Lexington (Massachusetts)Lexington is a northwestern suburb of Boston in Massachusetts.
The Birthplace of American Liberty, the Lexington Green is where the first shot of 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.
- 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, 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
- 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.
- 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.
- MBTA bus #62 and #76 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".
- 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.
- 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.
phone: +1-781-861-1210Lexington'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.
- Liberty Ride is a seasonal trolley between Lexington and Concord that serves many of the tourist attractions.
- 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.
The Lexington Historical SocietyGives guided tours of three houses:
- The Buckman Tavern, 1 Bedford Street, . 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, . 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, . Daily May-Oct. Taken by the British to use as a headquarters and hospital this 1690 building has period furniture. Gardens are historically accurate.
- Battle Green Guides, Phone: +1 339-223-5623. Tours available from spring through fall to give visitors a free walking tour of the historic Lexington Battle Green and Old Burying Ground by enthusiastic tour guides dressed in colonial attire. Arranged tours available but requires a call beforehand.
Liberty Ride, Phone: +1 781 862-0500, ext. 702, , 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.
The Lexington Venue
Muse's Windowaddress: 1656 Massachusetts AvCrafts.
Alexander's Pizzaaddress: 180 Bedford StreetA quick and unpretentious Greek pizza shop.
address: 1777 Massachusetts Av
Dabinaddress: 10 Muzzey StreetAuthentic Japanese and Korean cuisine.
Daikanyamaaddress: 43 Waltham StQuaint Japanese restaurant. Features Sushi bar.
Khushbooaddress: 1709 Massachusetts AvIndian.
Lemon Grassaddress: 1710 Massachusetts AvThai cuisine
address: 1666 Mass. Av
Mario's Italian Restaurantaddress: 1733 Mass AvReasonably priced Italian restaurant.
address: 94 Hartwell AvFine Dining.
Teppanyakiaddress: 27 Waltham St.Hibachi-style Japanese restaurant. Also features sushi bar and some Chinese food.
address: 41 Waltham StreetUpscale pizza.
address: 1845 Massachusetts AveAll-day café.
address: 21 Depot SqChinese.
address: 182 Bedford StreetFreshly baked French pastries.
Rancatore's Ice Creamaddress: 1752 Mass AvHome made ice cream and sauces. Shades of vanilla and chocolate.
- 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.
phone: +1 339 970-0187address: 1720 Massachusetts AveCyclist focused coffee shop and bike repair spot conveniently located near the Minuteman Bike Trail. Ride has a selection of locally roasted coffees and well made espresso drinks. There is also a small menu of locally sourced food and if you happen to have bike trouble, they can probably fix it for you.
address: 1749 Mass AvCoffee, tea, pastry.
address: 189 Wood Street3 rooms.
address: 24 Eldred St3 rooms.
Greentrees Bed & Breakfastaddress: 40 Sherburne Road2 rooms.
address: 205 Follen Road3 rooms.
Pacem Bed & Breakfastaddress: 62 Sherburne Road3 rooms.
address: 440 Bedford St
phone: +1 781 761-1700address: 727 Marrett Road
Element Lexingtonaddress: 727 Marrett Road