2 - 3 Hours
One Per Car
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Battle of Lexington and Concord Tour
Discover the thrilling events behind the “shot heard ‘round the world” with this self-guided driving tour through Lexington and Concord. Follow the path of the very first battle of the American Revolutionary War, from a shootout in the town square to a life-or-death struggle on a narrow bridge. Step back in time and witness the courage and ferocity of the minutemen who took on the most significant military power in the world on the Battle of Lexington and Concord tour.
About the Tour
Our journey begins at the North Bridge, where the most pivotal moment of the entire battle took place. Here, we’ll get the background on what set the stage for this conflict and why the Americans thought the British were already burning Lexington!
Then we’ll dive right into the thick of things and hear about the first significant engagement between British and American forces, including the famous “shot heard ‘round the world.” See how the tide of battle swung against the British, and watch their desperate retreat.
Next, we’ll get to know American Major John Buttrick and enter the center of Concord. As you admire the historical surroundings, listen to vivid accounts of how things went bad to worse for the redcoats.
We’ll follow the route of the action alongside Battle Road, bringing skirmish after skirmish to life as the British soldiers make their arduous, bloody trek toward the safety of Boston. Watch the American militiamen force the British into one trap after another in one of the most unlikely upsets in battlefield history.
We’ll stop by the site where Paul Revere was captured as we drive. Here, we’ll get the facts about his often misunderstood Midnight Ride and hear about who the Minute Men were and how they were able to fight off the British Empire.
Finally, we’ll end up where it all began: Lexington. Witness the final, tense sequence of the battle play out here, then hear about the earth-shaking aftermath of the dramatic encounter.
Starting Point Address: North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty St, Concord, MA 01742, USA
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How does it work?
- Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions.
- Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours.
- To begin touring, go to the starting point and launch the app.
- The audio starts automatically once you reach the starting point. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
- Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.
What You'll See
Welcome:North Bridge Visitor Center & Buttrick Mansion
Paul Revere Capture Site
Lexington Common National Historic Site/Conclusion
Ralph Waldo Emerson House
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
The Wayside Home of Authors
Walden Pond and Thoreau Cabin Site
Samuel Hartwell House
Josiah Nelson House Site & Battle Road Trail
Preview the Tour
Smoke Over Lexington Audio Story
Buttrick Homes Audio Story
Yes, Lexington, MA, is worth visiting for its rich historical significance as the site of the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, its charming New England character, and its historic landmarks.
Lexington is known for being the site of the Battle of Lexington, which marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. It’s also known for its historical monuments and role in American history.
Spend a day in Lexington by visiting the Battle Green, where the Battle of Lexington took place, exploring historic houses and museums, enjoying local shops and eateries, and learning about the town’s role in the American Revolution.
Lexington, like many New England towns, can have a higher cost of living. However, the experience of visiting historic sites and museums may be worth the investment.
Boston is known for having a higher cost of living. While there are affordable options, it’s generally not considered a cheap city to visit.
Lexington is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Yes, Concord, MA, is worth visiting for its historical significance, including the Battle of Concord, its literary heritage (home to authors like Louisa May Alcott), and its picturesque New England charm.
The Lexington and Concord battlefields are located in Massachusetts, near Boston. Lexington’s Battle Green and Concord’s North Bridge area are key sites associated with the battles.
You can get from Boston to Lexington and Concord by car, public transportation (such as the MBTA commuter rail), or by joining guided tours that provide transportation.
The exact identity of the person who fired the first shot at the Battle of Lexington is not known. It’s a debated historical question, and the event marked the start of the American Revolutionary War.
Inclusions and Exclusions
- App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide App and Password for your tours.
- Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on next trip. Never expires.
- Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
- At your own pace: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace.
- Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
- Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated videos, text, and hidden gems.
- Transportation, parking fees, food, and drinks.
- Entry tickets or reservations to any attractions along the route.
- Car Rental: Please arrange a rental car at the closest airport or train station.