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“Don't miss the visitor center!”

Minute Man National Historical Park
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Boston Shore Excursion: Cambridge, Lexington and...
Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Concord
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The more than 900 acres of this national park run along the route of the battle of Lexington and Concord.
Reviewed June 12, 2009

One of the best parts of this park is the visitor center which includes a fantastic multimedia theater program of the story of Lexington and Concord. It includes several movie screens, lights, a lit map of the progress of the battle and more. I was in a room with a 2nd grade class and they were riveted. The rangers were very nice and helpful. I also stopped at the Hartwell Tavern and was fascinated with a personal tour by a costumed interpreter who was a retired teacher. I would have walked more of the trail, but it was pouring rain. Make sure to also stop at the North Bridge where they offer ranger talks. This is a great free place for families and highly reccommended.

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Reviewed June 30, 2008

We visited Minuteman National Park one day during the week (June 26th). We had a great time and I was impresssed with the park since I last visited. One nice thing is the sites in the park are nearly all free so families on a budget this is a great trip to do. There are also lots of nice biking and walking trails to get some exercise and see nature as well as learn some history.

My niece (age 11) did the Junior Ranger program which took about 4 hours to complete to get a nifty badge. You can get the Junior ranger booklet on the web site or at one of the two visitor centers. If you have children this is a great way to keep them occupied and the booklet highlights some of the significant places to visit in the park and even the adults learned something! Even if you don't complete the Junior ranger program the guide is worth printing out to give you an idea of points not to be missed.

We started at the main Minute Man Visitor Center in Lincoln and viewed the excellent mulitmedia presentation "The Road To Revolution," and viewed the exhibits. Next we drove along the road next to the Battle Road to the Paul Revere Capture site (just a sign noting the site) and walked some of the neighboring trails then on to the Harwell Tavern. At the Hartwell tavern costumed guides explain the history and answer questions. There is a musket firing demonstation also (see scheduled times). Also other ranger talks and demos. We then visited the Wayside. There are guided tours of the home (for a fee) and there is a free exhibit that describes the famous families that lived in the house. Quite interesting history! Finally we visited the North Bridge and visitor center. There are more free ranger talks at the North Bridge as well to enjoy. After visiting the North Bridge we walked around Concord center. We spent about 4 tp 5 hours visiting these sites.

We found there to be adequate rangers and staff at all the key sites to answer questions.

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Reviewed October 23, 2007

October 6, 2007
We had a fantastic time in both Lexington and Concord. We learned so many interesting historical facts (many misconceptions were taught in school and I'm a teacher!).
It's enlightening and humbling to walk the ground where our nation first declared it's own independence.

Make sure to catch the presentation in the visitor center. There are picnic tables nearby.

For the literary minded, this site is also a gem with homes of Emerson, Louisa M. Alcott and Hawthorne along the route.

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Reviewed July 20, 2004

Beautiful Park! They have just started an audio tour service that uses your cell phone! Very easy to use and tour fee helps the park. They have a very entertaining presentation of Paul Revere's midnight ride, the battle at North Bridge and other sites along the park - highly recommended. More info at (--)

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Reviewed March 18, 2004

I chaperone a prep school tour to boston/concord/lexington each year and minuteman was always a good take but the Fed'l government has laid off 2/3 of the rangers here..very disappointing as they were a very interesting and educated group of dedicated people. Fortunately we were able to hook up with a retired teacher from Concord who runs his own one man tour business,calling himself *********** and he filled in the gap wonderfully.

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