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North Bridge

174 Liberty Street, Minuteman National Historical Park, Concord, MA 01742
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Concord
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Bridges
Description: The "shot heard round the world," which signaled the start of the Revolutionary War, was fired from this spot.
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Chicago, IL USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Loved walking from the Colonial Inn and seeing the Old Manse and the North Bridge. The plaques, statues, and area make for a very nice visit.

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Davis, California
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64 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The scene of the *second* skirmish between colonial militia and British regulars, there isn't much to "see." However, the significance of the bridge, fields, home sites and graves can't be underestimated. Don't miss the free talk given by a NPS ranger or the visitor center orientation film.

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Sacramento, California
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192 reviews 192 reviews
99 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Beautiful, moving, historic...what else can you say. The history is fascinating and touching, and were were stunned by how beautiful this area is. Breathtaking. I envied the folks who were canoeing along the peaceful waters. Highly recommend a visit here, and if you are fortunate, a ranger and/or costumed characters will be present during your visit to really bring the... More

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Claremont, New Hampshire
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326 reviews 326 reviews
168 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Friendly NPS rangers to all ages. Even though the bridge is not original, it was thought provoking to walk down to the bridge to see where a significant event in history occurred. Ordinary people did extraordinary actions that changed history.

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Conklin, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The area is beautiful and offers lots of open spaces for children to play. The visitors center has some good educational displays. The best part of our trip was the costumed Minutemen that gave a talk and a musket demonstration. History comes alive here!

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Lovely countryside, lush green forest, a place of great historical impact, this spot is a must see if you are in the area. Impressive monuments. Read the inscriptions! I was particularly impressed by the small memorial to British soldiers who died there. I thought about how they were sent to that wilderness to fight for a cause they might or... More

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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

And fired the shot heard round the world. The North Bridge is part of the Minuteman National Historic Park and commemorates one of the opening engagements in the American Revolution. The bridge crosses the Concord River and is flanked by monuments on either side, including the Minuteman Statue with the first lines from Emerson's "Concord Hymn" engraved on the base.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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72 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

An easy and scenic walk from the visitors' center, this bridge is not the original but is made to look like it. The setting is what you're here for. Looking back up the hill from the bridge you can picture the early skirmish that happened here. A really, really picturesque spot. Cool minuteman statue. Bathrooms very close by for the... More

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Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
65 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I started my visit at the local visitors center and then walked down to the bridge. It work out well. The walk to the bridge seemed like about 1/4 to 1/2 mile long, down hill on the way there, with pleasant vistas. There was a ranger there who shared much of the information, although one had to approach him and... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Not much there...just the Bridge. Make that THE Bridge where orders were given to fire on the British for the first time in History!! Too much to take in. It was awesome that a National Park ranger was there to talk about the battle at North Bridge and the impact on our story. So glad we took the time to... More

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