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Step out of our door and step into history.  Visiting the Lexington Battle Green and the historic homes and taverns that played a vital role in the beginning of the American Revolution.  Hop on The Liberty Ride®, a trolley tour of area historic sites. Cycle along the Minuteman Bikeway, a beloved 11-mile rail trail, on one of the Inn’s bikes. Visit Walden Pond, where transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau lived and wrote. Go hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, or apple and berry picking. Visit beloved New England boarding schools, colleges, and universities, local farms, and parks. Branch out to explore nearby Concord, Harvard Square, Cambridge, the Merrimack Valley, and Salem, with countless cultural, sightseeing, and shopping excursions.

Great Brook Farm State Park
About 10 miles from the Inn, this park – with its own herd of Holstein cows – hosts more than 20 miles of trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. During the winter months, one of the cross-country ski trails is lit with lanterns to allow for moonlight skiing. The park’s Meadow Pond is an ideal fishing site and has a canoe launch. The park also has an ice cream stand open through October.

Minute Man National Visitor Center
At this visitor center, just 2 miles from the Inn, guests may watch the first battle of the American Revolution come to life before their eyes as they explore the battlefields, battlements, and skirmishes associated with this clash on April 19, 1775.

The Old Reservoir
Just 1 mile from the Inn, the Old Reservoir used to provide drinking water for Lexington residents. It has since been converted into a recreation area for summertime swimming and picnicking, as well as wintertime ice skating.

Walden Pond
Walden Pond is located in nearby Concord, about 6 miles from the Inn. The pond was famously home to transcendentalist writer-philosopher Henry David Thoreau. Today, Walden Pond Reservation is a popular attraction for swimmers, walkers, and beachgoers.

Wright-Locke Farm
Four miles from the Inn, Wright-Locke Farm has many lovely trails that are popular year-round for walking and in the winter for cross-country skiing. Wildlife such as turkeys, foxes, and peepers, are frequently seen from the trails. The farm is also well-known for its summertime raspberry picking. In addition, the farm hosts children’s programs.

Buckman Tavern
Just under a half-mile from the Inn, historic Buckman Tavern is a distinctive yellow building where dozens of members of the Lexington militia gathered to await the arrival of the British Redcoats on the morning of April 19, 1775.

Old North Bridge
Located 6.8 miles from the Inn, the current bridge is a replica of the original one. The bridge is historic because it was one of the sites of the Battle of Concord on the first day of the American Revolutionary War.

The Hancock-Clarke House
Located 6.6 miles from the Inn, this is the house where John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, grew up. It is an important Revolutionary War site because John Hancock and Samuel Adams, the leaders of the Minutemen, were staying here before the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

Shelburne Farm
Shelburne Farm is a bit of a drive, at 16 miles from the inn, but it is worth the trip for the fall apple-picking season. Visitors can roam the orchards and pumpkin patch and then enjoy hot cider doughnuts, homemade caramel apples, sharp cheddar cheese, and more at the farmstand. Children will enjoy pony rides, a moon bounce, a hay maze, and a climbing pyramid. Lexington’s local farm and farmstand has been in operation since 1884. The Inn can arrange tours for interested guests.

Wilson Farm
This open green space is located across the street from the Inn at Hastings Park. It boasts a newly renovated bandstand for summer concerts and plenty of space for picnicking and recreation.

Helicopter Tours
Based 3.7 miles from the Inn, helicopter tour operators offer flights above Boston and the local area.

Crotched Mountain Ski Area
In addition to “The Rocket,” Southern New Hampshire’s only high-speed detachable quad chairlift, Crotched Mountain Ski Area features more than 1,000 vertical feet and 100 acres of terrain, not to mention “Midnight Madness” on Friday and Saturday nights in January and February. All trails are open until 3:00 a.m. and après ski activities include live entertainment, bonfires on the slopes and much more. The ski area is 57.8 miles from the Inn.

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