The Freedom Trail and Fenway Park, Boston

When I lived in Massachusetts I never got to go to a Red Sox game at Fenway. It’s probably because my parents thought I was too little to go at the time. On this Boston trip, I was FINALLY able to remedy that! But before we went to see a Thursday night game, we spent the day following the Freedom Trail.

Walking tours are an amazing way to see the best a city has to offer and to get your bearings. I love listening to tour guides spout off historical facts because I am a #nerd. Sometimes it’s fun to play the tour guide though, especially when it’s free!

The Freedom Trail is 2.5-mile route stretching from Boston Common across the Charles river into Charlestown. The trail is marked with a red brick line and gold markers at each site so you don’t get lost between stops.

Freedom trail marker

You can walk the trail with a tour guide or even download an audio tour MP3 file. To me the easiest way is to follow the trail map yourself and read the descriptions of each site right off the website! You can pick up a map at the beginning in Boston Common at the visitor center.

The first stop after Boston Common is the statehouse, with its gleaming gold dome. From there we made our way to Park Street Church. At the Granary burying ground next door, where there were some very notable graves—Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Sam Adams to name a few, as well as Ben Franklin’s parents.

Granary burying ground

We pressed on to King’s Chapel and its graveyard.

Kings Chapel

Next—and you’ll have to look down to see it—is the site of the country’s first public school.

Latin school

After a few more stops we reached the Old State House, the balcony of which is where the Declaration of Independence was read.
Old State House

We went  through the site of the Boston Massacre to Faneuil Hall (across from Quincy Market). They’re mainly filled with food and gift shops now.

Faneuil Hall

We reached the North End, which aside from some amazing Italian food is the site of Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church (“one if by land, two if by sea”).

Paul Revere House

The restaurants in the North End are hit or miss—sadly that day for lunch we were at a miss. The best ones are usually open only for dinner and have lines down the block.

Across the bridge into Charlestown (feel free to skip the third graveyard), we climbed up to the Bunker Hill monument.

Bunker Hill monument

Back down the hill we hit the last spot—the USS Constitution. The museum isn’t really much to see.

After a long day of trekking the trail in the sweltering heat and a well-deserved nap, it was finally game time! My husband I have a thing for old ballparks. We went to Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway has the same feel. There’s just something about being in a smaller, historical stadium than being in a much newer huge one.

Before you go in, stop at one or two bars by Landsdowne Street—we stopped at Cask n’ Flagon and Yard House. Cask n’ Flagon is huge and packed–probably what you’d think of for pre-game beers. Yard House is nicer inside with an extensive beer selection–where you’d go if you wanted a nicer dinner instead of ballpark food. I was not passing up a Fenway Frank though!

Our seats ended up being great, under the overhang in the shade but still close enough to see everything.

Fenway Park

The Red Sox were playing the Twins—and of course the sole night I went they lost. (But they won the other two games in the series!) Despite that, I was glad to finally get to Fenway.

Fenway Park

Don’t bother with scalpers for these games—they’ll try and trick you as much as they can. Even if you don’t fall for it, they still won’t sell to you. We ended up with great seats on the third base line on the lower level for about $70 each. If you haven’t been to Fenway, or walked the Freedom Trail, be sure to do both on your next trip to Boston!

Dana

One Comment

  1. Love my city of Boston. Your trip reminded me of my days as a tour guide. The North End is special to our family as well. And yes, the times are a changing. But, still my favorite place. Enjoyed your story.

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