We have total five days. About this List Brookline. Westwood is a fantastic town to live in! This peninsula town is home to 10,293 residents, per the last census. Wellesley does have a reputation for being pretentious, but most of the people are lovely. Plus, the trip is half the fun as riding on the commuter rail feels like … It has a lot of places to visit from spring to fall. As far as I am concern, I would recommend Natick for any family with kids or as a retirement. While there isn’t as much foliage here as in the White Mountains or Lakes Region, the changing trees bring in colors that go perfectly with the crisp fall weather. The town attracts people from all over the world, many of whom move here for professional opportunities. Most homes have spacious lots with nice yards. I am not sure why you want to stay outside of Boston, but if you are set on it, consider Brookline and Newton. North of Boston, and less visited than Cape Cod, Cape Ann is known for the picturesque fishing harbor at Rockport, and the working port of Gloucester. Population: … A scant 5,589 people call Dover home. Combine that with the community’s median household income of $62,710, and it’s easy to see why Quincy landed the No. Halibut Point State Park, the location of the 19th-century Babson Farm Quarry, offers a glimpse into this once-thriving industry. The most popular of these are Thompson near South Woodstock and Johnston in Warwick. Westwood is a small, quaint, Massachusetts town, located approximately 14 miles from the Boston city limit. Also, there is no a major presence of the LGBTQ community. Juliet can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites. Overall, a quiet, beautiful, safe and green oasis west of Boston. :(Read 87 Reviews, Current Resident: Beautiful suburban town. additionally, the nightlife is not very active. Dover itself has excellent public schools and the lovely Noanet Woodlands. The community events are well-done- especially the Blue Tree Lighting and the Fourth of July Fireworks and Parade. And don’t people even know it: Despite the cooler months, traffic, crowds, and high hotel rates endure. In the center of the park is a statue of George Washington riding a horse. Plus, AreaVibes awards it 71 out of 100 for livability. Ethnic and cultural diversity has been growing and is increasingly reflected in the town’s excellent schools. The residents of Westwood are extremely friendly. With its low crime rate and scenic setting, it’s no wonder that Groton scores 75 out of 100 on AreaVibe’s livability scale. While being less than a 45 min drive from Boston, I am able to have access to the urban scene but am not subject to the high population density or strain on resources. We recently moved to this town and so far everything has been going great! Selection of restaurants is pretty good, there's a good mix of different nationalities as well as local and chain restaurants. In addition to appealing Federal and Victorian architecture, Amesbury contains enticing restaurants, a microbrewery, and a popular sports park. Visitors and locals alike can take advantage of beautiful Nantasket Beach, seaside restaurants, and the laid-back, artsy lifestyle found here. Settled in 1721, the Colonial-era town nestles in an Arcadian landscape. It is so safe and there was never a time where I felt like it wasn't. It is a lovely community and easy to befriend neighbors. #2 - Newton 1. Renowned for its beauty and mystery, Cape Cod National Seashore features an array of diverse animal and plant life. Don, be sure to go north and south of Boston after you do the Freedom trail. Dover has been my home for 7 years now and I have learned to love the level of privacy and security that comes from being a suburb outside a main city. Furnished apartment in the heart of Gloucester There are 6 towns & villages near South Woodstock a city just 112 km from Boston and 13 towns & villages near Warwick which is 113 km distant. The Faneuil Hall attracts more than 20 million visitors every year. Overall good schools--however there has been a decline in quality over the years at least with the high school (the budget was slashed, teachers had to be let go etc.). Those who live in or visit Newburyport are typically big fans of Plum Island, and one of the best things to do there is visit the beach. Suburban meets rural in this quiet, safe, down-to-earth and friendly town filled with green spaces and nature. South is sandy and many towns look similar. Gloucester is a charming coastal town on the north shore of Massachusetts. Diversity is lacking as the town is over 80% white. I have been living here for 3 years now and I am overall very happy with my experience. Well played, Hudson, well played! Harvard is lovely and historical; the people are friendly. In the heart of Allston, right at Greenline-B station Packard's Corner, our studio is perfect for tourists, business travelers and visiting students. Since it’s only 12 miles from Boston and sits on the commuter rail line, this North Shore town provides commuters with the ideal balance of beach and city access. 