Minute Man National Historical Park Visitors' Center

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There is no shortage of activities to keep you busy and interested at the Minute Man National Historal Park. Attractions include spotlights on various historical events (many, but not all, revolutionary) and The Wayside: Home of Authors. If history's not your thing, take a hike - literally. There are several miles of trails on the park's property. Keep an eye out for the colorfully named eastern hellbender, a rare salamander that can be found in the Gauley River Gorge.


Venue name: Minute Man National Historical Park Visitors' Center
Address: 174 Liberty Street

Opening hours: Open Apr-Oct 9am-5pm daily; Nov 9am-4pm daily (phone for winter opening hours).
Transport: Tours June-mid Oct hourly 11am-4pm Wed-Sun. Mid Oct-May hourly 11am-4pm Sat, Sun.
Price: Admission free.
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The 30 minute presentation on the events that started the revolutionary war shown on the half hour in the Visitors Center is my favorite thing to take visitors who are new to Boston to. The audience is told the story of “the shot heard ‘round the world” by a local, using a clever mixture of audio, video and fixed props. On some weekends there are reenactments or docents in costume who provide additional color or detail that adds to the sense of being at a pivotal spot in history.