|What to See & Do in Concord MA|
|The pretty town of Concord, Massachusetts, surrounded by beautiful countryside with rivers running through, is rich in history and literary associations.|
Concord's many historic sites and buildings (map) provide worthy goals for lots of walks, drives and bike rides. There's also good shopping in Concord center and West Concord, and more than a dozen good places to dine.
The Concord Trolley is a free hop on-hop off bus connecting the MBTA Commuter Rail Concord Center station on Thoreau Street with the principal visitor destinations in town: Concord Visitor Center, Old North Bridge, Concord Museum & Emerson House, Orchard House & The Wayside, Meriam's Corner (Battle Road Trail) and Minute Man National Historical Park Visitor Center. Twice a day it also stops at the MBTA West Concord station. More...
Note that the trolley does not currently take you to Walden Pond, a 1.6-mile (2.6-km, 30- to 35-minute) walk along Walden Street from the station.
The center of Concord is a small rectangular park with the Colonial Inn at one end, the historic Wright Tavern at the other, and several historic churches, chief of which is the meetinghouse of the First Parish in Concord. More...
Gathered under this rubric are numerous historic sites important to Revolutionary War history, including Battle Road and Old North Bridge, as well as Concord's African-American and Abolitionist History Center. More...
Historic events and notable people fill Concord's past, and many of the houses in which events happened and people lived have been preserved.
On the other side of Monument Square, along Lexington Road, are several other important houses. Ralph Waldo Emerson's House is across the street from the Concord Museum, and both are on the way to Orchard House, home to the Alcott family (including Bronson and Louisa May), and The Wayside, home to the Alcotts and the Hawthornes.
The Concord River is a fine place for a day's paddling. Glide downriver to Old North Bridge, then paddle back up spotting birds, turtles and other denizens. You can even see where Concord's original Indian inhabitants had lived. More...
Formerly Concord Junction, this village 2.7 miles (4.35 km) west of Concord center has a surprising number of fine food shops and eateries, as well as Concord's other train station. More...
In neighboring Sudbury, this colonial-era inn featured in Longfellow's Tales from a Wayside Inn is still in operation, offering food, drink and lodging. On the grounds are a restored Grist Mill and the Martha-Mary Chapel, a typical New England meetinghouse (church building). More...
Colonial Americans had trouble growing fine wine grapes, but they had no trouble growing fruit trees. This winery near Concord has revived the art of making tasty fruit wines from apples, pears, peaches, blueberries and other local orchard produce. In autumn, it's a good place to pick-your-own apples. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan