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126491719 FREEDOM TRAILThe Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile route that traces some of the most significant spots of the American Revolution. The Trail came about in the 1950s when a concerted effort was made to preserve some of the locations important to both Boston and the countrys history. Comprised of 16 locations linked by either a brick path or red line, the trail includes Boston Common, the State House, Faneuil Hall, the Granary Burying Ground, Paul Reveres House and the Bunker Hill Monument among others. If you are new to the area, the trail offers some unique views and perspectives of locations probably only previously read about in history books. For those of us that grew up in the area, a school field trip to walk along the Freedom Trail might be a distant memory, but why not refresh that memory (and your palate) with an updated twist. Offered Tuesdays through February 28th is The Freedom Trail Foundations Historic Pub Crawl. A costumed tour guide will lead you to four Boston Taverns along the Freedom Trail (Union Oyster House, the Point, the Green Dragon, and Bell in Hand ) for a sampling of traditional Boston food and a sample sized beer at each stop. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance, and you must be 21 years of age.

To keep the holiday spirit just a little bit longer, consider the Historic Holiday Stroll. This 90 minute seasonal tour led by a guide dressed in 19th century finery includes holiday treats and complimentary hot chocolate, tea, wine and Boston Cream Pie at the historic Omni Parker House Hotel.(Reservations are required)

For those with kids in tow, or if you are looking for a more traditional Freedom Trail tour, the Walk Into History Tour is offered. It departs from the Boston Common Visitors Center daily and features a tour guide dressed in 18th Century attire. For more information on all the tours, check out www.TheFreedomTrail.org or call the Freedom Trail Foundation at (617)357-8300.

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