Minute Man National Historical Park

Overview

The events of April 19, 1775 were a turning point in the long struggle between Mother England and her American colonies. In a march of protest and petition turned independence and revolution, the fighting on April 19, 1775 would foreshadow the rebellious action of the American colonies to ultimately create a new nation, the United States of America. Created in 1959, Minute Man National Historical Park preserves and protects the significant historic sites, structures, properties and landscapes associated with the opening battles of the American Revolution. Most importantly, Minute Man interprets the colonial struggle for natural rights and freedoms. Today, Minute Man consists of over 900 acres of land which wind along original segments of the Battle Road for April 19, 1775. In addition to the park's revolutionary significance, Minute Man preserves and interprets the 19th century literary revolution through The Wayside, home of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Sidney.

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Seasonality / Weather

New England weather can be quite unpredictable, so check the regional weather forecasts before you plan your trip. Winters can range in temperature from 20 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers are quite humid and range in temperature from 60 - 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

The grounds of Minute Man National Historical Park are open sunrise to sunset. Parking lot gates close promptly at sunset. Visitors centers and historic sites may be closed from December - March; check the website for details.

Directions

Driving: 

From I-95: Take exit 30B. You will be on Route 2A west. The park is 1-mile west off ramp.

From MassPike: Take I-95 Exit (exit 14) and follow above directions.

From Route 2: Follow Route 2 to I-95 North. Proceed north one exit to 30B. Follow directions above.

Flying: 

From Boston's Logan Airport: Take the Ted Williams Tunnel to the Massachusetts Turnpike. Follow the Pike west to I-95 North. Follow I-95 North to Exit 30B. You will be on Route 2A west. The Minute Man Visitor Center is located 1-mile west of I-95.

Public Transport: 

MBTA Commuter Rail stops at the Concord Depot. From the Depot, the North Bridge Unit is a 1.5-mile walk. Liberty Ride, a guided bus tour of Lexington and Concord (the first of its kind) makes a scheduled stop at the Concord Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Keyes Lane and at Monument Square in front of the Old Hill Burying Ground. Tickets may be purchased on the bus.