15 Prettiest Winter Villages in New England Litchfield, CT. Take a tour through the stunning seaside Hammond Castle and learn about the famous Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial. It is a beautiful and very safe town. My family moved to Hopkinton recently and we could not be more pleased with our decision. Having grown up in a major city, I appreciate how safe I feel in Brookline even late at night. Great, strong competitive schools. Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy, our current governor Charlie Baker, singer David Lee Roth, and author Michael Palmer all lived here. You’ll find this town of just under 11,000 people located 44 miles outside of Boston. :(. As far as I am concern, I would recommend Natick for any family with kids or as a retirement.Read 60 Reviews, Current Resident: Westwood is a small, quaint, Massachusetts town, located approximately 14 miles from the Boston city limit. Antiques, clams, and water views are just some of the benefits of living in the gorgeous little town of Essex. My major issue is the rental quality. From crime rates hovering 65% lower than the Massachusetts average to Duxbury Beach Park and plenty of historic houses, life is pretty sweet in this town of 15,059 people. For a beach day head straight to the Good Harbor sandy beach, surrounded by marshes and dunes. But you may be tempted to do... 2. It's one k-8 school and multiple farms (with CSA Programs) create a friendly, welcoming, community-based culture in town, and everyone seems to know everyone. While a little bit farther than Salem, taking the T and switching to the commuter rail will still keep it an affordable trip. Yes, the winters can be a bit annoying - they're a bit longer than I'm used to. The town has a quaint, yet urban feel due to the fact that it is so close to Boston! Beautiful Garrison Colonial style homes line the quiet residential streets of this suburb. The schools are excellent and the crime late is remarkably low. My major issue is the rental quality. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. People are friendly and majority of parents push their kids to take school seriously which leads to an obvious competitive culture in schools. Scituate. Beautiful suburban town. Outside the landscaping is maintained, but inside, expensive rental apartments are not well kept or updated. Wayland fits my agenda- be in town that offers GREAT public schools and homes that you are not on top of each other. Nestled just outside of Boston,... 3. Overall SnackAbility North is rocky and more wild, more like the west coast and more rich in history. A town is what you make of it! Based on 2012 and 2016 presidential election results compared to the national average. With an AreaVibes livability rating of 73 out of 100, there’s much to recommend in Duxbury, which is located 34 miles south of Boston. The city is the home of the Tremont Street Subway, Boston Latin School, and Boston Common, which were the first subway system, first public school, and first Public Park in the United States. Renowned for its beauty and mystery, Cape Cod National Seashore features an array of diverse animal and plant life. Winchester center has a train station which makes commuting much easier for many parents and most peoples' commutes are pretty bearable. Amesbury, located 40 miles outside of Boston, offers a cost of living that is 3% lower than the state average. /10 Could have a few more restaurants and things to do. Current Resident: I initially moved to Cambridge for school, and I love it! Top Places to Visit in Boston, Massachusetts: See Tripadvisor's 6,91,755 traveller reviews and photos of Boston attractions. While the town lacks any retail outside of Fern's and Kimball's, there is a terrific spread of restaurants, stores, and entertainment located in each of its five surrounding towns, allowing for easy access within 10-20 minutes. The schools are excellent and the crime late is remarkably low. I love Winchester. Winchester center has a train station which makes commuting much easier for many parents and most peoples' commutes are pretty bearable. Lacks a proper town center and public transportation, so a car is essential to get around. ), then Groton may be for you. Rockport, MA. There are plenty of trials. We would like to do daily visits to some near old small towns and stay overnight at BB in few small towns. To families out there that are looking for a town with excellent schools and close-by to Boston, I highly recommended Wayland. I have been living here for 3 years now and I am... Lexington. Since I have visited Boston before, we wanted to go see some place else nearby. