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40 Reasons to Visit Lexington and Concord, Mass.
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Concord's Colonial Inn, Concord, Mass. (photo by Eric H.)

Article by Eric H.
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:

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 Revolutionary War.
3. Buy some fresh produce at Wilson Farm in Lexington. Wilson Farm started out as a small mom and pop farmstand; now it is huge with some incredible produce, meats and cheeses as well as an impressive gardening center.
4. Explore Minuteman National Park to see the battlefields and structures associated with the opening battle of the Revolutionary War.
5. Feast on New England fare at the historic Concord's Colonial Inn.
6. Come to the Lexington Battle Green and the Lexington Minuteman Statue -- the latter memoralizing the Lexington Minuteman.
7. Tour the National Hertiage Museum in Lexington, showcasing American history and popular culture.
8. Try the delicious baked ziti at Mario's in downtown Lexington. This small restaurant has been around forever!
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 Depot Square in Concord.
11. Also enjoy the homeamde ice cream at Rancatore's in downtown Lexington.
12. Travel to the Concord Museum with its historical collection, American literary treasures, a nationally-significant collection of Concord clocks, silver and furniture in self-touring galleries with the Exploring Concord film.
13. Take a self-guided tour of the Old Manse (next to the Old North Bridge), built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson.
14. Order some delicious Greek-style pizza at New London Style pizza at Depot Square in Concord.
15. Visit the Concord Library. It's a beauty built in 1873.
16. Enjoy a Chinese meal at Chang An, Depot Square.
17. Buy some regional gifts at the Shop at Walden Pond.
18. Sit on a bench at historic Monument Square in Concord. Very relaxing place in the heart of a classic, historic New England town!
19.  Take a tour of the 1710 Buckman Tavern in Lexington. This is where several Minutemen met on April 19, 1775,, awaiting the arrival of the British.
20. Go on the Liberty Ride, a trolley that tours Lexington and Concord.
21. Visit the Orchard House, the Alcott family home.
22. Eat some very good Thai food at the Lemongrass in downtown Lexington.
23. Tour the Sleepy Hollow Cemtery 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 in West Concord where you can buy health food, supplements and its famous, delicious "Sisters Stark" granola.
25. Also in West Concord, be sure to shop at the West Concord 5 & 10. 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!
27. Be sure not to miss the Toy Shop of Concord. Some really high quality-made toys here and a sense of pride of local ownership.
28. Enjoy some homemade pasta at Via Lago in downtown Lexington.
29. Go to a movie at the Flick Theaters in downtown Lexington.
30. Try the amazing roast beef at Prime Roast Beef and Seafood in Lexington.
31. Visit the independently-owned Concord Bookshop on Main St.
32. Eat at the Walden Grille. The steak, chicken ad seafood is excellent, and the atmosphere kind of a mix of upscale and casual. This place has been around a long time and with good reason.
33. Sample the amazing artisan breads and baked goods at the Nashoba Brook Bakery in West Concord.
34. Rent a canoe or kayak at the South Bridge Boat House, and enjoy the Concord River.
35. Hike the Estabrook Woods in 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 the Chinese food dinner buffet at Yangzte River in downtown Lexington.
38. Be sure to visit Verrill Farm on Wheeler Rd. This is an amazing 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 Subury River.
40. Shop at the Seasons Four, an outdoor living store with outdoor furniture, perrenials/annuals, tree and shrubs and a lot more. I rememeber this place as a kid growing up in the 1970s, and it is still going strong!

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