Rich in American history, this peaceful town offers sophistication, serenity, and the great outdoors
Known as the birthplace of the United States, Lexington is an idyllic, spacious suburban town in eastern Massachusetts, ten miles from Boston and 22 miles from Massachusetts Bay. Boasting extensive parks, playgrounds, and sports fields, as well as conservation areas that collectively offer over 50 miles of trails, Lexington is a delight for lovers of the great outdoors. Lexington is distinguished by its many well-preserved homes, dating to the eighteenth century, in a broad range of architectural styles. You will find the unmistakable Federal Style characterized by symmetry and classic straight lines, Italianate homes with ornate towers and arches, sweeping gabled roofs in rustic Shingle, and Gothic, Tudor, Greek, and Spanish Revival Styles.
Lexington’s quaint downtown is walkable and lively, and its residential areas feature wide, tree-lined streets with spectacular displays of fall foliage. Long an agricultural hub of Massachusetts, Lexington retains its country atmosphere in seasonal farm stands, local produce markets, and delicious farm-to-table cuisine offered at the Town Meeting Bistro. Famed for being the site of the first shots fired in the American Revolutionary War, the town offers numerous museums and historical sites commemorating the Minutemen and Lexington’s significant legacy in the nation’s independence.
Seamlessly integrated with the local woods and open spaces, Lexington offers its residents a peaceful suburban life complete with excellent restaurants and a wonderful arts scene, striking an easy balance between casual and classic. With its fantastic schools and expansive preserves and parks, Lexington offers an idyllic, joyful life for families. Lexington’s cultural life, like the town itself, is small, neighborly, and refined. When you live in Lexington, you can enjoy a night out at Cary Hall, home to the Lexington Symphony which presents music and theater shows throughout the year. Or you can join a local art class, pottery, metalsmithing, painting, woodwork, and more at LCE or the Munroe Center, and create something beautiful in serene surroundings with other Lexington locals.
Downtown Lexington is home to an array of independent stores, boutiques, music, and theater venues, bars, and restaurants with a European flair. You will find a wide selection of French gourmet foods at Ma France or be transported to the warm coasts of Southern Italy at Il Casale, serving authentic Neapolitan cuisine. Locavores delight in produce grown and sold at Wilson Farm, a long-time Lexington establishment offering a wide selection of fine foods, seasonal events, and a plant nursery.
Lexington’s nature preserves and conservation areas have 1,400-acres of woods and trails for hiking, biking, and birdwatching. Lexington is also a cultural gem—if you’re not off to Cary Hall to attend a show, head over to LCE for a concert, poetry reading, or community class in music appreciation, literature, languages, cooking, arts, spirituality, and much more. Every summer, local artists open their studios and display their work at the Open Studios art festival.
History buffs enjoy Munroe Tavern, whose archives hold over 20,000 items from local history, dating from the 1630s to the present. Lexington’s many historical sites—with a special focus on the Revolutionary War—offer informative and charming tours, though the town’s history highlighting is its reenactment of the Battle of Lexington, performed annually during Patriot’s Day weekend. Enjoy a round of golf in the crisp New England air at Pine Meadows golf course and country club, or improve your game at Stone Meadow driving range, where they have a full complement of practice facilities.
The highly ranked Lexington Public School District serves one High School, two Middle Schools, and six Elementary Schools. There are three private High Schools and five Elementary & Middle Schools.
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