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. A former 19th-century artisan hotspot, visitors today enjoy shopping for antiques, art, and gifts along the village green. Having grown up in a major city, I appreciate how safe I feel in Brookline even late at night. Updated on 6/23/2020 at 5:52 PM. No town is as steeped in history as the small town of Concord, MA. We were thinking of Cape Cod area, maybe Sandwich or Eastham. Boston Public Garden on Google Maps 6. I love the minutemen trail! There are ample gorgeous public areas for hiking and outdoor activities, coupled with socioeconomic diversity we did not find in other Boston suburbs we considered. Current Resident: Every day I feel grateful to live in such a safe, beautiful, and diverse town like... Newton. Marblehead, a town of about 20,000 souls less than an hour north of Boston, is famed for its yachting, sailing, kayaking, etc. Wild cranberry bogs and ancient lighthouses dot the long coastline. Summer getaways are nice and all, but we actually love traveling this time of year. Placing fifth on our list of best Boston suburbs is Lexington, a town full of American history and modern day amenities. It is very expensive though, which makes socioeconomic diversity very low.Read 76 Reviews, Current Resident: I love the minutemen trail! Friendly and down-to-earth neighbors. There are ample gorgeous public areas for hiking and outdoor activities, coupled with socioeconomic diversity we did not find in other Boston suburbs we considered. You should consider staying downtown. Book your tickets online for the top things to do in Boston, Massachusetts on Tripadvisor: See 210,586 traveler reviews and photos of Boston tourist attractions. Diversity is meh, it's majority White and Asian. Rockport is surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean. Could have a few more restaurants and things to do.Read 50 Reviews, Current Resident: Andover is a great town with many friendly people, great public schools, and plenty of resources. As a Vietnamese and Philipino student, I was definitely the minority growing up. Providence is another city that took me by surprise at it’s proximity to Boston. Back to top. Essex. The racial diversity is increasing and our neighbors and the town in general have been incredibly welcoming. Just watch out for the Dover Demon! There is a downtown area with many restaurants, places to workout, and shops. I really like living in Arlington! The town's library is a gem full of resources. It's a bit far from Boston, but if you don't mind the commute, this is a great place to live.Read 4 Reviews, Current Resident: A great place for families to reside in. Best Places to Live in Boston: Beacon Hill — This part of town is arguably one of the most beautiful neighborhoods with historical row houses and cobblestone streets that are illuminated with gas street lights. 2 spot on our list. I live in an area of Winchester which is about half a mile from its not too far away from Winchester center and everything is in reasonable walking distance from my house. Even if you’ve never been here, Rockport is the place that … I have lived in Somerville for most of my life, and I love it with my whole heart. Diversity is lacking as the town is over 80% white. A generally quiet town- everything is dead by like 8. I initially moved to Cambridge for school, and I love it! Wellesley is a great place to grow up in and raise a family! Read more on how this ranking was calculated. There are a lot of restaurants and important companies, such as Mathworks. The schools in Westwood are among the best in the state. Convenient shopping is available at … Melrose Neighborhoods. I love having my privacy and Wayland has that feel, yet if you want to be involved in the community, there are so many things you can do!Read 15 Reviews, Former Resident: The schools are great! Source: Wikipedia User | CC-BY-SA-3.0 Concord, MA. It's one k-8 school and multiple farms (with CSA Programs) create a friendly, welcoming, community-based culture in town, and everyone seems to know everyone.Read 25 Reviews, Current Resident: I have lived in Somerville for most of my life, and I love it with my whole heart. For the latest updates, please visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) website: COVID-19 information. It's a predominantly white Jewish town, but there are a multitude of different races that reside here as well. I am so grateful that I got to grow up in such a fulfilling place. Great, strong competitive schools. It's a bit far from Boston, but if you don't mind the commute, this is a great place to live. Sports programs are offered through the town, and historically important buildings are preserved. It's the perfect commute to Boston on the commuter rail and schools are great. It is extremely accessible and pedestrian/cyclist friendly, and the restaurants/shops are great! Can leave from Province town by boat and visit Martha’s Vineyard. The town of Brookline is very close to downtown Boston (15-20 minute train ride at the most). It is a small town, so there is little to no public transportation within the town, but there are busses to the surrounding cities. Since I have visited Boston before, we wanted to go see some place else nearby. 