Whether you live in Concord, Massachusetts, or visit for a day or two, my Walking Tours will show you the town’s beauties and natural history:
Walk along Monument Street to Old North Bridge and the Old Manse, scene of the first American victory in the Revolutionary War. Stroll along Lexington Road to the homes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Alcotts, Hawthornes, and the inventor of the Concord grape. Visit the graves of Concord’s famous citizens in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Make the hike around Walden Pond, see a replica of Henry David Thoreau‘s little forest cabin, then take a dip in the pond’s pure waters as he did. Follow Minute Man National Historical Park’s Battle Road along which British Redcoats and American Minutemen fought in 1775.
Historic homes, including Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, are open as museums, and the Concord Museum is a treasure house of Concord history and art. Several world-famous sculptures are yours to see anytime.
Concord has cozy country inns, B&Bs, and modern hotels, restaurants from pizza to fine dining, great cafés and taverns, and artistic shops for both browser and buyer.
Following my walking tours, you can see the top sights of Concord in a half day, or spend a full day immersed in its natural beauty, historic sites, and outdoor exercise possibilities.
The Concord Museum holds the history and culture of the town, including all the original furnishings of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study, and one of the lanterns that hung in the tower of Old North Church to signal that “the Regulars are out!” The homes of Emerson, the Alcotts, the Hawthornes, and Thoreau’s birthplace are now museums open to the public as well.
First on everyone’s list is Walden Pond, great for a walk, a hike or a swim, but Concord has many other walking trails, and the long Bay Circuit Trail comes through town as well.
At South Bridge Boat House, rent a canoe or kayak for a paddle on the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers to Old North Bridge or Fairhaven Bay. Have your own water craft? Put it in the river at the Lowell Road Boat Ramp.
Concord’s country roads are popular with bicyclers. Shared bikes are great for short trips, and local bike shops rent bikes for longer excursions. You can even bring your own bike on the Commuter Rail trains right to the center of Concord.
Concord’s calendar of cultural activities is long and varied, with amateur, semi-professional and professional musical and theater ensembles, some featuring world-class artists.
Arts organizations include the Concord Band, Concord Orchestra, Concord Players, Concord Chamber Music Society, Beyond the Notes, Balkan Music Night, Concord Youth Theater, and numerous choral groups.
Arts and entertainment venues include: 51 Walden Street, The Umbrella, Concord Free Public Library, Concord Academy, and Concord-Carlisle High School.