Lexington: Liberty Ride

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Lexington: Liberty Ride
Gate Prices Adult $28.00
Child $12.00
The Liberty Ride is the best way to visit Lexington and Concord. Ride along the historic Battle Road while your costumed guide recounts the exciting events of April 19, 1775, and the literary legacy that defined American identity and culture. In air-conditioned comfort, you're taken to such famous spots as Lexington Battle Green and the Old North Bridge where the militia faced off against British Regulars. Visit sights central to the start of the American Revolution, including Minuteman National Historical Park, where you can walk the Battle Trail, and the National Heritage Museum celebrating American history and culture, as well as the homes of Concord's greatest authors.

The Liberty Ride offers stops at:

  • Lexington Battle Green, where the Lexington militia confronted 800 British Regulars as the sun rose on April 19, 1775.
  • Buckman Tavern, where the Lexington militia gathered the night before the Battle. (Free admission with Liberty Ride ticket)
  • Hancock-Clarke House, which was Paul Revere and William Dawes' destination on the night of April 18th, 1775, to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock of the coming of British troops.(Free admission with Liberty Ride ticket.)
  • Munroe Tavern, which served as the British headquarters and field hospital. (Washington really dined here in 1789!) Beautiful garden with Colonial flowers. (Free admission with Liberty Ride ticket.)
  • Lexington Visitors Center, offering information and hospitality, a diorama of the Battle of Lexington, and a memorial to the U.S. Navy ships bearing the USS Lexington name.
  • Minute Man National Historical Park. View "The Road to Revolution" (a moving multimedia presentation) and exhibits at the Visitor Center. Free admission and parking. The park includes the site of Paul Revere's Capture, Hartwell Tavern, Battle Road, Meriam’s Corner (where British regulars first came under fire as they retreated to Boston), North Bridge (where colonial militia men first fired upon British regulars), Daniel Chester French’s Minute Man statue, the grave of British soldiers, and other battle monuments.
  • North Bridge Visitor Center at Buttrick Mansion, which features exhibits detailing the events in 1775, an information center and bookstore located in a home built by the descendents of Major John Buttrick, the colonial officer who gave the command to fire at the North Bridge.
  • Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott and her family and setting for the beloved Little Women. (Free admission with a Go Boston Card)
  • Colonial Inn, a functioning inn and historic landmark at the heart of the village green, the Inn was a part of the events of April 19, 1775 and was later home to Henry David Thoreau.
  • Old Manse, home of minister William Emerson, his grandson Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the honeymoon home of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. (Free admission with a Go Boston Card)
  • Concord Visitor Center, located close to restaurants and shops, offers information, guided walking tours of Concord, and public restrooms.
  • Concord Museum holds a nationally significant historical collection including the famed Revere lantern, Emerson’s study, and Thoreau’s Walden desk. Hands-on family activities, period rooms, and film “Exploring Concord.” (free with a Go Boston Card)
  • The Wayside was home to the Alcotts, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Sidney. $$
  • Emerson House, where Ralph Waldo Emerson, foremost 19th century literary figure, lived and wrote from 1835 until his death in 1882. Original furnishings and family memorabilia are on display. $$

The Liberty Ride and Go Boston Card are the perfect combo to take in the many sights of this history rich area just outside of Boston.

Getting In

Present your Go Boston Card at The Lexington Visitors Center at 1875 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to tour departure to ensure adequate boarding time.

Hours

April & May: Weekends only at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm
Memorial Day through the last weekend in October: Daily at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm;

Closings

October 26 - March 31

Note

Free parking pass will be provided with purchase of a ticket

Address

Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
Lexington, MA 02420

Driving Directions

Take I-95 (Route 128) to exit 30A. Travel on Route 2A (Marrett Road) turn left at Massachusetts Ave. Continue through light at Waltham St. Take first right at Depot Square and proceed straight back to park in attended lot.

Public Transportation

Take the T: Red Line to Alewife stop. Then board bus 62 or 76 to Depot Square/Lexington Stop. These buses do not run on Sundays or holidays. On those days you may take a taxi from Alewife station or visit web site for connecting instructions
 

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

HIstory alive!
By A touring educator Verified Reviewer from Georgia on
Pros:
Great enthusiastic guide, Period recreated, Clean and inviting, Entertaining, Visited famous places, Comfortable, History revealed
Cons:
Almost needed 2 full runs, Long wait btwn trolleys,
Best Uses:
Entertainment, Education,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Lexington: Liberty Ride:

Boarded and stepped into the past with Paul Revere himself as our guide. Our 72 year old tour guide did a fantastic job making the revolution come alive and recreating all the events between Concord and Lexington. Trolley is an exceptional use of time to get to many stops between the 10 miles of historical markers. Do this if you do nothing else in Concord and Lexington.

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Great way to see the rich history!
By A Touring Educator Verified Reviewer from Georgia on
Pros:
In character narrators, Pleasant ride in open air, Thorough history lesson, Not too long
Cons:
Encouraged not to get off, Aggressive presentation,
Best Uses:
Learning history of area,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Lexington: Liberty Ride:

Found it a great way to see everything first with the history explained. Recommend that you plan two rides... The first all the way through without getting off. Then focus your stops on the important locations to you on the second one. Start early in the day for best use of trolley.

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