My husband and I hemmed and hawed over whether we should take this tour. I thought it would 'bring the place alive', and after conversing with the overly pushy sales woman at the Lexington Visitors Center, we plonked down the $50 (for two people) to go. We wish we hadn't.
The tour guide MUMBLED on and on at such a fast pace into his microphone that it was almost impossible to understand what he was saying. (I can't imagine what it would be like if English is not your first language). He droned on and on and on, hardly taking a breath and became incredibly boring very quickly. I had been hoping for a tour guide that would be animated and inspiring and put pauses in all the right places. Not here.
The tour price INCLUDES entry into 3 historical houses (Buckman Tavern, Hancock Clarke House and the Munroe Tavern) but TAKE NOTE, these are NOT part of the 90 minute tour -- you have to visit them by yourself BEFORE or AFTER the tour. Allow that extra time to be part of your day's schedule. (We didn't realize this when we bought the ticket).
When we later visited the 3 houses along with Lexington Battle Green and the Minute Man National Historical Park, the docent historical stories were so repetitive, I could have told THEM the story by the end of it. Seems to me they each need to say something a bit different (their piece of the pie) and KEEP IT BRIEF. People's attention span is only so much, especially when visiting all the different sights in one day. It just got really boring.
My take away is that if you have your own car and if you are an able under-55 year old, grab a local map and a guide book and do your own tour and save a lot of money! The Minute Man National Historical Park was especially good at making the story animated and interesting and would probably be the best place to head for if you have children. You can also get your National Park Passport stamp there.
Free parking is available with the paid ticket behind the Lexington Visitors Center. (You pay $2 to the lot attendant, then get it back)
I would not recommend this tour for youngsters (Under 55) or if you find it difficult getting on and off a trolley.
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