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We're headed to Boston this week as a family birthday/Christmas present to ourselves. The swimming pool and buffet breakfast at the hotel are big draws!


We'll arrive in the afternoon of Day 1, hopefully start on the Freedom Trail sights, go have dinner, swim, then do the rest of the Trail on Day 2. We definitely want to do the tour of the Constitution, so we have to get there by 3pm at the latest, I think. Day 3 we come home after we enjoy the buffet:001_smile: All this involves 6 kids ages 2-16.


Is this realistic? Any advice? Experience? I would be grateful for your thoughts.

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just double check the opening and closing times.


be there as soon as things open.


it has been a long time since we did that trip.


Are you from Mass? If not then the USS Constitution people said we could park there all day. But you may want to ask to be sure.



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The Freedom Trail is awesome. You will enjoy it. Definitely bring a stroller(s) for little ones since there is a lot of walking. Our little ones weren't as interested in all of the history as my husband and I (of course), so we didn't get to spend as much time at each destination reading the info as we would have liked. We bought a guide book at one of the stops that was a nice sourvenir and source of information about each place on the Trail.


Our kids' favorite part was riding the ferry across Boston Harbor over to the USS Constitution and back. It was pretty inexpensive from what I remember. **Don't miss the ferry ride IMO.**


We only had one day for the Freedom Trail, so we didn't quite get to the end of it. I think you should be able to see all of the destinations plus do the USS Constitution in two days if you don't stop too long at each place.


Faneuil Hall is a great place to eat a meal.

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I'd suggest starting the Freedom Trail at the Information Booth on the Common at Tremont St. They have costumed interpreters that will walk you through most of the Trail (doesn't go to Bunker Hill Monument or Constitution), it's not expensive, and fun and informative.


I'll second taking the boat to the Constitution. But you have to make sure to take the right boat - Harbor Cruises are really expensive and won't take you there. What you want is the T (public transportation) boat/ferry (not really a "ferry" as it doesn't take cars, but it is to ferry people from one place to another). You get on at the Wharf between the Aquarium and the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. It's right next to the Whale Watches and Harbor Cruise boats, so make sure you get on the right one. :) It's really cheap - $1-2 for adults, and kids are free. You get a great view of Boston from the water for a fraction of the cost of a Harbor Cruise.

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