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160 Hollis St, Framingham MA 01702
In its remodeled classic brick firehouse, Amazing Things presents the best in music (jazz, classical, folk, show), the visual arts (sculpture, painting, and other media), and theater (comedy, musicals, drama), all with intimate seating.
89 Pleasant Street South
South Natick 01760
Working one of the oldest farms in the country, the Belkins are dedicated to providing healthy family fun—picking your own fruit, train rides, burlap maze and hay pyramid. Live kid’s entertainment and face painting on weekends. Pick your own fruit from our 60,000 trees, August–October.
Boston Marathon Start
Boston Athletic Association
40 Trinity Place, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Join the cheering spectators who line the route of the Boston Marathon—the world’s oldest annual long-distance running event—on the third Monday of April (Patriots Day in Massachusetts)—as 20,000 runners make their way across our region—from the start in Hopkinton, through Ashland, Framingham and Natick, on their way to downtown Boston. You’ll be able to see the race “up close and personal” in these MetroWest towns because groups of spectators are much smaller than crowds gathered near the finish. It’s a family-friendly event as we cheer on local runners as well as marathoners from every state and around the world.
See the exciting Boston Marathon start on YouTube.
14 Summer Street, Natick, MA 01760
TCAN is one of the best-loved concert venues in Metrowest, where national acts like Peter Wolf, Joan Osborne, Paula Poundstone, Tom Rush, Shawn Colvin or The Smithereens perform on any given weekend. A busy calendar of community events includes theatre productions, family concerts, open mike nights, teen “all-ages” shows and arts education programs.
123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702-8291
Focusing on American art from 18th century to present day, Danforth Art has a permanent collection of 3,500 works of art and offers 400 yearly studio art courses, family workshops and artist lectures.
177 Main Street Acton 01720
Our unique campus in Acton features two great museums (Children’s Discovery Museum and Science Discovery Museum) with hands-on exhibits that children of all ages can enjoy.
16 Vernon Street, Framingham, MA 01703
The Old Academy Museum (16 Vernon Street): Looking out on Framingham’s quintessential New England Town Common from its 1836 site, the Old Academy houses a permanent exhibition of four centuries of Framingham’s history as well as 12,000 artifacts, photographs, and documents illustrating this town’s remarkable past..
The Village Hall Banquet Facility (2 Oak Street); This 1834 former town hall, with a capacity for 180 guests, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is available for weddings and other large gatherings as well as business functions. For rental availability call 508-308-9291.
The Edgell Memorial Library (3 Oak Street), is the town’s first free-standing library and its Civil War memorial. Visit www.framinghamhistory.org for exhibitions and programs taking place in this architectural gem.
100 State Street
PO Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701-9101
102 Prospect Hill, Harvard 01451
Home to a number of historic buildings which house New England history & art, Fruitlands Museum is located on more than 200 acres of meadows and wooded trails overlooking the Nashua River Valley in Harvard, Massachusetts.
180 Hemenway Road in North Framingham, Massachusetts
Operated by the New England Wild Flower Society, the 75-rolling acres of walking trails that wind through a variety of natural woodland floral habitats display the largest landscaped collection of wildflowers in the Northeast. The Garden is New England’s premier showcase of native plants, many of which visitors can purchase at the Garden Shop. Featuring comprehensive tours, the Bloom Gallery, the Fern Gallery, the Edible Garden Fence, and the Meadow Observation Deck.
Take a walk in the Garden now, on YouTube.
Bounded by Worcester Road (Route 9) and Route 30, Framingham and Natick
A three-square-mile shopping extravaganza, anchored by two great malls that include hundreds of shops representing national brand stores as well as local and regional emporiums, fine restaurants, good family food, entertainment, and services.
Also see Shopper’s World and Natick Mall
72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA 01776
The country’s oldest operating Inn has offered comfort and hospitality to travelers along the Boston Post Road since 1716. Enjoy fine food in one of several dining rooms, stay the weekend in a tastefully appointed bedroom or suite, or simply bring your family for a quiet walk through one of New England’s finest historic sites, including the Grist Mill, which still produces flour, and the famous Mary Martha Chapel, a preferred site for traditional weddings.
View “The “Wayside Inn” video on YouTube.
Check out their Beer Tasting event: Spirits of Boston listed on our “Culinary Tourism” page!
900 Washington Street, Wellesley 02482
Twelve beautiful gardens to enjoy at The Gardens at Elm Bank on our National Register of Historic Places property. Weezies Children’s Garden- best children’s gardens in the Northeast and Bressingham Perennial Landscape- a must see! Open dawn to dusk. Tours: Tuesdays, 10am, June-September.
Check out their Culinary Workshop events on our “Culinary Tourism” page!
Off Route 9, Natick, Massachusetts
The Museum of World War II is the most comprehensive collection of original artifacts and documents in the world. Over 7,000 pieces are displayed, uniquely showing the human story interwoven with the military and political events of World War II. We are located just off Rt. 9 across from the Natick Mall. Scheduled visits from Tuesday to Saturday through our website museumofworldwarii.org.
1245 Worcester Street Natick, Massachusetts 01760
The largest mall in New England, this world-class retail and restaurant destination has more than 200 fine stores, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor.