West of Lexington's center stretches this 1,000-acre, three-parcel park that also extends into nearby Lincoln and Concord. Begin your park visit at Lexington's Minute Man Visitor Center to see its free multimedia presentation, "The Road to Revolution," a captivating introduction to the events of April 1775. Then, continuing along Highway 2A toward Concord, you pass the point where Revere's midnight ride ended with his capture by the British; it's marked with a boulder and plaque, as well as an enclosure where rangers sometimes give educational presentations. You can also visit the 1732 Hartwell Tavern (open mid-April through late May, weekends 9:30–5:30, and late May through late October, daily 9:30–5:30), a restored drover's (driver's) tavern staffed by park employees in period costume; they frequently demonstrate musket firing or open-hearth cooking, and children are likely to enjoy the reproduction colonial toys.
North Bridge Visitor Center (174 Liberty St., Concord, 01742. 978/369–6993. Apr.–Oct., daily 9–5; Nov., daily 9–4; call for winter hrs.).