place to visit. I am definitely git to work my way out that way.

  7. i always love your tours of New england must sees. I have to get up to Boston and it is so great they have a museum to honor African Americans.

  8. We visited Boston many years ago on a vacation. We saw all three of these places – very educational for sure!

  9. I love the history of the city of Boston. From the Salem Witch Trials, to the Revolutionary War, Boston is a rich city when it comes to history.

  10. I definitely plan to visit Boston someday. There is so much history to explore and the fact that some of it can be seen for free is an added bonus.

  11. I like visiting historical places we always have a good time. I love the place and learning the history at the same time. Actually Boston is on our list hopefully very soon we will be able to go there.

  12. You had me at free. And historic! The kids and I enjoy doing things where we learn about history. Boston is so full of it! One day we’re headed up there for vacation.

  13. I have wanting to visit Boston in forever. You have totally convinced me that it is worth the trip

  14. Thanks for the list. I would love to visit Bunker Hill. There are still so many historical sites I have yet to visit!

  15. We were there for Spring Break a year ago. Kind of an odd time to go but less people and we enjoyed everything we saw. We climbed all the steps at Bunker Hill Monument and followed the freedom trail. Discovered a great place to eat so we went back a second time!

  16. It’s been so long since we last went to Boston to visit! It’s one of the places where you’ll have to go to if you enjoy history! It’s definitely nice to know where to go there so we can maximize our trip!

  17. Boston is such an awesome place, filled with our beautiful history and it’s just right that you visit these when you go to Boston, otherwise you won’t be maximizing the trip! Thanks for the suggestions, they’re all awesome picks!

  18. Boston can be expensive, so it’s nice to have some options that are free, for sure. These sound like they would be interesting to visit.

  19. Of all of the places you listed I only visited one while I was in Boston, oops! Clearly I need to go back!

  20. I love visiting historic sites while on vacation. You can see so many places where history was made.

  21. If and when I find myself in Boston, I would make sure I make time to visit these historical site. The USS Constitution would be my first stop. That would be an experience to treasure!

  22. These are really interesting sites! Would love to visit!

  23. I would love to see the USS Constitution. I think my husband would enjoy that place.

  24. The Black Heritage Trail is definitely a place I’d love to visit. My family and I love to tour historic sites and Boston is full of them

  25. These are awesome sites to see. I would love to visit Boston someday. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Boston is such a wonderful place to visit. There are so many incredible historical sites and monuments with no admission fee. Definitely adding these to our travel list!

  27. I have never had the opportunity to go to Boston! We keep hitting up all the sites around it but never too it! Yet!