Acton is a suburban town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, approximately twenty-one miles west-northwest of Boston along Route 2 west of Concord and about ten miles (16 km) southwest of Lowell. The population was 21,929 at the 2010 census. It is bordered by Westford and Littleton to the north, Concord and Carlisle to the east, Stow, Maynard, and Sudbury to the south and Boxborough to the west. Acton became an incorporated town in 1735. The town employs the Open Town Meeting form of government with a Town Manager and an elected, five-member Board of Selectmen. Acton was named the 11th Best Place To Live among small towns in the country by Money Magazine in 2015, and the 16th best in 2009 and in 2011. The local high school, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Acton-Boxborough #3 among open enrollment high schools and #7 overall for STEM education in the United States.
Things to do in Acton
4.5 based on 517 reviews
Went to the inside restaurant for the first time. It was a charming little spot with all kinds of interesting gift shop items, including a lot of country fare. I loved that I could order a half sandwich and not waste food.
4.5 based on 114 reviews
Yes, it took a few passes to find the place, but once we did, we were happy. It's in an unassuming building with a barely marked door. The parking is a little sketchy, with many places marked NO BAKERY PARKING.
We didn't want anything fancy, just a couple of sandwiches to take with us on a picnic.
They were delicious.
If you need a simple lunch, this is a great choice, especially since there are so few options that are open on Sunday in Concord.
4.5 based on 58 reviews
We ordered 3 dozen for a party and they were really tasty at a good price. This store is open in the mornings and bagels are always fresh.
4.5 based on 173 reviews
We have been going to The Cheese Shop for years. They let you taste different cheeses, have a wonderful knowledge of cheeses and their pairings with wine and have an extensive selection of breads, crackers, desserts and wine. It is always busy. They make good sandwiches for lunch.
5 based on 77 reviews
This is an ice cream, shop with a few other finger foods and drinks on the side. The ice cream is the reason to come. Every flavor I've ever had there has been excellent. The Vietnamese cinnamon is a real standout. There is plenty of seating. Being a former Victorian house, it has a lot of atmosphere. Service is friendly and efficient. Enjoy.
4.5 based on 111 reviews
My son especially enjoyed his frappe with a scoop of ice cream on top called a floater. Best of both worlds -- you can drink and eat it. I loved the rock-n-Rolo ice cream -- chocolate with Rolos in it. My husband enjoyed a fresh peach sundae. Prices were reasonable. Cash only. Tables out back. Lots of parking yet weird how everyone parks further out.
4.5 based on 12 reviews
Love the smiles and friendly greeting the counter people give you. The management remember your name and order
4 based on 155 reviews
Rapscallion Table & Tap offers comfort food with creative touches paired with and sometimes incorporating craft beers made by its sister operation, Rapscallion Brewery in Sturbridge, MA.
We went with three generations, ranging in age from 6 to 68. Everyone was delighted.
Service was prompt, friendly and informed.
Burgers were excellent as were the salads and specials.
The kids were served exactly what they wanted, even if some of the items were not on the menu.
4 based on 151 reviews
The fish and sea food are very fresh, with some Greek options as well. Portions are large. I take my Mom in a wheelchair and we never feel rushed (enter from the side door). She loves the patio in good weather.
4.5 based on 379 reviews
80 Thoreau is a progressive fine dining restaurant set in the beautiful New England town of Concord, sourcing from local farms and offering genuine hospitality.
the food was creative and very good. the service was aloof and uninterested in us. Unfriendly. the steak, burger, scallops, grilled swordfish, bluefish pate, roasted chicken were all very good. It is hard to be more enthusiastic about it due to the service, but we would probably try again if we were in the area. Had ben so excited to try it but that excitement was dulled by the near rude service.
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