5 Winter Activities in Lexington, MA

February 16, 2024

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As we live through another cold Massachusetts winter, it can be difficult to find things to do. In Lexington, we offer all kinds of fun, from indoor activities to outdoor ideas. If you’re looking to stop by Lexington in the coming months, or if you live in the area, here are five winter activities. 

Stop By the Visitors Center 

Our Lexington Visitor Center is now open! This center is Lexington’s place to find all the hospitality, information, and history of the town. In Lexington, we take pride in being “the Birthplace of American Liberty” and honor this by offering guides to the Battle Green and Liberty Ride Trolley Tours, the Old Burying Ground, and a full Diorama of the Battle of Lexington.

Whether you’re new to Lexington or want to delve more into the town’s legacy, the Visitors Center is the right starting point on your journey. We are open daily from 10 am to 2 pm in February. 

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Read at the Cary Memorial Library

What better way to cozy up on a cold day than going to a library, especially a historical one? The Cary Memorial Library was established in 1868 and is one of the busiest single libraries in Massachusetts. Their mission is to “provide books and other materials that reflect the needs and interests of Lexington residents.” 

Take a reader’s tour of Lexington with the library’s 350,000 print and digital formats from the rich history of the area and its role in the American Revolution. You’ll find artifacts like the Worthen Collection and the Lexington Minuteman newspaper. For the aspiring artist, discover a permanent library collection, four revolving gallery spaces, and a “Library After Dark” series where the space becomes a performance venue for music and theatrical performances. 

Check Out the Winter Lexington Farmers’ Market 

While the Lexington Farmers’ Market is more of a summer activity operating from May until October, the town has its own very special winter market called the Small Yet Mighty Winter Market. Beginning on January 6, 2024, this producer-only market provides fresh, local, sustainably raised, and carefully crafted products.

There are about 11 farmers and vendors, including Farmer Dave’s, Copicut Farms, Chappy Pickles, Captain Marden’s Seafood, and more. Come on down to the Waldorf School Gymnasium on Massachusetts Ave on February 17, March 2, 16, and 30, and April 13 from 11 am to 2 pm. 

Shop at Retail Stores

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Get your shopping on with Lexington’s variety of stores. If you’re looking to find a gift for you or someone special, check out Crafty Yankee. This boutique-styled shop sells New England artisan gifts, jewelry, bath and body items, accessories, and more. Discover featured collections from Houston Llew Spirtiles, Patricia Locke earrings, and Beekman Honeyed soaps. If you’re looking for comic books, graphic novels, board games, or movie knick knacks, check out Omar’s World of Comics. The store was founded by Omar Masood, a young man with Down Syndrome, who worked with his family to create a store filled with all his interests while giving back to the community. The shop also operates as a vocational training center for LABB students four days a week. 

The family-owned Maxima Gift Center has several novels for the avid reader. Find preorders, new releases, and fiction stories for your next great read here. This store also offers crafts, puzzles, handbags, backpacks, and more fun little gifts. 

Explore the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library

This museum, established in 1975, shares the stories of Freemasonry within American History. Freemasonry follows the teachings and studies of Free and Accepted Masons, “the largest worldwide secret society devoted to fellowship, moral discipline, and mutual assistance.” 

History buffs will love this museum full of exhibitions, tours, and programs about American Freemasonry and fraternalism. Located inside is The Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives where over 65,000 books, 1,600 serial titles, and 2,000 cubic feet of archival material are piled on the shelves. Both the museum and library are open to the public Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.  

There are plenty of activities to do in Lexington, even in the winter. Find your passion and explore Lexington today!