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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Deacon John Larkin (aka Richard) gave an entertaining and engaging 10 minutes tour. Excellent start to historic Boston.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This visitor center is located in Boston Common just a few steps from Park Street subway station and it is really busy. As it is very small building it is sometimes even difficult to get in. They have a big choice of free maps and flyers, where you can find most of the important information. If you don't plan to start any of the guided tours right here, I recommend to just grab the map and make your booking at any of plenty of stands in the downtown.
Good think is that they also have free bath rooms. They are as busy as the whole place, but they are helpful, when you visit Boston Common or Public Garden.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank EvaF2Eva
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

There are 17 stops on the Freedom Trail. This is stop #1

This tiny little shack is nothing special, but it's not five stars because of the look. It's five stars because there are five critical things you need to enjoy the Freedom Trail and North End.

1 - There are free restrooms. They are rare along the trail with lots of signs that say no public restrooms. Some will not let you in without buying something, so take care of that here before you start.

2 - There is a water fountain inside to fill your bottle. Do not go on the trail without water. It's 2 1/2 miles of walking that takes five hours if you do every stop and read the signs. If you skip and move along it will be two hours.

3 - Pick up the free Freedom Trail Guide. It has pictures and narratives that you can read at each of the 17 stops along the trail.

4 - Pick up a map at the counter. It's nice to have this. The actual freedom trail has red brick embedded in the cement sidewalks the whole 2 1/2 miles that you can follow. However, there are some really confusing points where you circle around and/or backtrack. The map helps figure it out.

5 - Talk to the people working the desk. They are full of really great tips. If you want the highlights, they'll tell you. My most favorite tip of all was taking the water taxi at the end of the trail. After walking 2 1/2 miles, the guide recommended taking the $3.50 water taxi across the harbor. It was cheap, gorgeous and easy. We landed back in the North End where we had dinner and then Uber back home.

While the visitor center did not tell us which app to download on our phone, I highly recommend the free version called FreedomWalk. It has an electronic map with each of the 17 stops clearly marked.

Stop at the Visitor Center. It makes a difference. This is also where you can book guided tours to walk the trail.

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank CraftBeers
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

The center isn't very big but has lots of maps and info
We got there just in time to join a walking tour of the freedom trail. The tour started at the visitor center and covered about half of the trail. It went for about 90 minutes. We really enjoyed the tour and learned a lot instead of going on our own. It was well worth the cost.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

If you're looking for some information, a guide, or maps, then stop on in to this center. It's right in Boston Common.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank HOCKPOOH
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