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There is something in MetroWest for everyone—specialized museums, entertainment, world-class shopping, historic buildings, inns and byways, and unique special events—like the beginning of the Boston Marathon!

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Amazing Things Arts Center

160 Hollis St, Framingham MA 01702
508-405-ARTS (2787)

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.

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Belkin Family Lookout Farm

89 Pleasant Street South South Natick 01760
508–653–0653

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.

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Boston Marathon Start

Boston Athletic Association 40 Trinity Place, 4th Floor Boston, MA 02116
617-236-1632

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.

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Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN)

14 Summer Street, Natick, MA 01760
508-647-0097

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. Our busy calendar includes theatre, family concerts, open mike nights, and arts education programs.

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Danforth Art

123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702-8291
508.620.0050

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.

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Discovery Museums

177 Main Street Acton 01720
978-264-4200

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.

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Framingham History Center

16 Vernon Street, Framingham 01701
508-872-3780

The Center includes three historic buildings on the Town Common: The Old Academy Museum houses 12,000 artifacts, photographs, and documents illustrating this town’s remarkable past: Village Hall Banquet Facility; and Edgell Memorial Library, the town’s first free-standing library and its Civil War memorial.

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Framingham State University

100 State Street PO Box 9101 Framingham, MA 01701-9101
508-620-1220

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Fruitlands Museum

102 Prospect Hill, Harvard 01451
978-456-3924

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.

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Garden in the Woods

180 Hemenway Road in North Framingham, Massachusetts
508-877-7630

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.

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Golden Triangle

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

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Longfellow’s Wayside Inn

72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury 01776
978-443-1776

The country’s oldest operating Inn is also a National Historic Site. Enjoy a quiet walk through one of New England’s finest historic sites, including the Inn, the Grist Mill, which still produces flour, and the famous Mary Martha Chapel.

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society: the Gardens at Elm Bank

900 Washington Street, Wellesley 02482
617-933-4900

Enjoy 12 beautiful gardens. Weezies’ Children’s Garden, Italianate Garden, and Bressingham Garden- a must see! Visitors: May 1-October 12, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am- 4pm. Admission: Adult $8; children under 12 free; members free. Daily garden tours and family programs.

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Museum of World War II

Off Route 9, Natick 01760
508-651-1944

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 WWII.  Schedule your visit, Tuesday–Saturday, through our website.

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Natick Mall

1245 Worcester Street Natick, Massachusetts 01760
(508) 655-4800

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.