I really enjoyed visiting this monument. The monument itself is fascinating to climb especially when considering when it was built. The view of Boston and Charlestown from the monument was spectacular and picturesque. The climb is hard. I work out six days a week and my heart rate got up there. My friend had to rest a couple of times. It is 294 stairs in a tight spiral staircase. The floor can be wet and slick as well and the building has no environmental controls so if it is cold outside it is cold inside and vice versa. The apex is small but there are places to sit and look around, but if it is crowded it could be uncomfortable. There also is a large shaft covered with grating in the middle so the area along side this is fairly narrow too. Having said that the opportunity to climb this and imagine what the Patriots saw, what they were thing as they saw the British troops approaching on June 16 & 17, 1775 is overwhelming. If you have time I recommend reading the marker on the sculpture about Dr. Warren who directed the Patriots during this battle. It gives a sense of the sacrifice that these men were making in the infancy of our country. I think it gives a greater appreciation for out forefathers and those whose names are rarely, if ever, mentioned in school. The park rangers were very helpful with giving information and also allowed my friend and I a chance to climb the monument though we arrived literally one minute before climbing it. Another point to consider is taking some time to sit in the park area on which the monument sits. It is gorgeous especially on a sunny day. I recommend you take time to notice the markers indicating the corners of the quickly constructed "fort" that the Patriots made that fateful day as they prepared for the battle to come.
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