Suggested Tours

The Liberty Ride 

Visit the birthplaces of American liberty and 19th century literature. Ride along the historic Battle Road while your guide, dressed in period costume, recounts the exciting events of April 19, 1775 and the literary legacy that defined American identity and culture. As part of your tour you will experience:

  • 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. (Discounted 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. (Discounted 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. (Discounted admission with Liberty Ride ticket.)
  • Lexington Visitors Center, offering information and hospitality, plus a diorama of the Battle of Lexington.
  • National Heritage Museum, presenting permanent and changing exhibits celebrating American history and culture from Colonial times to the present. Includes Heritage Caf and Museum Shop. (Free admission and parking.)
  • 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:
    • Paul Revere Capture Site. A monument marks the place where the famous "midnight ride" of Paul Revere came to an abrupt end. --Hartwell Tavern. This historic home and tavern is brought to life with living history demonstrations.Battle Road. Walk trail used on April 19, 1775. --Meriam's Corner, terminus of the Battle Road trail and place where British regulars first came under fire as they retreated to Boston.
    • North Bridge where colonial militia men were first ordered to fire upon British regulars. See Daniel Chester French's Minute Man statue, the grave of British soldiers, and other battle monuments.
    • North Bridge Visitor Center at Buttrick Mansion 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. Admission fee.
    • Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott and her family and setting for the beloved Little Women. Admission fee.
    • 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. Admission fee.
    • 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." Admission fee.
    • The Wayside, home to the Alcotts, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Sidney. Closed in April.
    • 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. Admission fee. Opens April 22.


Lowell National Historical Park Textile Treasure Tour 

Your tour of Lowell's textile treasures includes the following:

  • New England Quilt Museum - You will begin your tour on historic Shattuck Street at the New England Quilt Museum. After an introduction by Museum Staff, you will view some of the finest examples of historical and contemporary quilts, including selections from the museum's permanent collection as well as changing exhibitions of traditional or contemporary quilts.
  • The American Textile History Museum, where you're surrounded with the sights and sounds of the history of cloth making in the United States. After enjoying a sumptuous lunch at the Seasoned Chef Gazebo Cafe, you will journey through the Textile Museum where you will discover a collection of 249 spinning wheels, an elegant historic costume collection, a water-powered filling and carding mill, an operational 1870s woolen mill, and a 1940s weave shed manufacturing reproduction fabric.
  • Boott Cotton Mills Museum - Complete your Textile Treasure Tour at the restored 1870s Boott Cotton Mills Museum at Lowell National Historical Park, where you will trace the footsteps of mill girls and immigrant workers, and feel the rumble of 90 working power looms. Interactive oral history programs, rare images from the past, mill models, and vintage machines bring the story of Lowell's proud textile heritage to life.


Lowell National Historical Park Tours 

Lowell National Historical Park commemorates and preserves the birthplace of America's Industrial Revolution. Tours available through the National Park during the summer months include:

  • The Lowell Canal Tour:
    This 90-minute tour travels by foot, trolley and boat along the Pawtucket Canal to the river. Discover how the demand for waterpower forever changed the river and the city of Lowell. 
    Sat.-Sun.& Columbus Day, 11:00 a.m., 12:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m. 
    Canal tour times and schedules may be modified at any time depending on water levels.
    Ticket Prices: Great Gate & Guard Locks and Pawtucket to the River: Adults: $8.00; Seniors: $7.00 (Ages 62+); Youths: $6.00 (Ages 6-16); Children: Free (Ages 5 and under).

    **Reservations are required for all canal tours. All canal tour reservations must be ticketed and paid for no later than thirty minutes before the start of the tour; at that time, unclaimed reservations will be released and sold to waiting visitors. Buy a "Park Package"-Combine a canal tour with a visit to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum and receive a discount! Call 978-970-5000 for more information.

  • Views of Lowell Trolley Tour:
    Join a park ranger for a guided tour of historic downtown Lowell on the park's trolley. Each tour will highlight a different view of Lowell's story as seen through the trolley, from canals to mill workers to ethnic neighborhoods. Reservations are required. Mon.-Fri., 2:30 p.m.