Take a Tour and Explore Merrimack Valley

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New Englanders know that we live in an extraordinary place. From the beautiful coastline at our doorstep to the majestic mountains to our north, the region is filled with natural beauty. It’s also a place where individuals and families can experience our local and national history. Add to this the incredible innovation that is happening all around us at lightning speed and our region should be explored. This could be through trips to local museums and discovery centers or more formal tours of the historic destinations in our neighborhoods and communities. 

Join us as we take a closer look at some of the tours, museums and destinations that you may want to delve into to learn more about the richness of our area. 

Discovery Center Museum

Want to open your family up to the concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) topics? The Discovery Museum on Main Street in Acton, MA is a great place to take a self-guided tour and learn more about the world around us. 

This 4.5-acre campus is a hands-on, community-supported, non-profit museum for families that blends science, nature, and play. The ultimate mission of the Discovery Museum is to spark delight in learning by igniting curiosity and creativity in children and adults alike.

To encourage visitors to explore, the first Friday night of each month is free admission from 4:30 to 8:00 pm. Reservations are required but it will give you and your family a chance to fully explore the exhibits including Discovery Da’Vinci, Discover at Home, and science workshops to delight the young and the young at heart. 

Plan your visit and get started learning and watching science, technology, engineering, arts, and music in action. 

Lexington Battle Green 

If you love history and want to learn more about the history that is in our own backyard here in Massachusetts, a visit to the Lexington Battle Green in Lexington, MA is one you won’t want to miss. 

During the one-hour Battle Green Walking Tour, you will explore the many notable sites surrounding this National Historic Landmark including; the iconic Henry H. Kitson Minuteman Statue; The Revolutionary War Monument, where remains of seven militiamen killed in the battle are buried; the Old Burying Ground where Captain John Parker, ministers John Hancock and Jonas Clarke, and an unknown British soldier are buried, as well as The Old Belfry, which sounded the alarm on April 19, 1775, calling the militia to the common. 

Battle Green Tours run daily through October and Friday-Monday in November. 

Minuteman National Historical Park 

While you’re in Lexington, MA be sure to continue your historic tour and learn more about the American Revolution with a visit to the Minuteman National Historical Park in Concord, MA. Here you will learn about and see the location of the “Shot heard ‘round the world.” 

Minute Man National Historical Park gives access to greens where the opening battle of the American Revolution was fought. Get a chance to explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors.

The grounds of Minute Man National Historical Park are open daily, year round, from sunrise to sunset to allow visitors a chance to see where American Patriotism and the fight for Independence began. Self-guided tours are available and there are maps and more information online to help you get the full American Revolution experience. 

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