Visiting the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston with Kids: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Visiting Bunker Hill Monument in Boston is a wonderful, free activity to do with kids! Bunker Hill photo courtesy of The Freedom Trail Facebook page
Visiting Bunker Hill Monument in Boston is a wonderful, free activity to do with kids! Bunker Hill photo courtesy of The Freedom Trail Facebook page
2/24/23 - By Michael Del Llano

Rising 221 feet above the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, Bunker Hill Monument has been a feature of the city skyline since 1843. The monument commemorates a single day's fighting in the American Revolution. The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775. The British won the battle. But the Americans showed that a rag-tag group of farmers and merchants could hang in against a global superpower. Their bravery went a long way to convince many colonists that they could win their independence.


Visiting Bunker Hill Monument is one of our favorite top attractions in Boston. A trip to Bunker Hill is a perfect companion to visiting the USS Constituion with kids when exploring Charlestown. And whether you're a local or just visiting, the historic Freedom Trail gives families plenty to do and see in Boston.

Image of Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown's Monument Square. 
The Bunker Hill Monument towers over the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Why Bunker Hill is an Awesome Family Destination 

Bunker Hill Monument, is one many stops along the Freedom Trail, Boston’s self-guided tour of historical sites. Visiting Bunker Hill lets families combine outdoor activity with an exploration of America’s Revolutionary past. Just walking through the park at Monument Square is a wonderful way to spend some time in the picturesque Charlestown neighborhood.

One of the things you’ll learn when you visit is that the Bunker Hill Monument isn’t on Bunker Hill. It’s actually on Breed’s Hill, where most of the battle took place. The colonists had originally set out to secure Bunker Hill. So the battle and monument inheireted the catchier name.

Visiting the Bunker Hill Monument with kids also has the advantage of free admission. Part of Boston National Historic Park, every part of a visit to Bunker Hill is free of charge.

Must See Things at Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill has several attractions beyond the striking monument.

Photo of Prescott statue at Bunker Hill Monument. 
Col. William Prescott stands guard over Monument Square. Bunker Hill Monument photo courtesy of the Boston National Historical Park

Bunker Hill Monument

The distinctive obelisk is the star of the show. Families can ascend the 294 steps to the top. The views of Boston, Boston Harbor, and the surrounding communities are spectacular. The stairway is a tight spiral, so smaller children might find it challenging. Strollers are definitely a no-go. The entire site is accessible, with the exception of the interior of the monument.

The Lodge

This isn't the type of lodge where you kick back with cocoa after a day skiing. The Lodge is a small monumental building with exhibits inside. These include a statue of Dr. Joseph Warren. He was a veteran of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. He was also the brains behind Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride. Warren gave his life at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Photo of Bunker Hill Museum exterior in Charlestown, Boston. 
Learn about the battle and the nation that followed at the Bunker Hill Museum Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Bunker Hill Museum

Visitors can learn about the Battle of Bunker Hill, the American Revolution, and the history of Boston at the Bunker Hill Museum. It's housed in a historic building on the corner of Monument Avenue and Monument Square. The museum has two floors of artifacts, pictures, exhibits, and more.

Monument Square

Bunker Hill Monument is set in the middle of a manicured park called Monument Square. A statue of Col. William Prescott, commander of the American troops at the battle, stands guard over the park.

Know Before You Go

Strollers can navigate the entire Bunker Hill site, with the exception of the monument’s inner stairs. The monument works for all ages, though inquisitive kids might have a few questions about battles and war. You don’t need a reservation, but the park limits the number of people inside the monument at 20.

When walking the Freedom Trail, parking isn’t an issue. The Nautica Garage offers the best rates for parking for those who drive. It’s conveniently located for both the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution.

Eating or Restaurants at Bunker Hill

Monument Square makes a fine spot for a picnic if you plan ahead. The neighborhood around Bunker Hill is a bit residential. Nearby Main Street has a number of options for food. The Warren Tavern provides lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. This restaurant is one of the most historic eateries in the country. George Washington ate here. He recommends the pastrami.

Image of Bunker Hill Monument guide interacting with a child. 
Monument Square hosts fun activities and events, like Bunker Hill Family Day Photo courtesy of the Boston National Historical Park

Visiting the Bunker Hill Monument

Bunker Hill Monument and the museum open at 10am, Wednesday through Sunday. Closing time is 6pm in the Summer and Fall, 4:30 throughout the rest of the year. Visitors must get to the monument a half hour before closing for the last climb. The facilities are closed on Monday and Tuesday. Check the website for updated hours.

The monument is free, but parking can always get pricey in Boston. Walking or taking public transportation is a great option.

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