Miles, tour guide extraordinaire at the Freedom Trail
Last week I returned to my place of birth—Boston, Massachusetts—to visit some old friends, and in a city with so much American history it’d be a crime not to take at least one walking tour. (So deep down I’m a middle aged dad on vaction—what can you do?)
I decided to tackle the Freedom Trail (@TheFreedomTrail), which is a 2.5-mile red brick path through downtown Boston. Along the path there 16 historic sites, ranging from graveyards to naval ships, that together tell the story of early America. I’m a veteran of the Freedom Trail, but it’s been about 23 years since I last “walked” it, and my mother was forced to carry me most of the way.
Before taking a stroll through history, I created a playlist to remind me of what sites I’d be visiting along the tour. I also wanted to demonstrate how teachers can prepare students so that they can get the most out of a field trip!
My favorite site on the trail was the Bunker Hill Monument—a granite tower almost 225 feet tall. And I managed to learn a few fun facts about it while I was there:
- It takes exactly 294 steps to get to the top of the monument.
- The tower is not actually built on Bunker Hill. It’s built on Breed’s Hill, where most of the fighting actually took place during the battle of Bunker Hill.
- The Freedom Trail wasn’t an official landmark until the early 1950s.
So if you’ve roamed the streets of Boston but never taken a trip down history lane at the Freedom Trail, I encourage you to do so. Education should be fun, and fun should be educational—and the Freedom Trail is both!