Select your language to auto-translate:
This exclusive additional information is for readers of “Freedom Trail Boston – Ultimate Tour & History Guide – Tips, Secrets, & Tricks.”
Additional places to see and visit on or near the Freedom Trail and Historic Boston
- Information on Revolutionary Boston at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), a world class museum and great Freedom Trail side trip.
- Jason Russell House in Arlington, the sight of the bloodiest fighting during the Battles of Lexington & Concord. Great visit on a day trip visit to the Minuteman National Park, Lexington & Concord.
- Long Wharf post describing Long Wharf’s major contribution to early Boston. Also,where you will catch the highly recommended water shuttle to Charlestown.
- Prospect Hill Park in Somerville, just outside of Union Square, was the sight of an important fortress during the Siege of Boston. There are no Revolution specific artifacts, but there is a monument with a wonderful view of Boston and the surrounding area. Good place to walk on a nice day, but nothing historic to see.
- King’s Chapel post that discusses some wonderful paradoxes in the Patriot – British conflict as seen through the history of the church. Fascinating
Schedule and contact information updates
- Today at the Park – Boston National Park Service listing of what is happening each day.
- The National Heritage Museum discussed on page 66 of the print version and the Lexington & Concord section in the no longer has the “Sowing the Seeds of Liberty” exhibit.
- King’s Chapel: Mon, Thu, Fri. Sat. 10-4*; Tues, Wed 10-11:30, 1-4* Last entry 15 minutes prior to close. Please check as the church may be closed due to scheduled or unscheduled services or inclement weather. *=until 5 PM Memorial through Labor Day.
- Paul Revere house: Open Daily April 15 – October 31 – 9:30 – 5:15, November 1 – April 14 – 9:30 – 4:15, Closed on Mondays in January, February and March. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Map additions, updates and other maps
This section contains map updates that might be useful. The maps that I’ve created are updated frequently, so please check to see if there is a new version.
- This Google map includes places beyond the Freedom Trail & downtown Boston that are mentioned in the book or this Update and Supplemental Information webpage.
Budget tips, additional information for the frugal traveler
Good deals and recommendations on travel, restaurants for the visitor interested in maximizing their finances:
- There are Free Student-Led & Self-Guided Walking Tours of Harvard Yard available directly from Harvard. For the self-guided tours, click here (includes a PDF map and audio files). For mobile phone versions of the self-guided tour, click here. For information about the free student-led tours, click here.
- Parking: Search AAA for parking discounts. I know that Central Parking, which has multiple locations throughout the city, offers printable (or smartphone) coupons. Those available through AAA are lower priced than accessing direct through Central Parking. Boston Central Parking link is here.
- A good alternative to traditional hotels (Boston is quite pricey) can be found at Airbnb. Through Airbnb, you can rent rooms or even entire apartments for very reasonable prices. Be sure to make sure the place is near the MBTA or in a neighborhood which offers the kind of amenities you need – including parking.
- A relative bargain for lodging on Newbury Street ( in very fashionable Back Bay) is the Newbury Guest House. If needed, book parking at the time of reservation – limited and a deal at $20/night.
- A reminder that the Nautica Garage at 88 Constitution Road, Charlestown is a bargain for parking right near the USShttp://www.stevestravelguide.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1737&action=edit Constitution. With National Park Service Validation – get it when visiting the USS Constitution, it is $6 for 2 hours, and $10 for 4 hours – enough for a 1/2 day Freedom Trail visit.
- Eater’s Boston edition is one of the best sources for what is happening food-wise in town. A recent post identifies 18 iconic sandwiches; sandwiches are always a budget meal, and some of these are truly spectacular – I will feature some of these, as well as others I think they missed in other posts.
- Here is a posting for the Roasted Lamb sandwich at the Flour bakery + cafes. The four Flours are great destinations for surprisingly sensational sandwiches, pastry and quick meals. World-class.
Miscellaneous information, corrections and tips
- Correction: The National Heritage Museum referenced on page 66 of the print version and the Lexington & Concord section of the eBook no longer has the “Sowing the Seeds of Liberty” exhibit.
- Correction: the excellent guided tours given (Battle Green Guides) in Lexington are provided by the Lexington Tourism Committee and not the Lexington Historical Society.
- Correction: The Massachusetts charter was revoked by King James II in 1684, not 1686. Sir Edmund Andros arrived in December of 1686.
- Correction: The High-Resolution Photo Gallery can now be seen here.
World Class places (and personal favorites) around Boston to visit – not Freedom Trail related