Must-see attractions in Boston's Western Suburbs

  • Minute Man National Historic Park

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    The route that British troops followed to Concord has been designated the Minute Man National Historic Park. The visitor center at the eastern end of the…

  • DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    The magical DeCordova Sculpture Park encompasses 35 acres of green hills, providing a spectacular natural environment for a constantly changing exhibit of…

  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    This is the final resting place for the most famous Concordians. Though the entrance is only a block east of Monument Sq, the most interesting part,…

  • Old North Bridge

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    A half-mile north of Monument Sq in Concord center, the wooden span of Old North Bridge is the site of the ‘shot heard around the world’ (as Emerson wrote…

  • Autumn Trees at Walden Pond

    Walden Pond

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Henry David Thoreau took the naturalist beliefs of transcendentalism out of the realm of theory and into practice when he left the comforts of the town…

  • Lowell National Historic Park

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    The historic buildings in the city center – connected by the trolley and canal boats – constitute the national park, which gives a fascinating peek at the…

  • Concord Museum

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Southeast of Monument Sq, Concord Museum brings the town’s diverse history under one roof. The museum’s prized possession is one of the ‘two if by sea’…

  • Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Five blocks northeast of the visitors center, the Boott Cotton Mills Museum has exhibits that chronicle the rise and fall of the industrial revolution in…

  • Discovery Museum & Discovery Woods

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    This fabulous kids' spot offers a slew of newly imagined, immersive experiences focused on science. Even better, the new outdoor space offers many…

  • Fruitlands Museums

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Here is a beautifully landscaped, 210-acre property that was the site of Bronson Alcott's short-lived experiment in communal living. The original hillside…

  • Battle Green

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    The historic Battle Green is where the skirmish between patriots and British troops jump-started the War of Independence. The Lexington Minuteman Statue …

  • Munroe Tavern

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    One mile east of the Battle Green, this historic tavern is named for the 18th-century proprietor, William Munroe, who was also an orderly sergeant in the…

  • Wayside

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Also known as the 'Home of Authors,' this gracious Colonial mansion was home to three writers of note during the 19th century. Louisa May Alcott,…

  • Robbins House

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Just opposite the Old North Bridge, this modest 544-sq-ft clapboard farmhouse belonged to the family of Caesar Robbins, one of Concord's first freed…

  • Buckman Tavern

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Facing the Battle Green, the 1709 Buckman Tavern was the headquarters of the minutemen. Here, they spent the tense hours between the midnight call to arms…

  • Whistler House Museum of Art

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    James Abbott McNeill Whistler's birthplace, built in 1823, is the home of the Lowell Art Association. It houses a small collection of work by New England…

  • Old Manse

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Right next to Old North Bridge, the Old Manse was built in 1769 by Ralph Waldo’s grandfather, Reverend William Emerson. Today, it’s filled with mementos,…

  • Orchard House

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Louisa May Alcott (1832–88) was a junior member of Concord’s august literary crowd, but her work proved to be durable: Little Women is among the most…

  • New England Quilt Museum

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    This little museum has found its niche. The friendly, knowledgeable staff members show off a collection of nearly 500 antique and contemporary quilts from…

  • Brush Art Gallery & Studios

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    This gallery and studio space was founded by the local historical commission as part of the city's ongoing revitalization efforts. Stop by to see exhibits…

  • Mill Girls & Immigrants

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    This special exhibit examines the lives of working people. There are also a few Jack Kerouac artifacts, including the Lowell writer's typewriter and…

  • Thoreau Farm

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Fans of Thoreau can travel off the beaten path to the house where he was born, which is about 2.4 miles east of Concord center. Henry David lived in his…

  • Hancock-Clarke House

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    This 1737 house was the home of Reverend John Hancock (grandfather of the John Hancock, the Declaration signer). On the night of April 18, 1775, the good…

  • Monument Square

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    The grassy center of Monument Sq is a favorite resting and picnicking spot for cyclists touring Concord's scenic roads. At the southeastern end of the…

  • Jack Kerouac Commemorative

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Dedicated in 1988, the Jack Kerouac Com­memorative features a landscaped path where excerpts of the writer’s work are posted, including opening passages…

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    This house is where the philosopher lived for almost 50 years until 1882. Emerson was the paterfamilias of literary Concord, one of the great literary…

  • Edson Cemetery

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Two miles south of Lowell center, Kerouac is buried in the Sampas family plot at Edson Cemetery. His grave remains a pilgrimage site for devotees who were…

  • Concord Art

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Recently celebrating its centenary, this long-standing art center hosts free exhibitions, artist talks and other events. Stop by to see what Concord's…

  • Bullet Hole House

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    On your way up to Old North Bridge, look for the yellow Bullet Hole House, where British troops purportedly fired at the owner of the house as they…