15 Prettiest Winter Villages in New England Litchfield, CT. Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, etc) and also the lack of entertainment industries such as shopping mall, outlets, or stores, movie theatre, etc. Property crime fares only a little better, with Roxbury at 76.6/100 , compared to a national average of 43.5/100. It is a small town, so there is little to no public transportation within the town, but there are busses to the surrounding cities. At first I was expecting a hard "transitions" being that we moved from a great and warm community, Naples Florida. Providence is another city that took me by surprise at it’s proximity to Boston. Since I have visited Boston before, we wanted to go see some place else nearby. Concord, MA. The community events are well-done- especially the Blue Tree Lighting and the Fourth of July Fireworks and Parade. Yes, the winters can be a bit... Newton. Updated on 6/23/2020 at 5:52 PM. The friendly, scenic town of Dedham is tied for sixth on our list of affordable Boston suburbs, with relatively cheap historic houses and townhomes for home buyers. Many activities to get involved, and with many nearby towns, there are plenty of jobs for teenagers, etc! Best Towns and Cities in Boston MA Metro 1. Being one of the safest suburbs in the country with a top shelf school system makes this a great town to raise a family. Which of these Massachusetts towns is your favorite? Quincy, MA is situated right outside of Boston, making it a perfect place for those who work in Bean Town but want a more affordable place to live – the median home price is $342,600, which is well-below Boston’s ($379,500). It is a safe, positive haven, for the elders as well as for our youth! Why it’s so great: As the Bohemian sibling to Gloucester, Rockport is arguably the most photogenic town in Massachusetts. Given the space and immense amount of nature throughout the town, I would like to see more initiatives being put forward to utilise the outdoors more; I am very supportive of the rail trail project and look forwards to taking more advantage of the nature we are privileged to have surround us. Book your tickets online for the top things to do in Boston, Massachusetts on Tripadvisor: See 210,586 traveler reviews and photos of Boston tourist attractions. The Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Massachusetts Get some fresh air. 9 Small Towns Near Boston Where You’ll Want To Settle Down For Good 1. Friendly and down-to-earth neighbors. Niche requires Javascript to work correctly. Reading some of the more recent reviews, it’s clear that a particular individual with egomaniacal tendencies decided to trash the town on their way out. Rockport Rockport is one of the most beautifully charming towns in the state of Massachusetts. Travelers are voting Brookline, Medfield and Stoughton as the best of 75 towns & villages near Boston. Selection of restaurants is pretty good, there's a good mix of different nationalities as well as local and chain restaurants.Read 78 Reviews, Current Resident: We recently moved to this town and so far everything has been going great!I have three kids ages from 12, 5 and 2 years old. Source: Wikipedia User John Phelan | CC BY 3.0 Benefits of living here include affordable housing – 15% below the state average - a rural setting, and far more amenities than you’d typically associate with a population of 19,063. Andover is a great town with many friendly people, great public schools, and plenty of resources. We have reviews of the best places to see in Boston. Based on data including state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, as well as reviews from students and parents. The city is considered as one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. Of course, not every historic home in Lexington is for sale. There is also a park and many events that go on here!Read 69 Reviews, Current Resident: I moved here three years ago. A great place for families to reside in. 2. Answer 1 of 5: We will be in Boston area from Sept. 14-18. The public schools are amazing, and there are many universities in the area so it's a great place to be for young adults! It's perfectly for raising a family in. It also gets a reputation for not being welcoming to newcomers which is not true. No town is as steeped in history as the small town of Concord, MA. Area type classifications are based on populations and proximity to major city centers. This town is very family-oriented. Often named one the best coastal towns in Maine, Kennebunkport has it all. Each has a population below 25,000 – some far below that threshold – and they may just be your new home. 