Lexington and Concord, Mass., are best known as key locations
in the Revolutionary War. Today, with many related historical travel
attractions wonderfully intact and shopping, dining, lodging and
recreational opportunities, Lexington and Concord thrive as famous New
England travel destinations. Here is what we recommend visiting in
these two beautiful towns, located only 30-45 minutes west of Boston:
40 Reasons to
Visit Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts
Article and photos by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on Aug. 16, 2017.
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Lexington Minuteman Statue and Buckman Tavern.
1. Go swimming and take a walk (approximately 45 minutes) at beautiful Walden Pond in Concord, former home of author
Henry David Thoreau.
2. Visit the Old
North Bridge in Concord, site of the first victory in the American
3. Buy some fresh produce at Wilson Farm at 10 Pleasant St. in
Lexington. Wilson Farm
started out as a small mom and pop farm stand; now it is huge with some
incredible produce, meats and cheeses as well as an impressive
4. Explore Minuteman
National Historical Park to see the battlefields and
structures associated with the opening battle of the Revolutionary War.
Old North Bridge, Concord.
5. Feast on New England fare at the historic Concord's
6. Come to the Lexington Battle Green and the Lexington Minuteman
Statue in downtown Lexington -- the latter memorializing the Lexington
7. Tour the National Museum of Scotland at 33 Marrett Rd. in Lexington,
showcasing Scottish history and culture.
8. Try the delicious baked ziti at Mario's at 1733 Mass. Ave. in
downtown Lexington. This small restaurant has been around forever!
Mario's restaurant, Lexington.
9. Bike, walk or roller blade on the Minuteman Bikeway, a paved 11-mile
paving running through Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge.
10. Enjoy the homemade ice cream at Bedford Farms at 68 Thoreau St.,
Depot Square, in Concord.
11. Also enjoy the homemade ice cream at Rancatore's at 1752 Mass. Ave.
in downtown Lexington.
12. Travel to the Concord Museum at 200 Lexington Rd. in Concord with
its historical collection,
American literary treasures, a nationally-significant collection of
Concord clocks, silver and furniture in self-touring galleries.
13. Take a self-guided tour of the Old Manse (next to the Old North
Bridge), in Concord built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson.
14. Order some delicious Greek-style pizza at New London Style pizza at
71 Thoreau St., Depot Square, in Concord.
15. Visit the Concord Free Public Library at 129 Main St. in Concord.
It's a beauty built in 1873.
Concord Free Public Library.
16. Enjoy a Chinese meal at Chang An at 10 Concord Crossing, Depot
Square, in Concord.
17. Buy some regional gifts at the Shop at Walden Pond, 915 Walden St.,
across from Walden Pond in Concord.
18. Take in historic New England at the Monument Square town green in
Concord. Very relaxing place in the heart of a classic, historic New
Monument Square, Concord.
19. Eat at the Main Street Market and Cafe at 42
Main St. in Concord. This cozy but bustling restaurant with a full bar
and entertainment offers great breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as
ice cream and plenty of baked goods!
20. Go on the Liberty Ride, a trolley that tours Lexington and
21. Visit the Orchard House, the Alcott family home, at 399 Lexington
Rd., in Concord.
22. Eat some very good Thai food at the Lemongrass at 1710 Mass. Ave.
in downtown Lexington.
23. Tour the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery at 34 Bedford Rd. in Concord.
Graves of notables like
home of the graves of Henry David Thoreau, Nathanial Hawthorne, Louisa
May Alcott, and Ralph Waldo Emerson can be seen here.
24. Enjoy Debra's Natural Gourmet at 98 Commonwealth Ave. in West
Concord where you can buy
health food, supplements and its famous, delicious "Sisters Stark"
25. Also in West Concord, be sure to shop at the West Concord 5 &
10 at 106 Commonwealth Ave.. You don't see too many old school stores
like this anymore!
26. We had mentioned Concord's Colonial Inn for a good meal. You can
also stay at this historic inn. Beautiful place!
Concord's Colonial Inn, Concord.
27. Be sure not to miss the Toy Shop of Concord at 89 Thoreau St.. Some
quality-made toys here and a sense of pride of local ownership.
28. Enjoy some homemade pasta at Via Lago at 1845 Mass. Ave. in
29. Go to a movie at the the Lexington Venue movie theater at 1745
Mass. Ave. in downtown Lexington.
30. Take a tour of the 1710 Buckman Tavern at 1 Bedford St. in downtown
Lexington. This is where
several Minutemen met on April 19, 1775, awaiting the arrival of the
British. You might even catch some free entertainment on a given night!
Junior Fife and Drum Corp at Buckman Tavern in Lexington.
31. Visit the independently-owned Concord Bookshop at 65 Main St. in
32. On the third Monday of April, you have to see the Patriots
Day parades, reenactments and other related events in Lexington and
Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriots'
33. Sample the amazing artisan breads and baked goods at the Nashoba
Brook Bakery at 153 Commonwealth Ave., #3, in West Concord.
34. Rent a canoe or kayak at the South Bridge Boat House at 496 Main
St. in Concord, and enjoy navigating the Concord River.
35. Hike the Estabrook Woods, two mile north of Concord. Not as
well-known, but certainly great for nature lovers.
36. Also hike/walk the scenic Great
Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
along the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. It's great for bird-watching.
Great Meadowns is huge-- 3,600 acres with lots of wetlands. A great way
to access Great Meadows in on Monson Rd., off Route 62 -- not too far
from downtown Concord.
37. Enjoy strolling tree-lined downtown Lexington and enjoying all the
big, old beautiful homes.
Beautiful homes across from the Lexington Town Green.
38. Be sure to visit Verrill Farm at Wheeler Rd. in Concord This is an
farmstand with very good produce, baked goods, home-cooked meals, and
many fun seasonal festivals and events.
39. Visit Fairhaven Hill off Route 117 in Concord for a wonderful hike
with nice views of Fairhaven Bay, leading into the Sudbury River.
40. Shop at the Seasons Four at 1265 Mass. Ave. in Lexington. It's an
outdoor living store with outdoor
furniture, perrenials/annuals, tree and shrubs and a lot more. I
remember this place as a kid growing up in the 1970s, and it is still
Downtown Lexington, Massachusetts.
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