Majority of Freedom Trail Sites and All Freedom Trail Foundation-led Tours Unaffected by Government Shutdown
Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail is open to visitors, including many official Freedom Trail historic sites and Freedom Trail Foundation-led tours even though the United States government has shut down National Park Service sites and centers.
Historic sites remaining open include Boston Common, MA State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel and King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Benjamin Franklin statue/site of the First Public School, Old South Meeting House, Old Corner Bookstore, Old State House, Boston Massacre site, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground.
Stepping off from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center and Faneuil Hall ArtsBoston BosTix booth, the Foundation’s walking tours will be held without interruption. The Foundation’s Walk Into History Tour, a 90-minute walking tour from Boston Common Visitor Information Center to Faneuil Hall Marketplace will continue as scheduled every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, tours will depart from the ArtsBoston BosTix booth at Faneuil Hall Marketplace every hour on the half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tours from the ArtsBoston booth include the reverse Walk Into History Tour (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,3:30 p.m.), Pirates & Patriots Tour (12:30 p.m.), and North End Tour (1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.).
Due to the shutdown of the United States government on October 1, 2013, the USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard, Bunker Hill Monument and National Park visitor centers are closed. Faneuil Hall is open, however the National Park Service visitor center located inside is closed. National Park Service has also suspended tours of the Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail until further notice.
About the Freedom Trail Foundation
The Freedom Trail Foundation is the non-profit organization dedicated to marketing, promoting and helping to preserve the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile path that leads to 16 of the country’s most significant historical landmarks. The sites are not adaptations or re-creations, they are real, and each one played a pivotal role in America’s rebellious beginning – familiar events such as the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s role in the first battle, the Battle of Bunker Hill – and the growth of the young nation. Marked by a red brick path or a painted red line, the Trail weaves its way through Boston’s proud past in the midst of this vital, modern city.