Concord Visitor Center

Explore Concord and its historic Sites, unique shops and restaurants, and nature at its best! 

Concord is important in three periods of history. Incorporated and settled in 1635 by 12 English Puritan families. It was the first settlement inland and above tidewater which meant it was accessible only by land. The settlers chose the name Concord for the town because it was their intention to live in peace and harmony not only with each other but also the Native Americans who had occupied the land for thousands of years. Located at the junctions of the Concord/Sudbury and Assabet Rivers which had abundant runs of shad, alewife, herring and salmon. On April 19th, 1775, it was the scene of the first battle of the War for Independence – the American Revolution, the battle of Lexington and Concord. During the middle of the nineteenth century, a period aptly called “The Flowering of New England,” Concord was home to some of the greatest minds in America. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson Alcott, and his daughter Louisa May Alcott, lived, talked, and wrote in Concord. Because of them, visitors, both literary and transcendental, flocked to this town which became an American Athens.

Through the years, the people of Concord have carefully preserved the historic and literary aspects of the town and, in addition, have maintained a commitment to the conservation of generous amounts of open space and wilderness areas. Bucolic places like Walden Pond, now a State Reservation are now protected for posterity. The three historic Cemeteries especially Sleepy Hollow where the authors and other people of note are buried. Private and public endeavors have preserved the homes of the Concord authors while the Minute Man National Park manages the North Bridge and Battle Road areas. Justly proud of its rich cultural heritage, the Concord of today continues to foster the arts, having a chorus, orchestra, band, four theater companies, two art centers, museums, historic houses and a theater for the performing arts.

Contact Information

58 Main St. Concord, MA 01742

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Phone: 978-318-3061

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Reviews

Dr. Rosie Ann Riley   July 21, 2022
This center is located in the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Tim Sink, President of Chamber assisted me because the lady who run visitor center was on vacation. There are numerous brochures, pamphlets and guides for Concord and surrounding area. They also have souvenirs; books, key rings, stickers, magnets, t-shirts and much much more! The building design and decorations are simply beautiful and feels very inviting. I highly recommend making this your first stop in Concord.
Thais Williams   May 29, 2022
Super awesome visitor center. Tours available during the week at 1 for general history. Lasts about 1.5 hours, no strenuous walking. For specialized tours like women, indigenous, etc, need schedule ahead of time. Tour per adult is around $20 for general that covers founding, first settlers, revolutionary war, literary and a bit of civil war. Well well worth it.
Tory Williams   May 29, 2022
Super awesome visitor center. Tours available during the week at 1 for general history. Lasts about 1.5 hours, no strenuous walking. For specialized tours like women, indigenous, etc, need schedule ahead of time. Tour per adult is around $20 for general that covers founding, first settlers, revolutionary war, literary and a bit of civil war. Well well worth it.
Thais “Tory” Williams   May 29, 2022
Super awesome visitor center. Tours available during the week at 1 for general history. Lasts about 1.5 hours, no strenuous walking. For specialized tours like women, indigenous, etc, need schedule ahead of time. Tour per adult is around $20 for general that covers founding, first settlers, revolutionary war, literary and a bit of civil war. Well well worth it.
Juhee Kang   May 8, 2022
Very helpful staff to begin with. Highly recommend doing the walking tour (everyday 1pm). Our lovely guide, Stephanie was full of vigor and wondrous stories of good ole Concord. She showed places and corners of the beautiful town near the main street that would otherwise haven't been looked at. Loved every single minute of it and I am still replaying the windy spring night when Prescott escaped the crown patrol and hurriedly brought the news to Concord and the vicinities. + Alcotts will forever and always be my favorite Concord writer
John Nesbit   October 20, 2021
Helpful and friendly, located in center of town
John Matthews   October 4, 2021
Great staff who tried to help me find out some Fletcher genealogy information
Angela Landorf   September 30, 2021
Amy was an amazing tour guide. She catered the tour to our interests and was very informative. We are so glad we found the tour as it was well worth the time!
Margaret Von Bevern   August 13, 2021
Good place to stop by
Lynn McCord   August 3, 2021
Very nice & informative woman working. Small center.
David Day   July 29, 2021
Friendly people with lots of info and brochures
Mardy Stevens   July 21, 2021
A beautiful day plus a well-paced, informative tour.....priceless!
Cynthia P.   March 8, 2021
My friend and I just did the Women of Concord Walking Tour and truly enjoyed it. Amy was our fabulous guide and we learned so many interesting historical...
Sarah B.   February 23, 2021
We did a private walking tour with Mary Wren on the indigenous people of Concord. It was fantastic. All of the info was extremely interesting and Mary Wren...
Laura C.   November 21, 2020
Took the Concord History Walking Tour today, and it far exceeded my expectations. First, it's a perfect outdoor activity during our COVID times. Second, our...
Jack Carr   November 10, 2020
Using a tour of the old cement was started here
Gretchen B.   September 30, 2020
Came here for a walk with friends and definitely will be back. Beautiful, historical, and lots of fun. The visitor center was of course closed due to COVID,...
nicole thibeault   September 8, 2020
They were really helpful here. Explaining maps and really know there stuff.
Thomas Kelly   August 25, 2020
Nice
Steve B.   August 17, 2020
Great day for a boys day out. Took my 4 and 2 year old boys out for an outing at Minuteman Park. The visitors center did great with Covid restrictions....
Dale Graessle   March 15, 2020
We meet here frequently to park for our bike rides on weekends. Nice that there is no parking fee on weekends.
David C.   November 11, 2019
I love visitor centers! There's so much to history and lots of panels to read, but in here, they have a video presentation to summarize everything! The...
Lisa M.   September 16, 2019
Playing catch up on reviews! So behind! Lots of cool places this week! Minute Man National Historical Park. We checked out Lexington Battle Green where...
Si Mitch   September 11, 2019
Great public conveniences - all visitors' centers had these!
Javier Molina   August 18, 2019
This stop is must on your first, second and following visits to Concord. They are welcoming and helpful. He were lucky to have Peter giving us the tour. He was the best host, knowledgeable, funny and full of hidden maps and visuals to make us picture the actual revolution as it was live! Plus- fresh water and clean restrooms are complimentary.
Steven Fennessy   April 19, 2019
Clean public restroom. Best one I've used today.
DeeCeeHawk   December 19, 2018
In the heart of Massachusetts, this is Concord. Historic, nostalgic, elegant, … Just a wonderful place to visit if you're in Massachusetts for an extra day, or even to squeeze it in for a few hours. The visitor center is quite informative, and will help you make the most of your time here in middle Massachusetts. Minuteman and history galore!
Dinesh Gundu   May 23, 2017
Well I haven't been in the visitor center but this is to tell folks googling about a small wooden bridge at the edge of parking lot which is a hidden beauty at the heart of the beautiful small town. P.S. you might want to use bug spray if planning on standing on this bridge for an extended period of time.
Dinesh Gundu   May 23, 2017
Well I haven't been in the visitor center but this is to tell folks googling about a small wooden bridge at the edge of parking lot which is a hidden beauty at the heart of the beautiful small town. P.S. you might want to use bug spray if planning on standing on this bridge for an extended period of time.