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The Freedom Trail - National Park Service

by Julie
(New York)

Old State House

Old State House

Being a family of five we were not really keen on the idea of paying a good deal of money for a tour of the freedom trail. So, when I found out that the National Park Service offers free 90 minute guided tours we made plans to sign up with them. The NPS is directly across from the main opening of the Old State House. There is a maximum of 30 people allowed on the tour and sign up begins one half hour prior. We arrived about 5-10 minutes before sign up and I'm glad we did as the tour was full within a matter of minutes. We began at the Old State House and ended at the Old North Church. Our guide was very informative and engaging, helping us envision the events leading up to the Revolution. My husband and older son, who had been on a paid tour a year ago said that this was just as good, although they had been guided along a different part of the trail. This one is actually a great choice for "first timers" visiting Boston. Information can be found at the National Park Service guided tours: http://www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm There are only three tours a day so plan accordingly!

The Minuteman's response: Thanks for sharing your experience Julie! Hopefully some of our other visitors will be able to take advantage of this great service from the National Park Service. Read about Julie's experience at the Old State House Museum here.

Here are some links to learn more about some of the key figures in Boston during the Revolution:

John Hancock Facts
John Adams Quotes
Paul Revere Facts
Samuel Adams Facts

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