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Lexington shares the Minute Man National Historical Park with its neighboring community, Concord. This park commemorates the April 19, 1775 skirmish that is viewed by most as the first battle of the American Revolution, where the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired. This thousand-acre park has a variety of natural habitats, including forests, ponds, swamps and meadows. The park is open from sunrise to sunset everyday, but the visitor center is only open 9am to 5pm from April to October, with shorter hours during the winter. There are often guided tours or talks, especially on Patriot's Day (April 19).
The Hancock-Clarke House on Hancock Street is another prominent landmark not to missed in Lexington. This museum was the former home of John Hancock, an important figure in the American Revolution and thereafter. Several other revolutionary patriots also stayed in this house during the 1770s, and exhibits throughout the house covering their contribution to the war.
The Munroe Tavern on Massachusetts Avenue nearby is another American Revolution landmark, as it was commonly used for revolutionary meetings during the 1770s. The tavern is now a museum open to the public from April to October.
If you like outdoor activities, do not miss this opportunity to bike down the Minuteman Bikeway, which stretches from Cambridge to Bedford and runs through Lexington. The 11-mile trail is open from 5am to 9pm year-round to bicyclists, joggers, roller skaters and skiers.