Known as the “birthplace of American liberty,” Lexington, Massachusetts, is where the first shot of the American Revolutionary War was fired on April 19, 1775. Nowadays, you can retrace history at sites around town, and enjoy a rich artistic, cultural, and culinary scene.
Join a complimentary walking tour of the Lexington Battle Green (where the first shot of the war took place) with guides dressed in colonial attire. Explore Minute Man National Historical Park—or walk, bike, or take the trolley along the 5-mile (8-kilometer) Battle Road Trail. Other highlights are the Munroe Tavern, the Belfry, and the Lexington Depot. Or, head to the Old Burying Ground, Buckman Tavern, and the Hancock-Clarke House. The city is also home to dozens of artists, a diverse range of shops and restaurants, and working farms offering culinary experiences.
Along with Concord and Cambridge, Lexington is typically included in several half- and full-day guided tours from Boston.
Things to Know Before You Go
Stop by the visitors center for information, restrooms, souvenirs, and to arrange local tours.
Many attractions are within walking distance of each other.
Dress for the weather and outdoor conditions—take sun protection, insect repellent (for ticks and mosquitoes), and extra water.
How to Get There
Around 11 miles (18 kilometers) northwest of Boston, Lexington is reachable by public transit, including buses 62 and 76. A seasonal trolley runs between Lexington and Concord, stopping at many sights. If you’re driving, take Interstate 95 (Route 128) and Route 20.
When to Get There
The best time to go is between April and October, when the majority of historic attractions are open and most tours take place. Paul Revere’s ride and the Battles of Lexington and Concord are reenacted every April, while Revolutionary Revelry events are held throughout the month of May.
Minute Man National Historical Park
Spanning more than 900 acres (364 hectares), Minute Man National Historical Park covers the original segments of the April 19, 1775, battle road between Lexington and Concord. Key sites include the North Bridge, where the colonial militia fired upon British troops; the place where Paul Revere was captured during his midnight ride; Hartwell Tavern, a restored inn; and the Wayside, former home of authors such as Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne.