Bunker Hill Monument
This 221-foot granite obelisk was built to commemorate one of the first major conflicts of the Revolutionary War. It sits on what is actually Breed's Hill, where most of the fighting took place in the misnamed Battle of Bunker Hill. Visitors can climb the 294 steps to the top of the monument for striking views of the harbor and downtown Boston. But be warned: the climb is physically challenging and on a winding and narrow staircase.
At the base of the monument, there is an exhibit lodge that includes a detailed map of the battle as well as a statue of Joseph Warren, a fallen Bunker Hill hero. Outside, another statue pays tribute to Col. William Prescott, who helped lead the fight.
When the weather is fair, the lush grounds surrounding the monument are full of local residents and tourists alike, enjoying the views of Charlestown, sunning themselves or sitting under the shade of a tree.
The monument is a site along the Freedom Trail and is part of Boston's National Historic Parks.
*Special note: The monument is under reconstruction until Fall 2010. Although the exhibit lodge and surrounding park will remain open, there will be no climbing permitted in the monument.
- Hours: Open daily, 9 am - 5 pm; last climb at 4:30 pm. July-August, open 9 am - 6 pm; last climb at 5:30 pm. *From June 21 to Fall 2010, the monument will be closed to visitors for restoration work.
- Handicap Accessible: The park and exhibit lodge adjacent to the monument, as well as the nearby Bunker Hill Monument Muesum, are accessible. But the monument itself is not.
- Founding Date: 1843
- Parking: On-street: free
- Features: Benches
- Services: Food/drink, Ranger, Tours
- Restrictions: No alcohol, No fires
- Area: 3.75 acres