Top things to do in Boston's Western Suburbs

Top Choice Park in Lexington

Minute Man National Historic Park

The route that British troops followed to Concord has been designated the Minute Man National Historic Park. The visitor center at the eastern end of the park shows an informative multimedia presentation depicting P…
Top Choice Museum in Boston's Western Suburbs

DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park

The magical DeCordova Sculpture Park encompasses 35 acres of green hills, providing a spectacular natural environment for a constantly changing exhibit of outdoor artwork. As many as 75 pieces are on display at any …
Top Choice Cemetery in Concord

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

This is the final resting place for the most famous Concordians. Though the entrance is only a block east of Monument Sq, the most interesting part, Authors’ Ridge, is a 15-minute walk along Bedford St. Henry David …
Top Choice Historic Site in Concord

Old North Bridge

A half-mile north of Monument Sq in Concord center, the wooden span of Old North Bridge is the site of the ‘shot heard around the world’ (as Emerson wrote in his poem Concord Hymn). This is where enraged minutemen f…
Cultural in Lexington

Patriots' Day

The Patriots' Day celebration in Lexington starts early – really early. On the third Monday in April, as dawn breaks, local history buffs are assembled on the village green, some decked out in 'redcoats,' while othe…
State Park in Concord

Walden Pond

Henry David Thoreau took the naturalist beliefs of transcendentalism out of the realm of theory and into practice when he left the comforts of the town and built himself a rustic cabin on the shores of the pond. His…
Historic Site in Lowell

Lowell National Historic Park

The historic buildings in the city center – connected by the trolley and canal boats – constitute the national park, which gives a fascinating peek at the workings of a 19th-century industrial town. Stop first at th…
Museum in Concord

Concord Museum

Southeast of Monument Sq, Concord Museum brings the town’s diverse history under one roof. The museum’s prized possession is one of the ‘two if by sea’ lanterns that hung in the steeple of the Old North Church in Bo…
Modern American in Concord

80 Thoreau

Understated and elegant, this modern restaurant is an anomaly in historic Concord – but that's a good thing. The menu – short but sweet – features deliciously unexpected combinations of flavors, mostly using seasona…
Deli in Concord

Concord Cheese Shop

This is a cheese shop, as it claims, with an excellent selection of imported and local cheese, as well as wine and other specialty food items. But the folks behind the counter can whip those ingredients into an amaz…