Planning a Trip
From downtown Boston, take Storrow Drive or Memorial Drive to Route 2. Take Route 2 from Cambridge through Belmont, exit at Route 4/225, and follow signs to the center of Lexington. Or take Route 128 (I-95) to Exit 31A and follow the signs. Massachusetts Avenue -- the same Massachusetts Avenue you saw in Boston and Cambridge -- runs through Lexington. There's metered parking on the street and in several municipal lots, and free parking at the National Heritage Museum and the National Historical Park.
The MBTA (tel. 617/222-3200; www.mbta.com) runs bus route nos. 62 (Bedford) and 76 (Hanscom) to Lexington from Alewife station, the last stop on the Red Line. The one-way fare is $1.25 with a CharlieCard or $1.50 with a CharlieTicket, and the trip takes about 25 minutes. Buses leave every hour during the day and every half-hour during rush periods, Monday through Saturday, with no service on Sunday. They pass the Munroe Tavern and the National Heritage Museum, if you prefer not to walk from the center of town. There's no public transit between Lexington and Concord, but the seasonal Liberty Ride tour connects the towns.
The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 1875 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA 02420 (tel. 781/862-1450; www.lexingtonchamber.org), distributes sketch maps and information. It's open daily from 9am to 5pm (Dec-Mar 10am-4pm).
Touring Lexington & Concord -- The Liberty Ride (tel. 781/862-0500, ext. 702; www.libertyride.us) is a 90-minute trolley tour, narrated by a costumed guide, which connects the attractions in both towns. It operates from 10:30am to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday of Patriots' Day weekend and daily from Memorial Day weekend through late October; check ahead for schedules and to confirm that it's running. Tickets -- $25 for adults, $10 for children 5 to 17, free for children 4 and under -- are good for 24 hours and include admission to all three Lexington Historical Society houses. There's free parking at the National Heritage Museum and the national park, and your ticket entitles you to discounts at local attractions.