Lexington (Massachusetts)

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Lexington [1] is a northwestern suburb of Boston in Massachusetts.

Lexington's famous Minute Man Statue, located on the town's historic Battle Green.

Understand[edit]

The Birthplace of American Liberty, the Lexington Green is where the first shot the American Revolution was fired and the first blood shed. Old cemeteries bear the names and dates of colonial families and many of the colonial houses have been preserved.

  • Visitor center, on the town common, or "Battle Green". Daily 9AM-5PM, except Dec-Mar 10AM-4PM.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Logan International Airport in Boston is the closest major airport, located about 17 miles from Lexington Center, and depending on traffic is around 45 minutes to reach Lexington.
  • The Laurence G. Hanscom Field [2], a civil general aviation airport, is located in Bedford, Massachusetts.
  • Other regional airports include:
  • Worcester Regional Airport, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • T. F. Green Airport, Warwick, Rhode Island
  • Manchester Airport, Manchester, New Hampshire

By train[edit]

  • There are no MBTA Commuter Rail stops within the town of Lexington itself. However, there are stations in several surrounding towns, including Belmont, Waltham, Lincoln, Winchester, and Woburn.

By car[edit]

  • Lexington is most accessible by the two highways that run through it, Interstate 95 (Route 128) and Route 2. On Interstate 95, take exit 31 or 32. On Route 2, take exit 53, 54 (westbound only), 55 (eastbound only), or 56. From Boston or Cambridge, if you follow Massachusetts Avenue through Arlington to Lexington you are retracing the route that William Dawes (and to some extent Paul Revere) used to warn the colonists in Lexington of the approaching British troops.

By bus[edit]

  • MBTA bus #62 [3] and #76 [4] provide service to Lexington. They run from the Alewife subway station (the end of the line on the Red line) that bring you to the center of town, where 'the Green' is (site of the skirmish between British controlled forces and colonial irregulars). Of these the 76 - Hanscom Field bus should also be able to bring you close enough to walk to some of the other Revolutionary War sites on the far side of 95 aka Route 128.
  • There is an intra-town bus service, Lexpress, which can be useful in getting to different points in the town. See "Get around".

By bike[edit]

  • Minuteman Bikeway, Massachusetts Av. at Miriam Av. On the trackbed of the railroad. The bikepath starts at the Alewife subway station, near the Arlington/Cambridge border, and roughly parallels Massachusetts Avenue through Arlington and Lexington.

Get around[edit]

  • Tip: Most of the attractions and dining, shopping and entertainment options are located in or near the town center, so be sure to first visit the center, and then fan out from there.
  • Lexpress Bus +1-781-861-1210, e-mail: . Lexington's in-town public transit service. Three buses run six routes throughout Lexington during the week (except legal holidays) from 6:45AM to 6:25PM in September-June, and 7AM to 6:25PM during July and August. $2.00.
  • Liberty Ride [5] is a seasonal trolley between Lexington and Concord that serves many of the tourist attractions.

See[edit]

  • Minute Man National Historical Park is partly in Lexington. For information see Concord.
  • The Battle Green, which includes the famous Minuteman Statue and the nation's oldest war monument. Capt. John Parker, who commanded the Lexington militia. His famous command was, "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!"
  • In close proximity to the Green is the Old Belfry, the Old Depot and the adjacent Depot Square.
  • The Old Burying Ground, featuring the oldest gravestones in the town, dating back to the 1690s, and the burial site of Captain John Parker and the British soldier wounded on the British retreat from Concord on April 19, 1775.
Buckman Tavern.
  • The Buckman Tavern, 1 Bedford Street, [6]. Daily 10AM-4PM, mid Apr-Oct. Built around 1710, is the only building still on the Green that was there during the Battle of Lexington. The Minutemen gathered here to await word of British troop movements, and they brought their wounded here after the conflict.
  • Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock Street, [7]. Daily May-Oct. This is where Samuel Adams and John Hancock were staying when Paul Revere arrived. They fled to nearby Woburn. The 1698 house, furnished in colonial style, contains Lexington Historical Society's museum.
  • Munroe Tavern, 1332 Massachusetts Avenue, [8]. Daily May-Oct. Taken by the British to use as a headquarters and hospital this 1690 building has period furniture. Gardens are historically accurate.
  • The Lexington Bicentennial Band, [9]; and the Lexington Sinfonietta, [10].

Do[edit]

  • Tour
  • Battle Green Guides, Phone: +1 339-223-5623. Tours available from spring through fall to give visitors a free historic tour of the Battle Green and Old Burying Ground. Private tours $50.
  • Liberty Ride, Phone: +1 781 862-0500, ext. 702, [11], a 90-minute tour along the historic Battle Road with a costumed guide who recounts the exciting events of April 19, 1775 and the literary legacy that defined American identity and culture. Operates from October 15 to May 27 and has departures at 10:30AM, 12 Noon, 1:30PM, and 3PM. Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for students (5-17). Free for children under 5.
  • Pine Meadows Golf Course225 Cedar Street +1 781 862-5516. A 9-hole/35-par municipal course.
  • The Lexington Venue1794 Massachusetts Ave +1 781 861-6161. One of the last remaining small-town cinemas in the area that features indie and foreign films along with the obligatory blockbuster.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Specialty

  • Note: There are no fast-food chain restaurants in Lexington, so be prepared to stay a bit if you go out to eat, although there are Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, along with a couple quick-fix cafés and the like.

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

For more history its neighboring Concord or Boston. North Shore towns have the closest beaches. The White Mountains are great for hiking, fall foliage viewing or skiing.

Routes through Lexington
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ConcordLincoln  W MA Route 2.svg E  Arlington/BelmontBoston


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