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“What a RIP-OFF!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Liberty Ride

Liberty Ride
departs from 1875 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420
+1 339-223-5623
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: Liberty Ride: A guided trolley tour of historic Lexington & Concord. Visit the birthplaces of American liberty and 19th century literature! Board a classic trolley for a ride along the scenic Battle Road while your costumed guide recounts the exciting events of April 19, 1775 and the literary legacy that defined American identity and culture. Weekends April and May and daily Memorial Day through October 26, 2014. 90-minute tours leave from the Lexington Visitors Center [1875 Massachusetts Ave] at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Ticket includes valuable discount coupons for Lexington merchants and restaurants. $28 Adults; $12 Students 5-17; Free under 5.Discounts for AAA members, seniors and military.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“What a RIP-OFF!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

$25 apiece to hear a trolley guide race through history as the trolley doesn't even slow down enough for us to take pictures, let alone stop at the sites. We were told by the lady selling tickets at the museum that they strongly advise us to stay on the trolley as it would be 1 1/2 hours before another would come along, but we could go back on our own after the tour (wow, thanks a lot). So, we got to take blurry pictures of the Lexington/Concord sites as they whizzed past us and the only time we were allowed off the trolley was at The Old North Bridge and after a brief narration were scolded to hurry up and get back on the trolley. Geesh! She was nice, but we couldn't get a question in, for the fast spiel...AND she solicited tips at the end of the "tour." We saw plenty of other tour buses stopped with the customers outside taking pictures at the historical sites along the way...but not us! We wished we would've bought an audio tape and drove it ourselves and SAVED a lot of money! At least we could've rewound it when we couldn't understand something. We highly recommend buying a CD tour or some other kind of audio recording and driving it yourself at your own pace.

Visited October 2011
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MTraber, Tourism Committee Chairman at Liberty Ride, responded to this review, October 24, 2011
The Liberty Ride is owned and operated by the Town of Lexington. There are stops at historic houses and sites along the way, and although many customers choose to ride the full 90 minutes, the ticket is good for 48 hours so you can get on and off at the site. While guides can accept tips, they are not allowed to solicity them. From your post it appears that you had an experience not consistent with our standards. Customer satisfaction is important to us. If you would like to contact me at info@libertyride.us I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you. Ask your email to be forward to the Chairman of the Tourism Committee. We are the governing board for tourism activities in the Town of Lexington and supervise the Liberty Ride. Thank you for your feedback.
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Crestline, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Definitely make this your first item of business”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

After taking this trolley you have a great overall sense of the history and where everything took place. The tour guide was very informed and into the history, even singing us old tunes from the period. A good value.

Visited October 2011
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South Hamilton, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful Day-History became alive with stories & sound effects.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

The Liberty Ride was an informative, entertaining, and fun experience for several of us last Thursday. We are a group of Red Hatters who do a different activity each month. We started out with a picnic lunch on the grounds of the Heritage Museum at 33 Marrett Rd. Lexington. We took the 11:30 ride which was completely filled. Ian, our tour guide, was great. He held us spell-bound with his true tales and sound effects of drum rolls, gun volleys, and pounding horse hoofs. We rode on the air-conditioned trolley and viewed many historic buildings and sites. We got off at the bridge site in Concord where the American Revolution began. It was very moving. We all agreed that thie Liberty Ride was one of the most enjoyable and informative events that we had experienced as a groupl. We want to go back and use our ticket stubs to tour the Buckman & Munroe Taverns & the Hancock-Clarke House included in the price of the ticket ride. The nice fact is that the ticket stub to these 3 historic sites does not have an expiration date!

Visited August 2011
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San Diego, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Save your money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

This operation is disorganized and the manager was rude. Save your money and do it on your own. For one thing, if you get off at any of the stops you need to wait 90 minutes for the next trolley! My suggestion, go to Lexington Green and get the low down from the guy in the Minuteman suit then head over to the Minuteman Visitor Center in Concord and watch a the very facinating film, get a map and do any of the stops along the trail and then continue to the North Bridge for the ranger talk. All this is free and you will hear from people who want to teach you about history rather than make money off of you. I recommend you do NOT do the Liberty Ride.

Visited June 2011
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MTraber, Tourism Committee Chairman at Liberty Ride, responded to this review, October 24, 2011
The Liberty Ride is owned and operated by the Town of Lexington. Our mission is to teach history, not to make a profit. It is unique in the Tourism industry and an award-winning ride. The Battle Green Guides to which you refer are also provided by the Town of Lexington to further our mission and paid for by the taxpayers of Lexington. Customer service is paramount to us and we apologize for the experience you had. Please contact me through info@libertyride.us so I can make sure we have addressed all of your concerns. We hope you will return to Lexington and give us another try.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Great tour, you will learn a lot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

This tour is well worth your time and money. The guide had a lot of information and put to rest many historical myths. The sites that we saw were interesting, plus this tour gives you the option to see everything then decide what you want to go back and spend more time at. Highly recommend this tour, especially to those that cannot walk long distances but still want to see it all.

Visited June 2011
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