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NU Bucket List – #21
Bike along the Freedom Trail
As the weather warms up, you’ve got fewer and fewer defensible reasons to stay holed up in your dorm. Celebrate the end of the Spring semester by stretching your legs down Boston’s Freedom Trail!
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path that winds through Boston, highlighting 16 official historical sites as well as many other unofficial attractions (like a variety of North End cannoli shops…read on). The trail is physically marked with a red line–either in brick or paint–that runs over streets and sidewalks from the Boston Common to the USS Constitution in Charleston. It’s an easy (and pretty flat) walk or ride, and the perfect way to say farewell to Beantown until next semester.
While the trail is totally walkable, it’s also pretty bike friendly, an option that leaves more time for stops along the way. If you don’t have a bike handy, you can always use Hubway! The city-wide network of bikes for rent allows users to purchase a 24-hour pass with unlimited rides under 30 minutes for just $6. Just purchase a pass at one of dozens of stations right on many of Boston’s main streets, unlock a bike, and ride off into the sunset! Whenever you hop off your bike to explore a stop along the trail, you can dock your bike at a nearby station and unlock a new one when you’re ready to go again.
Start at the Boston Common trail head, where you can find an information center with maps and coupons to attractions at other stops along the way.
Stops you can’t miss:
- Boston Common/State House
- King’s Chapel & Burying Ground
- Old State House/Faneiul Hall & Quincy Market
*BRIEF STOP FOR SOME CANNOLI*
- The Old North Church & Paul Revere Statue
- USS Constitution
Even if you decide to skip out on all the historical tours along the way, it’s worth your time to take a walk on the USS Constitution at least once! The 219-year-old ship is open daily in the spring and summer from 9 am to 6 pm, and encourages a donation of $5 to $10 for adults.
Map of Freedom Trail stops: