Description - On April 19, 1775, the American Revolution began at Lexington and Concord with a clash of arms known to history as "the shot heard round the world." At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors.
- Minute Man National Historical Park preserves the site of the first battle of the American Revolution. The fighting occurred on April 19, 1775, on a road that is now named 'Battle Road' that connects Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts. Other sites within the park include North Bridge, Daniel Chester French's Minute Man statue and Revolutionary period houses. Another interesting historical site within the park is The Wayside, home of authors Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Margaret Sidney.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities at this historical park include viewing interpretive exhibits, guided touring, viewing demonstrations and walking. Two visitor centers will help orient visitors to attractions and events within the park. They are the North Bridge Visitor Center, Concord, and the Battle Road Visitor Center, Lexington. Three miles of hiking trails exist within the park.
Climate - Northeastern Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons. The summers are generally warm, but nights can be cool. Winters can be cold with wind, ice and snow. Spring and fall are pleasant with cool, mild temperatures.
The park headquarters are located in Concord, Massachusetts, with visitor centers in Concord and Lexington. Sites are located in northeastern Massachusetts between Lexington, Lincoln and Concord.