What are your top 5 favorite things to do in Lexington during the fall season?
There’s nothing like the fall in New England, and Lexington offers so much to do and see!
The bustle of Lexington center offers a canope of crimson leaves next to the new “Clock” where benches invite readers, strollers and siteseers. Don’t miss the newly renovated Cary Hall which opens this weekend with a performance by Livingston Taylor and others!
Lincoln Park Fitness Trail offers a peaceful oasis with its wide paths and winding boardwalks. A feast for the eyes and ears with wildflower patches, forest, swamp & meadows. When I walk my dog here on this autumn morning, I loved the crunch of the beautiful burnt orange fallen leaves around us.
See the variety of pumpkins at Wilson Farm and ride through the fields on the Spooky Hayride. I remember when their Haunted House was underground and truly horrifying fun! Their Hayride is a gentler kind of fun and is the quintessential fall event. The spooky, not scary, Hayride, is fun for all ages with werewolves, ghouls and a headless horseman atop one of the giant animals sculpted from hay. It’s fun to get out onto the fields and see the farm from that vantage point, of course while indulging in one of their delicious Apple Cider donuts! My advice is to try to get there on a weekday to avoid the long weekend lines! Starts October 10th. This year marks their 130th Harvest Celebration, so they have planned several events.
You can view all of their events here: http://www.wilsonfarm.com/happenings.html.
Hike on the conservation trails. I was lucky enough to grow up on Cape Cod and in rural Connecticut, where yearound walks outside were beautiful and relaxing. While fairly urban when compared to the old Cape shore and the rolling hills of Connecticut’s Quiet corner, get off the track and you’ll get yourself into a mini vacation right in Lexington! The town has 1,300 acres of conservation land, with over 50 miles of trails! Here you can view a map of all of the conservation areas with trail access. Below are some of my favorite spots:
Great Meadows, which is accessible from Waldorf School and the nursing home on Emerson Gardens Road, and Dunback Meadows, accessible from Bowman School, Clarke Middle School and Allen Street.
For the avid bikers, I recommend the Minuteman National Trail. As you get into Lincoln and continue on into Concord you’ll remember why you love New England so much! Willard’s Woods, accessible from Suzanne Road, North Street and Redcoat Lane, is especially known for dog walkers and wide, picturesque trails.
ACROSS Lexington is a network of pedestrian and bicycle routes linking many parts of the town. You can find brochures and maps on the Town of Lexington’s website here: http://www.lexingtonma.gov/selectmen/committee/acrosslexington.cfm.
Many paths are now strewn with beautiful foliage, and hearing the leaves crunch while enjoying the crimson color all around and the bright blue sky above, is a treat. Don’t forget your sweater or field jacket!
It’s always a blast to attend a Lexington High School football game, especially under the new lights! The lights on the field along with the new turf have opened up the LHS Minutemen to an exciting world where the once sparsely filled stands are now proving to be the place to be. When you go, you’ll enjoy easy parking, a well run concession stand and the Town Center Park on site as well. Go Minutemen!
Don’t miss a game! Teams’ schedules here.