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The schools are great! Wander through charming shops and spend some time on Lighthouse Beach before visiting the Chatham Lighthouse. The Faneuil Hall attracts more than 20 million visitors every year. Wild cranberry bogs and ancient lighthouses dot the long coastline. We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. It's a pretty cute place to live, just don't expect anything exciting to happen. At first I was expecting a hard "transitions" being that we moved from a great and warm community, Naples Florida. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. It is a gorgeous place for a family with kids, due to i is very residential. I love to walk my dog and frequently run into my neighbors, who are also walking their dogs, jogging, biking, or simply walking. Yes, the winters can be a bit annoying - they're a bit longer than I'm used to. I will be coming to Boston with my wife in May. I am so grateful that I got to grow up in such a fulfilling place. What might be a nice area to see this time of year? A visit here may tempt you to join the town’s 16,283 residents. If you’re tempted to move outside Boston but want to stay within traveling distance of the city’s myriad amenities, plan a visit to these nine towns. I love this town and I recommend it to anyone ready to start a family! Most homes have spacious lots with nice yards. I feel safe and welcomed here. Westwood is a fantastic town to live in!Read 46 Reviews, Current Resident: Beautiful small NE town with four distinct seasons and a tight-knit community. Outside the landscaping is maintained, but inside, expensive rental apartments are not well kept or updated. What might be a nice area to see this time of year? The library is gorgeous. I love having my privacy and Wayland has that feel, yet if you want to be involved in the community, there are so many things you can do! Wayland fits my agenda- be in town that offers GREAT public schools and homes that you are not on top of each other. But everything else about Cambridge is A+. You get to take advantage of all the opportunities in Boston, but live in a little bit quieter (and cheaper) area!Read 100 Reviews, Current Resident: A nice suburb in the greater Boston area! It is a lovely community and easy to befriend neighbors. At times it also feels like you are living in a bubble since it is a very liberal town.Read 56 Reviews, Current Resident: The systems are great; this is reason I initially moved here. This seaside town has some of the most beautiful beaches on the Cape and a quaint downtown. Located in central Massachusetts approximately an hour outside of Boston, Leominster, MA is an affordable option for most with a median home price of $232,000 (lower than the state average) and a median household income of $59,263 (higher than the national average). This quaint town offers a Mossing Museum and the whimsical Lawson Tower. Refreshing, calming...The town is cute, clean and drivers strictly respect pedestrian crossings making walking around the town feel safe. The atmosphere is friendly, welcoming, and diverse. About this List Brookline. Being one of the safest suburbs in the country with a top shelf school system makes this a great town to raise a family. Beautiful small NE town with four distinct seasons and a tight-knit community. At times it also feels like you are living in a bubble since it is a very liberal town. Furnished apartment in the heart of Gloucester Your best bet is to buy an apartment if you can and make it over, or find a rental property that the landlord is willing to renovate. I will be coming to Boston with my wife in May. Wellesley does have a reputation for being pretentious, but most of the people are lovely. Staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. It is very expensive though, which makes socioeconomic diversity very low. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park Find what to do today, this weekend, or in January. Same with diversity of stores and restaurants, though this has improved a bit. Overall, a quiet, beautiful, safe and green oasis west of Boston.Read 19 Reviews, Current Resident: Reading some of the more recent reviews, it’s clear that a particular individual with egomaniacal tendencies decided to trash the town on their way out. The city is the home of the Tremont Street Subway, Boston Latin School, and Boston Common, which were the first subway system, first public school, and first Public Park in the United States.