town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States

Concord is a town in Massachusetts. One of the first battles of the American Revolution was fought here at the Old North Bridge. Henry David Thoreau penned Walden here. The home town of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott.


Get inEdit

By car, from Interstate 95 take Exit 29-B -- Route 2 West.

MBTA Commuter Rail has stops [1] in Concord center and West Concord. The Concord stop is closer to the tourist attractions than the West Concord stop. $9.25 one way from Boston North Station.

Get aroundEdit

Map of Concord (Massachusetts)

Traveling by car is easiest, but many of the tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other. Liberty Ride is a seasonal trolley between Lexington and Concord that serves many of the tourist attractions.


North Bridge Visitor Center: Nov-Mar: daily 11AM-3PM; Apr-Oct: daily 9AM-5PM.
Minute Man Visitor Center: Apr-Oct: daily 9AM-5PM; Oct-Nov: Daily 9AM-4PM.
Hartwell Tavern: Jun-Oct: daily 9:30AM-5:30PM.
The Wayside: open by guided tour. Jun-Oct: Th 2PM & 4PM; F Sa Su at 11AM, 1:30PM, 3PM & 4:30PM. Nathaniel Hawthorne's home.
A tomb at Sleepy Hollow - looks just like in the movies!
  • 3 Concord Museum, +1 978-369-9763. Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd, recording: +1 978-369-9609. $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $5 under 16. Emerson, Thoreau and more.    
  • 4 The Olde Manse, 269 Monument St, +1 978 369-3909. Mid Apr-Oct. $8/$5 under 16. Built in 1770 by the Reverend William Emerson. Later residents include his grandson Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathanial Hawthorne. Period furnishings and family memorabilia from the Emerson, Ripley and Hawthorne families. The grounds border on the Concord River, its neighbors include the Old North Bridge. Owned by Trustees of Reservations.    
  • 5 Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden St, +1 978 369-3254. (Rte. 126). 8AM-sunset. Walk, swim or fish where Thoreau did. See a replica of the Thoreau cabin. Parking lot closes if it reaches capacity. Parking $5.    
  • 6 Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, +1 978 443 4661. A twelve-mile long river wetlands conservation area, in two major parcels, stretching from the towns of Billerica (downstream) to Wayland (upstream), along the Concord and Sudbury rivers. Considered by some ornithologists among the best inland bird observatories in the state. The original 250-acre Concord parcel that started the sanctuary has long been known as the "Great Meadows," and was donated by Concord resident Samuel Hoar in 1944. There are several trails for daytime wildlife observation and walks, with trail-side observation blinds and an observation tower. The Dike Trail, a 1.7-mile loop circles one of the marsh pools. In winter, as snow permits: walking, snowshowing and cross-country skiing. Access by car: travel from Concord center east on Route 62 toward Bedford. After about one mile, turn left onto Monsen Road. Continue to the refuge entrance road to the left. The federal Fish and Wildlife Service manages the refuge.    
  • 7 Orchard House. Former home of the Alcott family and the setting of Little Women. Open for tours at varying times depending on season.    
  • Concord School of Philosophy. Founded by Bronson Alcott.
  • Wright Tavern.
  • First Parish in Concord.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson House.
  • 8 Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, +1 978 318-3300. Houses a priceless collection of oil paintings, marble sculpture and original Transcendental Movement manuscripts.    
  • Estabrook Woods.
  • Hapgood Wright Town Forest.
  • Concord Center A classic and historic New England town center, with small storefront shops.



The Grasshopper Shop of Concord





Go nextEdit

For more history it's Lexington or Boston. North Shore towns have the closest beaches. The White Mountains are great for hiking, fall foliage viewing or skiing.

Routes through Concord
FitchburgActon  W   E  LincolnBoston
FitchburgActon  W   E  LincolnBoston
HudsonActon  W   E  BedfordDanvers
HarvardActon  N   S  END
RindgeActon  W   E  END
FitchburgActon  NW   SE  LincolnBoston

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