Boston Massacre Site
Boston Massacre Site

Boston Massacre Site

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206 Washington St, Downtown, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109

The Basics

The Boston Massacre Site lies at the intersection of Congress and State streets in downtown Boston. Among the most important historical sites in the US, it's part of nearly all history, architecture, and walking tours of downtown Boston. It's also part of the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile (4 kilometers) red-brick path passing 16 locations significant to the American Revolution. While the Freedom Trail is popular among independent walkers, it's best seen on daily 90-minute walking tours led by guides dressed in 18th-century attire.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • A medallion beneath the Old State House balcony on the Freedom Trail marks the site of the Boston Massacre.
  • Reenactments take place on the anniversary of the event every year.
  • The Freedom Trail is a collection of 16 historic sites in downtown Boston and Charlestown. Visitors can follow a physical red line that’s embedded into the city sidewalks.
  • The victims of the massacre are buried at Granary Burying Ground.
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How to Get There

Located at the intersection of State and Congress Streets in downtown Boston, outside the Old State House, the site is best seen on guided walking tours of the Freedom Trail. It’s also a stop on hop-on, hop-off tours. By train, follow MTBA’s Orange or Blue Lines to the State Street station or take bus routes 4, 92, 93, or 354.

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When to Get There

You can visit the Boston Massacre Site year-round free of charge. Winters in Boston can be bitterly cold, so the best time to visit is in the summer and fall from June to October. Expect the biggest crowds during the summer months. Tours are held during almost all weather conditions, including rain and snow.

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What to Expect on the Freedom Trail

A must-do when visiting Boston, the Freedom Trail retraces the history of the American Revolution through stops at museums, churches, meeting houses, burial grounds, parks, and historic markers. Visitors can follow a 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) red line that’s built into the sidewalks to each of the locations, including Boston Common, King’s Chapel, Faneuil Hall, and others.

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